A little later than usual, but here's a wrap up of the SoFla mainstream media...
A- Palm Beach Post: Share and share alike.
WEST PALM BEACH — Three major South Florida newspapers Monday will begin a three-month trial of sharing some stories.
The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale will share news stories from the previous 24 hours, giving readers more news of regional interest.
B- Palm Beach Post: Republicans elect the son of a KKK grand wizard in Palm Beach County.
Many Republicans in a neighborhood on the southeast side of West Palm Beach were shocked Wednesday when they heard they had elected the home-schooled 19-year-old son of a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard as their local committeeman.
"He won? Are you serious?" asked wallpaper hanger Scott Schulle. "I can't believe it."
"I doubt that people knew who they were voting for," said poll worker Bill Zern.
Local GOPers now claim Derek Black, stormfront.org founder Don Black's son, didn't sign the proper paperwork and will refuse to seat him as committeeman.
Derek Black vowed to take the issue to court.
C- Herald: Freedom to travel.
A federal judge has struck down a controversial state law that essentially banned professors at state universities in Florida from traveling to Cuba for research purposes, declaring it unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz ruled that the 2006 law, pushed aggressively by State Rep. David Rivera, ``is an impermissible sanction and serves as an obstacle to the objectives of the federal government.''
The law prohibited the use of state and nonstate funds for travel to Cuba and other countries labeled by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terrorism.
D- Herald: Morin.
E- Herald: Editorial, transit cuts.
Reducing routes and service at a time when more people are using mass transit is counter-intuitive. Miami-Dade's transit users put up with poorly maintained Metrorail and Metromover cars and stations and other inconveniences. Some riders have no choice; others want to keep their cars off the road. Whatever their reasons for riding, the county should be catering to transit users, not considering route reductions and other cuts that will make their commutes more difficult than they already are.
F- Sun-Sentinel: Sweet job.
FORT LAUDERDALE - For almost two years, a Fort Lauderdale police officer has collected a paycheck, pension and benefits — at $110,249 a year.
He has done no work.
Officer Sharif Samer Masri's job since October 2006: stay home, check in with the police department every day and take no "official police action." He can't wear a police uniform, carry a gun, drive a cruiser or enter the department without an escort, city records show.
Masri's wife, Amy Kienast Masri, was the target of a criminal investigation into allegations she bilked the city police health insurance fund. Amy Masri, a dentist, was sentenced in May. The police department is still looking at Sharif Masri and could discipline him in the case. But he was cleared in June of any criminal wrongdoing, by the State Attorney's Office.
G- Sun-Sentinel: FHP gets Chargers.
Don't be surprised if the next time you go barreling down the highway, the blue lights in your rear view mirror are from a police car that looks like it's been pumping iron and drinking protein shakes.
The Florida Highway Patrol has added 102 of the cars, which look like they're from a Mad Max movie, to its fleet.
"It handles like a dream. It's a real police car," said Trooper Robert Dooley, who got his 2008 Dodge Charger earlier this month. "It reminds me of a mean-looking muscle car. It looks like it's ready to go out there and do whatever we've got to do."
It comes in Hemi form with a 340-horsepower V-8 and also as a 250-horsepower six-cylinder model, the one the Highway Patrol uses.
H- CBS4: Video, Doral police get camera-equipped Tasers.