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5 things to know in Florida for Sept. 17

September 16, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

NC OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOOTING UNARMED MAN, A FORMER FAMU FOOTBALL PLAYER

The mother of Jonathan Ferrell says she forgives the officer accused of shooting her son. Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter. Officers say Ferrell, a former Florida A&M University football player, had been in a car wreck and sought help at a nearby house. A woman called authorities when she didn't recognize the man.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS OVER REDISTRICTING

Justices on Florida's highest court sound skeptical about whether they should force state legislators to answer questions about why they drew up new state Senate and Congressional districts they way they did last year. The decision by the Supreme Court could play a pivotal role in the final outcome of the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the current districts.

FOX PROMPTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOCKDOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA

A fox mistaken for a bobcat caused a South Florida elementary school to be temporarily locked down. Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens was locked down for about a half-hour Monday morning. A private trapper was dispatched to the campus, where the fox was reported to be cornered at one point.

SILVER SPRINGS CLOSES, WILL BECOME STATE PARK

One of Florida's oldest tourist attractions has closed down. Silver Springs will reopen Oct. 1 as a state park. Sunday was its last day under operation by Palace Entertainment. The north Florida attraction was famed for its glass bottom boats. It also was plagued by low attendance and pollution that clouded its waters.

RETIRED TIMES COLUMNIST DIES OF CANCER AT 69

Jan Glidewell, a colorful and prolific journalist for several decades on Florida's Gulf Coast, has died. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jan Glidewell died Monday of cancer. He was 69. Glidewell was born in 1944 in Miami. He served five years in the Marine Corps, including 10 months in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. Glidewell retired from the Times in 2003 but still wrote occasional columns.

 
 

 

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