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Education

"My Money, My Future." A free financial education workshop presented by Broward County Libraries and the Financial Opportunity Corps (F.O.C.) program, supported by Hands On Broward. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

– Tamarac Multi Purpose Hands On Broward Carolina Linares 954-233-1287 …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Art Series:Italian Renaissance: Tintoretto, Giotto, Van Dyck and others. 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

– Deerfield Beach Percy White Meeting Room Presented by internationally known artist, Arline Peartree. Discussion will be based on a dvd presentation of various aspects of the artists and their time. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Book Club in a Bag 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Christian

ACLU Sues to Force Washington Hospital to Perform Abortions

By Heather Clark SEATTLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against a hospital in Washington in an effort to force the facility to perform abortions on-site. The suit claims that Skagit Regional Health is not following state’s Reproductive Privacy Act, which requires medical facilities that provide maternity care to likewise offer abortion services. The legal challenge was filed on behalf of Kevan Coffey, a licensed nurse practitioner and doctoral nursing student. “As a woman and a health care provider, I care deeply about reproductive health issues. I want to make sure that women throughout Washington have access to the full range of reproductive health care services,” she said in a statement. “And I personally want to have all options, including abortion, available to me.” The ACLU asserts that Skagit Regional Health has been providing maternity services, but does not offer drug-induced abortions and rarely performs surgical abortions. It is asking the court to order the hospital to make abortions more readily available. “The right of women to choose or to refuse to have an abortion is fundamental and has long been recognized under Washington law,” said Executive Director Kathleen Taylor. “We want to ensure that all women in our state …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Christian Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining ‘Gay Wedding’ Refuses Settlement

By Heather Clark KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Christian florist from Washington who is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge found her guilty of discrimination this week for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony has rejected an offer to settle the matter if she promises to service homosexual “weddings” in the future. As previously reported, Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland was leveled with a lawsuit March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who claimed that she violated the law by not fulfilling the order. Stutzman had been approached by one of her faithful customers, Robert Ingersoll, a homosexual, as he wanted her to supply the flowers for his upcoming ceremony with his partner, Curt. She states that she politely explained that she would not be able to help in regard to the event, but referred him to three other florists that may help. “I just took his hands and said, ‘I’m sorry. I cannot do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told reporters. But after Ingersoll decided to post on Facebook about the matter, controversy arose on both sides of the issue—both for and against Stutzman. The florist said …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Christian Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining ‘Gay Wedding’ Declines Settlement Offer

By Heather Clark KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Christian florist from Washington who is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge found her guilty of discrimination this week for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony has rejected an offer to settle the matter if she promises to service homosexual “weddings” in the future. As previously reported, Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland was leveled with a lawsuit March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who claimed that she violated the law by not fulfilling the order. Stutzman had been approached by one of her faithful customers, Robert Ingersoll, a homosexual, as he wanted her to supply the flowers for his upcoming ceremony with his partner, Curt. She states that she politely explained that she would not be able to help in regard to the event, but referred him to three other florists that may help. “I just took his hands and said, ‘I’m sorry. I cannot do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told reporters. But after Ingersoll decided to post on Facebook about the matter, controversy arose on both sides of the issue—both for and against Stutzman. The florist said …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Local News

Sen. Marco Rubio heckled by immigration protesters in South Fla.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was heckled during a Friday night speech in Miami by a handful of young activists opposed to his stance on immigration reform. But the potential presidential contender laughed it off, joking that he’s the rare elected official to be heckled “by both sides of the immigration debate.” “I just hope you bought the book,” Rubio said to the protesters as they were removed from the room by security, according to the Washington Post. Rubio later joked: “If what they wanted was a discount of the book we could have worked it out.” The senator was speaking at Miami Dade College as part of a multi-state tour to promote his book, “American Dreams,” as he works to build a national profile in preparation for a potential presidential bid. But the hecklers highlighted the fact that what’s perhaps one of his greatest advantages is also part of what’s standing in his way to the White House: His leadership in passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate in 2013 that was dead on arrival in the House, countered by heavy conservative opposition. Rubio’s role in that legislative fight was initially seen as a possible crowning achievement for the rising GOP star, but …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Contractor admits building untold number of code-violating carports

To the untrained eye, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the mobile homes in west Davie’s Rexmere Village. But to structural engineer Gus Tarnowski, the place is a shocking display of shoddy and illegal construction. “I was like shocked,” said Tarnowski. “These shouldn’t have been built. How are these things being approved?” Tarnowski is talking about the carports at Rexmere and at mobile homes in other South Florida parks. The park off Hiatus Drive south I-595 is loaded with carports with weak aluminum columns that he said clearly don’t meet Florida Building Code. “These things just rip apart like aluminum foil in a hurricane,” said Tarnowski. “So they’re cutting corners at the expense of people’s safety?” asked Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman. “Yes, these things are going to fly apart and they’re probably going to blow and hit the next guy’s unit,” answered Tarnowski. “These things are going to be like missiles when a hurricane comes.” Tarnowski said state code calls for sturdy aluminum columns to be used, but the material being used is much thinner and flimsier. A drive through Rexmere reveals dozens of the deficient carports. A look at plans submitted to the town by the contractor, Modern Aluminum, indicates that …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Families affected by drunken drivers meet at DUI checkpoint on Key Biscayne

Families affected by drunken drivers stood in silence together at a multi-agency DUI checkpoint on Key Biscayne Friday night. The group held photos of their loved ones killed by drunken drivers on the road. The mother of Kaely Camacho and the widow of Trooper Robert Smith were among them. “Robbie was known for getting drunk drivers off the road,” said Smith’s widow. “He saved lives and his life was taken by one.” Up to five police agencies joined forces to conduct the operation. Officials wanted to let the public know, if you drink and drive, you will get caught — or worse. The Rickenbacker checkpoint was set up not far from where a bicyclist was killed last month and another one injured. The accused drunken driver in that case appeared before a judge. Alejandro Alvarez faced the families he’s affected after he ran down Henry Hernandez, who is now in a wheelchair and Walter Reyes who died in the wreck, police said. The men were riding their bicycles in a bike lane along Crandon Boulevard when an alleged drunken driver, Alvarez, hit them and fled. “His blood alcohol was a .115. He also came back positive for THC,” said an attorney in court. Alvarez returned to the scene …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Richard Henson, 15, vanishes from Fort Pierce neighborhood

A 15-year-old boy is missing after he left his Fort Pierce home to play basketball and didn’t return. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert for Richard Henson. Henson’s family members said the teenager left their home in the 4000 block of Greenwood Drive about 5 p.m. Thursday to play basketball, but they became concerned when it turned dark and he was nowhere to be found. “He doesn’t go anywhere unless we know where he’s going,” grandmother Rose Henson said. They pleaded for anyone who can help them find Henson. Fort Pierce police and St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday night and most of Friday searching for Henson. “Really, we have no evidence what happened to Ricky,” Sheriff Ken Mascara said. Henson was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green shirt, and black and white Nike shoes. The FDLE said he may be carrying a black and white basketball. Anyone with information is asked to call 911. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Robbers pistol-whip beauty shop employee, force others into closet before darting off with cash

By Emily Miller Three men forced employees at a Lauderhill beauty shop into a storage closet while a fourth pistol-whipped an employee and emptied the store’s safe, police said. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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