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Teacher, community leader Gwen Hankerson dies | Offer condolences

By By Robert Nolin , Sun Sentinel As an educator, activist and author, Gwendolyn Hankerson served her community for decades. But on Feb. 13 she succumbed to a long illness and died at her Lauderdale Lakes home. She was 82. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines...
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Fort Lauderdale mayor, vice mayor weigh in on Panthers bailout

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said Thursday he was getting an earful about the Florida Panthers request for an $80 million taxpayers’ bailout from Broward County. “Most of the people from the business community, the hoteliers, the restaurants, those people that rely on tourism have been very opposed to any dollars going out,” said Seiler. So has Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts. “A lot of constituents I represent are more concerned quite, frankly, about beach renourishment,” said Roberts. “Most of the feedback you’ve gotten from constituents is negative toward the bailout,” Local 10’s Bob Norman said to Roberts. “I would say in the areas I represent, yes, especially along the beach area, yes,” said Roberts. It’s been enough for Seiler on Thursday to say he’s opposing the bailout. “As of right now, the information I’ve seen I do not support the Panthers’ current request,” said Seiler. The Panthers new owners are seeking the $80 million for free rent at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Related: Should Broward County give Florida Panthers $80 million bailout? Seiler and the rest of the commission won’t have a vote in the controversy, but the city generates more than half of the bed tax dollars that the Panthers want. “We think the beach is a …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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UM’s Frost School announces partnership with Universal Music Classics

The University of Miami Frost School of Music has announced a partnership with Universal Music Classics, home of the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Mercury Classics recording labels, intended to identify new paths for aspiring professional musicians and build audiences for “classic music genres.” …read more Source: Miami Herald...
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Matos, Cuban rebel leader turned Castro foe, dies

Huber Matos Benitez, who was a leader of the Cuban Revolution before becoming an opponent of Fidel Castro, has died. He was 95. His grandson Huber Matos Garsault said Thursday that his grandfather died around 4 a.m. at a Miami area hospital after a heart attack. Matos joined Castro in 1958, hoping to bring democracy to the country. He became third in command of Castro’s rebel forces. The revolution overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year’s Day 1959. But Matos quickly soured on the new government, fearing Castro was steering the country toward communism. Months later, Castro had Matos arrested and he was convicted of treason. He was released in 1979 after 20 years in prison. “Today we lost a dedicated advocate of freedom for the Cuban people,” U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said in a statement. Matos eventually came to Miami and led Cuba Independiente and Democratica, one of many anti-Castro groups. “I am deeply saddened that Dr. Matos did not see freedom realized in Cuba during his lifetime and send my deepest condolences to his family,” Diaz-Balart said. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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The Zombies Play Mardi Gras Casino!

The Zombies perform live at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach on Tuesday, April 8th. You’ll be sure to hear their hits like “Time of the Season”, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”! Tickets are just $15 and all ticket holders will also receive a special buffet price of $10.95 at the French Quarter restaurant! The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. For tickets or more information click here. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Correction: Stand Your Ground story

In a story Feb. 26 about the parents of slain teenager Jordan Davis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nicole Oulson, the widow of a man shot and killed in a movie theater, will attend a rally regarding Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Oulson’s attorney, TJ Grimaldi, said Oulson will not participate in the rally. …read more Source: Miami Herald...
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