Florida: 5 Things To Know For December 18

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

EXILES DIVIDED ON PLANS TO THAW US-CUBA RELATIONS

When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country’s largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets. Outrage was decidedly muted, however, with only a handful of demonstrations, while some of the expatriates known for their support of isolationist tactics actually expressed support for the changes.

DRUG SUPPLIER TO PLEAD GUILTY IN MLB DOPING CASE

A South Florida man described by authorities as a black market chemist is set to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing substances scandal. A plea hearing is set Thursday in Miami federal court for 50-year-old Paulo Berejuk, who is charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. Investigators say Berejuk was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic that supplied banned substances to MLB players and other athletes.

JACKSONVILLE MAN GETS LIFE FOR NIGHTCLUB SLAYING

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting another man during a fight outside a Jacksonville nightclub. A Duval County judge sentenced 31-year-old Ivan Webb this week after he was convicted of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Webb got into a fight with 21-year-old Kenneth Chatman inside Tiffany’s Gentlemen’s Club in April 2011. The brawl escalated and spilled out into the parking lot. Webb pulled out a gun and fired several shots, one of which killed Chatman, and then led police on a high-speed chase.

4 STRANDED IN EVERGLADES WHEN AIRBOAT OVERTURNS

Four people are safe after their airboat overturned southwest of Everglades Holiday Park in the Miami Canal. Broward Sheriff’s officials say two men and two women managed to swim to shore and call for help Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the boat rounded a turn and hit a submerged rock. The 14-foot airboat tilted up and flipped over, sending the passengers into the water.

JAZZ ADD TO HEAT WOES DESPITE HUGE NIGHT FROM WADE

Gordon Hayward scored 29 points, Enes Kanter added 18 and the Utah Jazz overcame 42 points from Dwyane Wade to beat the Miami Heat 105-87 on Wednesday night.

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