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Hialeah residents line up for hours to apply for Section 8 housing

A crowd of people were lined up outside a Hialeah library for hours Friday as they tried to sign up for Section 8 housing. Those who were running the operation said there was problem with their website, so they were unable to help people sign up. One woman told Local 10’s Liane Morejon she has been waiting to sign up since 5 a.m. and still has received no help. “They said the system was down, so they gave us these papers and told us to come to this address which is 501 East 4Ave,” said Rosemarie. “I get here and I was treated real bad.” People have been growing restless and some say there has even been some pushing and shoving. They also say at least two people had to be taken away by fire crews to be treated for dehydration. Organizers later brought out water and chairs to make everyone more comfortable and to keep everyone hydrated. They say all other sign up locations in Hialeah are experiencing the same computer issues at this time. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Boyfriend arrested in death of Oakland Park teen

The boyfriend of an Oakland Park teenager who was found dead outside her home has been arrested in connection with her death. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said Friday morning that Bobby Scott Jr., 26, was arrested Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Amaya Cruz. Cruz, 17, was found dead just feet from her front door Wednesday morning. BSO homicide detectives believe Scott confronted Cruz outside her home, killed her and then pretended as though he found her injured. A witness told detectives Cruz had been arguing with Scott via text messages. Cruz was supposed to notify a friend that she had arrived home safely, but that friend never heard from her. After killing Cruz, Scott knocked on the front door of her home looking for her, detectives said. Cruz’s brother told him she wasn’t home, but moments later Scott banged on the door again, asking family members to call 911 because he found her injured. She was dead when deputies arrived. An autopsy revealed Cruz died of blunt-force trauma. Detectives believe jealousy could be a motive for the killing. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Wasserman Schultz opposes Florida medical marijuana referendum

By By Dan Sweeney Following her vote against an amendment to a bill in Congress that would restrict federal agents’ ability to go after marijuana users in states where the drug is legal, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, has also come out against Amendment 2, the proposed state constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Storm surge main reason evacuations are ordered during hurricanes

Why are evacuations ordered during hurricanes? One of the biggest decisions for local officials during a hurricane threat is whether or not to call for evacuations. A recent survey indicates that most people think they are told to evacuate because of the wind in a hurricane. This is incorrect. The main reason evacuations are ordered is because of the storm surge. A scientific paper published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society by National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Dr. Ed Rappaport, on “Fatalities in the United States from Atlantic Tropical Cyclones,” clearly shows the cause of deaths by various hazards over a 50-year period. 88 percent of storm related fatalities occurred in water-related incidents. Storm surge was responsible for about half of the fatalities (49 percent). Another 27 percent resulted from rainfall-induced freshwater floods, 6 percent from rip currents and large waves, and 6 percent from marine accidents within 50 miles of the coast. Three percent of the fatalities resulted from tornadoes and another 8 percent from (non-tornadic) wind. South Florida remembers Hurricane Andrew primarily as a wind event. But we need to understand that Andrew was an exceptionally small Category 5 hurricane and its storm surge was …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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8 arrested in South Florida organized crime ring bust

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has announced the arrest of eight people allegedly involved in an organized crime ring that swept the southeast United States. With the help of local authorities throughout Florida, the following people from South Florida have been charged in burglaries throughout Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama:...
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Sandor Guillen to be sentenced in fatal hit-and-run crash

A man convicted of killing a 13-year-old-girl in a 2012 hit-and-run crash will learn his fate Friday. Sandor Guillen, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced.He was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in March. Guillen was intoxicated and speeding through a bus lane when he ran a red light and slammed into the van in which Kaely Camacho was riding with her family. Camacho was asleep at the time of the crash. His attorney claimed during the trial that the lead detective in the crash investigation destroyed evidence. Guillen faces up to 30 years in prison. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Quote of the Day: Seattle Pacific University president Daniel Martin

By Ron Ribiat “We are community that relies on Jesus Christ for strength, and we’ll need that at this time.” – Daniel Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University, after police say a gunman killed one person and injured three others. The post Quote of the Day: Seattle Pacific University president Daniel Martin appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Armed robbery suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting in Lauderhill

A man matching the description of an armed robbery suspect was killed by a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy during a shootout in the hallway of a Lauderhill apartment building Thursday night. “I was in my bed and I just heard … a bunch of shooting,” said a woman who lives in building N of the Cypress Groves apartments, 4200 NW 19th Street. Friday morning, the stucco of that hallway looked like Swiss cheese. “I stayed on the floor wrapped up in my blanket and I ain’t trying to get up to see what’s going on,” said the woman who spoke to reporters through a narrow crack in her apartment door. It began about 10 p.m. when two women walking outside GG’s of New York on U.S. Highway 441 in North Lauderdale had their purses stolen by two armed men. About an hour later, a deputy spotted a man matching the description of one of the suspects at the apartment complex. Investigators said the man ran when the deputy tried to stop him. He ducked into the building and ran down the hall to get away from the deputy who was chasing him. “At one point he turned around and fired at our deputy,” BSO spokeswoman Keyla …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Education

First day on campus and already looking like pros! Show us your Owl Fingers #FAU...

By Florida Atlantic University First day on campus and already looking like pros! Show us your Owl Fingers #FAU family. Timeline PhotosNew Owls take the stadium by storm during Freshman Orientation on Thursday, June 5. Looks like they’ve already got a pretty good handle on the “Owls Up!” salute! Welcome to the FAU family, Class of 2018! …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Slightly more than half of Fla. students passed FCAT

Slightly over half of Florida students have passed the state’s standardized math and reading exams. Results released Friday by the Department of Education show 58 percent of third through eighth-grade students passed the statewide reading assessment, up one percent from the previous year. Fifty-six percent of third through eighth-grade students passed the math test, the same as in 2013. In science, 54 percent of fifth-grade students passed, up one percent from last year. Forty-nine percent of eighth-grade students passed the science test, a two point increase. This year marks the last administration of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Students will take a new exam aligned with the Common Core standards next year. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Christian

Opposed Tennessee Mosque to be Built After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case

By Heather Clark NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — For years, opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro vowed to take their legal fight to shut down the mosque all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. That fight ended Monday (June 2), when the nation’s highest court declined to hear their case. The four-year conflict over construction of the mosque, which opened in 2012, brought national attention to this Bible Belt city of 112,000 about 30 miles south of Nashville. Hundreds marched in protest after Rutherford County officials approved plans for the mosque in 2010. Televangelist Pat Robertson labeled the Islamic center a “mega mosque” and claimed Muslims were taking over Murfreesboro. An arsonist set fire to construction equipment on the building site. Mosque opponents eventually filed a suit against Rutherford County, seeking to block construction of the worship space. On the surface, the fight was over the minutiae of Tennessee’s sunshine, or public notice, laws. Mosque foes claimed local officials failed to give adequate notice of a meeting where plans for the mosque’s construction were approved. But a thriving anti-Muslim movement in Tennessee fueled the fight. Mosque foes asserted that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom did not apply to the mosque. In court, Joe Brandon Jr., a …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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