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A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom is returning to the bench but in a different capacity.

Brevard County Court Judge John Murphy returns to the bench on Monday.

But instead of hearing criminal cases, he will handle civil cases.

Chief Judge John Harris said Friday that the reassignment isn't a form of discipline.

He says Murphy has been receiving anger management counseling since the altercation earlier this month.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.


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The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent hit-and-run incident that killed a 3-year-old outside of an Orlando apartment complex.

Officials say Yeliani Schwartz-Ojeda died Friday night after being admitted to the hospital with injuries that doctors said were consistent with being struck by a car. The child's mother called 911 on Friday and told authorities her child was hit by a car in the parking lot of the Grandview Point Apartments. She attempted to drive the child to the hospital herself before being told to pull over and wait for first responders.


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A recent grad of Florida International University is turning up the heat in the cooking world.

Jennifer Bound won a $5,000 competition while she was a student last fall for her Holy Smokes pork and meat rub. Badia Spices is marketing the new spice mix, which includes smoked paprika, white pepper, roasted garlic powder, cumin, smoked sea salt, cocoa powder, chipotle chili powder and brown sugar.

The rub was launched earlier this year at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

The rub is now being sold in 86 countries across the globe. A percentage of worldwide sales will benefit FIU students.

Times wires

Florida briefs: 06/28/14 [Last modified: Saturday, June 28, 2014 7:19pm]
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