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County Rejects Atheist, Pagan Displays Amid Controversy Over ‘In God We Trust’ Plaque

By Heather Clark MOBILE, Ala. – County commissioners in Alabama have rejected requests from atheists, pagans and Unitarian Universalists to post their own displays in the public arena after they took issue with a recent vote to display a “In God We Trust” plaque in the Government Plaza. In June, the Mobile County Commission voted 2-1 to display the national motto in the plaza in spite of opposition from several area residents who had come to the meeting to speak against the proposal. “I strongly urge the commission to reject the display ‘In God We Trust,” Faulkner State student and atheist Amanda Scott told the panel. “It would only serve to divide Mobile on religion when we’re already so divided on other issues.” Chuck VonDerAhe, the president of the Atheist Alliance of America and former Catholic priest, requested that the motto instead be “In Our Citizens We Trust” or “In Our Constitution We Trust,” as he felt that “In God We Trust” is a promotion of Christianity. But Commissioner Jerry Carl disagreed, stating that God is whoever you want Him to be. “Your God could be anything,” he said. “How does the word ‘God’ apply to your life?” As previously reported, council members in Tacoma, Washington presented …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Child falls from third-floor window in Lauderdale Lakes

A 1-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after falling from a third-floor window at a South Florida apartment, the Broward Sheriff’s Office told Local 10 News. It happened Friday morning at the Cambridge Square Apartments, 3821 NW 21st St., in Lauderdale Lakes. “At this time we are treating this as an accident,” BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said. Deputies said the girl’s mother was in the home sleeping with a 5-month-old child and the girl’s father was in the kitchen cooking as the girl, a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old were in another room playing. The father left the kitchen and went into the room where the kids were playing to check on them. Deputies said he saw the window open and the girl was missing from the room. Downstairs, a building maintenance man told deputies he heard a sound he thought was someone throwing garbage out a window. He went to investigate and saw the girl crawling out of the bushes, according to BSO. Another person walked over to the maintenance man to see what was going on. Deputies said that person picked up the girl, took her upstairs and gave her to the girl’s mother. It’s being investigated whether or not the 1-year-old girl may have …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Florida House and Senate committees give early approval to fixes to congressional map

Despite complaints from groups representing voters, Florida House and Senate committees approved a proposal to make slight changes to seven congressional districts to comply with a court order. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Gov. Rick Scott affirms support for Medicaid expansion but sticks to pro-business principles on health policy

In an interview with the Herald/Times, Gov. Rick Scott reaffirmed his support for Florida taking federal money to provide health insurance for up to 1 million poor Floridians. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Hollywood rising: A new life for Great Southern Hotel

By By Susannah Bryan and Robert Nolin , Sun Sentinel Developer promises to preserve portion of Great Southern Hotel There were no halcyon days of balls, debutantes or dignitaries. Its rooms are cramped and humble. But the Great Southern Hotel played a vital role in Hollywood’s history, housing the workers who built the city nearly a century ago. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Texas man arrested in MacArthur Causeway crash that critically injured 2

A Texas man was arrested after causing a crash on the MacArthur Causeway that critically injured two people Thursday. Isaiah Obryant, 34, of Houston, faces charges of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license. Miami Beach police said Obryant was traveling more than twice the posted speed limit of 40 mph when his Ford F-150 pickup truck switched lanes and plowed into the back of a white Mazda stopped at a red light. The impact caused the Mazda to sideswipe a BMW. Both people in the Mazda were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the BMW was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center with possible broken ribs. Police said Obryant’s Texas license had multiple suspensions. Follow Peter Burke on Twitter @PeteBurke Follow Local 10 on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Cop, handwriting expert testify in Pedro Bravo murder trial

Handwriting samples collected from Pedro Bravo after his 2012 arrest were examined by an expert who testified in court Friday. Thomas Vastrick, a forensic documenting examiner, explained to the jury how several unique features in Bravo’s writing style were consistent with markings in his personal journals. The journal, revealed in court earlier in the week, contained love letters over ex-girlfriend Erika Friman. Friman ended the relationship with Bravo to date Christian Aguilar, a mutual friend. Prosecutors believe an obsession with her was Bravo’s motive to plot to poison and kill Aguilar, a freshman at the University of Florida. The journals also contained a suicide note. Jurors in the high-profile murder trial also heard from the first officer to come face to face with Bravo. The then-18-year-old walked into a police station on his own to report Aguilar missing. “He was very cooperative and very wanting to assist in helping to find him,” said Officer Timothy Peck. “In fact, at times, did he volunteer information to assist in that capacity,” asked prosecutor Brian Kramer. “He did,” replied Peck. However, as Peck spoke in detail with Bravo, he saw signs of deception. Peck said Bravo’s descriptions of his last encounters with Aguilar were “very vague.” Bravo initially admitted to only being in …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Drag racing held at Homestead Miami Speedway

To combat illegal street racing in South Florida, advocacy groups have come together to make a safe environment for racers. Fast Lane Friday is held the first Friday of every month and gives enthusiasts a chance to legally drag race. The Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the event in which anyone who is 18 and older can drive any street-legal car or truck with a valid driver’s license. Drivers can race as many times as they’d like from 6 p.m. to midnight for only $20. Paramedics are on standby throughout the entire event and spectators can pay $10 to watch. Click here for more information on Fast Lane Friday. Follow Mark Jackman on Twitter @markjackman10 Follow Local 10 on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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