Florida: 5 Things To Know For May 15
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
AMID BOYCOTT TALK, LEBRON JAMES REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR ADAM SILVER ON STERLING MATTER
The Miami Heat’s LeBron James reaffirms that he’s pleased with the initial response from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Players union vice president and former Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. told Showtime that James will boycott games if Sterling is not removed as owner. But after the story escalated Wednesday, Mason Jr. tweeted that James “never said anything about boycotting.”
MIAMI HEAT ADVANCE TO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds as the Heat rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94, winning the second-round matchup 4-1. It was the 10th straight series win for the two-time defending NBA champions.
AUTHORITIES SAY FLORIDA MAN DIED FROM APPARENT LIGHTNING STRIKE
Authorities say a Tampa man has died after he was apparently struck by lightning. Pinellas County sheriff’s officials said they were called to a construction site Wednesday afternoon and found the victim lying face down on the ground. Officials say preliminary results show Agustin Navarrete-Guerrero was struck by lightning.
DUKAKIS CALLS HILLARY CLINTON ‘A DARN GOOD CANDIDATE’
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis is helping raise money in Boca Raton for the Florida Fishing Academy. The 1988 Democratic presidential nominee told reporters that he thinks Hillary Clinton is “a darn good candidate,” and Democrats must do a better job highlighting the Affordable Care Act. He also says he has moved on from his presidential defeat.
MIAMI FAST FOOD WORKERS TO STRIKE AROUND U.S. TO BOOST PAY
A group of fast-food workers is planning to walk off their jobs Thursday morning as part of a series of actions in cities nationwide. Workers in Miami want $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Similar events are expected in Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis and other U.S. cities, as well as internationally. Workers say companies are no longer hiring teenagers earning summer spending cash, but are employing parents struggling to raise children on minimum wages.