The local news this morning:
- In a deal that looks like a politically motivated rip-off, the town of Davie fast-tracked a $12.5 million purchase of the Foreman family's vacated Palma Nova mobile home park. It took a fat chunk out of the city's rainy day fund. [Sun-Sentinel]
- Broward Judge Susan Lebow dismissed a murder case after a prosecutor refused to give his opening statement, angry over not receiving evidence that was supposed to have arrived from West Palm. But it's not like 26-year-old Jason Stone got away with murder. That 2007 case was a violation of his probation, leading him to be sentenced to life in prison. [Sun-Sentinel]
- Citing a failure of communication between state officials and the Haiti relief effort, officials from the three South Florida counties have formed a task force to form a consensus about how to deal with Haitian refugees looking to settle in the region. [Palm Beach Post]
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- The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office is trying to track down what may be a serial rapist. Investigators are circulating a sketch of the man thought to be responsible for three rape cases, involving women who were walking alone late at night. [WPBF-25]
- A profile of Rickey Jackson, the Pahokee native who was a ferocious linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, now doing charity work in his poverty-ravaged hometown. [Miami Herald]