Florida: 5 Things To Know For February 5

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

FINAL CAPSULE TO BE INSTALLED IN ORLANDO EYE

The final passenger capsule is being put into place in the 400-foot observation wheel on Orlando’s International Drive. The 30th capsule is being installed Thursday on the Orlando Eye, the huge observation wheel that now towers over Orlando’s tourist district. Once it opens later this year, the Orlando Eye will give as many as 450 passengers at any given time 360-degree views of central Florida.

SEX BATTERY CONVICTION TOSSED OVER JURY INSTRUCTION

A Florida appeals court has thrown out a man’s conviction for sexual battery on a child and life prison sentence over faulty jury instructions. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that Eduardo Felipe Almeida deserves a new trial. Almeida was convicted of repeated sexual assaults over a number of years against the son of his girlfriend when the boy was between 7 and 13 years old.

CHEFS PREPARE GIANT KEY LIME PIE IN BOSTON

Neither snow nor a missing pie pan should keep Boston commuters from enjoying servings of a gargantuan Key lime pie from the Florida Keys Thursday afternoon. Ingredients and supplies were shipped from Key West, but heavy snowfall in the northeast delayed arrival of the 9-foot-diameter pan. Freight company officials told chef David Sloan on Wednesday that the pan would arrive several hours prior to the scheduled 4 p.m. debut of the giant pastry at Boston’s South Station.

5 RESCUED AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES OFF FORT LAUDERDALE

Five people were rescued after their boat capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale Beach. Authorities say one person called 911 from a cell phone and guided rescuers to the scene Wednesday night. When crews arrived four people were clinging to the boat while one was missing in the water. Rescue divers found him and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

SEARCH IS ON FOR PRISONER WHO ESCAPED TRANSPORTATION VAN

U.S. marshals and local law officers in northwest Georgia are searching for an inmate they say overpowered a guard on a van that was transporting prisoners.Authorities say the prisoner struggled with the guard and escaped around 7 p.m. Wednesday after it stopped for a restroom break in Cartersville. The inmate was being taken from Florida to Indiana to face federal drug charges.

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