1. Tropical Storm Karen is brewing in the Gulf and could smack into land this weekend as a Cat 1 hurricane. Florida’s Panhandle could be affected.
3. A group of Cuban academics, policymakers and community leaders is meeting in Miami to discuss how Germany's experience with reunification might provide insight into a future reconciliation among Cubans. The Cuba Study Group, Miami Dade College and Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute are hosting on Friday the "Second Conference on Reconciliation and Change: The German Experience."
4. Two people have been charged in a string of copper wiring thefts that targeted churches and businesses. The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that the two Cooper City residents have apparently been stealing copper wires from light poles in parking lots since September. At least seven locations have been hit, including five churches.
5. The “Rock Doc” is remains behind bars Friday after a judge refused to release him while he awaits trial. Christopher Gregory Wayne, the flamboyant osteopathic physician, pleaded not guilty to submitting bogus bills to Medicare for physical therapy.