Here's a sampling of the new that is out there this morning.
A- Sun-Sentinel: Creep.
Federal agents are investigating Florida House Rep. Richard L. Steinberg, D-Miami Beach, for sending a series of suggestive and harassing text messages to a married Miami female prosecutor, court records show.B- Sun-Sentinel: Because shopping is a pleasure.
The dozens of messages, sent over the course of more than three months last fall, were sent from a phone that used software to disguise the number. The victim, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos, repeatedly begged the anonymous texter to leave her alone.
WhenU.S. Secret Serviceinvestigators traced the Yahoo! screen name, "itsjustme24680," it led to a phone and home Internet account registered to Steinberg, a former Miami Beach commissioner whom Fernandez-Karavetsos knew only through professional circles.
Lakeland-based Publix tops the ranking of 12 major grocers, based on a score of 84 out of 100. The Southeast regional supermarket chain has been rated the top grocery chain since 1995, according ACSI, an affiliate of the University of Michigan.C- Sun-Sentinel: Need a job?
Whole Foods, an upscale organic grocery chain, ranked second with a score of 80. It was first measured by the index in 2007. Walmart dropped 3 percent this year in the rankings with a score of 69 in the supermarket category, the release said. It remains dead last among all grocery retailers.
ORLANDO— A new survey shows Florida is expected to have 15,000 vacancies for registered nurses during 2012.D- Palm Beach Post: Life in South Florida.
WEST PALM BEACH — A 13-year-old boy was shot at least three times this afternoon while riding his bicycle near the Palm Tran bus service headquarters, a police spokesman said.E- South Florida Business Journal: Saving for that BMW or Mercedes.
The teen was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with "significant life-threatening injuries," said Allan Ortman, a West Palm Beach police spokesman.
When it comes to saving money, Miamians are cashing in more coupons, according to the 2011 Most Frugal Cities list compiled by Coupons.com.F- Miami Today: More building ads...to help the poor.
Miami ranked 12th in the nation, moving up from 13th the previous year.
The Miami-Dade County Commission is to hear March 3 a proposal to expand the boundaries of the City of Miami Urban Core, thus enlarging the area that permits large-scale commercial building wall murals.G- WPTV: Worst Pizza parlor owner.
Laverne Holiday, assistant director of Curley's House of Style, a local 501(c)3 that caters to low- to moderate-income individuals and families, supported the mural zone expansion, telling commissioners fees the city collects from each mural would provide local non-profits with funds to support and improve services.
"We have first-hand experience… working with the poor," she said. "I believe that this community has some poor, and murals will bring revenue that will allow us to keep property costs down for property owners and will allow the property owners to upgrade their properties and make capital improvements that are greatly needed."
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A pizza shop owner threatened to shoot a former part-time employee earlier this month, according to a Vero Beach police report.
The part-timer told police Gugliemelli was upset that someone at the business had contacted his mistress, the affidavit states. The employee, who was hired in December, denied having anything to do with the matter, but said Gugliemelli suspected her of making the call, she told police.
The employee said after the restaurant closed Feb. 10, Gugliemelli placed a black handgun on the counter as he counted tips. As she left the business, she said she saw her boss pointing the gun at her through a reflection in the glass.
"Now that you've got your back toward me, I can shoot you from behind," Gugliemelli told the woman, according to the affidavit.