It's a great morning for news in South Florida. Here are some of the stories I found interesting.
A- Sun-Sentinel: Video, Life in South Florida. Man gets a beat down in a Lauderdale gas station for no reason.
B- Sun-Sentinel: Stoopid criminals.
Status update: It was bad idea to steal a judge's nameplate and then post a picture of yourself holding it on your girlfriend's Facebook page.C- Sun-Sentinel: Video, when Toranados attack.
That's exactly what Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, is accused of doing.
Mulhall posted the photograph of himself holding the stolen nameplate, which was pried from the door of Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando courtroom on Natalie Coma Toze Segura Facebook account, according to arrest records.
A woman trying to retrieve her mail was struck by her own car Thursday in the suburban Boynton Beach community of Oakwood Lakes.D- Sun-Sentinel: Wonder what this guy was up to.
Investigators say the car, an older model Oldsmobile Toronado, was still in reverse when the woman, who is in her 80s, stepped out of the vehicle and was hit by its door.
At that point, the car went in repeated circles on the cul de sac for up to 15 minutes without hitting anything else.
Neighbors eventually dragged the woman from the car's path.
The cache was unusually large and threatening: A passenger at Palm Beach International Airport attempted to sneak aboard a carry-on bag loaded with a taser, a four-inch martial arts knife, a box cutter, four rounds of ammunition, two M-80 firecrackers and a shotgun shell.E- South Florida Business Journal: The Rock's new house in Broward.
Punraj Baldeo, 20, of Rockaway, N.Y., was planning to take a Delta flight to New York on Feb. 28 when Transportation Security Administration officials confiscated his arsenal, one of the airport's largest seizures.
F- CBS4: Life in South Florida, Part 2.
MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) — A North Miami Beach man, doing a good deed early Thursday morning, was robbed at gunpoint, beaten and left stripped down to his skivvies in Miami Gardens.G- WPLG: Former Cuban-American hardliner realizes his mistakes of the past.
Carlos Saladrigas used to be a hard-liner on Cuba, refusing to have contact with Cubans on the island and criticizing exiles who did so during the 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II.
"I have changed substantially. I used to believe that was the right policy, that isolating Cuba was the right answer. I've come to realize that it was absolutely a mistake," Saladrigas said.
But now, Saladrigas says half a century of trying to isolate Cuba through the embargo, diplomacy and travel restrictions has not brought down the Castros and has only hurt the Cuban people.
"Why do we think that after 53 years of failure, all of a sudden, there's going to be a silver bullet, and all of a sudden, it's going to work, when it hasn't, and it hasn't anywhere else?" Saladrigas said.