24-year-old Pembroke Pines Marine is killed
Cpl. Patrick Xavier Jr., 24, of Pembroke Pines died Tuesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department said. Xavier was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Courts must abide by Disabilities Act
The state Supreme Court has adopted rules to make sure Florida's courts comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The rules approved Thursday require people with disabilities to contact court officials at least seven days before they are to appear if they need special accommodations or as soon as they are notified of an appearance if it's less than seven days. Courts must respond in writing if they deny a request or grant an alternate or partial accommodation. Accommodations can be denied only if they would create an undue financial or administrative burden or fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program or activity.
Reward now $20K in mosque blast
The reward in a Jacksonville mosque explosion has been increased to $20,000. The Council on American-Islamic Relations had already offered $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set a pipe bomb that exploded behind the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida on May 10. The reward increase on Thursday comes after the congregation, a nearby church and the FBI said that they would each give $5,000. No one was injured in the explosion, which caused minor damage to the building. An FBI agent said the agency is analyzing a video showing a man with a gas can behind the mosque.
Lawyer disciplined over advertising
The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined a lawyer for improperly using the term "Legal Experts" in his advertising. The 6-1 ruling Thursday, though, drew a sharp dissent from Justice R. Fred Lewis. He wrote the high court never should have allowed lawyers to call themselves experts in the first place. Lewis blamed that "nonsensical advertising farce" for the case against Orlando lawyer Gary Elvin Doane. The majority put Doane on probation for a year and ordered the Florida Bar to publicly reprimand him because he used the term "legal experts" although he's a sole practitioner and not expert in all fields of law. Lawyers must specify what areas they've been board certified in to call themselves experts.
Plane is $6M gift to aviation school
An aviation school in Miami has received a $6 million donation: an American Airlines jet. It took about three hours to move the American Airlines MD-80 early Thursday morning. It's just a couple of miles from Miami International Airport to the George T. Baker Aviation School. The 147-foot aircraft weight 69,000 pounds. A crane was used to hoist it over the roads. It was also towed a couple of hundred feet, with an American Airlines employee in the cockpit just in case the brakes were needed. A few trees were temporarily removed to allow the plane to squeeze through. A light-pole in the school's parking lot was pushed down. The plane had been part of American's fleet since 1983. Its last commercial flight was in November.