‘Invasion of privacy’: Some Florida athletes leery of being made to reveal menstrual cycles

MIAMI — In the athletic trainer’s office at Miami Senior High are green Gatorade jugs, water bottles, anatomical posters, two massage tables — and years of private medical records of male and female high school athletes, stacked on a rack, stored in dusty, dog-eared cardboard crates labeled “bankers box.” Included in what is collected and stored is information on female athletes’ menstrual cycles, from a series of “optional” questions on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s athletic physical form. At least they have been optional questions until now. Last month, FHSAA’s sports adviso...

Mexican actor gets 5 years for fatal punch during road rage confrontation in Miami

MIAMI — Pablo Lyle, the Mexican telenovela star who fatally punched a man during a 2019 road-rage confrontation, was sentenced to five years in state prison on Friday. Lyle, 36, was facing up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of manslaughter in October. He was caught on camera throwing his fist at Juan Ricardo Hernandez, 63, at a Miami intersection in March 2019. Hernandez fell, cracked his head on the roadway and died at the hospital four days later. The state, at the Hernandez family’s request, asked for Lyle to receive 15 years in prison — the maximum sentence permitted for the c...

Florida legislature calls special session to retain Disney special status but create oversight board

After months of intrigue, Florida lawmakers will meet in special session next week to consider a plan to reverse their decision to dissolve Walt Disney World’s special taxing district and instead approve a state board to oversee it. If approved, the dispute will resolve an issue that has left the state vulnerable to a lawsuit and Disney at risk of losing the special governing privileges it has held for 55 years. According to memos from Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner on Friday, lawmakers will convene in special session starting Monday that will address the Dis...

Of course lying George Santos has ties to Florida. It’s where truth ‘comes to die’

So, liar extraordinaire George Santos has ties to Florida! Where’s the surprise? To partially quote our illustrious governor, a fibber himself, this is the state where truth “comes to die.” The New York congressman may claim the current title of Most Prolific Liar in the Lot, his biographical whoppers running deep across cities and continents. But lying in Florida has become acceptable political practice for the state GOP. It’s strategy that wins elections all the time. Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, for example, launched her campaign against former University of Miami president Donna Sha...

Florida athletes may soon be required to submit their menstrual history to schools

MIAMI — A proposed draft of a physical education form in Florida could require all high school student athletes to disclose information regarding their menstrual history — a move that’s already drawing pushback from opponents who say the measure would harm students. The draft — published last month by the Florida High School Athletic Association, a group that oversees interscholastic athletic programs across the state — proposes making currently optional questions regarding a student’s menstrual cycle mandatory, as reported by the Palm Beach Post. The form, if approved, would ask students if t...

‘Everything was intentionally erased.’ Miami museum exhibit recounts Rosewood massacre

Lizzie Robinson Jenkins didn’t want to spend the rest of her life researching Rosewood. But she had to. Needed to. It was her destiny after all: The false accusation against her uncle sparked the ensuing inferno that would eventually eviscerate the once thriving Black town of Rosewood, Florida, leaving at least eight people dead in 1923. “I took the story to school with me, to college, to work and it just became a part of who I am today,” the 84-year-old Jenkins, founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, said to an audience Wednesday at Florida International University at the opening of An Eleg...

New details emerge in Haiti president’s slaying as newly charged suspects appear in court

MIAMI — He’s a physician and pastor who aspired to be Haiti’s president, amassing a small group of supporters who introduced him to key security contacts in South Florida who could help him acquire high-powered machine guns and silencers, men with military training and even financing. But despite evidence that appeared like he was a ringleader in a coup to topple an embattled president in his Caribbean homeland, Christian Emmanuel Sanon was not charged in the kidnapping and assassination plot that led to Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s shocking July 7, 2021, death. Singled out by Haitian aut...

George Santos reported lots of spending in Florida. Here’s where he says he went

MIAMI — New York Congressman George Santos spent lots of time in Florida in 2021 and 2022, including multiple trips to South Florida, according to his campaign finance reports. There were hotel stays in West Palm Beach, some aligning with events Santos attended at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. There were meals at fancy restaurants like Miami’s Nusr-Et Steakhouse and stays at the high-end W South Beach around the time Santos held a fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale. All told, Santos reported more than $17,000 in campaign spending in the Sunshine State. It’s not clear if the reports are all accu...

‘Extreme injustice’: Homeless man with untreated schizophrenia fights 150-year sentence

MIAMI — The crime that Jared Stephens committed is not in dispute. The question is whether he should die in prison for it. On a stormy September day in 2016, Stephens — a former wrestler at Arizona State University who became homeless after years of untreated schizophrenia — walked into a Best Buy in Sweetwater. He snatched a $399.99 laptop, stuffed other merchandise totaling $157.96 into a brown Publix tote bag and tried to walk out without paying. Confronted by employees, he resisted, then pulled his own laptop out of a backpack and did something extraordinarily irrational. “Look, I have chi...

Dozens of vultures got stranded in the waters of the Florida Keys. What happened?

Mass whale and dolphin strandings are common in the Keys. But turkey vultures? Those scary birds that circle above their lifeless prey, then dive-bomb to feast on dead flesh, roadkill and rotting stuff in the dumpster down below? It's rare, but vulture strandings are a thing. One happened on Monday, according to local marine mammal rescue nonprofit Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key. Workers at the center were out conducting research in the water on the Gulf of Mexico side of Marathon, in the Middle Keys, when they noticed a vulture struggling in the water just offshore. They called the Mar...

More suspects in assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse brought to Miami

MIAMI — A group of Haitian-American and Colombian suspects are en route to Miami from Haiti to face federal conspiracy charges in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The four suspects are accused of helping coordinate a failed kidnapping of Haiti’s president to remove him from office upon his return from a state visit to Turkey in June 2021, and then of conspiring in a final plan to kill him at his home in the hillside suburbs of Port-au-Prince the following month. Three of the four suspects lived in South Florida: James Solages, who quit his job at a nursing home to ...

‘Impossible’ parking fees, puzzling diner bills: Retracing George Santos’ steps in Miami

MIAMI — Before George Santos’ life story began to unravel — his spectacular tales of college volleyball stardom and Wall Street pedigree earning him a reputation as perhaps Washington’s greatest fabulist — the Republican congressman was just a dark-horse candidate frequenting Miami’s hippest restaurants and rubbing elbows on the water with campaign donors. Far from the New York district he now represents, Santos stayed multiple nights at the swanky W South Beach hotel. He ate at Nusr-Et in Miami, the steakhouse owned by the celebrity chef known as “Salt Bae.” He particularly enjoyed Miami Dine...

Homeland Security chief defends parole process for Cubans, Haitians during Miami visit

MIAMI — The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday defended a parole process that allows up to 30,000 Haitians, Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans a month to come to the United States, following a legal challenge from Florida’s governor and those of 19 other Republican-led states. “It is remarkable to me that states will attack a solution to the problem about which they complain,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of DHS, during a news conference Monday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined Texas and 18 other states in challenging the Biden...

United States announces members of new economic partnership in Western Hemisphere

The Biden administration says 11 eleven countries in the Western Hemisphere have initially signed up into the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, in what officials called a “historic” initiative to drive economic growth and cooperation in the region. “We view it as a historic new initiative to drive economic growth in the hemisphere, and tackle the core issues that will define the coming decades and galvanize greater economic cooperation in our hemisphere,” a senior administration official told reporters Thursday. The group of countries joining the partnership — Barbados, Canada, Chi...

Jeff Bezos truly broke the internet. This new movie shows Amazon founder’s early days

MIAMI — Think back long ago, to a time when you couldn’t order literally any thingamajig that pops into your head at 4 a.m. from your phone. The year was 1994 and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was a 9-to-5 working stiff with a forward thinker’s dream — an insanely lofty one that had to do with a vast computer network called “the internet.” The Vision Films biopic, “Bezos: The Beginning,” which premiered Monday night at University of Miami’s Cosford Cinema, delves into what transformed that unrealistic dream into the web’s largest e-commerce site. The film starts out when Bezos, played by Universit...