Local News

Broward County mayor accused of breaking ethics laws

By By Brittany Wallman , Sun Sentinel April hearing set to consider Sharief’s financial disclosures to state A complaint that Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief broke state ethics laws by filing error-filled financial disclosures is headed to the Florida Commission on Ethics in Tallahassee. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Broward County judge takes leave after 'meltdown'

Broward County Drug Court Judge Gisele Pollack has gone on personal leave after another apparent meltdown on the bench. Pollack was removed from her courtroom last week after she behaved strangely and at times slurred her words. Pollack, who had been open about her battles with addiction and alcoholism in the past, also had a relapse on the bench in December that led to a disruption in court and her return to rehab. Though she was fighting her own substance-abuse problems, Chief Judge Peter Weinstein chose to return Pollack quickly to the drug court, where she presides over misdemeanor drug cases. When Local 10 questioned Weinstein in January about that decision, he said he “prayed” it was the right one. Courthouse blogger Bill Gelin was critical of the decision at the time and remained so Monday, saying that it not only hurt Pollack’s recovery efforts but also the credibility of Broward courts. “She should have been put through the most stringent type of rehabilitation possible, with drug testing and all the rest, just like any other citizen would be,” Gelin said. “That didn’t happen and now that’s hurting Judge Pollack herself because it wasn’t handled properly.” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Startup businesses have more office options

By By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel Startup companies seeking to lease month-to-month office space — and get guidance on growing their businesses at the same time — suddenly have more options in South Florida. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Shark migrations lead to bites, beach closures

By By David Fleshler , Sun Sentinel Swimmers urged to avoid low-visibility water Thousands of migrating sharks swam close to South Florida beaches over the past few days, prompting beach closures and sending two people to the hospital with minor bites. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Religion

World Vision to recognize employees’ same-sex marriages

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (RNS) Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. The post World Vision to recognize employees’ same-sex marriages appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

NSU Serves as Host Site for National Diversity Council’s Women’s Conference

By fhenders Recipients of the 2014 Glass Ceiling Award. NSU served as the site for the National Diversity Council’s 4th Annual Florida Women’s Conference recently. Hosted by NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, more than 190 executives from corporations and businesses across the state attended the day-long conference according to Karen Goldberg, Diversity Council member and site organizer. J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of the Huizenga Business School provided the opening remarks and welcome address. Diana Thomas, vice president of Training, Learning and Development for McDonald’s U.S.A., provided the keynote address. Activities included vendor exhibitions, breakout sessions focused on a considerable range of timely topics including, women and smart risks, the politics of promotions, managing conflict, and shattering the glass ceiling. A highlight of the conference was the awarding of the National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award, which celebrates the achievements of women who not only achieved personal success but make it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps. NSU’s Jacqueline A. Travisano, M.B.A., CPA, executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named a recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award for 2014. The link below provides additional pictures from the Florida’s Women’s Conference: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.722732004444595.1073741861.137391762978625&type=1 <a target=_blank href="http://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-serves-as-host-site-for-national-diversity-councils-womens-conference/diversity-council-20141/" title="Diversity Council …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Local News

Michel Escoto cross-examines ex-mother-in-law in court

A man accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married cross-examined his former mother-in-law in a Miami courtroom Monday. Michel Escoto is acting as his own attorney in his murder trial. Much of the testimony centered on when Wendy Trapaga’s family learned about her $1 million life insurance policy. Prosecutors allege Escoto drugged his new bride and choked her to death in 2002 in an effort to collect on the policy. Emotional at times, Myriam Benitez had to answer questions from the man accused of killing her daughter. Among the questions he asked Benitez was if she thought he killed her daughter after he did not offer to pay for the funeral. Escoto wasn’t charged in his wife’s death until 2005 after he stopped trying to collect the insurance money. It was at that point that prosecutors said they learned Escoto’s ex-girlfriend helped him kill his wife. The trial began last week and is expected to last several more. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Education

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start! Here's a look back at all the grea...

By Florida Atlantic University Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! Here’s a look back at all the great moments here at #FAU from last week. Scene @ FAUwww.youtube.comHere’s a recap of the FAU “scene” from events during the week of March 17, 2014! This video is available in alternative formats upon request by contacting th… …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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