Spring training begins in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Major League Baseball is back in Florida as spring training kicks off Friday in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie. 

After the winter break, teams will square off across the Sunshine State as the teams dust off the rust in preparation for the 2018 season. 

The newly-named FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will host a 1:05 p.m. matchup between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach. 

Friday's Area Baseball Games:

Nationals vs. Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. Braves vs. Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. Marlines vs. Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. 

MLB Players To Wear Hats Honoring Florida Shooting Victims

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Audio interview: police speak with Marcus Steward just days after the Jupiter triple homicide

JUPITER, Fla. - The “Chris" Seward refers to is Christopher Vasata, who, at the time of this interview had not yet been charged with the murders either.

However, the night of the shooting, police did find him and his BMW about a mile from the scene with. Vasata a gunshot wound.

“I pulled up here with my brother and [Vasata was] right here in front of the house,” Steward told detectives.  “He talking. He had given me some weed and stuff. I had bought some weed from him and stuff like that."

We have obtained a police interview with a man now charged with the Super Bowl Sunday night triple murders in Jupiter last year. What’s interesting is that this interview took place long before his arrest. It is now clear that police had Marcus Steward on their radar within days of the murders even though it took months to build a case and arre…

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Judge to rule in ‘Stand your Ground’ defense for Jupiter hate crime suspect

A Palm Beach County judge is expected to rule if a man accused killing a Guatemalan man in an apparent hate crime was actually defending himself.

The third and final hearing for David Harris’s motion to dismiss charges against him based on the “stand your ground” defense from the 2013 case wrapped up Tuesday.

Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer said she will issue a written order on whether or not she believes Harris is immune from prosecution.

“I hope for the judge to be fair and go over the evidence thoroughly. If she decides that David has immunity, he’ll be set free,” said Franklin Prince, Harris's attorney.

Prosecutors for the state said they felt Harris was the initial aggressor, pointing out that Harris did not call 911 after the attack.

“This is in no way shape or form a stand your ground immunity,” said Palm Beach…

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STRmix: New DNA technology helped detectives make 2nd arrest in Jupiter triple homicide case

JUPITER, Fla. - Monday marks the one-year anniversary of a Jupiter shooting that took the lives of three young adults.

On Feb. 5, 2017, Sean Henry, 26, Brandi El-Salhy, 24, and 20-year-old Kelli Doherty were shot to death during a Super Bowl party on Mohawk Street on Mohawk Street.

Since then the fatal shootings, Jupiter police have successfully arrested and charged two men in the case.

Christopher Vasata was arrested in March while Marcus Steward was arrested in November.

Investigators said steward’s arrest was made in part thanks to newly-acquired DNA analysis technology.

Police said they found Vasata the night of the shooting not too far from the scene being dropped off by a BMW.

Vasata had been shot twice and was rushed to the hospital. 

Police also discovered one of the victim’s cars had been s…

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‘No Electronics Week’ at Jupiter school teaches core values to kids, parents

JUPITER, Fla. - Many of you reading this article probably have a smart phone or tablet sitting right next to you at this very moment.

Research shows that by age two, 90 percent of children know how to use a tablet. Studies also show that kids eight and younger spend more time on their screens than they do reading.

But a school in Jupiter is trying out a new trick to prevent kids from getting addicted to technology.

Tree Top Academy has been exercising a 'No Electronics Week' for its students.

Kids, teachers and their parents pledged to turn off the TVs and put their phones down for five days straight this week.

We caught up with the kids on Thursday as they entered day four of absolutely no electronics both at school and at home.

“We noticed that every year, children’s fine motor skills like writing were decreas…

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