FAMU HAZING HEARING SET
The 10 remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major are due in court Friday for a status hearing. The afternoon hearing could determine when trials may begin. Robert Champion collapsed in November 2011 after he was beaten on a bus outside an Orlando hotel.
STATE BOARD TO PICK INTERIM EDUCATION COMMISSIONER
The State Board of Education has scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday to pick an interim education commission after the resignation of Tony Bennett. Pam Steward, who currently serves as the state's chancellor of public schools, is expected to get the nod.
JURY AWARDS DAMAGES TO FLORIDA SMOKER
A South Florida jury has awarded $37.5 million in damages to the family of a woman who died at age 38 of lung cancer. The verdict includes $22.5 million in punitive damages against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Laura Grossman of Broward County died in 1995.
MARLINS SPLIT SERIES WITH METS
Tom Koehler pitched six innings and the Miami Marlins gave the Mets Matt Harvey his shortest outing of the season Thursday afternoon. In fact, Harvey's three shortest outings this year have come at Marlins Park. The Marlins beat the Mets 3-0.
3 MEN ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING CONTRABAND INTO JAIL
Three men face charges after authorities say they attempted to bring $1,500 worth of marijuana and other items into the Pinellas County Jail. Deputies learned of the smuggling operation when a cord two inmates had dangled from a sixth-floor drainage hole. The third man ran when the cord broke and was arrested at his home.
NICK CANNON AND OFFICE DEPOT DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN FORT LAUDERDALE
The Office Depot Foundation and Nick Cannon are teaming up to donate 15,000 packs with school supplies to South Florida non-profit organizations.