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Florida Sen. Jeff Clemens wants to ban smoking in vehicles with children

A state senator from South Florida wants to ban the use of tobacco products in vehicles with children under the age of 13. Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, filed the bill (SB 548) in January. A Senate committee is expected to discuss the proposed law Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee. If passed, the law would take effect Oct. 1. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Education

Book Club in a Bag 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Miami Dolphins release Randy Starks, team source says

The Miami Dolphins have released defensive tackle Randy Starks, a source with the team told Local 10 News on Wednesday. Starks, 31, was scheduled to make $5 million this year if he continued playing for the Fins. Starks has been one of Miami’s best defensive players for the past seven years, but struggled in the second half of last season as the team failed to make a playoff push. Starks finished with 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The move comes as the Dolphins are expected to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at some point Wednesday. Suh played for the Detroit Lions last season. Follow Local 10 Sports on Twitter @Local10Sports …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Davie police officer arrested on extortion charges

A Davie police officer was arrested Wednesday on extortion charges. Davie police said Officer James Krey is on administrative leave. Coral Springs police arrested Krey on two counts of extortion. Details of the arrest were not immediately known. Krey was expected to appear before a Broward County judge Wednesday morning. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of woman at Overtown apartment

A man who fatally shot a woman in her Overtown apartment while her children were home has been arrested, police said. Wilmer Salmeron, 28, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. Miami police said Salmeron shot and killed Socorro Treminio, 33, inside her home on Northwest Fourth Avenue early Tuesday morning. Police said Treminio’s 5-month-old daughter and 4-year-old son were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. The victim’s brother-in-law, Douglas Deford, told Local 10 News that Salmeron was abusing Treminio, who was about to leave him. He said Salmeron shot her while she was sleeping. Both children are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. A shelter hearing was scheduled for later Wednesday. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Religion

China choosing Dalai Lama is like Castro naming the pope – Tibetan exile leader

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (Padma Choling, Chairman of the People’s Congress of Tibetan Autonomous Region, attends a meeting of the Tibetan provincial delegation during the National People’s Congress (NPC) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Iris Zhao) For China to find a successor to the Dalai Lama would be like former Cuban leader Fidel Castro choosing the pope, the political head of Tibet’s exiles said on Tuesday, in response to comments by a senior Chinese official. The Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet on Monday accused the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader of blasphemy for suggesting he would not be reincarnated when he died. The governor, Padma Choling, repeated that Beijing had the right to decide. Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. China says the tradition must continue and it must approve the next Dalai Lama. “It’s none of Padma Choling or any of the Communist party’s business, mainly because Communism believes in atheism and religion being poisonous,” the prime minister of the government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, told Reuters. “It’s like Fidel Castro saying, ‘I will select the next pope and all the Catholics should follow.’ …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Blocked online, Islamic State supporters launch “CaliphateBook”

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (A computer screenshot of a Twitter feed apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Staff) Islamic State supporters, facing regular bans and blockages on Facebook and other social networks, have launched their own CaliphateBook to spread their militant message over the Internet. The site 5elafabook.com, which resembled Facebook but appeared unfinished, went live on Sunday then went offline again a day later and its linked Twitter account was shut down. A message in English posted on its front page said it had temporarily suspended operations to “protect the information and details of its members and their safety”. Islamic State, which had declared its own caliphate in territory captured in Iraq and Syria, has relied heavily on social media to spread messages and publicise military victories and its beheadings of prisoners. But mainstream social media companies have raced to remove links to footage of killings — and many governments have called for stronger restrictions on militants’ use of the Internet. It was unclear who created 5elafabook.com — a name based on an English transliteration of the Arabic word for caliphate ‘khelafa’ — or how many members it attracted. The message posted on the front page said it was …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Flyers handed out in search for missing Miami teen

Miami police continued their search for a missing Miami teenager by handing out flyers Wednesday morning in the neighborhood where she was last seen. Melissa Rubio, 15, has been missing since Friday morning when she left her home at 4450 NW Third St. to take the bus to school. Her family said she never got on the bus and has not gotten in contact with them since. “We need the community’s help. We need to roll up our sleeves and work together so Melissa can come back home safely to her family,” said Sgt. Freddie Cruz of the Miami Police Department. Rubio’s family acknowledged that the teen suffers from depression, but does not believe she had any reason to run away. “The message we want to give out to Melissa right now is if you got into a fight with your parents, you feel a little bit depressed, get the right help,” Cruz said. “Come back home. You need to be in a safe place.” Rubio is described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, with black hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call police at 305-603-6310. Follow Local 10 News on …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Religion

Jean Vanier, advocate of disabled, wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize for 2015

By Tom Heneghan By Tom Heneghan (Jean Vanier outside his home in Trosly-Breuil, France, on March 7, 2015/Tom Heneghan) Jean Vanier, a Canadian who launched an international network of communities for the mentally disabled, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for affirming life’s spiritual dimension. The U.S.-based John Templeton Foundation announced the award on Wednesday in London, calling him “this extraordinary man” whose message of compassion for society’s weakest members “has the potential to change the world for the better”. Vanier, 86, founded the first L’Arche (“Ark”) community in 1964 when he invited two mentally disabled men to leave their large institution and live with him in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, a village 95 km (60 miles) north of Paris. His followers copied the idea of creating supportive households with the mentally handicapped so often that there are now 147 L’Arche communities operating in 35 countries. “People with (mental) disabilities have been among the most oppressed and humiliated. They were called idiots,” Vanier told Reuters at his home before the prize was announced. “But these are beautiful people, people of the heart. It’s great to be together. This is what L’Arche wants to be.” The Templeton Prize, which in previous years has gone to …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Christian

Superintendent Stands Firm After Atheist Group Complains About Principal Quoting Bible Over Intercom

By Heather Clark WHITE OAK, Texas – The superintendent of a school district in Texas is standing firm after a prominent atheist activist group sent a letter of complaint regarding a high school principal who allegedly quotes Scripture over the intercom during the morning announcements. According to KETK-TV, an anonymous student at White Oak High School contacted atheist blogger Hemant Mehta after recording Principal Dan Noll quoting from the Bible during the announcements. The practice reportedly goes back to the 1970’s according to former alumni. “He who leads upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance,” Noll read from the book of Proverbs in one of the announcements. “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.” Mehta then contacted the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) about the matter, which in turn sent a letter to the district, asking that it order Noll to cease and desist the practice. But Superintendent Michael Gilbert, who is also a Christian, has now released a statement noting that he had been contacted by two area residents and FFRF about the matter, and asked the media not to “waste your time and …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Following Christian Outcry, Biblical Sign to Be Restored to Park—But With Disclaimer

By Heather Clark JENISON, Mich. – Officials in Ottawa County, Mich. will be restoring a sign citing Scripture to a public park—but with a disclaimer—after it was removed following a complaint from a local resident. As previously reported, the sign at issue quotes from Psalm 19:1, which reads, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” It was erected at Hager Park in Jenison in the late 60’s or early 70’s by the county road commission. It has remained at the site for at least 40 years. But last year, an unidentified resident complained to officials about the sign, asserting that it was wrongful to promote Christianity with public resources. John Scholtz, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation director, told MLive that after consulting with the board about the matter, he had the sign removed. “We add and remove signs, buildings and structures from the parks on a routine basis,” Scholtz stated. “In this case, I consulted the parks commission and then decided to have the sign removed in order to reduce potential conflicts in the park.” He said that current park policy prohibits signs that do not serve informational purposes. But a number of Christians urged the Ottowa County Board of …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Man hospitalized after fire in Fort Lauderdale

One person was taken to the hospital after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a home in Fort Lauderdale. According to the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, crews were called to the scene at 1800 NE 7 Street around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. They found the man had been burned trying to put the flames out with a hose. The fire was extinguished but its cause is still under investigation. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter@WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Driver crashes car into Tamarac canal

At 3:40 A.M. deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a car in a canal near 68 Street and Southgate Boulevard. The driver lost control of his car, hit a guard rail and an FPL meter box before going in the water. The driver was able to get out of the car with only minor injuries. No one else was in the vehicle. Stay with Local10.com for more information on this developing story. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after helicopter crashes

Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle. Base officials say the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers are from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit. Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland says the helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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