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Everglades restoration project snagged by funding dispute

By By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau — An eagerly awaited restoration project at the headwaters of the Everglades has been snagged by a money dispute, delaying relief for communities plagued by polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines...
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Funeral held for Cuban revolutionary Huber Matos

Saturday’s viewing for Huber Matos, Cuban revolutionary turned Fidel Castro foe, was held Sunday at the Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home in Miami. He was 95 years old when he died. In attendance were several former Cuban political prisoners, many of whom spent time behind bars with Matos. “About 85 percent of the people in there were political prisoners in Cuba,” said Eugenio Zaldivar, with the group gathered inside the funeral home. Matos was one of Fidel Castro’s top commanders but grew disillusioned when he realized communism would supplant democracy. He resigned his post and served 20 years in prison. “Prison was really nasty and cruel,” said Zaldivar, who spent 13 years in a Cuban prison, “Then he came to this country and he kept on fighting.” The former political prisoners worry about whether the younger generation will embrace their cause with as much passion. “Somehow, they haven’t received our legacy,” said Carlos Ponce. “The people behind us, are they going to sacrifice what we did?” asked Zaldivar. Those in attendance also spent much of the night reflecting about whether, like Matos, they too won’t live to see a free Cuba. “We all dream to go back to Cuba, at least 10 minutes, you know, to die,” said …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Couple finds memorial bracelet with names of 4 soldiers killed

A woman and a husband who found a bracelet with the names of four soldiers who were killed in 2009 in action in Iraq is looking for the owner. While the couple was out walking their dogs on the beach, Bill and Yasmine Todhunter, who live near where the cruise ships come and go, found a true treasure. “It looked like a sharp object,” said Bill. “I bent over to pick it up and there was a bracelet.” Yasmine and Bill Todhunter said they believe it may have fallen off of a ship and washed ashore. The bracelet was engraved with the names of four soldiers. “After further research, it’s a memorial bracelet, given to family members and troop members of the fallen heroes,” said Bill Todhunter. Philip Windorski, Joshua Tillery, Matthew Kelley and Benjamin Todd were killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in January of 2009. This bracelet was created for the family members or troop members. It was once treasured by someone mourning a loss. “(I) just hope it gets into hands of rightful owner,” said Bill. The Todhunters posted their story to Facebook. It been shared and commented on thousands of times in just two days. They have heard from the mother …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Red-light violators at hospital intersection in Tamarac ticketed

A Local 10 investigation found that drivers in Tamarac racing to the emergency room are being ticketed by one of the city’s red-light cameras. The city is making those violators pay the fine, even though they were having real medical emergencies. Jacob Alcahe was worried he was having a heart attack, so he rushed himself to University Hospital in Tamarac. “I really couldn’t breathe, I was sweating, just a lot of things going on,” said Alcahe. A few weeks later, Alcahe said he experienced similar symptoms when he received a $158 ticket in the mail. It appears the camera on University Drive at Northwest 72nd Street captured him running the red light at the entrance to the hospital. “I was just kind of scared and I wanted to get to the hospital as soon as possible,” said Alcahe. To make matters worse, the city’s magistrate refused to dismiss the ticket even after he showed them his discharge papers from the hospital. “I went to the hearing and they just told me it wasn’t a good enough excuse,” Alcahe said. Fort Lauderdale ticket attorney Ted Hollander, of The Ticket Clinic, believes the city put the camera there specifically to nab drivers so desperate for medical help, they’d run …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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National weather system causes So Fla flight cancellations, delays

Eighty-four flights were either canceled or delayed Sunday because of the weather system moving across the country, airport officials said. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 10 cancellations were reported Sunday evening. A total of 74 delays were also reported at FLL as a result of the storm, with delays up to three and a half hours. Officials said cities affected by Sunday’s cancellations and delays at FLL include Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Regan International, JFK and LaGuardia Those traveling are encouraged to call the airline before heading to the airport, or check the status of U.S. airports by clicking here. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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