Broward

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Broward County hasn’t had a new State Attorney in 43 years. In June, 76 year-old Michael Satz said he plans to retire next year after prosecuting confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz . 

On Thursday night a candidate who’s calling for a different vision of the job held a rally at Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale.

In a packed brewery, Joe Kimok got loud applause when he told the crowd he wanted to end mass incarceration. This is a central element in a larger wave of progressive policies that state and district attorneys around the country are campaigning on. 

LILY OPPENHEIMER / WLRN

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections held a conference call Thursday to talk about the voter registration list maintenance process. The process takes place every two years and is designed to protect the integrity of elections. It began in March and will continue through the year.

The process comes on the heels of multiple issues with ballot counting in the county during the November 2018 elections. Then Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes was accused by former Gov. Rick Scott of fraud and incompetence. 

An undocumented immigrant who is the protagonist of a film about immigration activism premiering Tuesday at the Miami Film Festival is currently in detention after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And the film's directors, in town for the festival, find themselves doing "crisis management." 

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Thousands of homeless residents across Florida have been arrested in recent years on charges of asking for money in public spaces without government authorization. A lawsuit filed this month by the Southern Legal Counsel alleges that those thousands of arrests are violating the First Amendment -- a stance that has previously been upheld by U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

One year ago, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and, within six minutes, took the lives of 17 people and injured 17 others.

In the following months, survivors turned into activists, rallying Florida and the country to get serious about gun control.

“Never again” was the rallying cry.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Last Sunday, Broward attorney and GOP State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli got a call from an employee at Avis Rent-A-Car in the Fort Lauderdale airport. Someone had found a lone provisional ballot box, sealed by the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office. It was sitting, unsupervised, in the back of a returned rental car.

Cat Gloria / WUFT

Halfway through day two of Florida’s recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes responded to the lawsuits filed against her.

Authorities say a fire broke out in a South Florida nursing home, injuring two residents and a staff member.

Jaye Abbate is the CEO of ArtServe, a non-profit arts incubator that supports artists and cultural organizations in Broward County. Beth Clark is the CEO of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.

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Despite resigning in disgrace after the Parkland school shooting, former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Scot Peterson is receiving a generous state pension that will pay him more than he made in his last year on the force.

Gregory Haile

Broward College named a new president Wednesday, the seventh in the school’s history.

Gregory Haile was unanimously appointed by a five-member trustee board, which cited Haile's knowledge of the community, previous work with the college and passion for education. He is expected to take over his new role in July. 

Haile was promoted from his current job as the college’s general counsel and vice president for public policy and government affairs, which he has held for the past seven years.

The Victims Of The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Mass Shooting

Feb 15, 2018
Via Miami Herald

The identities of some of the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are starting to emerge.

▪  Jamie Guttenberg, a student at the school, was killed during the rampage. Her father, Fred, shared the tragic news in a Facebook post.

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Tony Lima was one of 30 Broward County residents at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The executive director of SAVE, he spoke against conversion therapy for minors – the controversial practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We need to be able to as a county send a strong message that we are inclusive, that we are loving, that we are protective of their authentic selves – above all,” Lima said.

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