Florida Turnpike Offering Free Coffee for Holiday Travelers Throughout the Weekend

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Today starts the busiest travel weekend of the year and, if you've already been out on the highways today, you know what a major pain in the ass that can be.

But, no worries, because if you plan on loading up the family roadster to hit the open road to visit relatives and friends this weekend, the Florida Turnpike has got you covered to make your Thanksgiving trek a little easier.

No, tolls aren't free this weekend.

But you know what is? COFFEE! Wheeee!

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Michael Crews, Florida's Embattled Prison Chief, Announces He's Stepping Down

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Florida's Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews announced his resignation Monday, following reports over several months detailing suspicious inmate deaths, abusive corrections officers, and possible cover-ups.

Crews, age 53, who began his career as a corrections officer in 1984, was appointed Department of Corrections Secretary in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott. But the reports of widespread corruption and the department's failure to act on some heinous accusations led to speculation of Crews' ultimately losing his job.

See also: Rick Scott's Top Inspector Told of Prison Death Cover Ups, Did Nothing About It

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Brazilian Airline Azul Gets Approval to Fly to and From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration has approved Brazilian airline Azul to begin flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport starting December 2.

Former JetBlue founder and current Azul CEO David Neeleman -- who was raised in Miami -- has led the airline for the past six years, flying to more than 100 destinations throughout his native Brazil.

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Elijah Velez, FSU Shooting Victim, Returns Home to Miramar

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Elijah Velez, an 18-year-old FSU student who was one of three victims shot last week at the Robert Manning Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus, has returned home to Miramar and recounting his harrowing experience.

Velez, a freshman at FSU, spoke with a few local news stations, describing how he heard shots before running and then getting hit.

Velez, who was grazed by a bullet, told CBS Miami he heard shots being fired before spotting the shooter, Myron May, coming toward him. He also says he holds no resentment for the shooter.

See also: Rick Scott Releases Statement About FSU Shootings, Fails to Mention He Passed More Gun Laws Than Any Other Governor

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John Goodman Again Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

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John Goodman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, the same sentence he received after his first trial.

Goodman is being given credit for time served. He has served a total of 152 days in jail. In addition, a request for posttrial bond was denied by the judge.

The defense says it is filing a notice of appeal.

Goodman will remain in Palm Beach County Jail for the time being.

See also: Attorneys say John Goodman is Broke

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West Palm Beach Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Drugging, Raping Her

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More and more women have been coming forward lately, and over the years, accusing iconic comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them. The latest of those women is West Palm Beach resident Therese Serignese, who claims she was assaulted by Cosby after one of his shows in 1976, when she was 19.

Cosby, who is scheduled to perform a sold-out show tonight in Brevard, has been all over the news lately over multiple sexual assault allegations. The allegations had been around for many years, but the story hit the zeitgeist after comedian Hannibal Buress made reference to Cosby being a rapist at a show several weeks ago. He told the stunned audience to Google "Bill Cosby rapist" to back up his claims.

Since then, more and more women have come forward and given terrifying accounts of allegedly being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.

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David Menasche, Local Author and Teacher With Brain Cancer, Dies

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David Menasche, a Broward resident and former Coral Reef Senior High English teacher who had been stricken with brain cancer and wrote a book about reconnecting with his former students, has died.

According to a post on his personal Facebook, a family member of Menasche's announced that he passed away early Thursday morning "surrounded by his family."

He was 42.

See also: A Final Interview with David Menasche, Beloved Teacher and Author

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BSO Dive Team Stumbles Upon Car With Human Remains Inside

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A routine training exercise by the Broward Sheriff's Office dive team inadvertently ended up discovering the remains of a long-missing Pompano Beach woman on Wednesday.

Charlene Azzaro had been missing since last being seen leaving her sister's home in 2013. But divers performing a training exercise in the canal located in the 3200 block of N. Palm Aire Drive discovered a 2000 gold Nissan Maxima in the murky depths of the water.

Inside the car were skeletal remains belonging to a human. Azzaro's sisters Kathleen Platt and Lauretta Patton-Mungroo -- who is the missing woman's identical twin sister -- confirmed to police that the Nissan belonged to Charlene.

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ESPN Reporter Makes Jameis Winston Joke During FSU Shooting

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While the terrifying events of a lone gunman opening fire inside the FSU library and injuring three students were unfolding late Wednesday night, ESPN reporter Marisa Martin sent out an unfortunate tweet in an attempt to make a Jameis Winston joke, suggesting that the gunman was looking for the polarizing FSU quarterback.

Instead of the requisite "I've been hacked" excuse, Martin was defiant over her comment, saying she stood by her opinion. But that quickly changed after her account was suddenly deleted and she took to another account to then offer the requisite "I've been hacked" excuse.

ESPN, meanwhile, is distancing itself from Martin, saying she's only a student reporter.

See also: Shooting in FSU Library: Three Students Shot; Gunman Dead

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John Goodman Sentencing Delayed Until Friday; Attorneys Say He's Broke

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The sentencing for the polo mogul has been delayed until Friday. John Goodman, who was found guilty -- twice -- of DUI manslaughter in the 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, had been scheduled to hear his fate on Wednesday afternoon.

But Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath moved the sentencing to Friday afternoon, saying he needed more time to think over the arguments made by the attorneys on both sides. Colbath is specifically considering the added guilty verdict of vehicular homicide by the jury on October 28.

Meanwhile, Goodman's attorneys announced Wednesday that the polo mogul is broke.

See also: John Goodman Found Guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide

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