5 Things to Know in Florida for July 23
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
DELAY GRANTED IN RESENTENCE OF FLORIDA TERROR PLOTTER
A South Florida judge has agreed to delay the resentencing of Jose Padilla, who was convicted in 2007 of terrorism support and conspiracy charges. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Tuesday delayed Padilla's sentencing from Aug. 4 until Sept. 9. Federal prosecutors and Padilla's defense lawyer sought more time to go through classified evidence Padilla wants to use at a sentencing hearing. An appeals court ruled that Padilla's original prison sentence of more than 17 years was too lenient.
PALM BEACH COUNTY JAIL TO IGNORE ICE DETAINERS
Palm Beach County is joining the growing list of counties refusing to follow federal demands that it detain people for an extended period who have questionable immigration status. The sheriff's office announced Tuesday that it would immediately stop holding people solely based on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, absent any other judicial order. The detainer requires local authorities keep people locked up as long as 48 hours after initial charges against them are resolved.
2ND TRIAL BEGINS IN CASE OF SLAIN INFANT
A jury has been selected and a trial underway for a man accused of killing a 3-month-old baby by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle. Richard McTear is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emanuel Wesley Murray, the son of Jasmine Bedwell, McTear's ex-girlfriend. Attorneys delivered opening statements Tuesday in Tampa.
2 KILLED IN HEAD-ON CAR CRASH
Authorities say two people died in a head-on car crash in the Florida Panhandle. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that that 30-year-old Daniel Alford and 46-year-old Glen Devuyst died in the crash early Tuesday. FHP says Alford was driving a BMW south on State 77 in Washington County at about 2:30 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit Devuyst's Toyota Scion head-on.
PROGRAM DRAWS MIAMI GIRLS INTO COMPUTER SCIENCES
Fixing gender imbalances in the tech industry won't happen overnight, but some 40 Miami girls are looking to give it a try. The high school students are spending their summer learning to code in an intensive workshop. The program from the Verizon Foundation and the nonprofit Girls Who Code is part of a nationwide effort to encourage girls to pursue computer science fields. The teens learn mobile app development, web design and robotics.