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Article Icon 1 Panthers Bring Home the Stanley Cup

The Florida Panthers won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history Monday night, beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in game 7.

Winger Sam Reinhart scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky finished the game with 23 saves.

The Panthers avoided becoming the second NHL team to lose a Stanley Cup Final after winning the first three games, and head coach Paul Maurice raised the cup for the first time in his 26-year coaching career. 

Fans littered with the ice with plastic rats, a tradition that goes back to the Panther’s first run at the Stanley Cup in 1996 Finals. Ice rats returned for the team’s next attempt at the trophy last year, and covered the ice Wednesday night by the time Panthers players were hoisting the Stanley Cup in victory. Watch the final moment here.

Article Icon 1 Falcon Heavy to Launch with GOES-U Satellite

The mammoth SpaceX Falcon Heavy is scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center carrying the GOES-U weather satellite at 5:26 p.m. today, and it promises to be a spectacular show.

One of the most powerful rockets in operation, the Falcon Heavy is comprised of three Falcon 9 first-stage rockets that blast off in unison to provide the necessary power to carry the weather satellite into orbit.

The GOES-U is the world’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite and will join a spacecraft network that monitors everything from Atlantic hurricanes to space weather. 

Here are the best spots along the Space Coast to view the Falcon Heavy launch.

Article Icon 1 Supreme Court’s Ruling Could Affect Florida Gun Case

A ban on gun possession for people under domestic violence court orders was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, and it could refuel a legal battle about a Florida law that prevents people under the age of 21 from buying rifles and shotguns.

After the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland High School, the age-restricting law was passed and subsequently challenged by the National Rifle Association. The court directed attorneys to delay filing briefs until after the Supreme Court issued a decision in the domestic violence-related case.

The NRA argues that preventing people under 21 from buying rifles and other long guns clashes with historical tradition — an argument that Florida disputes. Federal law already prevents people under 21 from buying handguns.

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Around Florida
South Florida

Miami-Dade’s “786” has taken over as the most purchased area code in the country, according to a new report from phone number management company NumberBarn. (See Why)

Five South and Central Florida areas rank among the 20 most competitive apartment rental markets in the U.S., according to last week’s RentCafe report. (See Full List)

Central Florida

In a letter sent to the Sarasota County Commission last week, several prominent local foundations requested that the more than $1 million in program funding cuts to the county budget be reexamined. (More)

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission, one of Central Florida’s largest service providers to the homeless, announced last week that it will build a development featuring 108 apartments for graduates of its programs. (More)

North Florida

Heat advisories are expected today from the National Weather Service as the Heat index will be 100+ across Northeast Florida for the next few days. (More)

Flagler and Volusia counties, as well as Lakeland-Winter Haven, made the Creditnews Research “10 Least Expensive” list for places to raise a family in the U.S. (See Full List)

Volusia County: Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he is doubling the reward to $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer in a 1994 DeLand murder case. (More)

The Panhandle

 Pensacola: Thousands of ham radio operators tested their systems over the weekend as part of a nationwide preparedness exercise in hurricane communication. (Video)

 Fort Walton Beach: The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society is asking local businesses and residents for help as it deals with overflow from an animal cruelty case and a broken air conditioning system at the shelter. (See Photos)

Texas Sports

Key Miami Heat contributor Caleb Martin is expected to decline his $7.13 million player option in order to become an unrestricted free agent. Martin had spent the past two seasons with the team on a now-voided 3-year $20.4 million contract. (More)

The Miami Marlins are offering to pay for two months of Bally Sports app access for fans since Bally Sports is in a contract dispute with Comcast, and subscribers can no longer watch Marlins games. The offer went live yesterday. (More)

Yandy Diaz went three-for-four on Sunday, including this first pitch leadoff home run facing former No. 1 overall pick Paul Skenes. The Rays would go on to beat the Pirates 3-1. (See it Here)

Yesterday’s Results: MLB | WNBA | MLS | Copa América | NHL

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The Business Of Texas

Miami-based Biscayne Engineering was purchased by Atwell last week in an undisclosed deal, expanding the national engineering and construction firm’s South Florida presence. (More)

 Doral: Pantzer Properties paid $139.2 million last week for AMLI Doral, a 352-unit garden-style complex, in one of the largest South Florida multi-family deals this year. (More)

 Viera: Land was cleared last week for “The Landings at Viera,” a new “build-to-rent” subdivision. The new housing model is sweeping Florida. (More)

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Et Cetera

Orlando: SeaWorld announced its new snowmobile-style coaster Penguin Trek will open July 7 as part of its new Antarctica Realm. (More)

A Palm Bay man ran into his burning home last week to save his pets after surviving a car fire explosion in his garage. (Video)

Jacksonville’s Sweet Pete’s candy factory was ranked #3 last week on USA Today’s 10 Best Candy Stores across the U.S. list. (See Full List)

Lobster mini-season will get an extra day this summer after Gov. DeSantis added Sunday, July 14. The addition will not impact the annual 2-day lobster season from July 24-25. (More)

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The Polling Station

Do you think recreational marijuana should be legal in Florida?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I’m on the fence

Monday’s Results:

Do you think the Florida Panthers will beat the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup Final?

    1. Yes: 55.6%
    2. No: 44.4%
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