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One of two known skull and crossbone flags is on display at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum.

St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 23, 2015 – You’ll find pirate festivals in Tampa and pirate wannabes in Key West, but no Florida city has seen more actual pirates than St. Augustine. Francis Drake sacked and burned the place in 1586; a century later it was pirate Robert Searles’ turn.  Pirates were back in 1683 and 1686. Finally, the Spanish built a fort – the magnificent Castillo de San Marcos, now a national historic site  – partly to […]

Roxanne Valies, right, with former Gov Charlie Crist and State Rep Hazelle Rogers in 2014

State Levies Ridiculous Fine Against FL House Candidate

By RedBroward, Special to, June 23, 2015 – What happens when a Florida House Candidate fails to obey elections laws? The State of Florida issues them a $62.50 fine and a few sternly worded letters. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed Florida House District 95 candidate Roxanne Vailes failed to file her required campaign financial report. Valies, a Democrat ally of current District 95 representative Hazelle Rogers, should have filed the report on May 11, 2015. She finally filed her report on June 10, 2015. […]

by · June 23, 2015 · Broward County, election, News, Politics
Sunny and Steamy For Dads

Sunny and Steamy For Dads

By Donna Thomas, Meteorologist, June 21,2015 – South Florida will be sunny and steamy on Fathers Day, as summer officially begins. Sunday will also feature a few early showers, highs in the low 90s (with a few higher readings possible), and late showers in spots as the atmosphere moistens up. Monday will bring a few early coastal showers and highs in the low 90s. A few showers will move through on early on Tuesday, especially at the coast, and highs […]

by · June 21, 2015 · Weather
Steamy End to Spring

Steamy End to Spring

By Donna Thomas, Meteorologist, June 20, 2015 – South Florida will be steamy but mostly rain free on the last official day of spring. Look for a few early showers in spots, hot sun, and highs in the low 90s. Fathers Day will be hot and mostly dry, with highs in the low 90s and even a few mid 90s readings possible. Monday will feature hot sun and highs in the low 90s, but some moisture will work its way […]

by · June 20, 2015 · Weather
A synthetic drug known as "bath salts," spills out of a bottle in an image released by the Drug Enforcement Agency. (FILE)

Two charged with possession and intent to sell Flakka

MIAMI June 19, 2015 – Two central Florida men were indicted Thursday for conspiracy to import alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (A-PVP), also known as Flakka, from China. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO). Michael J. Hernandez, 25, from Orlando, and Jonell Philip Vega-Mercado, 19, from Clermont, were charged with conspiracy to import and possession with […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Broward County, Crime, Featured, Government, News

Cassini Captures Breathtaking View of Saturn’s Dione

By IAN O’NEILL, Discovery News, June 19, 2015 – On Tuesday (June 16), NASA’s Cassini mission had an EXTREMELY close encounter with one of Saturn’s cratered moons, Dione. At a distance of only 321 miles (516 kilometers), this close approach was Cassini’s fourth flyby of its mission — but it wasn’t the closest. During the spacecraft’s third flyby on Dec. 12, 2011, Cassini swooped only 62 miles (99 kilometers) from the moon’s cratered surface. PHOTO: Cassini Gets Final, Stunning View of Saturn’s […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Education, Featured, Government, News, space
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists at the Miami Seaport intercepted an unusual pest identified as Lissomus sp. in the family Elateridae during an intensive inspection of a container of ginger from Ecuador. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this week that this marks the first nationwide interception of this pest. Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly known as click beetles because of their unusual click mechanism.  A spine […]

Mike Westrich as Seymour comforts Amy Miller Brennan as Audrey in front of the human-eating Audrey II (Rick Pena is probably inside) in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors (Photo by Gemma Bramham)

Go Ahead, Feed The Plants: Slow Burn’s Fine Farewell To Boca

By Bill Hirschman,, Special to, June 19, 2015 – Okay, everybody dies and the world is taken over by human-eating aliens, but Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors delivers a happy ending to its five-year partnership with West Boca Community High School. The once-fledgling, now highly-acclaimed troupe got its first break with low-cost space from the school on the edge of the Everglades in February 2010 when it mounted Bat Boy. Beginning next fall, it will operate […]

Beating Advanced Cancers: New Epigenomic Block for Advanced Cancer Progression (Video)

Beating Advanced Cancers: New Epigenomic Block for Advanced Cancer Progression (Video)

By Mayo Clinic, Special to, June 19, 2015 – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and possibly stop the progression of many late-stage cancers, including bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung and kidney. The precision medicine study appears online in Oncogene and focuses on kidney cancer and its metastases. Recent studies of the same epigenomic fingerprint in other cancers suggest a common pathway that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of advanced disease across […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Featured, Health,, Medical, News, Videos
Steamy Days Ahead

Steamy Days Ahead

By Donna Thomas, Meteorologist, June 19, 2015 – South Florida will be steamy and hot on Friday and throughout the Fathers Day weekend. A few early showers in spots will give way to hot sun, some clouds, and highs in the low 90s on Friday afternoon. Saturday will bring more of the same, with a low chance of rain and highs in the low 90s. Fathers Day will be hot, with highs in the low to mid 90s and a […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Weather
Sgt. Willie Jones

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Gets Another Democrat Opponent

By RedBroward, Special to, June 18, 2015 – On Tuesday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel picked up another Democrat challenger when Willie Jones of Coconut Creek filed his campaign paperwork. Jones is the second Democrat running against Israel. “Mystery Man” Edison Jules of Ohio/NY/Florida entered the race last month. Last January, the Westside Gazette published a glowing review of Jones’ retirement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. ” Citations, proclamations and reflections were heartfelt and varied, coming from dignitaries such as former Pompano Beach Commissioner Woodrow […]

St. Sebastian River (Photo by Kyle Gabriel)

Roughing it: St. Sebastian River Preserve

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, June 18, 2015 – There are no fancy entrance gates, nor is there a groomed campground within the preserve. To get there, you travel on unpaved roads that require deft handling. Other than a buffer road along the C-54 canal, which divides the park, motorized vehicles are prohibited. But you can hike here.  You can hike until you drop — on 60 miles of trails through 22,000 acres of wilderness, trails that are also open to mountain bikes […]