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Coast Guard searching for diver, 50, missing off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

By Mike Clary Rescuers resumed the search at first light Sunday for a 50-year-old man reported missing while diving off the coast of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, officials said. The man was diving with two other people on Copenhagen reef when he failed to surface about noon Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. … …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Festival brings taste of the Caribbean to Pembroke Pines

By Brooke Baitinger A Caribbean festival brought a taste of the islands to Pembroke Pines on Saturday. The event — part of Caribbean American Heritage month — at the Pembroke Pines City Center had music, free food samples and several vendors, as well as family activities. It attracted people looking to learn or celebrate… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Divers clean up reef beneath Lauderdale-by-the-Sea's pier

By Brooke Baitinger Ninety-seven divers plunged beneath the waves in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Saturday in search of trash on the ocean floor. As part of the Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-Up, the divers plucked up mounds of tangled monofilament, hooks, sinkers and knives from the coral reef at the south side of the… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Rescue crews search for missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue rescue divers are searching for a missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Saturday. According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, crews are in the water looking for a missing 50-year-old male at Copenhagen reef. This story will update. Please check back for more details. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Vigil to honor Pines baseball standout killed on Father's Day

By Brian Ballou Zach Finch carved out a name for himself in the classroom and on the baseball diamond at Flanagan High School, and realized his dream to play in college. But on Father’s Day, the 21-year-old senior at The College of the Cumberlands in Charlotte, S.C., was fatally shot after he visited an apartment… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Mosquitoes in crosshairs as South Florida steps up Zika fight

By Larry Barszewski Soon after this month’s record rains fell, phone calls flooded South Florida mosquito-control programs seeking relief. The thousands of daily calls were a sign that residents haven’t forgotten last year’s Zika scare. The region’s wet season kicked off this month, and officials say they are doing… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Drug treatment centers lure troubled patients to South Florida

By Skyler Swisher Drug users around the country are streaming to South Florida, lured by promises of recovery in a paradise of sunshine and palm trees. Many private treatment centers here are aggressively marketing in parts of the Northeast and Midwest ravaged by the opioid epidemic, law enforcement officials say. … …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Man critical after being found facedown in pool in Miramar

By Tonya Alanez A man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after he was found facedown in a clubhouse pool in Miramar on Friday evening, authorities said. “He had water in his lungs,” said Lt. Jose Gregorisch, spokesman for Miramar Fire Rescue. The call came in at 5:03 p.m. from Solano at Miramar Apartments,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Smokey cockpit forces flight to Lauderdale to make emergency landing

By Tonya Alanez Smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing for a plane headed to Fort Lauderdale from New York on Friday morning, officials said. JetBlue flight 913 landed at 10:30 a.m. in Charleston, S.C. It initially took off from White Plains, N.Y., bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. … …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Gunshot victim taken from Oakland Park gas station to hospital

By Tonya Alanez A man with a gunshot wound arrived at a Valero gas station on Oakland Park Boulevard late Friday afternoon. But authorities aren’t sure where he was when he was shot. About 4:14 p.m. someone at the gas station called 911 and the injured male was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Homeless families to get free hotel stays for up to 21 days in new program

By Lisa J. Huriash A new taxpayer-funded program will give the homeless free hotel stays for up to 21 days, beginning next month. One-thousand rooms will be set aside over a three-month period at two Extended Stay America locations in Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac. They’ll be reserved for homeless families with children,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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State attorney investigating Fort Lauderdale commissioner McKinzie in campaign case

By Brittany Wallman Accused of campaign misconduct, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie Jr. is under investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, the agency confirmed this week. The case is “likely to go on for some time,” Broward State Attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy said. McKinzie, 55, president… …read more Source:: Broward Politics       ...
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State attorney investigating Fort Lauderdale commissioner McKinzie in campaign case

By Brittany Wallman Accused of campaign misconduct, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie Jr. is under investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, the agency confirmed this week. The case is “likely to go on for some time,” Broward State Attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy said. McKinzie, 55, president… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Taking aim against pollution, Deerfield restricts polystyrene food packaging

By Anne Geggis Deerfield Beach has joined a growing number of cities in banning or restricting plastic foam food containers as concern grows about what’s piling up in landfills, oceans and beaches. Because polystyrene doesn’t biodegrade like organic material does, the foam material has become a target for institutions… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Female employee trapped overnight in cell at Broward's new courthouse

By Larry Barszewski An employee at Broward County’s new courthouse walked into an inmate holding cell by mistake and wound up trapped for almost seven hours in the middle of the night. Deborah Johnson, 61, had been conducting an after-hours quarterly inspection of a fifth-floor courtroom around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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13 people convicted of telemarketing fraud are facing federal prison

By Paula McMahon Thirteen people convicted of defrauding $23 million from investors around the nation are facing federal prison terms, prosecutors said Friday. All 13 were linked to telemarketing frauds, based in Miami Lakes and Marina Del Rey, Calif., that touted stocks for Sanomedics, Inc. and Fun Cool Free stocks… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Tired of Confederate street names, she pays $6,000 to prod Hollywood for change

By Susannah Bryan An unexpected ally has emerged in Hollywood’s ongoing controversy over streets named for Confederate war generals. Laurie Schecter, a city activist with a home on Hollywood beach, is bankrolling the effort to change the names of Forrest, Hood and Lee Streets. Schecter, 68, says she stepped up when… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Miramar mom's body never found but murder trial is moving ahead

By Rafael Olmeda No one has seen Vilet Torrez since March 31, 2012, when she vanished from her home in Miramar. Prosecutors believe the mother of three is dead, slain by her husband, Cid Torrez, 43. And they’re willing to put him on trial for murder, even though they lack one of the most vital sources of evidence… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Beauty supply store burns in Hallandale Beach

By Adam Sacasa A beauty supply store went up in flames Friday in Hallandale Beach. Firefighters found flames shooting through the roof of Akins Beauty Supply at 504 Foster Road, when they arrived around noon, Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Lori Williams said. Everyone in the beauty supply store had… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Details on triple shooting in Davie closely held by detectives

By Linda Trischitta If only bullet casings could talk. Davie police recovered more than six spent casings after three males were wounded in gunfire Thursday at a condominium community in town, but on Friday, detectives kept close many of the details in their investigation. “We’re still chasing down leads,” Davie Police… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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