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Morning Juice: South Floridians Wrestle With Degrees of Guilt

I don't want to jinx it, so I'll just say that we haven't had to worry about currihanes lately. But there's still six more weeks left in the danger zone. Let's whistle past the graveyard; besides, we have plenty of other worries:

  • As H1N1 gains momentum, the feds are close to distributing the vaccine and Broward hospitals are getting ready for a patient surge, if not from infected people then from hypochondriac types who form the "worried well." [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Incredibly, a WPBF news van caught up with an apparent hit-and-run driver near Palm Beach Gardens on I-95. Reporter Angela Rozier actually interviewed the man by the side of the freeway. He told her he was falling asleep at the wheel but "as soon as I hit the truck I was wide awake." I'm sure the driver of the overturned truck is glad he could be of service. [WPBF]
  • As the Fenn case goes to the jury, another wrenching trial begins in West Palm, where 18-year-old Jakaris Taylor tries to convince jurors he was coerced by friends and couldn't stop the Dunbar Village gang rape. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Snaps for being sneaky. In an era when other cities have to decide between cutting services and raising taxes, Fort Lauderdale has raised a few extra million by driving a hard bargain in its contract talks with FPL. But if the utility gets the franchise, it'll pass along the extra costs directly to Fort Lauderdale FPL customers. Remember this, please, when during the next muni election, your commissioners brag about the fiscal discipline they showed during tough times. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • In a first for South Florida, Temple Beth El in Hollywood will be streaming Rosh Hashanah services online. It's a cheaper way to observe the holiday for those who can't afford the few hundred bucks it costs to attend in person. But how can the synagogue trust that there are no free riders who can observe on the cheap? Because it has faith in the members of its community. Also, guilt. [Miami Herald]

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Thomas Francis

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