Planes in Florida close call were cleared to use same runway
Federal investigators say an air traffic controller cleared a plane to take off from Sarasota, Florida, while an American Airlines jet was making its final approach to the same runway last month, leading the American pilots to abandon their landing. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that the American and Air Canada Rouge planes were separated by six-tenths of a mile — about 3,000 feet (900 meters) — at their closest point. In its preliminary report, the safety board did not state a cause for the Feb. 16 incident, but it said it formed a group to investigate air traffic controller actions.news.yahoo.com
New College conservative board votes to abolish DEI office
Trustees picked by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to oversee New College of Florida voted Tuesday to abolish its small office that handles diversity, equity and inclusion programs targeted by conservatives throughout the state university system.
New College conservative board votes to abolish DEI office
Trustees picked by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to oversee New College of Florida voted Tuesday to abolish its small office that handles diversity, equity and inclusion programs targeted by conservatives throughout the state university system. The board also voted to permit interim President Richard Corcoran to consider ending a single online mandatory employee diversity training program that few actually take. “This is not a very impressive DEI bureaucracy, is what I'm seeing,” said trustee Grace Keenan, who was not appointed by DeSantis.news.yahoo.com
Javier de Cardenas captures state rowing championship
Palmetto Bay resident Javier de Cardenas, a junior at Belen Jesuit High School, won the Varsity Lightweight Single Sculling State Championship. Belen High School has not had an overall single sculling state champion since 2015, so de Cardenas’s accomplishment was all the more meaningful. Javier’s father, Dr. Andres de Cardenas, said that his son’s hard work paid off. The training for the single, you’re rowing for a very long time and you’re by yourself. “I have an awesome coach,” Javier said.communitynewspapers.com
FBI looks into newly bought phone, campground surveillance in Brian Laundrie search: report
In the continuing search for Brian Laundrie after the discovery of the body of Gabby Petito, the FBI are looking into a recently purchased phone as well as surveillance footage from a Florida campground.sun-sentinel.com
MAP: Here’s the latest forecast track of Tropical Storm Elsa
Tropical Storm Elsa is forecast to track just off off the west coast of Florida during the day on Tuesday, heading for a potential landfall somewhere between Sarasota and the Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center.sun-sentinel.com
Trump appears to acknowledge tax schemes while questioning whether alleged violations are crimes
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg with orchestrating a 15-year scheme to avoid taxes by providing benefits hidden from the federal government.washingtonpost.com
Trump Visits Florida to Whine About Arrests of Jan. 6 Rioters Amid Surfside Recovery Efforts
Joe Raedle/GettyDonald Trump held a rally Saturday night in Sarasota, Florida, where he revived his long-running list of grievances about Joe Biden’s “atrocious” administration and appeared to voice support for Jan. 6 Capitol rioters.“The radical Left, thanks to a rigged and dishonest election, now controls the U.S. government,” he complained, continuing to propagate the lie that he won the 2020 presidential election. He also called New York prosecutors “fascist and authoritarian” for charging hnews.yahoo.com
WATCH: South Florida 7-year-old’s soccer slide tackle goes viral
Youth soccer is getting quite competitive. The video you can watch above shows 7-year old Logan Barzola from Weston Academy making a crunching tackle during a tournament in Sarasota. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. The video has gone viral, getting more than one million views on TikTok. We’re thinking Inter Miami should reach out to logan in about a decade to anchor the defense.
Florida city official involved in Christmas Eve fight
SARASOTA, Fla. – A city official in Florida was involved in a fight outside a bar on Christmas, a local newspaper reported. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Monday that Sarasota Commissioner Kyle Battie was attacked by multiple men after a verbal dispute. A witness told police Battie fell to the ground and was kicked and punched. According to the newspaper, another witness who is the girlfriend of one of the men involved in the fight told police that her boyfriend was approached by a tall, Black man. The victim told police three of the men surrounded him and began striking him.
Florida man holding trash can for friend finds dead body inside
SARASOTA, Fla. – A Florida man has found a badly decomposing body inside a trash can. The unidentified man told the Manatee County Sheriff’s office he’d been holding the 55-gallon container for a friend who promised to retrieve it later. But the friend never returned and after about two months, the man smelled a foul odor and opened the container. The sheriff’s office is investigating the identity of the remains and how they died. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Man holding trash can for friend finds dead body
SARASOTA, Fla. – A Florida man has found a badly decomposing body inside a trash can. The unidentified man told the Manatee County Sheriff’s office he’d been holding the 55-gallon container for a friend who promised to retrieve it later. But the friend never returned and after about two months, the man smelled a foul odor and opened the container. The sheriff’s office is investigating to identify the remains and how that person died. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Private plane misses runway at Executive Airport
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A private plane with 8 people aboard registered in Sarasota missed the runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Saturday. Fort Lauderdale Fire Department was dispatched to the airport at 11:44 a.m. after the call came in of an “aircraft down.”The Piper PA -31 that missed the runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Saturday. (WPLG)The Piper PA-31-350 plane’s pilot had reported issues on approach to the airport as it was attempting to land on Runway 13, then veered off into the grass upon making a hard landing. 1 female passenger sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, according to the FAA.
Body of trooper fatally shot on I-95 receives FHP escort
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The body of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was fatally shot after he stopped to help a motorist was escorted across the state Friday morning. Trooper Joseph Bullock was killed Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Martin County. The tow truck driver, who hasn't been identified, said Reed was upset about having to pay for a towing service when he shot Bullock. Trooper Joseph Bullock was fatally shot by Frankin Reed III, who was then shot to death by a Riviera Beach police officer. (FHP, Martin County Sheriff's Office)Shortly thereafter, a Riviera Beach police officer who was passing by shot Reed, killing him.
On this day: August 23
2002: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, recognized as the first pitcher to save 200 games in his career and the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games, dies at age 80 in Sarasota, Florida. One of the oldest players to have pitched in the major-leagues, last pitching just 16 days short of his 50th birthday, he retired in 1972 with the lowest career earned run average of any major-league hurler after 1927 who pitched more than 2,000 innings. Wilhelm pitched for 10 different teams in his career, earning an All-Star berth eight times and winning a World Series title with the New York Giants in 1954. Hide Caption