It's a rather slow news day, readers. Here are some of the highlights.
A- HuffPo: Interview with owner of Gramps in Wynwood.
395 or 195?B- TC Palm: Life in South Florida.
195 gets you there faster. If I have a tourist friend from out of town and they want to look at the cruise ships, then 395. When I want to feel Miami coursing through my veins, I decide I have an errand to do at 4 a.m., hop in the car, and blast "Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer as I fly over the Julia Tuttle, I stare out over the water, see Miami Beach, and say to myself "the world is mine." Then, usually, I realize that I left my wallet at home or locked myself out of the apartment.
FORT PIERCE — Brenda Albury spent Christmas Eve night at the bedside of her goddaughter, but not in the way either of them expected.C- South Florida Business Journal: Aren't these called "Best Buy?"
The goddaughter, a 13-year-old Pine Creek Village resident, was walking to her apartment with her mother late Monday afternoon when several shots were fired toward them, said Albury, who also lives in the complex but was out of town at the time. A bullet grazed the woman's leg, but her daughter was seriously injured, Albury said.
Microsoft will bring its first South Florida retail store to Dadeland Mall next year, the company announced Wednesday.D- NBC Miami: Our well-regulated militia.
According to a post on Microsoft's blog, the company will open six new retail stores across the country in 2013, said Jonathan Adashek, general manager of the Communications and Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group for Microsoft.
The stores sell all types of Microsoft merchandise, from Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft and third-party software, games, peripherals and more.
A Pompano Beach man has been ordered held without bond on suspicion he opened fire from the second-story balcony of his apartment complex on Christmas Day, authorities say.E- WPTV: Absolutely. This will stop the school shootings.
At a hearing Wednesday, Broward County Judge Arlene Backman told Jymys Estrada, 21, that he isn’t eligible to post a bond. Estrada was taken into custody Tuesday on charges of discharging a firearm in public and possession of an altered firearm, according to a sheriff’s arrest report. The Honduras native was being detained on an immigration hold, the judge said.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - From Boca Raton to the Treasure Coast, our communities have seen violent crimes drop by 25 percent since 2007. That means fewer murders, aggravated assaults and armed burglaries. But a group of local religious leaders says that isn't good enough.
"It is easier for children to get a gun and kill someone than it is to get a quality education in school," says C. Shahid Freedman.
"The time has come to put metal detectors in all the schools," says Thomas Masters, Mayor of Riviera Beach.