July 2, 2009 |
A pet Burmese python measuring more than 8 feet long broke out of a terrarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her bedroom Wednesday, authorities said. Shaiunna Hare was dead when paramedics arrived about 10 a.m., Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.
September 16, 2009
August 8, 2009 |
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he would resign, ending months of speculation that he would not finish out his term and opening the door for Gov. Charlie Crist to name a replacement. "My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country. And at this stage in my life, and after nearly 12 years of public service in Florida and Washington, it's time I return to Florida and my family," Martinez wrote in an e-mail to friends and supporters. He earlier had announced plans to retire in 2010.
March 25, 2010 |
Final DNA test results exonerate a Florida man who has served 26 years in prison -- more than half his life -- for a rape and murder, attorneys said Wednesday. Broward County prosecutors will ask a judge Thursday to throw out Anthony Caravella's conviction and life sentence, freeing him of restrictions imposed since he was temporarily released from prison Sept. 10. "I never had any doubt that Anthony was innocent," said Diane Cuddihy, the public defender who worked for nine years to free him. "The shocking thing is that an innocent man can be convicted like this."
November 20, 1991 |
The lightning capital of the United States is Florida, where a record number of people have been killed or injured by lightning this year, weather officials said. Through September, 108 people had been struck by lightning in Florida, of whom 15 died, the National Weather Service reported Monday. Florida's previous record, 82 strikes, was set in 1975.
May 19, 2005 |
American International Group Inc. may lose its Florida license over transactions that cut its net worth by $2.7 billion. AIG on May 1 said improper transactions that boosted its assets might have "involved misrepresentations" to management, regulators and auditors. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has ordered AIG to detail the extent of the misrepresentations and "remove any parties" responsible for them. New York Atty. Gen.
November 16, 2007 |
The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of convicted child killer Mark Dean Schwab, hours before he was scheduled to die in Florida. The move by the high court was widely expected as it considers the appeals of two Kentucky inmates challenging the same lethal three-drug combination used in Florida. The court has blocked executions in three other states since accepting the Kentucky case Sept. 25. Schwab was sentenced to death for the murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez.
December 20, 2007 |
An emergency rule designed to guard Florida's citrus crop against a fungus that might be on California fruit shipped into the state withstood an initial court challenge. Circuit Judge William Gary denied a temporary injunction sought by California citrus growers. He decided in part that they had failed to show that the rule was unconstitutional or that they were likely to suffer irreparable harm pending final resolution of the lawsuit.
February 1, 2006 |
The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a man who killed a woman in her bathtub a decade ago, granting a stay to a Florida death row inmate for the second time in a week. The court ordered Florida to stop the execution of Arthur Rutherford, who claims that the state's lethal injection procedure is cruel and unusual punishment. Florida inmate Clarence Hill won a Supreme Court stay last week after he had already been strapped to the gurney. He also challenged the use of lethal injection.
October 13, 2004 |
Florida will have the smallest orange crop in a decade after a series of hurricanes blew fruit off trees and flooded groves in the state, a federal forecast shows. The state's grapefruit crop will be down by nearly two-thirds from last season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Florida produces 75% of the nation's citrus.