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5 things to know in Florida for Oct. 4

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

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

FAMU HAZING DEFENDANTS IN COURT FOR STATUS HEARING

Eight defendants who remain charged in the hazing death of a FAMU drum major are set to appear in court for a status hearing on their cases. They are expected to tell a judge Friday whether they will accept plea offers from the prosecutor or move to trial. Judge Marc Lubet said in August that Friday would be a "drop dead date" to accept those deals, some of which include jail time.

CUBAN-AMERICANS HOLD CONFERENCE ON RECONCILIATION

A group of Cuban academics, policymakers and community leaders is meeting in Miami to discuss how Germany's experience with reunification might provide insight into a future reconciliation among Cubans. The Cuba Study Group, Miami Dade College and Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute are hosting on Friday the "Second Conference on Reconciliation and Change: The German Experience."

2 CHARGED IN STRING OF FLORIDA COPPER THEFTS

Two people have been charged in a string of copper wiring thefts that targeted churches and businesses. The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that the two Cooper City residents have apparently been stealing copper wires from light poles in parking lots since September. At least seven locations have been hit, including five churches.

FLORIDA OFFICER HONORED FOR HELPING SEX SLAVE VICTIMS

Gov. Rick Scott has honored an Orlando police officer for his role in rescuing six victims of human trafficking, including a 14-year-old girl. The governor honored Sgt. Patrick Guckian at a statewide summit in Tampa on Thursday. Guckian developed special training to help law enforcement agents and civilians look for signs of victims forced into prostitution rings. In the past few months, he's done 50 trainings.

FWC: FALL IS WHEN BEARS ARE MORE ACTIVE

It's fall, which means there will be more sightings of Florida's largest land mammal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting an event Friday morning at the Naples Zoo to provide information about how bears are more active this time of year. The commission will also highlight what to do and not to do when humans encounter bears.

 
 

 

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