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Prominent art dealer: Paintings stolen from Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts now in Miami

Paintings by Eduardo Abela and Leopoldo Romañach are among perhaps dozens of reportedly stolen artworks taken from the collection of a Havana museum and smuggled into South Florida. …read more Source: Miami Herald...
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How strong is Justin Bieber case?

It was a high-profile arrest — a Miami Beach police report that included language about drag racing in rented luxury cars, drugs and Justin Bieber. The pop star’s fame catapulted his arrest to the national stage. Soon after, questions began to surface about an officer’s account that Bieber and pal Khalil Sharieff were drag racing, estimated to be going 55-60 mph. Local 10 Investigator John Turchin uncovered information logged on the GPS devices in the rented luxury cars. RELATED: Should Justin Bieber have been arrested? “I see no evidence that this was selective prosecution because they wanted to get Justin Bieber,” said criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh. “There’s definitely a case. The question is how strong is the case.” The January police report reads, “Ofc. Cosner states that he observed two black SUVs behind both vehicles as if to stop traffic going northbound, this facilitated an open road…” That road, according to the police report, was the 2600 block of Pine Tree Drive, in Miami Beach. The report also states, “Ofc. Cosner observed both vehicles start a contest of speed (drag racing) from a start. Ofc. Cosner estimates that both vehicles attained an approximate speed of about 55-60 mph. The speed limit in this residential area is 30 …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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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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