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5 Things to Know in Florida for April 24

April 24, 2014
Associated Press

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

CHIQUITA ASKS COURT TO TOSS TERROR PAYMENTS CASE

Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel is hearing oral arguments Thursday. Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia.

UNIVERSITY TO STUDENTS: NO SELFIES AT GRADUATION

In the coming weeks, graduates of the University of South Florida will be able to frame their diplomas — but not a selfie of their walk across the commencement stage. The university's Division of Student Affairs is warning students against inappropriate behavior at the ceremonies at the SunDome and elsewhere, including taking "selfies" on stage with President Judy Genshaft or other dignitaries.

WRITERS REMEMBER GARCIA MARQUEZ IN MIAMI

Colombian writers and journalists are remembering novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Miami. A group of writers will gather Thursday at Carlos Albizu University for a panel to discuss Garcia Marquez's work. Marquez died at his Mexico City home on April 17. He was 87.

GROUP WANTS MIAMI-DADE SEWER DISPUTE REOPENED

Environmental advocates want a federal judge to reopen their case against Miami-Dade County and the U.S. government over repairs to a crumbling sewer system. Attorneys for the Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper plan to file Thursday to reopen the case. The group has been trying to force government officials to explicitly account for sea level rise in plans for $1.6 billion in repairs to the county's sewer system.

FLORIDA EXECUTES MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING 2

Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial. Robert Hendrix was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, shortly after the lethal injection procedure began. Prosecutors say that in August 1990, Hendrix shot, hit and stabbed his cousin, Elmer Scott, in his Lake County trailer home. They say he then cut the throat of Scott's wife, Michelle, and shot her.

 
 

 

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