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Defendant in Heat dancer death trial testifies | Video/Photos

By By Robert Nolin , Sun Sentinel Closing arguments expected Tuesday in trial over Miami Heat dancer’s death It wasn’t alcohol that led to the accident that claimed the life of a female motorcyclist three years ago, the accused drunken driver testified Monday, but rather the erratic actions of another car. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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Rubio, state lawmakers push for deregulation of luxury car industry

After a Miami-Dade County Commissioner shelved a proposal to deregulate the the transportation industry, a panel of state lawmakers approved a proposal allowing high-tech, luxury car services companies to circumvent municipalities. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Lauderdale Lakes commissioners consider a salary increase

By By Larry Barszewski , Sun Sentinel Change would restore pay to 2011 level The mayor and commissioners cut their pay three years ago when the city’s finances were in shambles, but they are considering restoring those salaries now that the city’s budget situation has improved. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Bill to allow beer growlers in Fla. gets support

A bill that would legalize half-gallon beer growlers passed a House committee after language craft brewers said would hurt them was stripped from the legislation. The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee approved the bill Monday that would allow beer growlers in any size. Florida only allows the refillable beer jugs in quart and gallon sizes — not the 64-ounce container that are sold in 47 other states. The bill sponsored by Rep. Ray Rodrigues originally contained regulations that craft brewers opposed, such as banning sales of their product in kegs, bottles and cans at the breweries. Gabe Grass plans to open Grasslands Brewing Company in Tallahassee in July. He said the original bill was “scary” for small startup brewers, and he was pleased with final version. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Former Key West police officer accused of molesting girl

A former Key West police officer is accused of molesting a girl for more than a year. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Henry Arroyo Jr., 41, turned himself in on lewd and lascivious molestation charges Monday morning. According to the FDLE report, Arroyo sexually abused the girl when she was 10 years old and continued to do so for more than a year. An investigation began in December after the girl, now 14, reported he had abused her. According to the report, the girl claimed Arroyo would force her to touch his genitals. Arroyo was being held at the Monroe County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Broward County mayor accused of breaking ethics laws

By By Brittany Wallman , Sun Sentinel April hearing set to consider Sharief’s financial disclosures to state A complaint that Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief broke state ethics laws by filing error-filled financial disclosures is headed to the Florida Commission on Ethics in Tallahassee. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to stop issuing some tourism visas as unrest continues

Citing Venezuelan foot-dragging, the U.S. Embassy said it could no longer issue tourism visas for first-time applicants. The news came amid renewed attacks on opposition Deputy María Corina Machado and a growing body count. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Broward County judge takes leave after 'meltdown'

Broward County Drug Court Judge Gisele Pollack has gone on personal leave after another apparent meltdown on the bench. Pollack was removed from her courtroom last week after she behaved strangely and at times slurred her words. Pollack, who had been open about her battles with addiction and alcoholism in the past, also had a relapse on the bench in December that led to a disruption in court and her return to rehab. Though she was fighting her own substance-abuse problems, Chief Judge Peter Weinstein chose to return Pollack quickly to the drug court, where she presides over misdemeanor drug cases. When Local 10 questioned Weinstein in January about that decision, he said he “prayed” it was the right one. Courthouse blogger Bill Gelin was critical of the decision at the time and remained so Monday, saying that it not only hurt Pollack’s recovery efforts but also the credibility of Broward courts. “She should have been put through the most stringent type of rehabilitation possible, with drug testing and all the rest, just like any other citizen would be,” Gelin said. “That didn’t happen and now that’s hurting Judge Pollack herself because it wasn’t handled properly.” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Shark migrations lead to bites, beach closures | Video

By By David Fleshler , Sun Sentinel Swimmers urged to avoid low-visibility water Thousands of migrating sharks swam close to South Florida beaches over the past few days, prompting beach closures and sending two people to the hospital with minor bites. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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