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Alleged Stay-at-Home Scofflaw in Tampa Is Familiar Face

New Buccaneer Tom Brady busted for working out in local park shut down due to coronavirus: mayor

(Newser) - It's weird enough seeing the words "the Buccaneers' Tom Brady." It must've been even weirder for the city employee who reportedly stumbled upon the former Patriot working out in a Florida park to have to tell him the park was closed due to the coronavirus and... More »

NASCAR Plans to Roar Back Without Fans

States compete to host the first race after return

(Newser) - The race is on among states willing to host the first NASCAR race without fans. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there. "To prevent spread of #COVID19, it will be without fans," Abbott said. "... More »

Cops Enforcing Beach Rules Catch Murder Suspect

Man was arrested on newly reopened Florida beach

(Newser) - A man was taken away in handcuffs from a reopened Florida beach Sunday—and it wasn't for failing to respect social distancing limits. Police say Mario Matthew Gatti was wanted for a January murder in Pennsylvania, USA Today reports. The 31-year-old allegedly shot 33-year-old Michael Coover Jr. in a... More »

'Sacrifices' Begin for Disney Workers

More than 100K employees furloughed during coronavirus crisis

(Newser) - Nearly half of Disney's workers have seen their last paycheck for a while, as more than 100,000 employees begin their furlough this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. By holding back these wages, the company will be able to save up to $500 million a month, the Financial Times... More »

Florida Beaches Reopen, and Crowds Flock

Governor relaxes rules, but not all are sticking to social-distancing guidelines

(Newser) - Fresh off of deeming the WWE an essential business , Florida is again raising eyebrows over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light on Friday to local communities to reopen their beaches, and some of them did not hesitate to take him up on the... More »

His Wedding Ring Fell Off 3 Years Ago. Now, This

Florida restaurant manager Sasha Formica posts it on Facebook

(Newser) - Three years ago, a New York couple was enjoying a meal by the water at a South Florida restaurant when the man's wedding ring slipped off his finger, through the wooden floorboards, apparently lost forever. Recently, Coconuts restaurant manager Ryan Krivoy decided to replace the wooden patio deck since... More »

Mar-a-Lago Grapples With Job Losses

A total of 713 workers have been furloughed at 2 Trump properties in Florida

(Newser) - Even Mar-a-Lago is letting employees go. As the coronavirus cripples Florida's hospital industry, the Palm Beach Post reports that two Trump Organization properties are furloughing "non-essential" staff. A total of 713 are being furloughed in all, with 153 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and the rest at Trump... More »

'Worst-Case' Situation Spurs Creativity at Shutdown Bar

Owner decided to tear cash off establishment's walls to pay laid-off staffers

(Newser) - "We always had an inside joke: 'If anything goes bad, at least we have the money on the wall,'" Juliana Sodre tells Business Insider . Sodre, the co-owner of the Hott Leggz bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., adds that her establishment is now indeed facing such a... More »

They'd Been Fighting. But a Stressful Shift Brought 'Love'

Photo of nurse couple shared around the world

(Newser) - Between surgeries one stressful morning, Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock—husband and wife, and fellow nurse anesthetists—peered through layers of protective gear and locked eyes. It was a lovers' gaze in the most unlikely situation. A co-worker was there to snap a picture. Now the image, shared on social... More »

Inmate Freed Due to Virus Allegedly Went on to Kill

Florida man accused of murder day after release

(Newser) - A Florida inmate released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic is accused of murdering somebody the next day. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Joseph Edward Williams, who was being held on drug charges including possession of heroin, was released under an emergency order freeing certain pretrial... More »

Bad News for Huckabee on His Private Beach

Emergency motion denied, and judge signals lawsuit won't fare much better

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee still can't go to the beach. The former Arkansas governor and other owners of beachfront property near Pensacola, Florida, sued for access to their private beaches , but on Monday, a federal judge denied their emergency motion, NBC News reports. It would have exempted the plaintiffs from the... More »

Judge to Lawyers: You Still Need to Get Dressed

'One female attorney appeared still in bed, still under the covers,' he complains

(Newser) - A Florida judge has one request for attorneys showing up for court hearings via Zoom: Get out of bed and put on some clothes! Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey made the plea in a letter published by the Weston Bar Association, the AP reports. "It is remarkable how many... More »

They Met Up for a Sneaker Sale. Then Everything Went Awry

Teen girl killed during shootout over Adidas Yeezy shoes near Miami: cops

(Newser) - A Miami high school senior weeks away from graduation was killed last week during what cops say was a botched sale of Adidas Yeezy sneakers. Two men have since been arrested and charged with murder. CNN reports that Andrea Camps Lacayo died April 7 after she accompanied her boyfriend, Sergio... More »

Florida Deems WWE Essential

WWE resumes broadcasting live shows

(Newser) - World Wrestling Entertainment has been deemed an essential business in Florida. As TMZ reports (noting "no joke. This is real"), Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was asked why WWE was still being allowed to film at Orlando's Performance Center. Demings said that while WWE was initially deemed... More »

Husband Used Coronavirus as Cover for Murder: Cops

David Anthony charged with killing estranged wife despite lack of body

(Newser) - Texts sent from the phone of a Florida woman beginning on March 23 claimed she was sick with the coronavirus, at a medical center, subsequently moved to a facility that didn't exist, and finally placed on a ventilator. In fact, Jupiter Police believe 51-year-old Gretchen Anthony was killed by... More »

Restaurant Needed a Rescue. It Had One Bottle of Pappy

And someone paid much more than it is worth

(Newser) - Like many restaurants, the coronavirus brought financial hardship to Tampa Bay's Datz restaurant chain, which went from a staff of 400 to 27 as it transitioned to takeout and delivery only. But it got some relief this week when a couple paid $40,000 for a single bottle of... More »

Gender Reveal Party Sparks 10-Acre Wildfire

Chief says a brush fire can hurt response to medical calls

(Newser) - First responders in Florida weren't looking for another emergency, but that's what they got last weekend when a gender reveal party turned into a fast-moving,10-acre brush fire. Crews first were told fireworks might have been the cause, CNN reports. "We were informed that it was caused... More »

Virus-Stricken Cruise Ship Limps Into Miami

Coral Princess docks after weeks of delays with 2 dead, 12 confirmed cases aboard

(Newser) - Another cruise ship with coronavirus victims on board, including two fatalities, docked in Florida on Saturday. Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali said that the Coral Princess ship was docking in Miami. The ship with 1,020 passengers and 878 crew had been in limbo for days awaiting permission to dock.... More »

Florida Mom: My Boy's Father Is a Virus Risk

Dawson Thilmony wants custody of their son until state of emergency is over

(Newser) - A Florida mother is asking a judge to allow her to keep custody of her 2-year-old son during the pandemic, claiming the boy's father and his fiance are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus since they're first-responders, the AP reports. Tabatha Sams has asked a judge to... More »

Florida Lets Ill Passengers Leave Cruise Ships

Hospital agrees to take in 10 patients

(Newser) - Passengers aboard two cruise ships that have had coronavirus cases and deaths have been given the green light to disembark at a Florida port, an official said Thursday. An agreement was reached among local, state and federal officials and Carnival Corp., which owns the Zaandam and the Rotterdam, said Broward... More »

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