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Body of West Palm Beach sewer plant operator found in pipe

Authorities say the body of a West Palm Beach sewer plant operator has been found in a sewage pipe, nearly 18 hours after he fell into an open tank. Herminio Padilla Jr. was reported missing early Saturday at the East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility. Plant operators spent hours training the tank and underground pipes before they could find the body of the 48-year-old man. Police Detective Lori Colombino tells The Palm Beach Post that Padilla’s death appears to be accidental. It wasn’t immediately clear how Padilla fell into the tank. Padilla previously worked as a corrections officer at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He left that agency in 2007. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Florida health officials chosen for national health project

Officials at the Department of Health of Seminole County have been chosen to take part in a national project to reduce health disparities among children and adults. Dr. Swannie Jett and assistant health officer Donna Walsh are one of 12 health officer teams that have been chosen from across the country by the Kresge Foundation to be part of the 16-month initiative. Kresge is awarding the Seminole County team $125,000 and technical assistance to implement a project in the community to help identify health disparities. The goal is to help position public health officers and their agencies to effectively develop and implement solutions for community problems. Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant making and investments in community-based projects. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Ocala officer fired after arrest for sex with underage girl

A police officer in Ocala has been fired after his arrest on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. The Ocala Police Department says 41-year-old Bennie Lee Wilson III turned in his badge and uniform on Thursday. He was arrested last year on two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Police say an investigation found that Wilson had met with a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home and was involved in prostitution. The girl told investigators that Wilson talked with her for a while and fondled her, and they eventually had sex for $20. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Wilson admitted to Ocala police Sgt. Brian Young that he had sex with the girl and knew she was under 18. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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10-year-old boy struck while riding bike in Pompano Beach

A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after being struck while riding his bicycle, deputies said. The incident happened around 6:15 p.m. Sunday at 860 Northwest Eighth Ave. in Pompano Beach. The boy was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center conscious and breathing, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The driver who struck the boy stayed at the scene, deputies said. BSO said it is investigating the incident. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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3 South Florida Fantasy 5 players win jackpot

Three “Fantasy 5” players in South Florida have selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot of $51,521.93 each, Florida Lottery officials said Sunday. The winning tickets were purchased in Hollywood, Miami and Homestead, officials said. Other Florida winning tickets were also purchased in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. A total of 354 tickets matching four numbers won $117 each. Another 11,072 tickets matching three numbers won $10.50 each and 110,311 tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking two numbers. The numbers drawn Saturday night were 01-08-19-26-34. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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No Lotto jackpot winner; top prize rises to $6 million

No tickets matched all six Florida Lotto numbers in Saturday’s drawing, so the jackpot now rises to $6 million. Florida Lottery officials said Sunday that a total of 27 tickets matched five numbers to win $5,227 each. Another 1,547 tickets matched four numbers for $67.50 each, and 30,245 tickets matched three numbers for $5 each. The winning Florida Lotto numbers selected Saturday: 9-11-31-40-44-48. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Central Florida mall reopens after shooting that left 2 dead

A shopping mall in central Florida reopened Sunday, a day after a shooting in its food court that left two people dead, including the gunman, and one injured. Melbourne Square Mall reopened for normal business hours at noon. Police said 57-year-old Jose Garcia-Rodriguez of Palm Bay shot his wife and Leonardo Coppola before turning the gun on himself in the mall’s food court shortly before the mall opened Saturday morning. Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez, who worked at the mall, survived and was hospitalized in good condition. Police said the 33-year-old woman was the intended victim in the shooting that apparently stemmed from a domestic violence incident. Coppola, 36, of West Melbourne, owned a restaurant in the food court. He was shot as he tried to move Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez out of harm’s way, police said Sunday. The mall was closed while police investigated. On Sunday, Florida Today reported, a half-dozen flower bouquets and several white candles were displayed on the counter of a closed pizza restaurant in the food court. Neighbors of the couple, who have two daughters, said they had seemed close. “They would walk hand-in-hand all the time,” Raymond Jacobs, who lives across the street from the couple’s well-manicured home, told Florida Today. Nick Csercse, who lives next-door, said …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Kentucky teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities in both states. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior. “I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared, and he wanted to come home,” said Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teens live. “He wanted me to come bring him home.” Chaffins said the teens were getting by on some cash found in a truck stolen in Georgia. Authorities said the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Panama City Beach Police discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Georgia. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody. Chaffins told The Associated Press that the teens should be extradited back to Kentucky by the end of the week. In Kentucky, the two teens will face the same charges, including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, Chaffins said. Phillips will …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 yachts go up in flames in Fort Lauderdale

No injuries were reported after two yachts were engulfed in flames, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Department officials. A 65-foot boat and a 50-foot boat were involved in the incident Sunday. The fire was contained to the two yachts. Authorities said firefighters used foam to contain the blaze. No other details were given. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Large fire engulfs two yachts, smoke visible for miles

By Brian Ballou A fire engulfed two yachts early Sunday morning at a yacht maintenance company on the New River, sending a massive plume of black smoke northeastward and touching off a frantic effort by fire crews to prevent the blaze from jumping to nearby vessels. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Large fire destroys two yachts, smoke visible for miles

By Brian Ballou A fire engulfed two yachts early Sunday morning at a yacht maintenance company on the New River, sending a massive plume of black smoke northeastward and touching off a frantic effort by fire crews to prevent the blaze from jumping to nearby vessels. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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UCLA Broadcasting Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah is Great’ on Campus

By Heather Clark LOS ANGELES – Less than a week after controversy erupted over an announcement that a Muslim call to prayer would be broadcast at North Carolina’s Duke University, it has come to light that students at UCLA in California have been doing so for some time. On Friday, a video was published on YouTube of students broadcasting the call to prayer on the north side of the UCLA campus near the athletic field off Sunset Boulevard. While the audio is faint, Arabic-style chanting can be heard in the footage as students gathered on the lawn. The university does have an Islamic Student Association on Campus, which meets for jummah prayers in the Pyramid Room on the second floor of the John Wooden Center. It also publishes a Muslim news publication known as Al-Talib. “I bear witness that there is none worthy of being worshiped except Allah,” the common Muslim chant, known as the adhan, declares. “I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. … Allah is most great.” Reports state that the adhan has been broadcast at UCLA for some time—to the consternation of some who were already perplexed by the Duke matter. “The call to prayer is something that is blasted over loudspeakers …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Bibles Banned on Religious Freedom Day Over Satanists Seeking to Pass Out Coloring Books

By Heather Clark ORLANDO, Fla. – A Christian group in Florida was not allowed to distribute Bibles for Religious Freedom Day on Friday after the school district decided to change its policy on distribution by outside groups when a New York-based Satanic organization sought last fall to pass out coloring books to students. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned in 2013 that the Christian ministry World Changes had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books and pamphlets, including a booklet entitled “What’s Wrong With The Ten Commandments?” and a brochure entitled “What Is An Atheist?” However, the board prohibited FFRF from giving students several other publications, citing the materials’ “disruptive” and inappropriate content. FFRF promptly sued the school board for not allowing the distribution of the materials, and eventually it complied with the organization’s demands. In July, a district judge officially dismissed the FFRF lawsuit, thus giving the green light to the in-school distribution of atheistic materials. Following the decision, …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Hundreds Protest Islamic ‘Stand With the Prophet’ Conference in Texas

By Heather Clark GARLAND, Texas – Hundreds protested on Saturday outside of a Muslim conference in Garland, Texas that was intended to combat American “Islamophobia.” “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate” was held at the Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday and was reportedly a sold out event. “Frustrated with Islamophobes defaming the prophet? Fuming over extremists like ISIS who give a bad name to Islam? Remember the Danish cartoons defaming the prophet? Or the anti-Islam film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’? These attacks are no accident,” the website for the event reads. “Prophet Muhammad inspires love and devotion in the hearts of Muslims, peace be upon him; unfortunately, Islamophobes have turned him into an object of hate,” it continues. “Hate groups in the U.S. have invested at least $160 million dollars to attack our prophet and Islam. Isn’t it time we invested in defending our faith?” Special speakers at the event included Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who according to the Washington Post was an “unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center” bombing,” and Georgetown University professor John Esposito, founder of the university’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. “Stand With the Prophet” was to serve as a fundraising effort for a communications center meant to combat …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Satanist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Dismembering, Cannibalizing Woman

By Editor (Daily Mail) — A Tennessee man who told police he ate part of his victim’s body has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in the woman’s death. Coffee Circuit Judge Craig Johnson sentenced 37-year-old Gregory Scott Hale of Summitville on Thursday. The Tullahoma News said Hale pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the June 8 death of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Hyder. Continue reading this story >> …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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‘They Offended Our Prophet Mohammad:’ Niger Muslims Torch Churches In Anti-Charlie Hebdo Riots

By Heather Clark NIAMEY, Niger – Muslims throughout the West African country of Niger torched at least seven churches and destroyed a number of businesses in riots showing their opposition to the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had been attacked by Muslims this month for publishing cartoons mocking the Islamic prophet Mohammad. “They offended our prophet Muhammad. That’s what we didn’t like,” Amadou Abdoul Ouaha told Reuters. “This is the reason why we have asked Muslims to come, so that we can explain this to them, but the state refused. That’s why we’re angry today.” As previously reported, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, 32 and 34 respectively, stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 8, killing 10 staff members and two police officers. Witnesses on the scene state that “wo black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs” and were yelling the Islamic phrase “Allahu Ahkbar,” meaning “Allah is great.” Video footage also shows the Kouachi brothers declaring, “We have avenged the prophet Mohammad” after committing the massacre on the satirical newspaper. This week, Charlie Hebdo released a photograph of its new cover photo, which features a caricature of Mohammad with a tear in his eye and holding a sign reading “I am Charlie.” The …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Furniture, art from late fossil hunter to be auctioned

The personal treasures of the late fossil hunter Roy Chapman Andrews are being auctioned off this weekend in Florida. Chapman is said to be the inspiration for the movie hero Indiana Jones. He was known for his discoveries all around the world. During a trip to the Gobi Desert in the 1920s, he discovered the first known fossilized dinosaur eggs, along with the fossils of early mammals. Andrews brought back a collection of Asian furniture and art, which was acquired recently in California, where Andrews died more than 50 years ago. His family scrapbooks and photographs depict many of the items being auctioned. An ornately carved Asian Qing chest was among the items to be auctioned Saturday at Sarasota Estate Auction. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Terminals turned into galleries at Miami International Airport

The large-scale installations could be at Art Basel; the bold paintings are reminiscent of Wynwood Walls. But they’re not just for the gallery-hopper or art enthusiast to see. Instead, they are works inside Miami International Airport. The work competes with advertising for wall space, as well as for the attention of wary travelers in one of the country’s busiest airports Dr. Yolanda Sanchez, director of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at Miami International Airport, has been curating art for the airport for 20 years. She credits good PR and savvy artists for bringing more attention to the art hanging from the walls and ceilings, and built into the floor. According to airport officials, there are at least 35 different projects happening at once inside the terminals. Sanchez said her department works on a “shoestring budget” compared with galleries and museums, so much of the work is from up-and-coming artists in South Florida. Inside Terminal D, where moving walkways converge, is the newest mural, called “Meltdown,” by Miami-born artist Jen Stark. “We wanted to do something here that really enlivened the space. As you can see just standing here a couple of minutes all of the people coming through here,” Sanchez said. On the phone, Stark said it was …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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