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Fort Myers pilot recreates emergency landing for WINK

In a written statement, the pilot said he did not see them and is devastated by the loss of life. Sam Smink flew with a local pilot Tuesday to show us what it's like when a small plane is forced to make an emergency landing.

Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach 'Never Saw' Victims Below

The pilot whose plane crashed-landed on a Florida beach Sunday, killing a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore, "never saw them" during his frantic efforts to land the stalled single-engine plane, according to his statement released today. "It was only after I landed and we exited the plane that I realized that there were people on the beach," Karl Kokomoor said in his statement ...

Sarasota County reports death from 'flesh-eating' bacteria

One person in Sarasota County has died from a “flesh-eating bacteria,” officials there confirmed Tuesday. According to a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the patient was middle-aged and had chronic health problems. The death comes amid concerns about the bacteria thriving in warmer water temperatures that arrive in the Florida summer months.

US Surgeon General: Skin Cancer a Major Public Health Problem

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak has declared skin cancer a major public health problem in the United States, and has called on federal and local officials to step up prevention. A new report says the number of deadly melanoma cases has skyrocketed 200 percent since 1973. The report blames what it says is a generation of sun worshippers who associate a suntan with good health. Lushniak ...

Deondre vs. De'Andre rift heats up as Francois ponders FSU or Auburn

Former Olympia quarterback, now at IMG, will announce his college decision Thursday It's been a while since we've heard any words directed at each other between future FSU quarterback De'Andre Johnson and possible future FSU quarterback Deondre Francois.

UT Regents Pick McRaven as Sole Chancellor Finalist

Regents picked Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday. McRaven has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid in 2011.

Gilas Pilipinas in Miami to train for FIBA World Cup

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau July 29, 2014 MIAMI – The Philippine National Basketball Team, known as “Gilas Pilipinas”, is in Miami, Florida honing their skills for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Madrid, Spain in August and then Asian Games in Incheon, Korea in September. “So far here, Miami training has been […]

USF bulks up for new football season

It has invested coin in a new slogan ("Live Green and Gold") and sleek new helmets. Its coach has spent the summer barnstorming from Atlanta to Miami to help generate hope and booster support. Even its website's getting a facelift.

Newport news: USF media day notes

Some more Bulls-centric items from Tuesday's American Athletic Conference media day in Newport, R.I. * Coach Willie Taggart said with the exception of sophomore WR Tommy Eveld (torn ACL), every Bull who missed all or a portion of spring drills is good to go for Monday's first preseason practice. And even Eveld, who requested a move …

Youth group teams up with Mission Change

A youth group from Orlando, Florida is helping Mission Change keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.

Driver runs down woman in strip club parking lot

Police arrested a man who they say ran over a woman in the parking lot of a Fort Myers strip club early Tuesday morning. 

3rd Annual GigTank Event Showcases Inventions, Ideas and Innovation

Experts from as far away as the University of Miami to Oak Ridge National Labratory were in town to hear from a group of entrepreneurs. They were showcasing their ideas for new start ups. NewsChannel9's Betsy Goldin has the story. Click 'play' to watch. ...

American Eagle is hit with lawsuit from street artist who claims it used his 'droopy eyeball' motif

Miami, Florida-based David Anasagasti filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that his signature eyeball images appeared in the store' s spring campaign.

Man allegedly runs over victim at Scarlett's, flees scene

Fort Myers Police arrested 21-year-old Giovanni Alberto Cardona this morning after he allegedly backed over a person with his car at Scarlett's Cabaret following an argument.

Miami to play UD, WSU in men’s hoop

The University of Dayton and Miami will resume their long men’s basketball series this coming season after a one-year hiatus.

Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the ...

Soldier's Florida home demolished while he was stationed in Iraq

Federal judge slams Miami-Dade County for knocking down the home of a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant over code violations

FSU players make their own music video

FSU players report for fall camp on Sunday and practice begins on Monday, and clearly football season cannot come soon enough.

USF picked to finish sixth in American by media

NEWPORT, R.I. — Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.

US business denies hiring Zimmerman for security

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) The U.S. man famous for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager told police that he had been hired as security for a gun store, a claim that the store's manager denied Tuesday.Police said two officers on...

Ft. Myers man bitten by coral snake he kept as a pet

A Fort Myers man was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a coral snake that he was keeping as a pet. He did not have any licenses to possess this snake, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is...

LOL! OMG! Rapper DMX needs TLC after terrifying thrill ride

Want to watch rapper DMX grunt, curse and scream in a new video? There's no music involved, it's just the 43-year-old reacting to an amusement park ride called the Slingshot at Magical Midway Thrill Park in Orlando, Florida.

Vets, Teens Transplant Corals In Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

A dozen wounded veterans are wrapping up several days of diving in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tuesday to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

Rock Spa® at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Prepares for Expansion

The Rock Spa® at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will soon be having a complete renovation and, upon its re-opening in the fall, will emerge as the place to rock one’s body and soul. (PRWeb July 29, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12054906.htm

Tampa Woman Stalked Singer of Soundgarden, Report Says

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and his wife pulled their children out of New York public schools, fearing that a Tampa woman would try to hurt them.

Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida

Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes and cause flesh-eating disease.

FSU football by the numbers: Trends among Jimbo Fisher's balanced offensive attack

FSU’s offense maneuvered with machine-like precision and effectiveness in 2013.

Florida Panthers reach deal with free-agent Jimmy Hayes

The Florida Panthers and restricted free-agent forward Jimmy Hayes came to a last-minute agreement on a one-year deal Tuesday, thus avoiding their scheduled salary arbitration hearing in Toronto.

Rising levels of water vapour in atmosphere amplifies Global Warming

A new study has revealed that increased water vapour concentration in the atmosphere contributes in global warming process.

Homeless man, saved from being robbed, to be reunited with family in Indiana

UPDATE: A Fort Lauderdale homeless man who was saved by a deputy from being robbed was placed on a flight Tuesday afternoon.

Gay couple taking case to Supreme Court

A gay Key West couple suing the state of Florida over their right to marry is asking an appellate court to send their case directly to the state Supreme Court. Key Largo attorney Bernadette Restivo... read more

Florida Medical Association backs Medicaid growth

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. The organization passed a resolution at its annual conference last weekend saying it ...

Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida; more could be on the way

EASTON, Pa. - Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida ...

Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida, its 2nd such venue

EASTON, Pa. - Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. It will be similar to the attraction Crayola now operates in its eastern Pennsylvania hometown of Easton. ...

Florida Medical Assoc. supports Medicaid expansion

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The powerful Florida Medical Association now supports expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers.

Autistic brain less flexible at taking on tasks, Stanford study shows

( Stanford University Medical Center ) The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Clowns, spiders…

Money magazine has released its first-ever college rankings, and the University of Florida came in at No. 7 among public institutions -- and No. 1 in Florida -- on its list of Best Colleges for Your Money.

Family: 'Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven'

UPDATE: Sarasota, Florida (WTSP)- The family issued the following statement on Tuesday morning

Crayola Brings Color and Creativity to Orlando with "Crayola Experience"

Crayola announced today that it will open a new Crayola Experience, a colorful family attraction, in the heart of Florida's top family destination: Orlando. The new location is slated to open summer 2015 in The Florida Mall and will feature 25 hands-on attractions that offer hours of creative fun. At Crayola Experience, every child's creation is wonderfully unique – just like them!

Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria in state waters

Crash-landing planes aren't the only hazard on Florida beaches: The state has warned that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in its waters, Gawker reports.

Crayola to Open Family Attraction in Orlando

Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida; more could be on the way

US girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

SARASOTA, Florida (AP) A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.Oceana Irizzary's...

Crayola Experience to open in Orlando next summer

Forks crayon-maker to open 70,000-square-foot family attraction at the Florida Mall, not far from Disney resort. Move over princesses, the crayon is moving in.

Crayola Experience to open in Orlando next summer

Forks crayon-maker to open 70,000-square-foot family attraction at the Florida Mall, not far from Disney resort. Move over princesses, the crayon is moving in.

Girl, 9, Hit by Plane on Florida Beach Dies From Injuries

MIAMI, Florida — The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck Sunday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene, and the girl was rushed to a hospital ...

Girl, 9, Hit by Plane on Florida Beach Dies From Injuries

MIAMI, Florida — The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck Sunday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene, and the girl was rushed to a hospital ...

Florida Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask for State Supreme Court Hearing

The plaintiffs in the Florida marriage equality case in Key West are seeking to bypass the appeals court and go directly top the state Supreme Court.

Saharan Dust Is Key To The Formation Of The Bahamas Islands: Study

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science UM Rosenstiel scientists studied how fertilization of region could trigger carbonate formation A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands . Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that iron-rich Saharan dust ...

Global warming amplifier: Rising water vapor in upper troposphere to intensify climate change

A new study from scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and colleagues confirms rising levels of water vapor in the upper troposphere -- a key amplifier of global warming -- will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades. The new study is the first to show that increased water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere are a direct ...

ESPN employee's tweet about Jimbo Fisher stirs up controversy

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher made the rounds at ESPN Monday, appearing on a slew of the network’s television programs and radio shows.
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