I have a jam-packed Cooler for you this Friday morning.
A- Herald: Life in South Florida.
About two dozen community leaders had gathered to discuss anti-violence measures Thursday when, suddenly, the Miami police major for the city's Northside District bolted from the meeting.B- Herald: So I guess these means God hates Texas.
Moments later, the group found out why: Two innocent young boys had been injured in a drive-by shooting -- probably involving high-powered assault weapons -- as they played basketball near their homes in Liberty City. The boys were shot as their mothers looked on.
A dramatic change in the Gulf of Mexico's loop current has trapped a slick of oil in a huge circular eddy that scientists said Thursday appears likely to push slowly west instead of pumping the oil south into the Florida Keys.C- Herald: Don't forget, "My dog died."
Beverly Gallagher, the former Broward School Board member convicted on a federal bribery charge, said she binged on alcohol during the past four years, briefly abused pain pills and suffered from depression, according to court documents.D- Herald: Close call.
Gallagher, 51, faces 37 to 46 months in prison when she is sentenced Wednesday. Prosecutors and her lawyer, David Bogenschutz, are asking that she serve 37 months -- with Bogenschutz also requesting that she be sent to a minimum-security prison with a drug-abuse program.
The city is not cracking down on hoteliers who serve alcohol on the shores of the Atlantic this weekend, City Manager Jorge Gonzalez said Thursday.E- Herald: Couple least likely to attend...George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Earlier in the week, City Attorney Jose Smith told The Miami Herald that hotels cannot serve or sell alcohol on the public beach, based on a review of hotel concession agreements and the city's laws.
Miami-Dade College and Amnesty International will host an interfaith forum on torture at 7 p.m. Friday at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.F- Herald: My answer would have been, "Surrender your your license. Now."
Sadly this past week we saw a brilliant, passionate person die when he didn't have to.G- Sun-Sentinel: Chan Lowe.
That person was Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Ambroise, killed by a car that plowed into him while sitting in his patrol car.
Well, many of you were devastated by this and e-mailed me asking, ``What really is the state's `Move Over' law?''
Many of you didn't even know about it until it was mentioned in the news.
H- South Florida Business Journal: Somewhat related to "F."
Florida drivers are getting better at passing their driving tests, but they are still below the U.S. average.I- CBS4: Video, less police for Urban Beach Weekend.
The 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test survey found that about 20 percent of licensed drivers – roughly 38 million Americans – would not pass a written drivers' exam if taken today.
Florida drivers ranked 41st, with a score of 75.2 percent.
J- WSVN: Video, the bad guys may be watching in parking lots.
K- WPTV: Website redesign.