Miami’s Top 5: What you should know Thursday

 

1. The No. 10 Miami Hurricanes are in North Carolina to play the unranked Tarheels. But things might not be so easy if history plays out. Kickoff is 7:45 p.m. on ESPNU.

2. Retail orange juice sales in U.S. supermarkets fell 1.1 percent in the recently completed 2012-13 citrus season, marking the 11th sales decline in the last 12 seasons. The Florida Department of Citrus says the downward trend has accelerated in recent months with OJ sales falling by 3.9 percent in the final period of 2012-13 for the four weeks ending Sept. 28.

3. Jury selection continues Thursday for the trial of the alleged shooter in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor. Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy says the panel will consist of 12 jurors and up to four alternates. Being tried on a first-degree murder charge is 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. He faces life in prison because he was only 17 at the time of the slaying.

4. Significantly high levels of soil contamination have been found at a popular playground in Coconut Grive, including toxic chemicals in the groundwater.

5. The humidity is back up in South Florida, and so are the tides, resulting in some minor coastal flooding in Miami Beach.. Highs will be in the mid-80s, lows in the low-70s, with a 10 percent chance of rain on Thursday.

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