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Man with gunshot wound drives car into house

Miami-Dade police say a gunshot victim drove a car into a Miami-area home early Saturday. The Miami Herald reports that an investigation is ongoing. It is unclear what led up to the crash or where the man was shot before crashing the car. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Russia move into Crimea leaves Europe, U.S. searching for a response

By nightfall Saturday, the images of heavily armed Russian troops on the streets of Crimea were evoking simple but terrifying questions around the world: What is the end game for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and who, if anyone, can stop him? …read more Source: Miami Herald...
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Fla. considers best way to implement education reforms

Sweeping changes the Florida Legislature has made to education in recent years are likely to come to the forefront again during the upcoming session as lawmakers grapple with their implementation. Contentious debate over Florida’s adoption of the Common Core standards, a set of uniform benchmarks in language arts and math, appears to have simmered with the Board of Education’s recent passage of several changes following public hearings and input from thousands of parents, teachers and education leaders around the state. The Legislature could still make additional adjustments to the newly renamed Florida Standards, but any changes are expected to be minor. The next topic lawmakers are likely to focus on in the new session is how to best hold students, teachers and schools accountable. The state is required to implement a new test tied to the standards in the next school year, but many say that is too quick a timeline, especially given that the test has not been selected. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a vendor for the test by the end of March. The new test would replace the current Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. “That is an aggressive timetable,” Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, chair of the Senate …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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2 dead after crash causes downed power lines

Authorities say two people are dead following an early morning car crash in Tarpon Springs that caused live power lines to fall on a road. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1cu4MKj ) reports the collision happened around 3 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police a car flew over a six-foot fence and into a retention pond. Police say they found the body of one man amid the downed power lines. They say it is unclear whether he was a pedestrian or had been a passenger in the car. A dive team found the body of another man buckled into the passenger seat of the car. Officials say driver of another vehicle that struck the power line after the initial crash was treated and released from an area hospital. An investigation is ongoing. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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