October 28, 2007 |
STORRS, Conn. -- Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 167 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset No. 11 South Florida, 22-15, the Huskies' first win over a ranked opponent. The victory keeps Connecticut (7-1, 3-0) in sole possession of first place in the Big East Conference. "I think we earned a lot of respect today," Coach Randy Edsall said. South Florida (6-2, 1-2), which was ranked No. 2 two weeks ago, has lost two games in a row.
August 1, 1995 |
Hurricane Erin drew a bead on South Florida on Monday, gaining strength as it headed slowly westward over the Atlantic and sending Miami-area residents into a frantic rush of last-minute preparation. More than 600,000 coastal residents from Palm Beach to the Florida Keys were ordered to evacuate their homes by early evening, when the storm is expected to blow ashore with winds that could approach 85 m.p.h.
February 2, 1994 |
Todd Hardwick doesn't do dogs and cats. He does buffalo. He wrestles baboons. He pries stubborn six-foot Asian monitor lizards from unlikely hiding places, fires tranquilizing darts at monkeys looting a house, drags angry alligators away from back doors. He does snakes. You might have seen him do his largest snake, a 22-foot, 250-pound python he pulled from beneath a house in Ft. Lauderdale about four years ago.
September 9, 1992 |
President Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to approve $7.6 billion in disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, calling for bipartisan support of the measure, even though it will bloat the federal budget deficit. Most of the money would be earmarked for the areas of South Florida and Louisiana that were devastated by the cataclysmic storm two weeks ago. The proposal also includes financial aid for victims of Typhoon Omar in Guam.
September 7, 1993 |
President Clinton journeyed to South Florida on Monday to offer moral support to the victims of last year's Hurricane Andrew, but he could not escape questions about his budget plans and his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
February 4, 2004 |
When the Queen Mary 2, the world's biggest passenger ship, nosed out to sea on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean, along with sun-famished passengers by the hundreds, it carried $600,000 in Florida-bought food and drink, including some hastily purchased beer. For on the eve of the liner's departure from this south Florida port, employees on QM2 had an unexpected request to the corporate offices in Miami: beer in plastic bottles for the Super Bowl fans on board.
September 20, 1992 |
Miraculously, after his wife sprinkled holy water around the house, Domingos Gonsalves slept through the storm. But in the three weeks since, he has hardly slept at all. "I wish I could sleep," said Gonsalves, 54, a small man with short-cropped gray hair who owns a concrete paving business. "All my family lost their houses--my sons, my parents are living here. My wife and I are screaming at each other. Customers are calling. I've got $200,000 damage to my office. "I'm trying to stay calm.
November 28, 1992 |
Ron Bishop, uninsured, his house blown apart, fighting the temptation to start drinking again, is planning to leave. "I'm sick of everything here," he said. "I'll go to central Florida and get me some property and a mobile home." Marsha and Ken Pitts are still staying with friends while their home, gutted by Hurricane Andrew's winds, is rebuilt from the drywall out. Both have gained weight, and Ken is chewing more tobacco and enjoying it less.
May 4, 2013 |
An epic battle is raging in South Florida: man against snail. The state is struggling to contain an invasion of the giant African land snail, a species that thrives in hot and wet tropical climates. These gooey and destructive mollusks grow up to 8.5 inches long, feast on 500 different types of plants and nibble on calcium-rich stucco, which they use to construct their cone-shaped shells. The snails are originally from East Africa but can now be found throughout the world. Aside from destroying plants and buildings, they can also be carriers of a type of meningitis.
September 2, 2013 |
The men remember a manicured campus stained by the blood of teenage boys. They remember the explosion of the leather strap - 30 lashes, 50 lashes, more than 100 - and the bloody classroom chairs they scrubbed down later. For more than a century, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna took in damaged children and turned out shattered men. The state closed the school in 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department documented some of the abuse. But the sprawling campus may still be hiding horrors.