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Carnival Cruise Lines tries to stop smuggling of alcohol on ships

Carnival Cruise Line is trying to stop alcohol from being smuggled aboard its ships. Beginning July 9, the Miami-based cruise line will ban beverages in bottles from being brought on board its ships at embarkation, according to USA Today. Beverages will be required to be in unopened cans or cartons, including water, sodas and juices, and may not be placed in checked luggage. Instead, Carnival will sell water bottles on its cruises at a lower price. In a letter being sent to passengers, Carnival said bottled beverages have become a prime means of bringing alcohol on cruises. The letter claims inspecting bottles was slowing embarkation lines, and bad behavior on ships is often linked to smuggled alcohol. Carnival will also restrict the size of coolers brought on board. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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2 boys drown hours apart in Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach

Two children drowned Tuesday in separate incidents just hours apart in Boynton Beach and Riviera Beach. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a 3-year-old was playing in the water with other children at the Boynton Beach Inlet when someone noticed the child in distress. A lifeguard administered CPR until rescue units arrived and took the boy to Bethesda Hospital East. The boy later died. Barbera said the drowning appears to be a “tragic accident.” Several hours later, a resident saw a 7-year-old boy enter a retention pond in Riviera Beach and tried to find him. Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said three officers eventually found the boy, who died at a hospital. The officers were placed on administrative leave pending an evaluation of fitness to return to duty after a traumatic event. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Police allege BSO deputy filed false court affidavit in custody battle

Manuel Morales’ voice cracks with emotion when he talks about his two young sons. “They need to know I’m there for them every single time,” he said. “They need to know I have their back.” But in April, police took away his sons, age 7 and 11, after his ex-wife, Bozena “Joanna” Gadja-Morales, filed an injunction for protection for domestic violence, alleging that he had a “violent outburst” at their son’s school, that he had threatened her, that he had “mental issues and a domestic violence record,” that he had armor-piercing bullets, and that she feared for the kids’ safety. The Pembroke Pines Police Department responded with the seriousness due to such allegations with a show of force at Morales’ home. “That night the police department knocks on my door, they got like 11 cars outside, the SWAT team is out there,” said Morales. “They took the children.” But the ensuing investigation by Pines police Detective Mike Silver determined Gadja-Morales’ sworn allegations were a pack of lies, that she had no reason to fear of Morales, that he no armor piercing bullets and no domestic arrests in his past. Silver found that Gadja-Morales had in fact “filed a false affidavit … for domestic violence … …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Broward County Commissioners set fines for transportation network companies

Commissioners in Broward County established fines and civil penalties Tuesday for transportation network companies and all for-hire vehicle operators who violate county laws, county officials said. The fines range from $250 for first-time offenders and incrementally increase up to $1,000 for four or more violations: –First offense: $250 –Second offense: $500 –Third offense: $750 –Fourth offense: $1,000 County officials said the action follows months of debate over what constitutes an appropriate level of regulation that is responsive to competition in transportation, and provides consumer protections to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Broward County. Related: Broward County stiffens regulations on Uber, Lyft For more information, click here. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Groups fight for 4-acre parkland behind AmericanAirlines Arena

A group of open-space activists are planning the first picnic in Miami-Dade County’s so-called Parcel B Saturday, hoping to bring attention to 20 years of broken promises at the 4-acre waterfront site. “Interested groups are fighting a little more aggressively to get this 4-acre site turned into a park — the waterfront park that it should be,” said Peter Ehrlich, of the Urban Environmental League of Miami, and one of the organizers of the event. What was supposed to be parkland behind the AmericanAirlines Arena has become defacto valet space for the Miami Heat and a staging for arena events. It was recently paved for a street race. The Miami-Dade County Commission has voted to allow a Cuban Exile Museum there if private money can be raised to build it. “Miami suffers from terrible voter apathy and terrible civilian apathy, and we’re trying to correct that,” said Justin Wales, with Emerge Miami, another event organizer. A public park with soccer fields was among promises by the Miami Heat 20 years ago as the team was trying to garner voter support for public land and money for their arena deal. In a 2004 article, their consultant called the promise “key to the campaign.” …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Human skull fragments, gold-capped teeth found at Deerfield Beach construction site

As construction was beginning on a controversial luxury townhome project built over what was once a black cemetery, archeologists unearthed human skull fragments, two gold-capped teeth, an iron coffin handle and apparent coffin nails at the site, according to a city report obtained by Local 10 News. The human remains were discovered Friday at the five-acre site in Deerfield Beach where dozens of black residents were buried beside a church, primarily during the first half of the last century. The remains were discovered during a “shovel test” of one of 230 “anomalies” discovered at the site by the Archeological and Historical Conservancy, at a depth of about three feet, according to a report by the city-hired archeological firm Advanced Archeology, Inc. The city commission, in a heated commission meeting during which many residents protested, voted on April 7 to allow Boca Raton developer Rob Kassab to build 69 townhomes on the site despite it being a historic cemetery and concerns that bodies were still in the ground. “This is much much bigger than just a small piece of property — this is our history,” said Sherman Morris. “It’s not for sale. We’re not willing to give up this fight for the proverbial 30 pieces …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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