Cypress Bay High School student receives text threatening her life

A South Florida mother is on edge after she said threatening text messages were recently sent to her daughter.

The teen believes the messages are from a 10th-grader at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that the teen received a citation and was not arrested since this is his first offense. 

The mother said the student threatened to kill and dismember her daughter.

“I don’t want to be that mom standing over my daughter’s grave and say, ‘The cops told me it was just talk,'” Staci Grogan said. 

Grogan said she fears for her daughter’s life.

The 14-year-old told her mother that she randomly received several screenshots of text messages that appear to be between two boys discussing harmful things they would do to her and a friend.

“There’s explicit threats, even this morning, of how the guy asking to help the other person how to dispose the bodies, feed them to the sharks. There’s explicit details. To me, that’s premeditated rape, premeditated kidnapping, premeditated murder — not OK,” Grogan said. 

A screenshot of one of the text chats reads, in part: “So how are you going to kidnap them and get away with it?”

The person responds, “I’m going to go with my gang in my boy’s car and snatch them from wherever they are hanging out with no cameras or witness (expletive).”

“It makes me very concerned that this is happening in the school and we don’t know where it’s coming from or who it is,” Grogan said. 

Grogan said her daughter believes the string of texts came from someone at her school.

Grogan said she took her concerns straight to the Weston Police Department. 

“The sergeant basically said that, ‘Well, you know the threat wasn’t directly made to your daughter,'” Grogan said. “I said, ‘Direct or indirect, my daughter’s name was mentioned in this thread and her pictures are in the thread. To me, that’s a direct threat and it’s very concerning.'” 

BSO deputies said they worked with the Weston Police Department to determine who was behind the texts. 

Authorities said the teen will have to attend a juvenile civil citation program. If he completes the program successfully, he will be not be charged. 

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Man taken into custody at North Perry Airport

A man was taken into custody Friday afternoon at North Perry Airport.

Sky 10 was above the scene shortly before 5 p.m. and saw police order the man to the ground after he was seen walking on the tarmac.

It’s unclear why the man was at the airport and what charges he might face.

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The gadget store that doesn’t care if you buy anything

Two years ago, a few UCLA undergraduate students invented a pocket-sized phone charger called Flux. They sold it on street corners in Santa Monica.

Flux became a hit, so they started accepting online orders. They packaged and shipped them out to customers from a fraternity house.

“It wasn’t the greatest condition for running a business, especially in terms of just cleanliness, so that’s when we decided to outsource distribution,” said Flux co-founder Miles Anthony.

Now, Flux chargers are sold between $30 and $50 at B8ta, a retail store with eight locations in the U.S.

The tech gadget store is betting on a new kind of business model. Instead of taking a percentage of any profits, it charges hardware makers a flat fee to display their product. For example, Flux pays $2,000 a month for placement in multiple stores.

In exchange, B8ta collects data on show shoppers interacting with products.

Its San Francisco store has 24 stereoscopic cameras monitoring visitors sales and browsing habits. The cameras are clearly visible throughout the store, and the data collected is anonymous, the company said.

Although some retailers already track shopper behavior, B8ta has folded it into how it does business. The gadget makers get updates with how many impressions, discoveries, demos and sales their products have received.

Another goal of the store is to educate shoppers about products. In fact, B8ta doesn’t even care if you buy the items somewhere else.

“if you want to buy this on Amazon, that’s OK,” said B8ta’s co-founder Phillip Raub. “We’re not threatened by that at all.”

Inside, the space looks like an Apple Store’s moodier cousin. B8ta stores are open and minimalist, with lines of products available to touch and test. An iPad Mini sits next to each gadget and displays product information about it.

B8ta’s inventory is a mix of useful and kitschy technology, not unlike what you’d find in a Brookstone or Sharper Image. There are wi-fi speakers, security cameras, electric bikes, and connected home devices. If you’re looking for something unusual try the floss dispenser that frowns when you go too long without flossing, or the Fondoodler cheese-dispensing “hot-glue gun.”

A spot in a real brick-and-mortar store wouldn’t be possible for many of these companies. The majority of gadgets come from startups founded by people who whipped up a hit Kickstarter campaign.

“Where else would they have the opportunity to bring their hardware into a store?” said Vibhu Norby, another of B8ta’s co-founders.

Founded in 2015, the company wants to position itself as the next trend in retail, an industry currently undergoing big changes. Traditional stores are closing at an alarming rate, retail stocks are struggling and some companies are going bankrupt. B8ta sees the shifts more as an opportunity than a warning.

“We’re sick and tired of saying retail’s dead,” said Norby. “It’s too important of an industry to just write off and say it’s dead.”

Meanwhile, online sales are increasing, fueled by companies like Amazon. But retail will survive because there’s no way to recreate “the emotional experience of a demo,” according to B8ta’s founders. You can’t tell how a product feels in your hand or hear the quality of a high-end speaker over the internet.

“It’s quite clear that a whole host of legacy players are becoming increasingly irrelevant,” said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. “There is no shortage of customers and most have plenty of disposable income and/or access to consumer credit. They will most definitely continue to shop for their needs and wants. They just aren’t shopping at their ubiquitous local Macy’s or JC Penney anymore.”

One way those legacy retailers are trying stay relevant is by partnering with B8ta. The company has struck deals with established chains like Lowe’s and Macy’s to open mini-stores inside their existing locations.

For Flux’s Anthony, it’s one less thing to worry about. He said the entire production process for his chargers is automated — he doesn’t even see the product anymore. Flux chargers are manufactured in China and shipped directly to a distribution company in Austin that stores and ships the inventory.

The vast majority of Flux’s sales currently happen on Amazon.com, but a retail spot still has its allure.

“We got into a pretty cool tech store,” said Anthony. “It really validated our whole business and product.”

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Don’t answer calls from your own phone number

Your curiosity may be piqued, but when receiving a call from what appears to be your own phone number, officials are urging users not to answer.

The scam, called spoofing, involves a call from the customer’s number and someone on the other end claiming they are calling to say their account has been flagged for security.

WFTV reports the person usually asks the victim for the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The scam has already targeted wireless users of both AT&T and Verizon.

According to the report, legitimate carriers will never call and ask for personal information. KCBD says it is best to call back the official number listed for the business, and not the one given to you over the phone.

CLICK HERE to file report a spoofing complaint with the FCC

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North Miami police commander files federal lawsuit after Charles Kinsey shooting

A new lawsuit was filed this week after a controversial shooting in North Miami, where a behavioral therapist caring for an autistic man was shot by police.

The 23-page federal lawsuit lays out a number of allegations against a number of people in North Miami city government and the Police Department. 

Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi is one of the attorneys representing Cmdr. Emile Hollant, who is seeking $10 million. 

In the lawsuit, Hollant’s attorneys laid out a number of claims from racism to slander, and a violation of constitutional rights.

The complaint names the city manager, interim police chief and a city councilman, among others. 

The lawsuit stems from the 2016 shooting of an unarmed black man. 

Charles Kinsley, a mental health care worker, was shot in the leg while looking after a 27-year-old autistic man. 

Police said Arnaldo Rios was sitting in the middle of a street, holding a toy truck which officers thought was a gun. 

Hollant claimed he wasn’t at the scene when the shots were fired, and was trying to get binoculars from his patrol car. 

The lawsuit stated that Officer Jonathon Aledda fired three shots before Hollant could return to the scene and see for himself what was in Rios’s hands.

Hollant claims that he radioed “shots fired” immediately after the shooting and at no point did he shoot his own firearm. 

According to the complaint, Hollant was falsely accused by the city of providing misleading statements to investigators, and was publicly accused of “betraying the badge” by North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin at a news conference July 22, 2016. 

The State Attorney’s Office cleared Hollant of wrongdoing, but the city still has Hollant on administrative leave with pay, and they’ve said he will be fired for lying about where he was at the time of the shooting. 

“In addition to the tragedy of the Kinsey shooting, on top of the tragedy of the Kinsey shooting, a second tragedy occurred,” Pizzi said. “Through gross incompetence, racism, politics and vindictiveness, Emile Hollant was crucified, and had his career destroyed and has been placed on virtual house arrest for almost two years for telling the truth.”

According to the complaint, Hollant “has an unblemished record as a police officer.”

Aledda was charged with attempted manslaughter after the shooting. 

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Where to eat in Chicago right now

New York and Los Angeles might occasionally vie for the title, but many experts agree: Chicago is the best restaurant city in America right now.

With a mix of incredible neighborhood spots, one-of-a-kind high-end dining experiences and classic old-school treats, Chicago has the perfect dining itinerary for every single traveler.

But that’s also part of the problem. So much amazingness is happening in Chicago right now that it can be a real pain to navigate all of it and make sure you’re getting the real deal, rather than one of the many imitators or hangers on.

So, from celebrity chefs to roadside stands, here’s your guide to the best of Chicago.

As seen on TV

Chicago is definitely having a moment in the media spotlight. If you’re looking for a meal from a freshly crowned Iron Chef, head to one of Stephanie Izard’s spots, including Girl and the Goat or Duck Duck Goat (though if you’re looking for last-minute reservations, you’ll be better off ordering a foot-tall goat burger at the more casual Little Goat Diner).

Want to experience the magic of Mexico through Rick Bayless? His newest restaurant, Leña Brava, serves up Baja-inspired plates hot off a giant wood-fired grill in the West Loop.

Or, if you’re a Top Chef fan, there’s Parachute, where Season 9 finalist Beverly Kim has created an inspired mix of Korean flavors that has wowed every critic in town.

Izard’s recent competitor for the Iron Chef title (and also a Top Chef finalist), chef Sarah Grueneberg, has Monteverde, offering up homemade pasta dishes that are simply the best, anywhere.

Best of the neighborhoods

Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, and, accordingly, each neighborhood usually has an amazing restaurant: You just have to know where to look.

If you’re not getting out of downtown, you’re missing out on some great food.

Headed to the Gold Coast? 3 Arts Club Café is a soaring fairyland complete with sparkling giant chandeliers and fountains.

Logan Square? Billy Sunday, a dark bar that feels like old Chicago but boasts the best scotch and amaro selection in town, serves awesome bar bites.

Wandering around Lincoln Park? Boka has your back, with a gorgeous dining room and a blow-you-away menu from culinary rock star Lee Wolen (get the roast chicken, and no, we’re not kidding).

Ravenswood is home to some of Chicago’s best pizza — no, not that kind, the paper-thin Italian kind — at Spacca Napoli.

If you find yourself in hipster-filled Wicker Park, Taxim is dishing up modern Greek-inspired cuisine (spit-roasted duck with yogurt sauce and pickled chard, over-roasted whole Aegean Sea bass with dandelion greens) that is totally unlike what you’ll find down in Greektown.

Brunch ’til you drop

It can be hard to get a reservation at Michelin-starred brewery Band of Bohemia, but neighborhood residents know the secret — go for brunch, which they serve on Saturday and Sunday mornings, when there is rarely a wait. Grab a bagel made with oolong tea, topped with malt-cured salmon, and pair it with an order of their special thick-cut bacon with maple.

Chicago’s got so many amazing brunch spots that you rarely need to stand in line or make a reservation.

Up north at Gather, the best simple omelet in town awaits with brunch potatoes so good, you’ll get an extra order to go (really).

Big Jones, in Andersonville, doubles as a master class in Southern cuisine, as chef Paul Fehribach has scoured antique cookbooks to bring authentic New Orleans dishes back to life. There’s no need to be complicated; just get the shrimp and grits and beignets and sigh with pleasure.

Fine dining perfection

Possibly America’s greatest chef right now, Grant Achatz, is a Chicagoan, and his famous Alinea has led lists of the best restaurants in America for almost a decade.

It’s pricy, but if you can afford it (and if you can get a reservation) you’ll have a mind-bending experience that includes edible balloons, picking shattered pieces of dessert off your table and a whole host of other molecular gastronomic masterpieces.

For something a little bit more low-key, there’s Smyth, where chefs John and Karen Shields (alums of the dear, departed Charlie Trotter’s) serve an Asian-inspired tasting menu with dishes like salted and frozen radish and oyster, lamb with pickled onions and black allium and egg yolk soaked in salted licorice.

Tickets for EL Ideas, an interactive tasting-menu spot in Back of the Yards, guarantee adventure. There, you’ll drink with the chefs in the kitchen, taste chef Phillip Foss’ take on a Wendy’s frosty with fries (it sounds silly, but it’s life-changing) and have one of the most fun “fancy” meals you can find anywhere.

Cocktail hour

In addition to being one of the United States’ best dining cities, Chicago is rapidly becoming one of the best cocktail spots in America.

A good chunk of that is thanks to the efforts of award-winning bartender Paul McGee, and both of his establishments are worth a visit: the tiki temple Lost Lake and the super-exclusive 8-seat Milk Room.

At the Milk Room, you’ll taste bottles that haven’t been opened in decades, including pre-embargo Cuban rum, whiskey from distilleries that closed 30 years ago, and liquor laid down by monks before Roosevelt was president.

If you’re looking for another unique experience, Apogee, the newest rooftop bar from mixer Ben Schiller, serves “cocktail bongs,” drinks inspired by Super Mario Brothers mushrooms and cocktails that come to life with lights and motion.

The reason it works? All this fluff is backed up by some seriously skilled mixers.

For something a bit more chill, try Punch House, a ’70s rec room-themed bar that serves a variety of high-end takes on classic punches through the centuries, including a 1700s-era milk punch that is so tasty, it will have you on the floor before you realize you’re drunk.

Classic Chicago treats

With all this fanciness going on, it’s easy to overlook the classics, and in Chicago that would be a real crime.

It’s always a good idea to visit the Italian Village, where three restaurants (including the 1920s vintage signature spot upstairs, the Village) co-exist under one garlic-scented roof.

A trip down to Hyde Park is worthwhile to visit the 90-something year old Valois, which was visited so many times by President Obama during his Chicago years that it has a whole menu of his favorite dishes.

If you’re willing to drive, Calumet Fisheries is one of the last old-fashioned fried and smoked fish joints left in Chicago. Everything is made on-site in the smoking sheds out back.

And it’s practically against city ordinance to leave without a Chicago-style hotdog (we like Budacki’s) and an Italian beef (go to Al’s Beef).

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