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White House Official Participates in BCPS Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour took place today, Thursday, February 12, 2015, with a special guest from the White House. Maribel Duran, Chief of Staff for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, joined School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and District staff as she visited Eagle Point Elementary and McArthur High schools. …read more Source:: Broward County Public Schools       ...
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Family members identify plane crash victims

Friends and family have identified several men on board a small aircraft that crashed in southwest Miami-Dade County after officials say one of the engines failed. Friends and relatives of the pilot have identified him as Raul Chirivella, who lives in Venezuela. Family friends also said Roberto Cavaniel, Juan Carlos Betancourt and another person were on board the plane that went down after taking off from Miami Executive Airport. The men were in town on business to pick up plane parts and take them back to Venezuela. The plane left Miami Executive and was trying to return after an engine failed, the pilot communicated with officials. “He was a family man and he was a good guy,” said Adriana Chirinos, whose father was close friends with Chirivella. “We’ve known him for more than 30 years.” The four men were on the twin engine Beechcraft 1900 headed for Turks and Caicos, which is a common pit stop for planes heading to Venezuela. It’s unclear what caused the plane’s engine to fail. Relatives in Venezuela, some of whom are also pilots, said their loved ones are devastated. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Large South Florida agencies paying too much for equipment?

In Sweetwater just a few weeks ago, there were choppers in the air, armored vehicles on the ground and dozens of officers everywhere in between. Authorities were looking for Ivan Zapata, a sexual assault suspect who attacked an officer while breaking out of custody, police said. In the end, authorities wound up finding Zapata days later in Hialeah Gardens. The search for him, though, also revealed something unusual: The types of military equipment agencies had for this kind of situation and what they paid for it. A Local 10 investigation has discovered that South Florida’s largest agencies are paying millions of dollars for equipment similar to what some smaller agencies are getting almost for free. During the hunt for Zapata, for example, Sweetwater police had their own chopper in the air. The small agency landed that helicopter and three others through a military-surplus program, and only had to pay the cost to transport and refurbish them. Sales records obtained by Local 10 show that Miami-Dade police also have four choppers, but they cost a combined $12,751,937. “Is that worth it?” Local 10 Investigative Reporter Ross Palombo asked MDPD Director J.D. Patterson. “Yes,” Patterson said. Patterson believes it’s worth it because the department got exactly what it paid for: …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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BSO makes 5 arrests in Tamarac over marijuana, guns, forged checks

When they heard that police was around, they rushed to try to flush hundreds of dollars in marijuana down the toilet. It was painful. Five tried to runaway from police but failed. It was a miserable night. A Friday raid startled four men and a woman in their 20s and 30s. After a two-month investigation, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies had the element of surprise. The Special Weapons and Tactics team’s fugitive squad moved fast. And detectives from the crime suppression team familiar with the scene followed. Neighbors had complained about possible criminal activity at the apartment in the Palm Island Club complex, 5169 Island Club Dr., in Tamarac. There was a suspected drug dealer, who was attracting some strange characters, residents said. BSO confirmed the complaints and began a narcotics operation in December. During the raid, they found two pounds of marijuana inside the apartment. In a safe, there was a jar labeled “money pot.” In total, deputies seized about $1,500 in cash at the apartment. There was evidence of forged checks. There were also two handguns, a shotgun and a bulletproof vest. MORE CRIME: After shooting officer, gun-toting gangsta rapper claims he was victim of SWAT team surprise Detectives Alvin Pollock Jr. and Kami …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Houston Astros, Washington Nationals leaving Central Florida for spring training

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will move their spring training facilities from Central Florida, officials announced Wednesday. The Major League Baseball teams will share a facility in West Palm Beach, the teams and Gov. Rick Scott said. The official start date was not released. The Astros currently train in Kissimmee, and the Nationals play spring ball in Viera. The move will leave the Atlanta Braves, who train at Disney World, and the Detroit Tigers, who practice in Lakeland, as the only MLB teams to host spring training in Central Florida. The Nationals and Astros will remain in Florida for the next 30 years, and Florida will continue to retain its 15 spring training teams in the Grapefruit League, a news release from Scott’s office said. “Spring training has helped to bring Florida families together, create jobs in our communities, and drive tourists to our state,” Scott said. “Florida is undoubtedly the best state for baseball, and we look forward to many more years of spring training attracting visitors and creating opportunities for Florida families.” In 2013, Scott worked with the Florida Legislature to create a program that provides more than $3 million annually to be used only for spring training facilities. “This would not …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Community Center project to begin in Overtown

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Community Center in Overtown at Third Avenue and NW 11th Street will be the home to a culinary training program, a meeting center and the main offices for the non-profit organization called P.U.L.S.E., People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality. The project becomes a reality after receiving a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development Administration, and a $2.1 million contribution from the Community Redevelopment Agency. The renovations to what once was the community’s church are estimated to be completed by February 2016. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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