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Miami-Dade health officials warn parents about infectious disease affecting children

Miami-Dade County health officials are asking parents to take precautionary measures to prevent the spreading of shigellosis, an infectious disease often reported in children ages 1 through 9. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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American Bible Society to sell 12-story NYC building

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey NEW YORK (RNS) The American Bible Society will sell its 12-story building on Broadway, vacating prime real estate in the heart of Manhattan that served a host of evangelical ministries. The post American Bible Society to sell 12-story NYC building appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Teen falls from rock-climbing wall at Funderdome

In an instant, a carefree day at Funderdome came to a crashing end for a South Florida boy. Surveillance video from March 21 shows a 13-year-old boy tumbling from the rock-climbing wall at the Fort Lauderdale indoor playground. He broke his leg and arm in the fall and is recovering from surgery. Attorney Ariel Saban told Local 10 there is an extreme “lack of supervision.” Saban was hired by the teen’s family to investigate how the fall happened. “Children are able to climb up on a wall, possibly falling down 10-25 feet and, even afterwards, not being properly treated,” Saban said. Saban said the video shows his client being secured to the safety harness by a Funderdome employee. That worker then walks away after the teen begins to climb. Moments later, the boy falls several feet to the mat below. The boy lands awkwardly, writhing in pain as stunned Funderdone employees look on. Emergency crews arrived to stabilize the teen and take him to the hospital for surgery. Funderdome general manager Michael Palmer said his team of attorneys is investigating. Palmer said his “thoughts and prayers are with the boy and his family after this tragic accident.” Saban said the teen’s parents, who wish to remain anonymous, aren’t looking …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Hello Hollywood: Get curb appeal and win cash from City Hall

By By Susannah Bryan , Sun Sentinel City launches second run of Great Neighborhoods Challenge Transform your house from an ugly duckling to one of the prettiest on the block and you might win a $2,500 cash prize from City Hall. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside Ray's Meat Market

An argument at a park led to a fatal shooting outside a Fort Lauderdale business Tuesday. Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman DeAnna Greenlaw said one person was killed and another person was wounded in the shooting in the parking lot of Ray’s Meat Market. Greenlaw said at least three people were involved in an argument at nearby Blue Park when it turned physical. She said the fight spilled into the parking lot when someone pulled out a gun and opened fire. The wounded victim was taken to Broward General Medical Center. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Bayfront Park almost ready for Ultra Music Festival

Workers have nearly completed Ultra Music Festival’s impressive concert stages featuring digital screens and hundreds of motion lights. Organizers said they’ve employed about 1,000 people to work just about every day over three weeks to get Bayfront Park ready for the largest outdoor electronic music festival of its kind. PHOTOS: Ultra Music Festival preparations Traffic pattern changes in downtown begin Thursday night and the festival starts Friday. It is nearly sold out: A three-day pass with a service fee will cost $490, according to the festival’s website. Organizers said they average about 55,000 ticket holders a day. Ultra Music Festival may now be in nine different countries, but Miami remains a big draw for international electronic music fans, primarily because of the South Florida climate. Nikita Vladimirov told Local 10 he traveled to Miami from Russia just to attend the festival known for featuring the world’s premiere DJs and electronic music artists. “I come from Siberia and the weather is like, minus-36 Celsius, so perfect time to travel,” said Vladimirov. The Intercontinental Hotel has a front-row seat to the action. The hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Mike Kovensky, said they are nearly sold out. Rooms run $494 a night with three to four guests often splitting a room …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Quote of the Day: Evangelist Franklin Graham

By Ron Ribiat “World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church.” – Evangelist Franklin Graham, after the evangelical relief group World Vision said it would recognize the same-sex marriages of its employees. The post Quote of the Day: Evangelist Franklin Graham appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraception mandate

By Lauren Markoe WASHINGTON (RNS) The Hobby Lobby case could be yet another instance where Justice Anthony Kennedy provides the swing vote in the decision of whether a corporation has religious rights, and whether those rights have been trampled by the government’s contraception mandate. The post Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraception mandate appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Michel Escoto's ex-girlfriend says she helped him practice killing wife

A man accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married listened in court Tuesday as his ex-girlfriend testified that she helped him practice the crime. Michel Escoto is acting as his own attorney in his murder trial. He is accused of strangling his new bride, Wendy Trapaga, in 2002 to collect her $1 million life insurance policy. Escoto wasn’t charged until 2005 after he stopped trying to collect the insurance money. Yolanda Cerrillo testified that she was desperately in love with Escoto and did everything possible to keep him in her life, including helping him practice killing his wife. Cerrillo explained how Escoto originally planned to drown her. “We filled up my tub, and then I got in the water and he got here, kneeling inside the water and he pushed me down with his hands,” Cerrillo testified. Cerrillo said that once Escoto released her, she told him why he would not be successful. “I told him that wouldn’t work because the force of him holding her down in the water would leave bruises,” Cerrillo said. Her testimony comes one day after Escoto cross-examined his former mother-in-law. Prosecutors offered Cerrillo immunity in exchange for her testimony. If convicted, Escoto faces life in prison. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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