A sampling of the weekend news you might have missed:
Give it time?: While overcrowded schools in western Broward are bursting at the seams, there are 26,000 empty seats farther east -- and Superintendent Robert Runcie is doing almost nothing to alleviate the issues for the coming school year, saying a "broader look" is needed before real decisions -- the hard ones we're ostensibly paying them to make -- are made. [Sun-Sentinel]
Just can't get herself fired: A Pompano Beach teacher who received a ten-day suspension for repeatedly calling a student "a little chocolate boy" has said over and over that it's all a big misunderstanding. This, in case you were wondering, happens to be the same teacher who was accused of throwing holy water on an atheist colleague in 2010...
... Anyway, a cell-phone video came out over the weekend that showed the teacher obviously calling the student "Chocolate." She reportedly insisted that "the incident was a misunderstanding and that she was referring to chocolates she was handing out during class." Suuuure. [WSVN]
Anything to beat a rap: Fort Lauderdale murder suspect Narcy Novack, on trial on charges that she hired men to beat her husband to death, is trying to get her videotaped statements to police thrown out because she didn't know she didn't have to talk to them. Novak's husband, Fountainbleu Hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., was found beaten to death in New York in 2009. Though she said Friday she was never given a break and actually contemplated suicide during police questioning, transcripts indicate she repeatedly declined breaks and food and volunteered to take a polygraph. [Miami Herald, AP via Kansas City Star]
One sad understudy: The day the Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts was set to open its production of The Producers, the cast and crew found out 61-year-old Stephen Jerome, who was set to play the role made famous on Broadway by Nathan Lane, had died the night before. The role was double-cast, but the man alternating with Jerome was planning on sitting out because he'd been hospitalized earlier in the week with intestinal inflammation. They said, as they always do, that the show will go on. [Sun-Sentinel]
Pleeeease Peyton?: Though Peyton Manning's first stop after being released by the Indianapolis Colts was South Florida, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the Miami Dolphins' hopes for signing the all-star quarterback are "losing steam." He's been in meetings with both the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos and is expected to make a decision by Tuesday. Did anybody tell him about our billboard? [Bleacher Report, New York Daily News]