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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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Religion

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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Religion

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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Local News

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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Religion

COMMENTARY: What Pope Francis can teach President Obama this week

By Mary Ann Walsh WASHINGTON (RNS) Two smiling, confident and charismatic leaders will meet at the Vatican this week, each with the opportunity to touch the heart of the other. The post COMMENTARY: What Pope Francis can teach President Obama this week appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

Mother, stepmother make plea to help find teen's killer

The family of a 17-year-old girl who was killed in a shooting at a northwest Miami-Dade County park is asking the public for information that will lead to an arrest. Keimouria Gardner was fatally shot while sitting on a park bench last week. “She will never get married. She will never have kids,” Skymeter Roberts said Tuesday. “And that’s something as a mother that I’ll never enjoy with her.” Roberts was joined by Gardner’s stepmother, Regina Gardner, as she begged The teen took her little cousins to the park when she heard what she thought were firecrackers, Regina Gardner explained. But they were not firecrackers. They were gunshots. “And there was a hole in her head,” Regina Gardner said. Keimouria Gardner, along with one of two men who were also shot, died at the hospital. “She became an organ donor and Keimouria Gardner saved six lives at the loss of her own,” Regina Gardner said. Police have not made any arrests, but the teen’s family hopes someone will come forward. “I beg you, we plead with you, if you know anything about this senseless crime, please come forward,” Regina Gardner said. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Education

Don't forget to watch #FAU grad Steve Swanson take off into space tonight! Launc...

By Florida Atlantic University Don’t forget to watch #FAU grad Steve Swanson take off into space tonight! Launch time is scheduled for 5:17 p.m. EDT. NASA Televisionwww.nasa.govNASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report. …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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