MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When news breaks in South Florida, the rest of the nation is often left talking about it. From the death of Trayvon Martin, a bizarre sea creature caught off the coast of Miami Beach, to a naked man who pooped then went on a rampage, these are the top ten local talkers on CBSMiami.com in 2013.
–Exclusive: JFK Assassination Witness Speaks For 1st Time: When President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was cut down by an assassin, a chain of events began that included the murder of a police officer, the capture of the alleged presidential assassin, and the murder of the assassin. In the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, a Dallas police officer who was in the middle of the chaos that enveloped the city in the hours and days that followed the murder never shared his story about what he saw, heard and did, until he spoke exclusively to CBSMiami.com about the pandemonium.
–Rachel Jeantel On Trayvon Martin Friendship: “He Never Judged Me”: Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s good friends opened up about her friendship with Trayvon Martin, calling him a good and true friend. This after her testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman.
–Bizarre Sea Creature Caught Off Miami Beach: A rarely seen sea creature that normally lives at the depths of the ocean was snagged off the coast of Miami Beach.
–Alleged Killer Posts Picture Of Dead Wife On Facebook: A grisly murder scene in South Miami ended up on Facebook after the alleged killer posted a picture of his dead wife on the social networking site Facebook.
–HHS Secretary Sebelius Visits South Florida To Meet With Healthcare Navigators: In the wake of the troubled healthcare.gov website launch, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Miami to meet with “navigators” who are helping the public get signed up for coverage.
–Police: Pimp Forced Girl To Tattoo Eyelids With His Name: A Miami pimp named “Suave” allegedly forced a 13-year-old runaway to tattoo his street name on her eyelids after she threatened to leave him.
–FAU Student Claims He Was Suspended For Refusing To Step On Jesus: A student at Florida Atlantic University said he was unfairly suspended from his Intercultural Communications class because he refused to step on Jesus. The professor asked students to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up, and step on it. The student, a deeply religious Mormon was offended and refused to participate in the exercise.
–FLPD Uses High-Tech Water To Catch Thieves: The Fort Lauderdale Police Department introduces its latest tool in the fight against crime. It’s a crime fighting spray called SmartWater which leaves a harmless chemical staining the skin and clothes.
–Shots Fired At Rapper Rick Ross’ Car On E Las Olas: The sound of gunfire shattered the early morning quiet along East Las Olas Boulevard in January when someone opened fire on a car being driven by popular rapper Rick Ross.
–Naked Man Poops, Goes On Rampage Inside SW Florida Home: A southwest Florida man was arrested after he reportedly jumped off the roof of a couple’s North Ft. Myers home, knocked one person over and then went on a rampage inside the residence. Oh, he was naked at the time and it didn’t end there.