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Surveillance video released in Plantation jewelry store robbery

Police have released surveillance video in the robbery of a jewelry store in Plantation on Tuesday. The robbery happened at Matthews Jewelers on North Nob Hill Road off W. Broward Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m. According to police, a man and two women pretended to be shopping for jewelry, and then ran off with a $43,900 tennis necklace with 161 diamonds. The robbers fled in a possibly teal Pontiac Grand Prix and a gray possible Toyota Camry that may have bullet holes in it. Police said the owner of the store chased the thief into the parking lot and fired his gun after he thought the man was going to run him over. Witnesses told police that they heard at least three gunshots. Police believe there could be two other people involved who were driving the getaway cars. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call detectives at 954-797-2118. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Female leaders talk about human rights violations against women

Florida International University hosted the Women and Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Miami Thursday. FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center worked with The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, an organization that aims to empower Cubans to push for “a democracy free of human rights violations.” Cuban dissidents Berta de los Angeles Soler Fernandez, 51, and Yusmila Reyna Ferrera talked about “Women and Civil Society in Cuba.” Soler she faced many difficulties on the socialist island as the leader of “Ladies in White,” a group of relatives of political prisoners. SOCIAL MEDIA: Event organizers were using hash tag “Our Voices Resonate” and “women’s rights” on Twitter. “Being a black woman and belonging to the opposition is a triple sin in Cuba,” Soler said in Spanish. Other topics of discussions included “Gender Violence in the Americas,” “Education and Grassroots Activities” and “Women in Public Policy and Political Leadership.” The discussions were not Cuban blogger Yoani Maria Sanchez Cordero, 39, was the lunchtime speaker. She used Skype to communicate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She talked about reports of human rights violations on the island. Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy Miriam Kornblith was also part …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Urgent climate crisis demands our WWII unity in response

By Carma Henry Urgent climate crisis demands our WWII unity in response Pollution accumulating as dirt on Greenland’s icebergs compound the problem of warming and melting. If the United States responded to World War II with the same attention and focus that we’re giving the climate crisis, today we’d be a German-speaking nation ruled by an “Aryan super race” that used all the rest of us “lesser beings” as fodder. But when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 and their allies Germany and Italy declared war on the US three days later, we lost no time mobilizing the nation and acted as one to beat back our foes. The climate equivalent of attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 came to me in these ominous words last week. “Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years and climate disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter.” Pollution accumulating as dirt on Greenland’s icebergs compound the problem of warming and melting. It hit me like the first bomb may have hit Pearl Harbor. I’m not …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Key West man 'planned to eat' iguanas strung to bicycle, police say

A Key West man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after he strung up three iguanas to his bicycle and said he “planned to eat them,” police said. Jeremy Dugas, 35, was approached by a Key West police officer outside the Banana Café on St. Patrick’s Day. The officer had been flagged down by a concerned citizen who said Dugas was trying to sell the iguanas. According to the police report, the iguanas had their front and back legs bound with duct tape to a metal wire. When the officer asked Dugas what he intended to do with the iguanas, Dugas said he “planned to eat them,” the report said. The citizen who flagged down the officer became confrontational with Dugas and “claimed he told her he was trying to sell them,” pointing out several Banana Café patrons who overheard the conversation. Two witnesses verified that they heard Dugas say he was selling them. Dugas told police that he caught the iguanas at a golf course and “did intend to eat them,” but he told the woman that he planned to sell them “to make her leave him alone,” the report said. The iguanas, which were breathing slowly and appeared to be in shock, were …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Coast Guard seizes $7 million cocaine shipment off coast of Puerto Rico

The U.S. Coast Guard apprehended three suspected smugglers from the Dominican Republic who were found with 466 pounds of cocaine off the coast of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, the suspects were transferred into the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement special agents. The Coast Guard said the men were traveling on a 20-foot boat toward Puerto Rico with the drug shipment, estimated to have a wholesale value of about $7 million. A Coast Guard aircraft based in Miami Beach detected the boat and a separate Coast Guard team was able to interdict the boat. Authorities said nine bales of cocaine were found. The drugs and suspects were taken to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were transferred into the custody of ICE. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Fishing in the storm but…

By Carma Henry Fishing in the storm but… And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (NASB) Bobby R. Henry, Sr. The song Playing in the Rain has new meaning when it comes to life support. I know a lot of people recognize fishing as a hobby and particularly relaxing and not necessarily a sustaining meal providing activity; let alone something that one would risk his/her life doing in extremely violent storms. I would beg to differ. As I contemplate the significance of this article, I will try to correlate the pleasantries between life’s storms and the enjoyment of activities that HAVE to be done. Using metaphors to represent obligations and responsibilities as well as conditions and extenuating circumstances, I will attempt to illustrate my point. There are times when we cannot postpone, suspend or delay for another moment our obligations, especially those that we have been called to do. Compelled by a higher source to ‘get the job done’, we must prevail and maintain the course of action outlined for us by the Master-no matter the condition of the weather or the extended forecast. Fishing in the storm but… It is intriguing to some, I would …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Counting the victims of police violence

By Carma Henry Counting the victims of police violence By Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA)—As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or uses of force by police,” he said, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. “This strikes many – including me – as unacceptable.” As it stands, both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice compile information on police killings, as reported by police departments themselves. But there are challenges with the reliability with this data. By law, collecting and providing this information to the government is mandatory only for police agencies that receive certain federal funds; police killings found to be unjustified are not included in the FBI’s measures; and reporting guidelines can vary from place to place, to name a few issues. Over the past few years, citizens have attempted to step in where official entities would not, creating well-regarded crowdsourced online databases such as KilledbyPolice.net, FatalEncounters.org and the U.S. Police Shootings Database (launched by Web sports blog, Deadspin). MappingPoliceViolence.org …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Utah reinstates ‘humane’ death by firing squad capital punishment

By Carma Henry Utah reinstates ‘humane’ death by firing squad capital punishment By Nigel Boys While some lawmakers are discussing whether or not the death penalty should continue, especially after serious concerns with lethal injections, Utah has made sure that even if there is a shortage of drugs to use, they can still execute their condemned prisoners. Lawmakers have just passed a bill reinstating the firing squad, which makes them the only state allowing this method. The last man whose life ended this way in the state was Ronnie Lee Gardner, who was executed by five police officers with .30-caliber Winchester rifles in 2010. Republican Representative Paul Ray, who sponsored the bill, claimed that not only was it a faster form of execution, but it was more humane than using chemicals which could cause distress for death row inmates, should the lethal injection go wrong. Utah reinstates ‘humane’ death by firing squad capital punishment “We would love to get the lethal injection worked out so we can continue with that, but if not, now we have a backup plan,” he added. However, some have voiced the opinion that reverting back to firing squads—which is something that has been left over from the days of the old Wild West—is not only …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Shaun M. Davis, newly elected Urban League of Broward Board Chairman

By Carma Henry Shaun M. Davis, newly elected Urban League of Broward Board Chairman Davis is no stranger to community involvement, having contributed his efforts in a variety of civic organizations. By Charles Moseley Over the past 25 years, Shaun M. Davis has established himself as head of one of South Florida’s most reputable accounting firms, S. Davis & Associates, Inc. In addition, Davis has developed a reputation as having a strong commitment to community service. Most recently, Davis was elected to serve as Board Chair for the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC), furthering his legacy as a proponent for social and economic equality, in South Florida’s African American community. Davis was elected by the ULBC’s Board of Directors. Be-fore becoming the chair, he served as first vice chair for two years and second vice chair for two years, as well as the audit chair for a few years, so he is very familiar with the organization’s operations. Shaun M. Davis, newly elected Urban League of Broward Board Chairman “His position has oversight to the Board of Directors and ensures the proper governance of organization policies, fiscal accountability of the organization’s finances, fundraising and executive evaluation and engagement. Davis’ role is also to lead us in …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Miami Children's Hospital gets new name

Miami Children’s Hospital will be renamed “Nicklaus Children’s Hospital” on Friday in recognition of a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and its founders Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. The name change will be effective Friday, on the hospital’s 65th anniversary. The hospital will also get a new logo. A Miami Children’s Hospital spokeswoman said the hospital’s eight outpatient and urgent care centers will also bear the new name. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced the Nicklauses would serve as the chairs of Together For The Children, a campaign aimed at raising $150 million by 2017. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Record number of former workers without benefits

By Carma Henry Record number of former workers without benefits By Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – With no federal unemployment insurance and rapidly disappearing state coverage, the percentage of people benefiting from unemployment insurance is at its lowest level in more than three decades, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on low- and middle-income families. EPI said the unemployment insurance recipiency rate tumbled to 23.1 percent in December 2014, beating the previous record low of 25 percent set in September 1984. State lawmakers continue to slash jobless benefits, enacting policies that make it harder for the programs to work effectively. The policies have a disproportionate impact on unemployed Blacks who often face greater challenges than whites, as they struggle to stay connected to the labor market and make ends meet while they search for jobs. “Many critics of UI programs wrongly assume that the lion’s share of jobless workers get benefits,” stated the report. “This is plainly wrong over the history of UI and especially in the more restrictive states. The U.S. short-term recipiency rate was 34.7 percent in 2014, meaning that over 65 percent of short-term jobless workers did not get state UI benefits.” The …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Serving is a family matter: Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers

By Carma Henry Serving is a family matter: Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers Maxwell Chambers was born in Johns Hall Clarendon, Jamaica and completed his training for custom cabinet making at Claude MacKay Technical College in James Hill Clarendon. He was raised by his mother Bertella Francis, and his grandparents Marcus and Gertrude Francis. At age 18 he came to the United States and gained his citizenship. He later opened his custom cabinet making company and has been self-employed in this field for the last 25 years. Maxwell is an active participant in the PTA and volunteers every morning at his youngest daughter’s school. He is a hardworking father of seven children; Maxwell Jr., Renae, Amanda, Zachary, Meia, Alyssa and Hailey and they live in the beautiful city of Miramar. Serving is a family matter: Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers His community activist efforts include: his fight against red light cameras, supported non-profits that assist women and children in need, such as the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Group De Aquin Haiti, Family and Friends Connection and The Children’s Harbor. Maxwell is a board member of The Children’s Connection, a group that provides safe homes and adoption services for children from Haiti. He and his wife have been very …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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