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5 things to know in Florida for Oct. 1

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

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

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN AMONG NEW FLORIDA LAWS

Starting Tuesday, it will be illegal to text and drive in Florida. State legislators passed the texting ban in the spring but it doesn't take effect until Oct. 1. It's one of about two dozen new laws scheduled to kick in on Tuesday.

TRIAL BEGINS IN '01 SLAYING OF FLA. BUSINESSMAN

A prosecutor told jurors Monday that two men with connections to a New York-based organized crime family carefully and coldly planned the 2001 slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman to guarantee continued lucrative income from a fleet of gambling cruise ships. Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari are charged with the murder of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis.

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS COMPANY TO PAY SPAIN $1 MILLION

A federal judge has ordered a Tampa company marine exploration company to pay $1 million to the Spanish government for "bad faith and abusive litigation." Spain wanted $3.3 million in legal fees after it won its claim to a $600 million haul of sunken treasure that Odyssey Marine Exploration pulled from the bottom of the Atlantic in 2007.

FINAL DUCK MARCH AT ORLANDO HOTEL

The ducks will be marching for the final time Monday afternoon at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The hotel has been sold and will reopen as a Hyatt Regency, ending the duck walk that's become a tradition since it opened in 1986.

RAYS EXTEND SEASON WITH PLAY-IN GAME

The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Texas Rangers in a rare 163rd baseball game to determine who will play the Cleveland Indians in the one-game, wildcard game on Wednesday in Cleveland.

 
 

 

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