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Hyde Park Village Tampa, Florida

Hyde Park Village Tampa, Florida

Hyde Park is an historic neighborhood and district located within the city limits of Tampa ...

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Miami-Dade Police

Miami-Dade Police officer working in Florida.

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Nightlife Miami Beach

Outdoor bar at The Clevelander at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Drive.

Miami Skyline from Hilton Miami Airport

Miami Skyline from Hilton Miami Airport

A view of the Miami skyline facing East from hotel balcony at Hilton Miami Airport.

Jet Window Over Miami

Jet Window Over Miami

Excitement builds for snowbirds at the first sight of the snow-free landscape of Florida ...

Miami Cruise Ships in Port During Storm

Miami Cruise Ships in Port During Storm

Miami skyline with cruise ships in the foreground and storm clouds in the background.


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No Landfall Hurricane in Florida for Nine Years — Not Since Hurricane Wilma

Friday, October 24, 2014 marks nine years since Hurricane Wilma made landfall in southwest Florida. The stretch without a landfall hurricane is the longest stretch on record dating back to 1851.

Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, and part of a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season in 2005. Three of the six most intense Atlantic hurricanes ever observed occurred during the 2005 season — Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma.

Experts warn that about 1 million people have moved to Florida since 2005, which means the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and local governments have their work cut out for them to educate people about how to be prepared for hurricanes and warn people that more hurricanes will return eventually.

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Daytona 500 Weather Forecast and Weather Radar for February 23, 2014

Weather radar for the Daytona 500 — weather radar map provided by ZoomRadar.com.

The Daytona 500 was stopped after 38 laps because of severe weather just after 2 p.m. ET. A dry track is expected about 8:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR can declare a winner if a race reaches 100 laps — half the full race. See Florida/Daytona weather radar at the bottom of this article.


CURRENT FORECAST: Current Daytona 500 Weather Forecast …

NWS Weather Forecast as of 6:35 AM ET …

A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night
A chance of showers before midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

About .20 inch of rain possible between noon SUNDAY and 11 PM SUNDAY.

DAYTONA 500 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23 2014 11 AM CT on FOX SPORTS — The Sprint Cup Season begins with the 56th Annual Race of the Daytona 500. The race kicks off the 2014 NASCAR season as the first points-paying event at 11:00 a.m. Rookie Austin Dillon won the pole position with a lap speed of 196.019 miles per hour, while Martin Truex, Jr. was second. Jimmie Johnson is the 2013 defending winner, and begins in 2014 in position 14 with a qualifying time of 194.637.

The green flag is scheduled for 1:29 p.m. ET/12:29 p.m. CT Sunday.

As the racing community prepares for Sunday’s Daytona 500, one of the sports top rising stars, Kyle Larson (Position 24) joins the “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-hosts to discuss the race, and some of the sport’s other big names.

Watch the end of the Daytona 500 from within Jimmie Johnson’s car …

The 2014 Daytona 500 is a 500 mile- (804.7 km)-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is one of four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. Contested over 200 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt tri-oval. The 2014 Daytona 500 will be the first race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. Last year it was also the first race.

The 2014 Daytona 500 is broadcast live on FOX Sports.

In Arlington Heights on Comcast …
WFLD FOX is Channel 12 for standard definition
WFLD FOX Channel 190 HD for High Definition WFLDDT (FOX)

In Arlington Heights on WOW! Internet and Cable TV …
WFLD FOX is Channel 03 for standard definition
WFLD FOX Channel 202 HD for High Definition WFLDDT (FOX)

In Arlington Heights on AT&T U-verse …
WFLD FOX is Channel 12 for standard definition
WFLD FOX Channel 1012 HD for High Definition WFLDDT (FOX)

In Chicago on RCN Chicago …
WFLD FOX is Channel 12 for standard definition
WFLD FOX Channel 612 HD for High Definition WFLDDT (FOX)

WFLD over the air channel is 32, digital is 31.

FIND DAYTONA 500 ON FOX SPORTS on COMCAST in your zip code
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FIND DAYTONA 500 FOX SPORTS on Time Warner Cable in your zip code
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FIND DAYTONA 500 FOX SPORTS on AT&T U-verse in your zip code
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Gary Sinise – Honorary Starter for the 56th Annual Daytona 500.

VIDEO: Remembering Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500 win. Dale Earnhardt Jr. topped the speed chart for the final practice session before Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500. The 2004 Daytona 500 champion averaged 198.592 mph around the 2 1/2 -mile superspeedway.

A major moment in every fan, driver and crew member’s life. One they never forget, no matter how many come after. Their first Daytona 500. Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose recount their first experience at Daytona.

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Satellite Map View of Daytona International Speedway.

See also …

RACE RESULTS for the Daytona 500


Wikipedia 2014 Daytona 500

Wikipedia 2013 Daytona 500

Wikipedia 2012 Daytona 500

Wikipedia 2011 Daytona 500

What time is the Green Flag?
The green flag is scheduled for 1:29 p.m. ET/12:29 p.m. CT Sunday.
The waving of a GREEN FLAG indicates the beginning or resumption of an auto race.

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Pet Parrot Saves Family from Fort Lauderdale, Florida House Fire

Pearly the Indian Ring Neck Parrot flapped his wings and squawked before the smoke detector activated.

Fort Lauderdale firefighters responded about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday to a fire at 1336 SW 18th Ave. The fire was contained to the laundry room, thanks to squawking and wing flapping by “Pearly” a pet Indian Ring Neck Parrot.

The actions of the bear woke up LaruaJean Niesel and her fiancé, Dave. Niesel immediately opened a door and called 9-1-1.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Ex-Tampa, Florida Cop Charged in Theater Fatal Shooting at the Grove 16 Complex, Wesley Chapel

Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at a Florida theater.

Chad Oulson, age 43, was texting his daughter, when Curtis Reeves, a retired police officer, became irritated with the texting that was occurring during the movie previews at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The two argued, and Reeves went to get a manager, but returned without the manager.

Oulson, got up and turned to Reeves to ask him if he had gone to tell on him for his texting. Oulson told Reeves that he was just sending a message to his young daughter.

The two argued.

Popcorn was thrown.

Then Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson. The bullet went though Oulson’s wife’s hand first, as she reacted by attempting to defend her husband when she saw the gun drawn. Her wound was not life-threatening, but her husband was killed. Two nurses, and an off-duty Sumter County police officer, who were in the theater showing “Lone Survivor” with about 22 other people responded. The police officer secured the scene, while the nurses began CPR on Oulson.

Oulson was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Curtis Reeves, age 71, a former captain with the Tampa Police Department and a retired Director of Security at Busch Gardens was arrested and taken into custody.

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Convicted Ponzi Schemer Nevin Shapiro Spills the Beans on Miami Hurricanes

The NCAA said Wednesday it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro and the University of Miami for five months.

NCAA investigators visited the University of Miami campus Monday looking into claims by Hurricanes’ booster Nevin Shapiro that more than a dozen former or current football players received gifts and services from the convicted Ponzi schemer and convicted felon. Shapiro allegedly provided cash, goods, bounties for injuring opposing players, prostitutes, assorted favors and on one occasion, an abortion a woman that was impregnated by a University of Miami football player, and even purchased a yacht on which sex parties with prostitutes were held.

Shapiro’s relationship with the Hurricanes’ program dates back about a decade, with some of the alleged incidents allegedly occurring in the past four years — within the NCAA’s statute of limitations regarding violations.

Nevin Shapiro, 42, was sentenced in June by a New Jersey federal judge to 20 years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme involving $930. He pleaded guilty to charges related to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left more than 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with nearly $100 million in losses.

Shapiro is currently serving time at United States Penitentiary, Atlanta (inmate #61311-050) at the same prison as Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff.

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Jared Cano, 17, Arrested with Bomb-Making Materials Planned for Freedom High School

Tampa police have arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they deemed a potentially “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school and cause mass casualties, authorities said Wednesday.

Tampa police arrested Jared Cano, 17, Tuesday after they found bomb-making materials, marijuana-growing equipment and a “manifesto” in his room outlining plans to set off explosive devices at Freedom High School.

Jared Cano, 17, who has a criminal history, including a charge of gun theft, and was expelled from school more than one year ago; desired to cause more casualties than happened at Columbine, according to the journal.

Tampa police found shrapnel, timing and fusing devices, a fuel source, and a journal with suspect’s statements in his apartment at 15501 Bruce B. Downs Blvd where he lived with his mother.

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