March 18, 2004 |
Prosecutors in Bartow, Fla., dropped all child pornography charges against R. Kelly after a judge ruled that photos allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl were illegally seized. The decision, announced Wednesday, doesn't mean that Kelly is out of trouble. The R&B singer still faces 14 counts of child pornography in his home state of Illinois, stemming from a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl.
April 18, 1987 |
Migrating bluefish with razor-sharp teeth apparently are mistaking swimmers for their favorite prey, mullet, and have bitten at least five people, authorities said. Victims were attacked Thursday when they swam into a feeding frenzy of the fish as they migrated northward for the summer, but none of the swimmers were seriously injured, officials said.
February 4, 1997 |
Tobacco companies, in defending a lawsuit brought by the state of Florida, won't be able to use the defense that cigarette smokers assumed the risks of smoking, a Florida judge ruled. Florida, along with 19 other states, is suing the $50-billion tobacco industry to reclaim Medicaid money spent treating smokers under the federal-state health-care plan for the poor. Florida is seeking at least $800 million in damages.
March 7, 1990 |
A blazing meteor streaked across the night sky over southern Florida Tuesday, appearing almost directly overhead, an official at the Buehler Planetarium said. "This was very, very bright--brighter than most fireballs ever get," said Ralph Battaline at the planetarium. "It was about 100 times brighter than the brightest star in the night sky."
July 2, 2004 |
Florida must release a list of suspected felons it wants purged from voter registration rolls so the names can be checked to avoid errors that wrongly disenfranchised voters in the state's disputed 2000 election, a state judge ruled Thursday. CNN, ABC and other news and civil rights groups sued to get copies of the list to check its accuracy before November's presidential election.
November 4, 2004 |
Lawyers for hundreds of thousands of Florida smokers asked the state's highest court to reinstate a $145-billion punitive damage award against Altria Group Inc.'s Phillip Morris USA unit and other U.S. cigarette makers. Stanley Rosenblatt, who represents about 700,000 Florida smokers, asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling that threw out the verdict returned by a Miami jury in 2000. Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled in May 2003 against the plaintiffs.
November 29, 2004 |
Six people died Sunday in a head-on collision on Florida's Turnpike that might have been caused by a blown tire, officials said. The driver of a Toyota heading north lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median into southbound traffic about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pat Santangelo said. The car then rammed into a Honda. All three people in the Toyota and three of the four people in the Honda were killed, including a 7-month-old baby, Santangelo said.
May 11, 2004 |
Philip Morris USA said a Florida appellate court affirmed a jury's 2003 decision that ordered it and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay damages to a former smoker with lung disease. The jury awarded about $6.54 million to John Eastman but found Eastman, a former smoker with a respiratory illness, to be 50% at fault. It found Philip Morris USA, the largest U.S. cigarette maker, liable for 40% of the damages, or about $2.
July 3, 2004 |
More than 2,100 Floridians who had their voting rights restored were included on a list of purported felons who were potentially ineligible to vote, a newspaper reported Friday. The names were on a Florida Division of Elections list of more than 47,000 sent to county elections supervisors, who were to determine who should be removed from the rolls. The Miami Herald, after a computer analysis, said at least 2,119 people on the list had received clemency and were eligible to vote.
January 1, 2006 |
Amtrak's Silver Meteor train arrived in New York from Florida more than 28 hours late on New Year's Eve, releasing more than 100 exhausted, hungry and angry passengers. Their train had been stuck in Jacksonville, Fla., for half a day because of a derailed CSX freight train, then stopped again in rural Georgia as they waited for the tracks to reopen.