The SoFlo Scoop: Miami-based Burger King to buy Popeyes; Lack of space for jailed, disabled juveniles; King Carter remembered

2017-02-22T09:42:40+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22. Miami is expected to have a high of 76 and low of 63 with showers likely in the afternoon, while Key West will be mostly scattered showers and thunderstorms with a high of 76 and a low of 67. Fort Lauderdale will see afternoon showers and thunderstorms with a high of 76 and a low of 64, while those in Naples will have some afternoon showers and a high of 73 and a low of 62. Time to get smart fast:

  • Daniel Armstrong, the director of the University of Miami’s Mailman Center for Child Development, said 65 percent of those in juvenile centers are developmentally disabled, and some, he said, don’t even understand the justice system. The cost of housing these children can ran up to $130,000 per year, and state officials acknowledged there are not nearly enough spaces.  Miami Herald
  • The Miami Dolphins have agreed in principal to trade a draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for tight end Julius Thomas. Thomas’ apparent motivation is to reunite with coach Adam Gase, when they were both with the Denver Broncos. Thomas is expected to be the most experienced offensive player on the team. Miami Herald
  • Federal officials confirmed that 12 aircrafts were in violation of the temporary regulations put in place for President Donald Trump’s visit to Florida. The names of the pilots will not be released immediately, Federal Aviation Administration officials said, but the agency is making sure that local pilots are educated on the restrictions. Palm Beach Post
  • King Carter, a 6-year-old boy who was killed last year, was remembered by friends and family, assported yellow and black team jerseys in his honor. The group joined together at a gas station in front of a mural of the boy. Sun Sentinel
  • The owners of Miami-based Burger King announced it is purchasing Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.  Popeyes, founded in 1953, will be sold for an estimated $1.8 billion, and the deal is scheduled to be finalized in April 2017. NBC

— Ingrid Padron, South Florida News Service