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Man shoots girlfriend in leg, kills self, police say

A man shot his girlfriend in the leg before killing himself early Wednesday morning in Miami, police said. The domestic-related shooting happened at an apartment complex near Northwest 22nd Street and Third Avenue. Police said several children were inside the home at the time of the shooting. Family members said the woman was going to be OK, but police have not commented on her condition. The names of the victim and suspect haven’t been released. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man recruited McDonald's employees to steal credit card numbers, police say

A 19-year-old man is accused of using social media to recruit employees at McDonald’s restaurants in Broward County to steal customers’ credit card numbers. Adrian Liggins was arrested Tuesday by Coral Springs police. Police said Liggins paid employees between $120 and $140 for skimming during their shifts. An arrest report said Liggins recruited the employees via social media. In court Wednesday morning, Judge John Hurley said Liggins was providing card-skimming devices to employees and then using those numbers to fraudulently purchase merchandise. One of those credit card numbers was used in the same day at the Sawgrass Mills mall and in Pennsylvania. Liggins was being held on $25,000 bond. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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International airports taking precautions after MERS outbreak

The spread of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory syndrome has become more serious and urgent at 22 international airports, including Miami International Airport. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is not one of the airports targeted by the Centers for Disease Control, because it does not have any direct international flights to the Arabian peninsula. Miami International does. There have been 500 cases of MERS worldwide, in 17 different countries, resulting in 145 deaths. Two cases have been in the United States. However, the two American health care workers that were in Saudi Arabia and came to the U.S. are being treated for the Coronavirus. The most recent Florida case was a 44-year-old man who entered the U.S. through Boston, then flew to Atlanta, and then finally to Orlando. That has prompted the CDC to post health warnings at international security check points at airports. At MIA you will find the small signs outside security check points in terminal E and D. There is no known vaccine or special treatment for MERS, but the CDC says out of an abundance of caution it has taken action to inform travelers of the symptoms, and that the risk to the general public remains very low. “The individuals in …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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South Miami, Pinecrest mayors protest plan to build power lines

Some Miami-Dade County leaders are opposing a plan by Florida Power & Light to construct more than 80 miles of power lines throughout the southern portion of the county. The mayors of South Miami and Pinecrest held a news conference voicing their objections Wednesday morning. They are concerned about the nearly 90 miles of high-voltage power lines that FPL wants to build along U.S. Highway 1. Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet voted in favor of the plan Tuesday. They also voted in favor of FPL adding two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point facility. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard called his objections an “issue of public safety.” “We live on a peninsula and we are not well protected in the event of a storm surge striking a nuclear power plant,” Stoddard said. Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner said the 100-foot tall polls will adversely impact property values and businesses along U.S. 1. “It would destroy the look and the engagement of people wanting to even come shop when it’s fronted by these transmission lines,” Lerner said. Federal regulators must approve the project before construction could begin. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Adam Putnam, top Florida Republican, attempts to thread climate change needle

By By Anthony Man Adam Putnam, one of the four statewide elected officials in the Florida Cabinet, said Wednesday the world’s climate is clearly changing. He said it is “probably” been exacerbated by human activity – the conclusion of a vast majority of scientists – but isn’t sure how much of it is “man versus some natural climactic cycle.” …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Boy says Boynton Beach police officer assaulted him 'for no reason'

A 13-year-old boy said he was put in a choke hold and kicked in the legs by a Boynton Beach police officer “for no reason.” Kevens Jean-Baptiste said he was handcuffed and taken off a school bus last week after he and another boy opened windows against the driver’s orders. One day earlier, students threw eggs from the bus, but Kevens said he wasn’t being unruly. “The girl sprayed perfume and I got asthma,” he said. “I was coughing and I tried to turn on the AC. He said no, so I rolled down my window.” Police were called after the boys disobeyed the driver. That’s when cellphone video apparently shows the officer putting Kevens in a choke hold and kicking the boy’s legs, causing him to fall on his back to the ground. Boynton Beach police said the officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative duty after the video surfaced on the Internet. “We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation,” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

By Ed Stetzer Are students leaving the church in droves? What can we do to stop the bleeding? Dropout is a key word in today’s evangelical churches concerning teenagers and young adults. The quote often sounds like this: “86% of evangelical youth drop out of church after graduation, never to return.” The problem with that statement (and others around that number) is that it’s not true. But that doesn’t mean there is no reason for concern. LifeWay Research data shows that about 70% of young adults who indicated they attended church regularly for at least one year in high school do, in fact, drop out—but don’t miss the details. Of those who left, almost two-thirds return and currently attend church (in the timeframe of our study). Also, that dropout rate is from all Protestant churches—evangelical and mainline. When? Church attendance among teens and young adults follows some important patterns. There are always some coming and some going. Yet something significant happens between the ages of 17 and 19 that accounts for the vast majority of those who leave. At age 17, the twice- monthly attendance of our study sample drops as follows: 16–17, drop 10% 17–18, drop 14% 18–19, drop 13% Between 17 and 19 is where the drop takes place. …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Hollywood surgeon accused of sexual harassment

By By Tonya Alanez , Sun Sentinel A former surgical technologist at Memorial Regional Hospital is suing the hospital and a surgeon, claiming the doctor leered at her, made inappropriate comments, grabbed her buttocks and boasted about it. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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