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5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

By: The Associated Press
February 17, 2014 Updated: February 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

PENN STATE NAMES FSU'S BARRON ITS NEW PRESIDENT

Florida State University President Eric Barron has been selected as the new president of Penn State University. He was selected Monday to lead the university as it grapples with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He was a former professor at dean at Penn State.

FLORIDA ARTIST SMASHES $1M VASE AT MIAMI MUSEUM

A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after smashing a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum in what police say appears to be a form of protest. Police say 51-year-old Maximo Caminero was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. A security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a colored vase by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and smashed it. Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays.

TAMPA MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN CHICKEN FOOT BEATING DEATH

Police in Tampa say a man is facing manslaughter charges after he beat his roommate to death in a dispute over a chicken foot. Authorities say 52-year-old James Jugo was arrested after the beating death of 56-year-old Benjamin Calderon on Saturday. Police say the fight started after Calderon took the chicken foot from a skillet where Jugo was cooking.

OFF-DUTY MARSHAL LEAVES GUN IN DRESSING ROOM

An off-duty U.S. Marshal who was visiting the Florida Panhandle left a loaded gun in a dressing room at an outlet mall store on Sunday. A customer found the gun and handed it over to the store clerk, who called deputies. The marshal returned to the scene when he realized the gun was missing. No charges were filed.

FLORIDA PANHANDLE PREPARES FOR SPRING BREAK

The Presidents Day weekend marks the official start of the spring break season in northwest Florida. Hotel and condo reservations show the second and third weeks in March likely will be the busiest in Panama City Beach. This year, the city's police and the Bay County Sheriff's Office say they're working Florida Highway Patrol, Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and other law enforcement agencies to control large crowds of college students.

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