MATHIS ATTORNEYS WILL ASK FOR CHARGES TO BE TOSSED
Before jurors get the case, defense attorneys will ask a judge to throw out remaining charges against a Jacksonville attorney accused of helping build up a network of storefront casinos under the guise of a veteran's charity. Prosecutors and defense attorneys at lawyer Kelly Mathis' trial are back in court Tuesday for the last day before closing arguments at his trial.
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GETS 3 YEARS IN ROTHSTEIN FRAUD CASE
A South Florida attorney will serve three years in federal prison for helping the wife of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein conceal $1 million in jewelry from investigators. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum imposed the sentence Monday on lawyer Scott Saidel. He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to launder money, obstruct justice and tamper with a witness. Saidel reports to prison Nov. 21.
MIAMI-DADE SUPERINTENDENT HONORED WITH ARTS AWARD
The superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools is being honored with a national arts education award. Americans for the Arts will honor Alberto Carvalho in New York City on Oct. 21. The organization was founded in 1960 to advance the arts and arts education. The annual awards recognize artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership.
4 SUPER-SIZED CRANES ARRIVE AT PORT OF MIAMI
Four new cranes big enough to handle new super-sized cargo ships have been delivered to the port of Miami in preparation for the opening of an expanded Panama Canal. The expansion will nearly double the canal's cargo capacity and the size of the ships that can pass through it. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
SOUTH FLORIDA PARKS LOSING THOUSANDS IN US SHUTDOWN
The National Park Service says it's losing thousands of dollars a day in fees at two South Florida parks because of the federal government shutdown. In a statement last week, park service officials said Everglades National Park gets an average of 2,723 visitors each day in October. The park stands to lose roughly $2,435 in entrance fees each day of the shutdown, along with $612 in other daily fees.
GREEN SEA TURTLE FROM FLORIDA KEYS MAKES LAS VEGAS DEBUT
A green sea turtle with an irreparable collapsed lung that spent years at the Florida Keys Turtle Hospital made his official debut in Las Vegas Monday.The 320-pound turtle - named OD after the Key Largo dive boat Ocean Diver that rescued him in 2008 - is now on display at The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
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