Morning Juice: Senseless Deaths in Both Counties; Colts Star Carries Haitian Flag

A look at what happened over the weekend in South Florida;

  • Neal Jacobson, the Wellington man who on Saturday admitted to murdering his wife and two sons, was still hospitalized Sunday, either from the complications of swallowing a bunch of pills or from the car crash that occurred after the murders. Friends say Jacobson was depressed after he'd made bad decisions with the family's finances. [Palm Beach Post]
  • A 14-year-old girl was killed Saturday night in Oakland Park in a collision with a Broward Sheriff's Office cruiser at NE 56th Street and Dixie Highway. It appears that the BSO deputy's car didn't have its emergency lights on. Investigators don't know who was at fault. [WPLG]
  • The tax-subsidized Palm Beach County Sports Commission recently picked its new executive director based on their reactions to the candidates' two-minute presentations, an American Idol-style farce that leaves some wondering whether the commission needs to be radically reorganized. [Palm Beach Post]
  • The next few weeks, South Florida will be mobbed by fans of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, who yesterday advanced to the Super Bowl. The Colts won the big one here three years ago. It's the first for the Saints, who needed a Brett Favre interception and an overtime period to put away the Minnesota Vikings. [NFL.com]
  • The press scrum is liable to make a household name out of Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who had a record-setting day yesterday with 11 catches and whose family is Haitian. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Today early voting began for the congressional seat vacated by Robert Wexler. Ted Deutch and Ben Graber are the Democratic candidates, with Deutch the favorite. On the Republican side, it's Ed Lynch and two newcomers. The primary election is February 2, and the special election is slated for April 13. It's a heavily Democratic seat, but after last week's result in Massachusetts, no Democrat is feeling very safe. [Sun-Sentinel]

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