Miami’s Top 5: What you should know Tuesday

 
 
Raising of the NBA Championship banner before the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, October 30, 2012.
Raising of the NBA Championship banner before the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, October 30, 2012.
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1. The Miami Heat opens its season Tuesday night, gunning for a three-peat. Before the game: the raising of the championship banner and the distribution of the rings. The game, Heat vs. Bulls, tips off at 8 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena. TNT is airing the game.

2. The defense is likely to wrap up its case Tuesday in the trial of a man accused in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. Lawyers for 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. are trying to show jurors that his confession was improperly coerced by investigators.

3. Travyon Martin’s mother will tell a Senate panel on Tuesday that states should clarify their "stand your ground" self-defense laws. Sybrina Fulton will address the Senate during a hearing that begins at 10 a.m. in Washington. Her 17-year-old son was shot in February 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July.

4. Fusion is on the air. The new English-language network, based in Doral, is aiming for younger viewers with a mix of humor and edge.

5. South Florida is getting warmer and windier. The good news: Forecasters say there is no chance of rain Tuesday. Highs will be in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-70s. Winds will be 15-20 mph.

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