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    (CNN)The Republican-led West Virginia Legislature on Friday did not come to a consensus on a bill that would ban abortions with some exceptions, leaving the procedure legal in the state for now. West Virginia is one of two states that have reconvened a special session to consider restrictions on abortion since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June, finding there was no longer a federal constitutional right to the procedure. HB 302, the West Virginia bill under debate, aims to significantly curtail access to abortion in the state, where it is currently legal up to 20 weeks post-fertilization. HB 302 would prohibit abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with exceptions for a "nonmedically viable fetus," a medical emergency or an ectopic pregnancy, a rare event in which the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus and cannot survive. The Senate on Friday voted 21-10 to return the bill with its amendments to the House, which had passed a different version on Wednesday. That chamber declined to accept the changes later Friday, adjourning without announcing a time to...
    Some came in wool fisherman’s sweaters, and other contestants had sportsmen’s attire. But it was the cream-colored sweater of attorney Jon Auvil that caught the eye of judges who awarded him the title for most resembling author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway. Auvil triumphed Saturday night over 124 other contestants for the title in the annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the Key West establishment where the author was a regular patron during his decade-long residence on the island in the 1930s. The look-a-like contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration, which ended Sunday. Auvil said he shares Hemingway’s passion for fishing, has written some fiction and would like to do more writing. “Every man wants to write like Hemingway,” said Auvil, who lives in Dade City, Florida, northeast of Tampa. While living in Key West, Hemingway wrote classics, including “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “To Have and Have Not.” Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth. This year’s competition attracted 135 portly, bearded men, who are endeavoring to prove their likeness to the famed American author. The contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to celebrate the creative talent and colorful lifestyle of the man who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. Thursday night’s entrants paraded across the stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where Hemingway and his cohorts often met for drinks, before a judging panel of former contest winners. Most had full beards and wore sportsman’s attire, seemingly emulating the “Papa” persona adopted by Hemingway in his later years. On Thursday morning, a group of look-alikes helped release a 185-pound (83-kilogram) rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, coincidentally dubbed “Papa” when it was rescued after being entangled in fishing line, off the Florida Keys’ Sombrero Beach in Marathon. The look-alike contest’s second preliminary round is set for Friday, and the...
    President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released over 95,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the United States interior last month — a foreign population four times the size of Key West, Florida. New court filings by Biden’s DHS reveal that the agency released 95,318 border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities last month as part of its expansive Catch and Release network that deploys non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to fly and bus foreign nationals into the United States interior. The figure indicates that in a single month the Biden administration added a foreign population to the United States that is larger than the resident population of Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania; four times the size of Key West, Florida; and about the same size as Albany, New York. In April, Biden’s DHS released about 118,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the United States interior and in March, the agency released more than 80,000 into American communities. None of these figures include the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who successfully entered the United States undetected by...
    A SHOOTING has broke out in Florida as screams were heard as the scene unfolded. Police officers at the scene have shutdown the surrounding areas. 1A shooting was reported in Florida The Osceola County Sheriff has said that the three people hurt from the shooting are in critical condition. Screams were heard near the scene. Roads near the area have been shutdown as police investigate the scene. The victims are in their 20s as reported by Osceola News-Gazette. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Most read in News'DEVASTATING BLAST' 'Multiple explosions' close to European airport, as flights divertedMUSK SEE Inside $70m private jet model favored by Musk after he 'exposed himself onboard'GUNNED DOWN At least 2 dead after 10 people gunned down in mass shooting outside McDonald’sCON ARTIST Inside Anna Delvey's exhibition with...
    Getty Troy Hill #23 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after tackling Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) Day 3 of the NFL Draft has arrived and the Cleveland Browns continue to make moves, the most recent involving one of the team’s veteran cornerbacks. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported April 30 that the Browns had struck a deal to send defensive back Troy Hill to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2023. Reunion: The #Rams are trading for an old friend, as they are set to acquire #Browns CB Troy Hill, source said. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2022 “Reunion: The #Rams are trading for an old friend, as they are set to acquire #Browns CB Troy Hill, source said,” Rapoport wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. The latest Browns news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Browns newsletter here!Browns Send Hill Back to Old Team After One Season...
    A US Navy base in Florida had to call in reinforcements to remove a crocodile who had slithered onto one of its runways, forcing jets to land elsewhere.  Naval Air Station Key West shared a picture of the seven-foot, 100-pound female American Crocodile on social media Monday with a Super Hornet fighter jet taking off in the background.  'This airfield resident was soaking up some sun on one of our runways recently and didn't want to budge,' the Naval Air Station (NSA) wrote on Facebook. 'Wildlife Biologist Rosa Gonzales had to call in reinforcement from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation to move the stubborn American crocodile outside the fence line.' Military officials at the base, which is mainly used as a training facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft, said the apex predator made its appearance on March 10 and was safely held captive before being released in another part of the area. 'We believe she is a local crocodile,' said Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jason Rafter. 'She has been tagged about four years before in that area. She's got a new...
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – More than a dozen Cuban migrants were picked up after they made landfall in the Florida Keys. U.S. Border Patrol Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin tweeted out that border patrol agents and their local law enforcement partners were made aware Sunday evening of a smuggling event in the Lower Keys. He said 13 migrants, who arrived in a homemade boat, were taken into federal custody after they made landfall in Key West.
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard needs help locating a missing boater in Key West. Erik Rundle was last seen Saturday around sunset on a capsized skiff in Man of War Harbor. No other details were available at this time. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the USCG at (305) 292-8727.
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) — A Florida man and member of the Pagan’s motorcycle gang was arrested Thursday after cocaine and firearms were found in his home. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Justin Meyer, of Key West, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. READ MORE: Coast Guard Repatriates 40 Cubans Picked Up Off Florida Keys In Two Smuggling Operations“I will never tolerate criminal activity whether by individuals or groups,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “I want to thank and commend my staff and our law enforcement partners for taking this suspect off the streets.” Local and federal law enforcement teamed up to execute a search warrant at the home on the 2700 block of Staples Avenue Thursday afternoon. Meyer was found on the property holding a firearm, but he dropped the firearm upon seeing law enforcement, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. There was also an adult female and two children at the property who were not arrested....
    KEY WEST, Fla. -- Always remember to tip your server, if you know what's good for you.A tourist made a big impression in a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Year's Eve without leaving a tip. That enabled the staff to easily track him down after police released webcam video showing vandals setting fire to a Christmas tree.The arson caused more than $5,000 in damage to the city's landmark buoy marking the southernmost point in the United States, and sent the island's "coconut telegraph" gossip chain into high alert, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.Like other locals across the city, bartender Cameron Briody watched the video, and recognized the 21-year-old man who had stiffed him at Irish Kevin's on Key West's famous Duval Street. "I knew immediately that I had served him and that he had used a card, so his name would be on the slips," Briody told the Herald.The bar's general manager, Daylin Starks, turned to recordings from the "ton of cameras" that watch over the bar each night, and matched credit card receipts to...
    (CNN) — A Key West bartender who on New Year’s Day saw images of the men who had vandalized the Florida city’s landmark recognized one of them: It was the bar patron who had stiffed him the night before. Police in Key West released this photo showing the damage to the Southernmost Point landmark.  Cameron Briody’s recall of the face and his bar’s receipts helped police identify the two men suspected of defacing the famous “Southernmost Point” buoy landmark. The brightly painted 20-ton concrete buoy marking the southernmost point in the continental United States sustained “extensive damage” when a Christmas tree was placed near it and lit on fire, according to Key West police. Images from surveillance cameras captured two men dragging the tree to the buoy and lighting it on fire around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day. At times, the men ducked behind the buoy as vehicles drove by, according to the police report. As the fire burned, the two took photos with their phones and then ran off. News spread quickly in the tight-knit island community as...
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) – A sharp eyed bartender and his boss helped Key West police in finding the two men who reportedly set a fire that damaged the city’s iconic Southernmost Point buoy. Bartender Cameron Briody said a 21-year-old man ordered drinks three times on New Year’s Eve without leaving a tip. He said that made an impression. Police later identified the man as Skylar Jacobson, 21, of Henrietta, Texas. READ MORE: Gov. DeSantis Lays Out 2022 Agenda In State Of The State SpeechThat enabled the staff to easily track him down after police released webcam video showing vandals setting fire to a Christmas tree they dragged in front of the buoy. The arson caused more than $5,000 in damage to the city’s landmark and sent the island’s “coconut telegraph” gossip chain into high alert, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. Key West buoy damaged by fire (Key West Police) Like other locals across the city, Briody watched the video and recognized the man who had stiffed him at Irish Kevin’s on Key West’s famous...
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Always remember to tip your server, if you know what’s good for you. A tourist made a big impression in a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Year’s Eve without leaving a tip. That enabled the staff to easily track him down after police released webcam video showing vandals setting fire to a Christmas tree. The arson caused more than $5,000 in damage to the city’s landmark buoy marking the southernmost point in the United States, and sent the island’s “coconut telegraph” gossip chain into high alert, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. Like other locals across the city, bartender Cameron Briody watched the video, and recognized the 21-year-old man who had stiffed him at Irish Kevin’s on Key West’s famous Duval Street. “I knew immediately that I had served him and that he had used a card, so his name would be on the slips,” Briody told the Herald. The bar’s general manager, Daylin Starks, turned to recordings from the “ton of cameras” that watch over the bar each...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of two men accused of setting a Christmas tree on fire that damaged the iconic Southernmost Point buoy in Key West has turned himself in to police. Twenty-one-year-old David Perkins, from Leesburg, has been charged with criminal mischief with damages over $1,000. READ MORE: 'Flurona': Surging Cases Of COVID-19, Flu Could Lead To TwindemicAn arrest warrant has been issued for the second man, 21-year-old Skylar Jacobson of Henrietta, Texas. Key West police said arrangements have been made for Jacobson to turn himself in. Police said the fire was set early New Year’s Day morning at the Southernmost Point at the corner of South and Whitehead. When police and fire rescue arrived, they found the charred embers of the Christmas tree. The fire left a burned scar on the Southernmost Buoy that was about three feet wide and seven feet tall. Key West buoy damaged by fire (Key West Police) READ MORE: Miami Weather: Afternoon Showers As Cold Front Pushes ThroughPolice said the two men were caught on multiple cameras. The footage, some of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of two men accused of setting a Christmas tree on fire that damaged the iconic Southernmost Point buoy in Key West has turned himself in to police. Twenty-one-year-old David Perkins, from Leesburg, has been charged with criminal mischief with damages over $1,000. READ MORE: 'Flurona': Surging Cases Of COVID-19, Flu Could Lead To TwindemicAn arrest warrant has been issued for the second man, 21-year-old Skylar Jacobson of Henrietta, Texas. Key West police said arrangements have been made for Jacobson to turn himself in. Police said the fire was set early New Year’s Day morning at the Southernmost Point at the corner of South and Whitehead. When police and fire rescue arrived, they found the charred embers of the Christmas tree. The fire left a burned scar on the Southernmost Buoy that was about three feet wide and seven feet tall. Key West buoy damaged by fire (Key West Police) READ MORE: Miami Weather: Afternoon Showers As Cold Front Pushes ThroughPolice said the two men were caught on multiple cameras. The footage, some of...
    Authorities in Key West, Fl., are searching for vandals who inflicted “extensive damages” on the iconic Southernmost Point landmark on New Year's Day, The Associated Press reported.  The Key West Police Department (KYPD) said two males lit a Christmas tree on fire near the landmark Saturday morning.  The flames from the fire charring sections of the colorful cement monument that reads “90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.” A marketing company’s archival webcam images showed the two individuals committing the crime, which left a black burn mark on the monument.  The webcam also showed tourists gathering around the buoy landmark to take pictures later that day. The red, yellow, black and white marker was restored by local artists after being damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, The Associated Press reported. The Hill has reached out to the Key West Police Department for more information.  Tags Key West Florida
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Key West police are searching for 2 individuals they say lit a Christmas tree on fire in front of the iconic Key West buoy causing extensive damage to the landmark. Authorities said it happened between 3 and 3:30 a.m. when 2 suspects placed the tree in front of the Southernmost Buoy and lit it on fire. READ MORE: Hot Winter Day In South Florida, Record-Tying Heat This SundaySurveillance cameras captured the entire incident. READ MORE: Walmart Temporarily Closes Miami Store For COVID CleaningThe Key West Fire Department responded to the incident and extinguished the fire. Police did not release a description of the individuals being sought. MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade, Broward Hospitals Welcome First Babies Of 2022If anyone can provide details, they are asked to contact the Key West Police at 305-809-1000.
    (CNN)The iconic Southernmost Point landmark, an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida, sustained "extensive damage" early Saturday morning after vandals placed a Christmas tree in front of it which they lit on fire, Key West Police said in statement. Police are now looking for two male suspects they say are responsible for the damage. The tree was set on fire, sparking the blaze that damaged the landmark, sometime between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., police said. Key West Police said the incident is under investigation and are asking people with any information to reach out.
    Police in Florida are searching for two men who set a fire next to Key West's famous Southernmost Point buoy early on New Year's Day causing serious damage. Authorities said two men lit a Christmas tree on fire in front of the buoy around 3:30am on Saturday morning. The flames charred sections of the colorful, 4-ton cement monument that reads '90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.' Two man are being hunted by Key West police after they were seen setting fire to a tree that ended up burning the town's Southernmost Point buoy The incident, which was caught on video, shows two men placing a Christmas tree in front of the concrete buoy and then setting the tree on fire Police are searching for two people who burned a part of Key West's famous Southernmost Point buoy early on New Year's Day after setting a fire near the landmark tourism icon The two men could be seen laughing and joking as they filmed the criminal act. 'Extensive damage' was caused to the buoy between 3 and 3:30am on Saturday...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – While the rise of the neon Big Orange on side of the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami this year was canceled after the designer of the orange, Steve Carpenter, and his staff tested positive for COVID-19, other celebrations will happen to ring in the new year. In Miami, the big one will be at Bayfront Park. There will be a concert featuring Willy Chirino, Gente De Zona, Nacho, Yotuel, Chacal, and Jacob Forever plus a big fireworks show at midnight. The party will also be broadcast on the city of Miami’s YouTube channel starting at 6 p.m. READ MORE: Broward County Adding Four New COVID-19 Test Sites, Has Expanded OthersBayfront Park will be open from 12:00 p.m. until 2 a.m. In Fort Lauderdale, the big celebration takes place at SW 2nd Street and SW 5th Avenue across from the Museum of Discovery and Science. It’s an entire evening of free entertainment leading to an illuminated Anchor Drop at midnight. There will also be family activities from 4:30 to 8:30, including a Kids Countdown at 7 p.m. ...
    Two sheriff’s deputies have been suspended after they were arrested for an off-duty brawl with U.S. sailors in Key West, Florida early Saturday, leaving one of the sailors injured, officials said. Monroe County deputies Connor Curry, 23, and Trevor Pike, 25, are charged with disorderly conduct, jail records show. Pike faces an additional charge of felony battery. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office) FORMER NFL STAR LAWRENCE TAYLOR ARRESTED IN FLORIDA ON SEX OFFENDER VIOLATION CHARGE  A Navy sailor was airlifted from Key West to a Miami hospital early Saturday morning, according to the Miami Herald. The fight is believed to have been between the two off-duty sheriff's deputies and three sailors, whom the newspaper identifies as Angel Low, 26; Jose Bejar Jr., 22; and James Black, 27.  The two uninjured sailors were charged with disorderly conduct, Key West police said in a press release. They are part of a squadron visiting U.S. Naval Air Station Key West.Police said the deputies and sailors began arguing shortly before 2 a.m. on Duval Street, a popular area that has bars and restaurants.FLORIDA SHERIFF...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two off-duty Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were arrested by Key West police early Saturday morning after being involved in a fight with U.S. Navy sailors. The fight resulted in one sailor being airlifted to a Miami hospital. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Rainy Pattern Expected Ahead Of Cooler TempsAuthorities say Connor Scott Curry, 23, and Trevor Dawson Pike, 25, were both charged with disorderly conduct, with Pike facing an additional charge of battery. Three sailors were also charged with disorderly conduct. Police said it started at around 1:40 a.m. on the 500 block of Duval Street when officers observed Curry and Pike arguing with the three sailors. READ MORE: 2 Pedestrians Struck By Hit-Run Vehicle In Brickell“Pike reportedly struck a 27-year-old sailor in the face as Curry pushed him, causing the sailor to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk. Curry and another 23-year-old sailor then began shoving one another,” police said. The 27-year-old sailor was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center for treatment. Authorities said Curry and Pike will be...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Even though the iconic Duval Street parade and other large events were canceled this year due to COVID precautions, revelers held an impromptu small-scale parade in Key West. Revelers dressed Friday evening as everything from circus characters to mermaids and super-sized chickens promenading down Key West’s streets and gathering at hotspots for masquerade parties and costume contests. READ MORE: University Of Florida Prohibits Professors From TestifyingThe Fantasy Fest masking and costuming festival continues through Sunday in Key West. READ MORE: Woman Shot In Miami BeachSunday will culminate 10 days of more than 60 events. MORE NEWS: Arrest Made In Fatal Hit And Run Of Boy, 17, In SW Miami-DadeAccording to Fantasy Fest organizers, next year’s festival will be themed “Cult Classics & Cartoon Chaos,” it’s scheduled from October 21-30, 2022.
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) — Authorities say 17 Cuban migrants made landfall in Key West on Sunday. The group was in a rustic boat, commonly known as a “chug.” READ MORE: Experts Warn Of Possible ‘Twindemic’ This WinterThey arrived at Smathers Beach shortly after sunrise, where police were waiting. There were reports that the wife of one officer provided the migrants with breakfast. The Cubans will likely be returned to the communist island. CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald reported that Cuban migration by sea has spiked this year, with the Coast Guard reporting that 838 were intercepted on such journeys during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. READ MORE: BSO Needs Help Locating 67-Year-Old Cephita ExamaLast year, the number was just 49. Migration from Cuba had waned after then-President Barack Obama in 2017 ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy in which Cubans who made it to U.S. soil were generally allowed to stay, while those stopped at sea were returned home. Experts say the increase is due to deteriorating economic and political conditions within the island nation, including...
    GARFIELD PARK — A part of the West Side where residents are especially vulnerable to the pandemic has ramped up its vaccination rates, and local health leaders said consistent, one-on-one outreach is helping more people get their shots. The patch of Garfield Park, Homan Square and North Lawndale making up the 60624 ZIP code logged the highest week-to-week increases in first-dose vaccination rates citywide for most of September, data from the Chicago Department of Public Health shows. About 59.3 percent of residents living in the 60624 ZIP code have received at least one vaccine dose, and 51.2 percent are fully vaccinated, public health data show. In early August, just 50.7 percent of people had gotten one shot and 44.5 percent were fully vaccinated. Credit: Patrick Pyszka/Chicago Department of Public HealthA CTA Vaccine bus on the West Side.Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the areas where vaccine rates are making the biggest strides align with those that had previously lagged and had larger unvaccinated populations. “It is the neighborhoods where we have the most...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This is a big weekend in Key West as the 24th Annual Lobsterfest is taking place, but the rains associated with Tropical Depression Fred may put a damper on the big event. “Everybody trying to make the best of what so far has not been terrible weather,” Erik Adams said with Key West promotions. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 151K New Cases As State Surge Continues To Break Records Weather is expected to deteriorate a bit as Fred passes by the Keys this weekend, putting a damper on Lobsterfest. “One of our events was an arts and crafts street fair… And out of an abundance of caution, they didn’t want to put a bunch of tents up. So, we had to cancel that event, but everything else is still up and running,” said Adams. Most of Lbsterfest is still up and running for what so far is a business-as-usual weekend in the Keys. “We come as often as we can, about every two years,” said Raymond Brown, visiting from Jacksonville READ MORE: South Florida...
    A Special Forces staff sergeant has drowned during underwater combat training in Key West, Florida. The deceased soldier, who has not yet been identified, was a staff sergeant in the 10th Special Forces Group, according to the Army Times.  He was taking part in the grueling underwater combat training at the Army Combat Readiness Center and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Tuesday - said to be the toughest course in the Army.  His death is the second at the facility in five years. 'During the training event, the soldier submerged and did not resurface. The cadre immediately entered the pool and found him unresponsive,' said press releases issued by the facility.  The latter release called the training 'one of the most physically demanding courses in the Army.'  One third of trainees, chosen from the best of the Army's Green Berets and Rangers, quit the training partway through, according to Men's Health.  Scroll down for video  The unidentified soldier died during a conditioning exercise that 'stresses students’ cardio, respiratory and muscular endurance' (file image at the Army Combat Readiness...
    Originally Published by: Severe storms moving into the Northeast More New York shark sightings close beaches again California restaurant says it will serve only unvaccinated customers US Army personnel this week are mourning the loss of a Special Forces soldier who reportedly drowned Tuesday during combat diving training in Key West, Florida.  The deceased soldier, who was not immediately identified, was a staff sergeant who served in the 10th Special Forces Group, according to Army Times. “The Staff Sergeant was a student in the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course and was participating in a conditioning exercise in the pool, which stresses the students’ cardio, respiratory and muscular endurance,” a release said, according to the news outlet. “During the training event, the Soldier submerged and did not resurface. The cadre immediately entered the pool and found him unresponsive,” the release continued. “The Dive Medical Officer attempted to resuscitate him and he was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead following full medical intervention.” The course was described...
    U.S. Army personnel this week are mourning the loss of a Special Forces soldier who reportedly drowned Tuesday during combat diving training in Key West, Florida.  The deceased soldier, who was not immediately identified, was a staff sergeant who served in the 10th Special Forces Group, according to Army Times. "The Staff Sergeant was a student in the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, and was participating in a conditioning exercise in the pool, which stresses the students’ cardio, respiratory and muscular endurance," a release said, according the news outlet. ARMY VETERAN PARNELL SLAMS GENERAL'S ‘WOKE’ TWITTER TROLLING: ‘HE’S NOT FOCUSED ON THE MISSION' "During the training event, the Soldier submerged and did not resurface. The cadre immediately entered the pool and found him unresponsive," the release continued. "The Dive Medical Officer attempted to resuscitate him, and he was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead following full medical intervention." The course was described as "one of the most physically demanding courses within the Army" with "stringent safety protocols," the Times reported. CLCIK...
    KEY WEST, Fla. (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A 63-year-old white-bearded Georgia man has won the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days salute to author Ernest Hemingway that ends Sunday. Zach Taylor, an electrical and plumbing supply company owner from Ambrose, triumphed over 136 other entrants in the final round of the contest that concluded late Saturday after a three-way tie. Preliminary rounds were held Thursday and Friday. READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale Shaken Baby Case From 1984 Leads To Murder Charge. Taylor likened the look-alike contest to a “family reunion,” particularly after the cancellation of the 2020 competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. His victory was especially meaningful since his late father-in-law Carlie Coley won in 2000. “Hemingway has been a fixture of ours since we started coming down to the contest,” said Taylor. Zach Taylor, center, a resident of Ambrose, Georgia, gets congratulatory kisses from Ernest Hemingway look-alikes after winning the 2021 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest late Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla. At left is Joe Maxey, the 2019 winner, and...
    (CNN)In "For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- Ernest Hemingway's novel partly written in Key West -- the author wrote: "The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for, and I hate very much to leave it." In Key West this weekend, about 140 men did their part to keep Hemingway there.After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, they returned in their white or graying beards and stocky builds for the Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest.The contest has been going on since 1981, bringing aspiring "Ernests" dressed in khaki safari garb or wool fisherman's sweaters, according to a news release.The contest is part of Hemingway Days, an annual celebration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who lived on the island during the 1930s, the release says.Read MoreThe three-night competition began Thursday at Sloppy Joe's Bar, where Hemingway often spent time, the release said.The finals are Saturday. Former winners judge the contest.Other activities at Hemingway Days include a street fair, a three-day marlin tournament and a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, according to a Florida Keys news release.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ernest Hemingway look-alikes participated in the Key West’s version of Pamplona’s Running of The Bulls on Saturday. They proved that their affinity for the famed author is “no bull.” READ MORE: Passport Backlog Frustrates Travelers The parody of the annual Spanish race was a highlight of Key West’s Hemingway Days festival. Hemingway lived and wrote on the island during the 1930s. READ MORE: Wildlife Commissioners Eye Record Manatee Deaths The race was slower and much safer than the actual race in Pamplona. The Key West “run” had the look-alikes running in downtown with fake bulls. The event was held outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which was frequented by the author during his Key West years. MORE NEWS: Tuas Progress A Key As Dolphins Begin Year 3 Under Flores On Saturday night, 25 look-alikes will vie for victory in the final round of Sloppy Joe’s three-night Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.
    July 23, 2021 0 Dozens of Cuban exiles left this Friday, July 23, in a flotilla of boats bound for international waters near Cuba, where they will express their solidarity with the people who came out to protest against the Miguel Díaz-Canel regime. The vessels congregated off the Bayside and subsequently departed from the Key Biscayne Bridge at about 8:00 a.m. After refueling in Key West and the vessels being checked by the Coast Guard, the flotilla plans to leave at 2:00 pm for international waters. The vessels are expected to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to a point in international waters, 15 nautical miles from Cuba. According to Telemundo 51, the vessels of the flotilla will remain at that point until sunset, when they will launch flares and fireworks, in addition to lighting Chinese lanterns, before returning to Key West. With information from Telemundo 51. 0
    THAILAND — Testing: A health worker collected a nasal swab for coronavirus testing at the Ratchasingkhon temple in Bangkok, on Wednesday.Photo: Sakchai Lalit/AP   FLORIDA — Tropical Storm Elsa: Pedestrians dashed across the intersection of Greene and Duval streets as heavy winds and rain associated with Tropical Storm Elsa passed Key West on Tuesday.Photo: Rob O’Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP   HAITI — Patrol: Soldiers patrolled in Petion Ville, the neighborhood where the late Haitian President Jovenel Moise lived in Port-au-Prince, on Wednesday. Moïse was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early on Wednesday, and First Lady Martine Moïse was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized, according to a statement from the country’s interim prime minister.Photo: Joseph Odelyn/AP  
    Nine people remain missing in the waters southeast of Key West as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way through Florida, according to the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard crew members and a good Samaritan rescued at least 13 Cuban migrants on Tuesday as heavy rain and winds caused their vehicle to capsize with 22 people aboard at around 8 p.m. on Monday, according to a press readout. Nine men and four women were rescued after the end of Tuesday's search, but crews are maintaining rescue options as they search for nine more missing people on Wednesday. "The search for more survivors continue as we evaluate the health and provide medical attention for those rescued," the Coast Guard wrote in a tweet. ELSA PICKS UP STEAM AS FLORIDA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY #UPDATE 3 more survivors were rescued. Photos of the scene from @USCG Cutter Thetis. The search for more survivors continue as we evaluate the health and provide medical attention for those rescued. pic.twitter.com/9eD0VeioGI— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) July 6, 2021 An independent vessel rescued four stranded people located roughly 26...
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – The search is on for nine people believed to be missing in the waters southeast of Key West. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, it all started just before 4 p.m. Tuesday when the Western Carmen, a cargo vessel, rescued two people. READ MORE: Judge Reprimands Lawyer After Learning Client Had No Connection To Surfside Tragedy The USCGC Thetis arrived on the scene, which was 23 miles southeast of Key West, rescuing 10 more people from the water. READ MORE: Elsa Regains Hurricane Status Southwest Of Tampa Bay A Coast Guard officer of the USCGC Thetis rescuing someone. (Source: US Coast Guard) Two helicopters and an airplane were called in to assist with the search-and-rescue operation. Three more people were rescued just before 7:30 p.m. MORE NEWS: ‘All Words Fall Short’: Loved Ones Gather For Funeral Of Guara Family Killed Surfside Condo Collapse The last update from the Coast Guard was that search efforts will continue through the night for the nine people were still believed to be missing.
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – Bands of wind and rain are already making their way to Key West – and that has people scrambling to get their last minute preps done. “In between here, we tied up the chairs and bicycles,” said Ralph Henriquez. “Just trying to keep everything really safe for us, so we don’t have blowing debris.” READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order Expanding State Of Emergency Ahead Of Tropical Storm Elsa Henriquez at Waterview Estate Mobile Home Park on Stock Island is getting the place ready for anything that may blow in. With the suggestion that people in mobile homes find somewhere to stay for the storm, some of the residents have already left. “It’s kind of been 50-50. Some of our residents are going to go and stay with family that live here in RVs or mobile home. There are others who were here for Irma. This is nothing compared to that, thank God,” said Henriquez. One thing that has him concerned are these boats just off his property. “With tropical storm force winds, my...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Monday, Key West was filled with tourists enjoying the long July 4th holiday soaking in the sun. While the city is under a Tropical Storm Warning, not many appeared to be thinking about Tropical Storm Elsa near Cuba, a mere 90 miles away. READ MORE: I Hear People Screaming: Surfside Resident Recalls Horrific Condo Collapse “It’s just a tropical storm so I’m just going to ride it out and then be here for work. If they tell me I need to go, then I’ll go,” said Haven Gill who was visiting the Southern Most City. People like Karin Bigsterbosch who live on boats are hoping for the best, but getting ready, making sure her floating home is prepared. “I did double lines and I’m going to stay at my job at the Marriott for two nights. I only do it for my dog, because she’s afraid when it’s really windy,” she said. Denny Bayles was fixing a leak on his boat and getting his place ready. READ MORE: Surfside Condo Collapse:...
    Troop leader Scott Mulkey said he and 24 Boy Scouts arrived to an empty lot in Florida instead of their booked Airbnb rentals. George Frey/Getty Images Two Boy Scout troops from Georgia traveled to Key West for a summer getaway.  WSVN 7 News reported that the troops rented two Airbnb homes to fit all 24 attendees.  The group arrived at an empty lot with no rental properties to be found.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two Boy Scout troops from Georgia discovered the Airbnb houses they rented in Florida were nonexistent.  Troop leader Scott Mulkey and 24 Boy Scouts planned a trip to the Florida Keys this month for a summer getaway full of snorkeling, fishing, and camping.  "It's more of a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing that most of the scouts do," Mulkey told local outlet WSVN 7 News on Friday. "It's just a good time for us to make some memories with our scouts while we can." Mulkey did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.  —Scott Mulkey (@ScottMulkey76) June 17, 2021Mulkey told WSVN...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After Hurricane Irma and during the height of the pandemic, Monroe County closed the Florida Keys to visitors and set up checkpoints that only allowed residents and business owners to enter. On Thursday, county leaders reminded residents that if they haven’t done so already, they should pick up a new re-entry window decal to be displayed on their vehicle. They said the stickers make reentry easier if checkpoints are required to assure safe re-entry into the Keys. READ MORE: The ACA Is Here To Stay: Florida Lawmakers React To Supreme Court Decision Saving Obamacare The new system is barcoded with color-coded stickers for zone-by-zone reentry. Lower Keys residents from the south end of the 7 Mile Bridge to Stock Island (MM 40 to MM 4) will be dark pink. Lower Keys re-entry decal (Source: Monroe Co.) Residents of the Middle Keys, from the south end of the Long Key Bridge to the north end of the 7 Mile Bridge (MM 64 to MM 47), will receive an aqua sticker. Middle Keys re-entry decal (Source: Monroe Co.)  ...
    CBP Air and Marine Operations agents teamed up with U.S. Coast Guardsmen to disrupt two attempted human smuggling efforts on Florida’s southern coast. The effort led to the apprehension of 29 migrants. Agents assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations’ Key West Marine Unit joined forces with a team from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Key West to interdict a small Rustica vessel off the coast of Key West, Florida, according to a tweet from the AMO Regional Director SE. #ICYMI On May 17, 2021, Key West Marine Unit AMO agents teamed up with USCG Station Key West and interdicted a Rustica vessel with 5 Cuban migrants onboard. Crews found an additional 24 migrants on Boca Grande Key. AMO & USCG apprehended a total of 29 migrants. @CBPAMORegDirSE https://t.co/mkXWUW49RT — CBP AMO (@CBPAMO) May 29, 2021 Agents found five Cuban nationals on the small boat attempting to illegally enter the United States. Elsewhere on the coast, AMO agents and Coast Guardsmen found another group of 24 migrants on a vessel at Boca Grande Key, Florida. Officials...
    But teachers and their allies are fighting back in Arizona, Kentucky and elsewhere. By Rachel Cohen, for Capital and Main Three years ago in West Virginia, roughly 20,000 educators went on strike and shut down public schools across the state, protesting low pay and high healthcare costs. Their historic nine-day labor stoppage led to a 5% pay increase for teachers and school service personnel. Inspired by the success in West Virginia, strikes in states including Oklahoma, Colorado, and California soon followed. The uprising sparked a wave of national attention, and the future of teacher organizing seemed more promising than it had in years. Their movement even had a name: “Red for Ed”—which referenced the red clothing educators and their allies wore each time they took to the streets for public schools. A year later, West Virginia educators walked off the job again in an effort to defeat a bill permitting charter schools to operate in their state. This time their success was more limited; teachers watered down the legislation, but lawmakers still rammed a version through in a special session, authorizing three charters to open by July...
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