Parkland shooting

Nikolas Cruz
The Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was in a Broward County courtroom Tuesday for a hearing. 

 

AP

The statewide commission investigating the Parkland shooting is working on a second school safety report, which is expected to be submitted to the governor by Nov. 1.

Scott Israel
Peter Haden / WLRN

Florida senators have voted: Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will not be reinstated. 

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Defense attorneys for the confessed Parkland school shooter are warning that there could be drawbacks to starting his trial early next year.

Last week, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered prosecutors and Nikolas Cruz’s defense to be ready for jury selection by Jan. 27. But during a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, defense attorneys said they need more time to finish interviewing witnesses and other preparations.

scott israel
Miami Herald / WLRN

This story was last updated at 10:24 p.m. of Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. 

The Florida Senate convened a special session Monday to decide whether former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel should be reinstated in his elected position or his removal from office should be upheld. 

News Service of Florida

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel faced a legislative showdown Monday in the fight to get his job back, amid procedural wrangling that began before senators even began considering his fate.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The state commission investigating the Parkland shooting is wrapping up a second report that outlines more school safety recommendations. It’ll be sent to the governor’s office by Nov. 1.

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald Archive

Thousands of miles away, a young California man assumed various aliases on Instagram to send intimidating messages to relatives of students killed in the mass shooting at a Parkland high school, a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found.

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools police force has investigated two dozen threats against schools and arrested six people in connection with those events since the academic year began in August, with nearly all of the incidents explained as “nothing more than a joke,” according to the superintendent.

Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing a showdown about one of his highest-profile decisions: the ouster of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, whose fate now rests in the hands of the Florida Senate.

The Republican governor’s legal team failed to persuade a Senate special master that Israel’s suspension was warranted, but DeSantis has a cadre of allies who might have the power to do what his lawyers could not.

MANUEL OLIVER / Courtesy

After Manuel Oliver’s son Joaquin was killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting in 2018, he dedicated his life to gun reform activism through the arts.

Miami Herald File

Florida schools are reopening for a new academic year. With the new year, comes new changes, including a new rule that Florida public schools are now required to provide mental and emotional health education to middle and high school students.

Schools will give information about coping skills, ways to sustain good mental health, suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse. It comes as attending school is potentially becoming more stressful.

Sophia Cai / WLRN News

Over 50 South Florida residents gathered Tuesday evening at the Freedom Tower to honor the victims of mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH and protest the lack of legislative change on the local and national level. 

The two mass shootings, in less than 13 hours, shook the nation and South Florida, who's still grappling with its own tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The former student who later shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was such a threat in school that he was searched every morning for weapons, new testimony shows.

Everydayplus / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The state of Florida recently passed a bill that gives most victims of crimes three years to get help paying for recovery and support services—like mental health care to identify and treat trauma related to the crime.

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