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South Miami, Pinecrest mayors protest plan to build power lines

Some Miami-Dade County leaders are opposing a plan by Florida Power & Light to construct more than 80 miles of power lines throughout the southern portion of the county. The mayors of South Miami and Pinecrest held a news conference voicing their objections Wednesday morning. They are concerned about the nearly 90 miles of high-voltage power lines that FPL wants to build along U.S. Highway 1. Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet voted in favor of the plan Tuesday. They also voted in favor of FPL adding two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point facility. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard called his objections an “issue of public safety.” “We live on a peninsula and we are not well protected in the event of a storm surge striking a nuclear power plant,” Stoddard said. Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner said the 100-foot tall polls will adversely impact property values and businesses along U.S. 1. “It would destroy the look and the engagement of people wanting to even come shop when it’s fronted by these transmission lines,” Lerner said. Federal regulators must approve the project before construction could begin. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Crime Watch: Reader is horrified by the dangers of e-cigarettes

One of my readers forwarded this information to me regarding e-cigarettes, since she was dealing with her own kids. Much has been said and there are lots of issues — especially with our youth — and she wanted me to share with you. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Adam Putnam, top Florida Republican, attempts to thread climate change needle

By By Anthony Man Adam Putnam, one of the four statewide elected officials in the Florida Cabinet, said Wednesday the world’s climate is clearly changing. He said it is “probably” been exacerbated by human activity – the conclusion of a vast majority of scientists – but isn’t sure how much of it is “man versus some natural climactic cycle.” …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Top Republican warns Florida in for 'long, hot political summer and fall' in governor's race

By By Anthony Man Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who’s seeking re-election with Gov. Rick Scott at the head of the Republican Party, said Scott’s fortunes are looking better. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Boy says Boynton Beach police officer assaulted him 'for no reason'

A 13-year-old boy said he was put in a choke hold and kicked in the legs by a Boynton Beach police officer “for no reason.” Kevens Jean-Baptiste said he was handcuffed and taken off a school bus last week after he and another boy opened windows against the driver’s orders. One day earlier, students threw eggs from the bus, but Kevens said he wasn’t being unruly. “The girl sprayed perfume and I got asthma,” he said. “I was coughing and I tried to turn on the AC. He said no, so I rolled down my window.” Police were called after the boys disobeyed the driver. That’s when cellphone video apparently shows the officer putting Kevens in a choke hold and kicking the boy’s legs, causing him to fall on his back to the ground. Boynton Beach police said the officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative duty after the video surfaced on the Internet. “We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation,” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Miami's Picasso presents multisensory art exhibit in Wynwood

When he signs his paintings, Claudio Picasso avoids using the last name of the legendary Spanish artist, which he inherited from his Chilean dad. His initials are almost invisible on his work at Miami hot spots like the Fillmore and the SLS Hotel. He wasn’t too bashful during Art Basel last year. His “Midtown Conductor” self-portrait — which took over a block long wall from 36th to 35th Street on Northeast Second Avenue in Midtown — was part of the Heineken mural project. When a gallery owner from London passed by the mural and asked, “Who is that guy?” The answer was: “That is Miami’s Picasso. He is known as CP1.” The pseudonym was born when he was one of many South Miami-Dade teenage vandals riding the rebellious hip-hop wave of the 90s. “The number one lets others know that I was painting alone,” Picasso, 37, said. “I wasn’t running with a graffiti crew.” On Thursday night, the green-eyed artist will be presenting his latest work at the more legitimate GAB Studio Art Gallery in Miami’s artistic epicenter. Chef Jeremiah, of the gourmet food truck Gastropod, will help present the multisensory experience titled “Slices.” “We will be doing our best to represent Picasso’s idea of …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Lawsuit challenges Gov. Rick Scott's refusal to disclose finances

The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to strike down a law that lets Gov. Rick Scott shield the complete disclosure of his finances. A former top aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew filed an emergency petition Wednesday. Jim Apthorp’s petition asks the court to force Scott and other elected officials to file a full financial disclosure instead of relying on a blind trust authorized by a 2013 law. The lawsuit also asks the court to block Scott and any other candidates from qualifying for the ballot unless they file a full disclosure. When he first ran in 2010, Scott released three years of tax returns. But shortly after he took office, he established the trust to remove direct control over his finances in order to avoid potential conflicts. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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9 Cuban migrants rescued by charter boat off Key West

A Key West boat charter came to the rescue of nine Cuban migrants who had spent four days on a remote island. Galleon Resort and Marina-based Adventurous Spirit Tours Capt. Mikey Tilson and his charter clients were at Boca Grande Key on Monday morning when three of the migrants walked out of the mangroves. The island is about 10 miles west of Key West and has poor cellphone reception. Tilson says the migrants were “super excited to see us.” His customers gave the migrants water and granola bars. Tilson alerted the U.S. Coast Guard by radio. The migrants likely will be allowed to stay in the U.S. under the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Cuban migrants stopped at sea are usually returned home. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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South Fla. mother seeks court ruling to stop son's circumcision

A South Florida mother has been granted an emergency motion for review in front of an appellate court in her quest to prevent her 3-year-old son’s father from having him circumcised. Delray Beach attorney Taryn G. Sinatra told Local10.com that the Fourth District Court of Appeal granted the motion Wednesday after a Palm Beach County judge denied her emergency motion to stay a court order upholding a 2012 agreed parenting plan that included a provision to circumcise her client’s child. According to a May 9 court order enforcing that plan, Heather Hironimus and Dennis Nebus had a child together on Halloween 2010. Although they were never married, Hironimus and Nebus are the legal and biological parents of the boy. Hironimus signed the plan Dec. 22, 2011. Nebus followed with his signature Jan. 3, 2012. The order was rendered three days later. The agreement stated that the father is responsible for scheduling and paying for the boy’s circumcision. Now that the boy is 3 and hasn’t yet been circumcised, Hironimus would rather keep it that way, Sinatra said. “My client’s position is he’s 3-and-a-half,” Sinatra said. “There’s no medical reason to do it.” During a May 7 hearing, Hironimus testified that circumcision “was not medically necessary and she …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Everglades restoration projects included in federal water bill

A joint congressional committee has signed off on a long-anticipated federal water resources bill that includes some Everglades restoration projects. Congress is likely to pass the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act next week. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says the bill authorizes over $1 billion for four Everglades projects that would direct freshwater into Biscayne Bay and the southeastern Everglades. They also would store polluted water from Lake Okeechobee to keep it from flowing into the Caloosahatchee River. However, the bill published Tuesday does not include the Central Everglades Planning Project. That plan would redirect more water south of Lake Okeechobee into the central Everglades and south into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. It’s still being reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Services set for Miami officer slain in Pines; probe continues | Video

By By Mike Clary , Sun Sentinel Days after Carl Patrick was found dead in his home, detectives have yet to question the Miami police officer’s girlfriend, who has publicly said he shot himself as they struggled over a gun. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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Ex-BSO deputies' pensions suspended after guilty pleas in Rothstein case | Video

By By Paula McMahon , Sun Sentinel Fired Broward Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Benjamin pleaded guilty to his role in the Scott Rothstein case on Tuesday, admitting that he abused his official power and accepted cash payments and other perks in return. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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