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Nursing home where eight died claims requests for help were ignored

Nursing home where eight died claims requests for help were ignored

The Hollywood nursing home where eight died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma claimed Friday that Gov. Scott and several state agencies didn’t respond to pleas for help and that Florida Power & Light failed to show up four times to fix the electricity. FPL refused to confirm or deny the nursing home’s claims. But Gov. Rick Scott’s office released a statement late Friday afternoon disputing the nursing home’s account, saying “at no time did the facility report that conditions had …
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Looking Forward/Raising the Bar

Raul Pinzon has experience in personal injury law, workers’ compensation and immigration cases, particularly for clients from the Latino community. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY REICH & MANCINI) To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Reich & Mancini, P.A., a law firm dedicated to the practice of injury and immigration law, welcomes attorney Raul Pinzon to its team. Pinzon holds a Juris Doctorate from Florida International University in M…
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Michigan board may declare LGBT discrimination unlawful

A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will meet Monday to consider the request after two months of receiving public feedback, including roughly 300 comments. The interpretive statement, if issued, would say t…
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Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t follow through — at least for now — with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new tough immigration policies, a judge ruled Friday in a legal defeat for the Trump administration. In what is at least a temporary victory for cities that have defied Sessions, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber ruled that the Justice Department could not impose the requirements. He said …
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Hurricane Irma: Legal action in nursing home deaths

The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills went on the offensive as at least two families of seniors who died took legal action Friday to preserve all evidence, including video surveillance, in preparation for suing. We’ve sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed. We have sent you a verification email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your PalmBeachPost.com profile. If you do not receive the verification mes…
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Ft. Lauderdale Beach Closed, Broward In Clean Up Mode

Ft. Lauderdale Beach Closed, Broward In Clean Up Mode

#FLPD 🚨 IMPORTANT 🚨The barrier island/Fort Lauderdale Beach is CLOSED to everyone until further notice #HurricaneIrma — Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 11, 2017 FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Now that Hurricane Irma’s wind, rain, and storm surge have subsided, cities have gone into damage assessment and clean up mode so they can get back up and running again. Ft. Lauderdale’s barrier island which has the city’s famous beach remains closed. Irma’s storm …
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Hurricane aftermath: Blumar hopes US imports to be at 100% by Wednesday; Miami airport …

In nearly back-to-back days, multiple locations of geographic importance to the seafood industry have been smacked silly by hurricanes and are now struggling to recover. But more trouble could be on the way. Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, threatening to all but wipe out this year’s expected $50 million harvest of spiny lobsters, and closed down the Miami International Airport – one of the industry’s biggest distribution hubs — before taking strange twists and turns all over …
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Hurricane aftermath: Florida lobstermen spared by Irma, but unsure about traps; Camanchaca …

Enter the email address associated with your account. We’ll send you instructions to reset your password. In nearly back-to-back days, multiple locations of geographic importance to the seafood industry have been smacked silly by hurricanes and are now struggling to recover. But more trouble could be on the way. Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, threatening to all but wipe out this year’s expected $50 million harvest of spiny lobsters, and closed down the Miami International Airport – one of the industry’s biggest distribution hubs — before taking strange twists and turns all over South Florida and unexpectedly rolling up the western coast of the state. The disruption of Chilean salmon imports alone will prove costly, as the airport is used to transport hundreds of thousands of pounds of the fish every day. Miami’s ports and airports reportedly handle much more than half of all foreign-caught fresh salmon, tilapia and Mahi fillets coming into the US. Miami-based processors and importers told Undercurrent News they tried to slow imports as much as possible to avoid a logjam but are now relying on freezers to preserve some of their supply until transportation disruptions can be resolved.   Days earlier, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the center of the Texas Gulf Coast, once again doing damage to the state’s major shrimp and oyster fishing operations. They are fighting to recover, too, and seeking as much assistance as possible. But bad things come in threes and now sitting on the Atlantic Ocean with a good chance of targeting Florida is Hurricane Jose, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  It’s still early, but Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, said he has not heard that any of his members lost their commercial fishing vessels as a result of Hurricane Irma. That’s the good news. Now that the sea around the Keys has calmed down and winds have dropped to about 20 miles per hour, Monroe County, Florida’s roughly 1,250 licensed fishermen can bring their boats out of the tiny creeks and other safe areas where they tied them to survive the storm. But soon the roughly 650 that catch spiny lobster will have to go out and check on their combined 350,000 traps and also determine if the crustaceans have changed their locations. Many of the traps will be okay, Kelly knows, but he also expects there will be some fishermen who find trap tangles more than 100 feet wide. It’s important to get the gear out of the water as soon as possible to avoid an environmental impact, he said. Kelly hopes Keys fishermen will be able to resume business as usual in a week. As Undercurrent News reported last week, fishermen in the Florida Keys are responsible for 80% of the spiny lobsters caught in the state and were counting on a 5.2 million pound harvest this season, which started a little more than a month ago.   Chilean salmon farmer Pesquera Camanchaca is reporting that its employees in southern Florida are safe and “no one suffered any major structural damage”, following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. The company, which said last week that it expected a disruption to its Chilean seafood shipments into the US, said that its supply chain should be back to normal shortly.  “We anticipate that Miami International Airport will be fully operational by Wednesday and as soon as the roads are navigable, we will begin shipping orders out of Miami,” the company said. “Shipments out of New York should not be impacted.” Maryland distributor JJ McDonnell said in a statement Monday, Sept. 11, that given the “hard knocks” the industry is taking from recent hurricanes, it expects both wild-caught and farmed supplies to be affected in the short-term. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are causing supply issues “across the board”, the company said.  “Not only wild caught but, also farmed as transportation is being disrupted and the normal supply chains on farmed products are not as readily available,” the company wrote.  The distributor’s buyers are putting in extra hours to secure alternate supplies but advanced notice about large orders would be appreciated, the company said. “Working together on this, I know we can work our way through it and supply the needs of your customers,” it said. “Everyone keep safe.” Blumar is delivering about 60% of its usual volumes of Chilean salmon to the US as a result of the disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma, Sebastian Goycoolea Nagel, CEO of the US division of the Puerto Montt, Chile-based producer, told Undercurrent News Monday, Sept. 11.  But Nagel hopes to be back at 100% by Thursday, and maybe even Wednesday, assuming Miami International Airport reopens for business.  Blumar, which exports between 50,000 and 80,000 pounds of salmon per day to the US, hasn’t slowed production in Chile.  Instead it is converting more of its fresh salmon to frozen, Nagel told Undercurrent. A few shipments that would normally head to Miami are instead going through Dallas, he added.  Nagel said it took him 23 hours to drive his family to a temporary location in Alabama.  He said the eight workers at his Miami operations all report to be safe, though he had not yet been able to reach anyone regarding the status of their warehouse and was concerned about the condition of a cargo unloading areas. “There will be a massive amount of coordination over the next few days,” he said.  The skies were cloudy over the Miami International Airport at noon Monday, but what were hurricane-force winds had diminished to a more pedestrian 18 miles per hour. Still, one of the seafood industry’s biggest transportation hubs wasn’t ready to predict when it would reopen. “MIA will be closed Monday, September 11. After a damage assessment today, we will determine if passenger flights can resume on Tuesday,” the airport said on its website. The website encourages the monitoring of its twitter account: @IflyMIA. Earlier today Emilio Gonzalez, director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, tweeted that the airport was “assessing water damage at all concourses, fallen trees, airfield, fuel and other damages.”   Also, spokeswoman Karla Cobreiro reportedly told the Miami Herald: “Some airlines will fly personnel and crew members to MIA in preparation for flights to resume.” The Herald reports that it used the flight tracker website Flight Aware to determine that 4,110 flights were canceled at Florida airports through Wednesday.  “While cancellations are expected to decrease as the week goes on, 152 cancellations were scheduled for Wednesday as of Monday, largely at MIA, FLL, Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers,” the newspaper notes. In nearly back-to-back days, multiple locations of geographic importance to the seafood industry have been smacked silly by hurricanes and are now struggling to recover. But more trouble could be on the way […] You’re missing out. Join the global community relying on Undercurrent News for quality reporting. The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click “Accept” below then you are consenting to this.
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Hurricane Irma latest photos

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Feds looking to trim golden tilefish quota for next 3 years

Federal fishing regulators are planning to cut back the fishing quota for golden tilefish for the next three years. Golden tilefish are prized as food and they are caught by longline and hook-and-line fishermen up and down the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says proposed quotas for 2018 to 2020 are 14 percent lower than the 2017 quota to prevent overfishing. The fish are not currently experiencing overfishing, but fishery managers recommended reduction based on …
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The Latest: Islam spiritual leader blasts Myanmar violence

The Latest: Islam spiritual leader blasts Myanmar violence

The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local): 6 p.m. The spiritual leader of Islam’s majority Sunnis has blasted Myanmar for the “massacres” against Rohingya Muslims, calling for swift political and economic pressure by the international community on the Buddhist-majority nation. The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the world’s foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning, also warned in a televised statement aired from Cairo on…
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The Latest: UN has plan to help 300000 fleeing Myanmar

The Latest on violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh (all times local): 6:35 a.m. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum says it’s horrified by the ongoing attacks on Rohingya civilians and is calling on Myamar’s government to cease its military operations. Cameron Hudson, director of the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, says “government efforts to deny Rohingya citizenship rights, restrict their freedom of …
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Disturbing New Details Emerge In XXXTentacion Domestic Violence Case

As previously reported, last October XXXTentacion was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and witness-tampering. If convicted at trial this coming fall, the 19-year-old faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence. In Pitchfork-obtained excerpts from the alleged victim’s 142-page testimony, the Florida rapper is accused of frequent and extensive abuse. According to the testimony, XXXTentacion—whose real name is Jahseh O…
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Michigan State hires law firm for Title IX program review

A law firm has been hired to review Michigan State University’s Title IX program. The school said Friday that the Husch Blackwell firm was hired this month as part of its commitment to “strengthening efforts to combat sexual violence.” The firm is to focus on Title IX compliance, crisis and advocacy support services, prevention and education programs, awareness and outreach and campus feedback. Michigan State says the review is expected to take several months. The school conducted a Title IX in…
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The Latest: Victims of Colombia’s conflict gather for pope

The Latest on the pope’s visit to Colombia (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Pope Francis is urging victims and ex-fighters in Colombia’s long-running conflict to reconcile so Colombia can move forward. Francis presided over a reconciliation event in Villavincencio, a city south of Bogota that is surrounded by lands formerly controlled by leftist rebels. He said he wanted to be there to listen to its people and weep with them. He embraced victims and ex-fighters standing at the foot of the ruined to…
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Miami-Dade to unauthorized immigrants: Don't fear hurricane shelters

Miami-Dade to unauthorized immigrants: Don’t fear hurricane shelters

Immigrants in South Florida illegally should not fear deportation if they seek shelter during Hurricane Irma, according to political leaders who urged the undocumented to heed local evacuation orders. “We don’t ask anybody for their identification,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a briefing late Wednesday from the county’s emergency operations center in Doral. “Everybody who needs shelter in Miami-Dade County is welcome, and you should do so without any fear of any repercussi…
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GOP launches campaign pushing Democrats for Menendez ouster

The start of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption trial Wednesday has hung a question mark on the future of his Senate seat, and national Republicans have already begun pushing for his ouster if he’s convicted. The Republican National Committee rolled out a campaign this week aimed at pressuring Democratic senators to call on Menendez to step down if he’s convicted. The campaign includes a Snapchat filter available near the courthouse that has a banner saying “Bye Bye Bob Mene…
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Legal Hurricane Rights

(WSVN) – So many South Floridians are scrambling to get ready in case Irma comes roaring in. You know about the storm, but do you know what rights you have — whether it’s at your job, your condo or with your insurance company. For that, we bring in Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser. The sight of this has South Floridians stressed with the thought of the damage a storm like Irma can do to each of us. All we can do, of course, is prepare and arm yourself with the knowledge of, legall…
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New York sued over voter roll purges

New York is wrongly purging voter rolls to remove the names of supposedly inactive voters, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a government watchdog group. The legal challenge against state elections officials argues the state’s purging policy violates federal law governing how states can scrub names from their list of registered voters. “New York’s outdated policies disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters in clear violation of the National Voter Registration…
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Delaware task force digs into the details of legalizing pot

From stoned driving to the taxation of marijuana, Delaware would face multiple vexing challenges if lawmakers ever legalize recreational cannabis use, and a state task force is getting ready to dig into those issues. The panel’s first meeting Wednesday came amid a broader national debate, with a bill introduced in Congress last month to legalize cannabis nationwide, at the same time that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to crack down on the legalized marijuana industry. While eight states a…
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New Miami speed camera lawsuit has cost taxpayers nearly $300000

New Miami speed camera lawsuit has cost taxpayers nearly $300000

The village collected $1.8 million during the 15 months the cameras were rolling. We’ve sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed. We have sent you a verification email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your Journal-News.com profile. If you do not receive the verification message within a few minutes of signing up, please check your Spam or Junk folder. We look forward to seeing you on Journal-News.com frequent…
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Che Guevara image by Irish artist removed from US airport

The poster was part of the Irish in Latin America exhibition, sponsored by the Irish embassy in the US, to highlight the connection between Latin America and Ireland, and coincide with the opening of a direct route between Dublin and Miami. The Miami Herald reported that the poster had been removed from the airport’s E terminal within hours of being erected. “He was not at the airport for even 12 hours,” said Greg Chin, director of communications at the airport. The Irish emb…
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Madison County helping elderly navigate legal system

Madison County in southern Illinois is making it easier for the elderly to navigate the legal system. In a news release, the county’s chief judge, sheriff and state’s attorney are announcing the Madison County Elder Justice Initiative as a way to assist the county’s growing number of elderly residents. The initiative is designed to help the elderly in the county by doing things like making courtrooms more accessible, providing seniors with later docket times and consolidating cases if possible….
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Washington state threatens legal action if DACA repealed

Washington state’s attorney general is threatening legal action if President Donald Trump ends a program that protects young immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally as children. Trump is expected to announce Tuesday his intentions to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program after a six-month delay. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday if Trump follows through on that decision, the Attorney General’s Office will file suit to end what he call…
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Miami Sex Crime Attorneys at Sex Crime Defense Team Launch New Website with Real Sex Crime …

Sex Crime Defense Team 28 West Flagler Street Ste 909 Miami, FL 33130 305-712-6365 MIAMI, FL –(Marketwired – September 03, 2017) – Miami Sex crime lawyers serving all of Florida at Sex Crime Defense Team recommend properly vetting defense attorneys before hiring. Sex Crime Defense Team has launched a new website to help people accused of crimes learn more about the Miami and Florida sex crime laws and potential penalties for people who are convicted of sex related charges. The new website has …
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UF, facing lawsuit, opens door for white nationalist to speak — but at new date

UF, facing lawsuit, opens door for white nationalist to speak — but at new date

The University of Florida on Friday cleared the way for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus — but at a new date yet to be determined. The move, announced Friday, came as the university faced a First Amendment lawsuit over a controversial event originally planned for Sept. 12 that could set up the small college town as the next potential free-speech showdown between racist groups and the protesters who show up to oppose them. In a letter to Gainesville-based la…
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The Latest: Man pleads guilty to blocking KKK from park

The Latest on the aftermath of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A judge in Virginia says he will decide later whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. can proceed to trial. After a hearing Friday, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore said he may have a decision within two to three weeks. Controversy over the statue sparked an Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally t…
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Rohingya refugees stream into Bangladesh by land and sea

Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last 24 hours as they flee violence in western Myanmar, the UNHCR said Saturday. Both Myanmar’s security officials and insurgents from the Rohingya ethnic minority are accusing each other of burning down villages and committing atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The military has said nearly 400 people, most of them insurgents, have died in armed clashes. The violence has triggered a flood of refugees cross…
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Mayor: Nov. 23 to honor black Thibodaux Massacre victims

The mayor of a Louisiana town where 30 to 60 black people were killed 130 years ago is calling for a moment of silence in November to honor those victims. Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh) Mayor Tommy Eschete (ESH-tay) plans to give a proclamation Tuesday that will declare Nov. 23 “1887 Commemoration Day” to a descendant of one of the victims of the violence. The Louisiana 1887 Memorial Committee says the mayor will present the proclamation to Sylvester Jackson. It says the city condemns the violence and …
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Armed militia at peaceful Missouri protests raises concerns

Unarmed protesters are raising concerns that armed militia members who have been attending rallies at an upscale shopping and dining district in Kansas City might eventually spark violence. The Kansas City Star reports that the militia has shown up several times this summer at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza. The militia is part of the Three Percenters movement, which gets its name from the belief that just 3 percent of colonists rose up to fight the British. Local …
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Marist Brothers say member abused 14 minors at Chile schools

Marist Brothers say member abused 14 minors at Chile schools

The Marist Brothers in Chile say a brother who worked at two of the order’s schools abused at least 14 minors from the 1970s until 2000, according to a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. A statement by the Marists to parents and teachers said the order has begun legal action against Abel Perez, and its leaders have met with victims and will donate money to a non-government group that protects children. Perez acknowledged the abuse to his superiors in 2010 and was later transfe…
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Exclusive: Surveillance Tape Captures Possible Serial Burglars In South Miami

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Miami Police say new surveillance tape shows some young suspects who may be serial burglars and were arrested after an alert homeowner called 911. The tape obtained exclusively by CBS4’s Peter D’Oench shows an alarming image: two males wearing backpacks and darting through a home that they have broken into just before 4:30 p.m. on Monday. “From this residence they took $40,000 worth of jewelry,” said South Miami Polic…
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White supremacist found guilty after willing to kill for undercover FBI agents

A Broward County white supremacist has been convicted of multiple felonies in federal court in Fort Lauderdale after rolling to Georgia to commit murder. But Adrian Apodaca’s murder target didn’t really exist. Also, he found himself under investigation mainly because of a white supremacist informing for the FBI, according to the Sun Sentinel. In fact, so little around Apodaca — nicknamed “Skitz” — was as it seemed to the two-time convicted felon that defense counsel Neison Marks asked the jury to consider his client an entrapment victim. While the FBI conned Apodaca, Marks said, he was working his own put-on by lying about previous criminal activities. The jury didn’t buy it. They found Apodaca guilty on Tuesday of two counts of attempting to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire; Hobbs Act robbery; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime or drug trafficking crime; and possession of ammunition by a convicted person. He will be sentenced Dec. 8 Apodaca lived behind the Dirty White Boys motorcycle club in Davie, the Sun Sentinel reported, in 2015 when he met Steven Watt — club member, white supremacist and, since 2009, FBI informant. Watt dropped dime to the FBI on illegal activities and unprovoked violence, which he felt hurt the white supremacist cause. After Apodaca allegedly told Watt that he had committed murders in New Mexico and Arizona, Watt told the FBI and the FBI got interested in Apodaca. According to the criminal complaint, “The case was opened to mitigate any potential threats posed by Apodaca and to determine whether he was engaging in criminal activities.” Not only did he claim to be the founder of the Vinlander Social Club, characterized as a “violent white supremacist organization” by the FBI, but his rap sheet included criminal confinement, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting law enforcement from arrests in 1999 and 2012. He was arrested in Indiana and Arizona, respectively, on those charges. After doing time for the firearm possession conviction, Apodaca moved to Broward County. The FBI sent in undercover agents posing as members of an affluent and violent white supremacist crime organization. Apodaca bragged to one agent in a recorded conversation that he had “killed a lot of people” while with the Vinlander Social Club in Arizona. Also, he spoke of imitating cops while ripping off a drug house for a million-dollar haul. The faux white supremacist group used Apodaca for some minor faux jobs before he agreed to kill “Tony” over a debt owed to the group. The criminal complaint described a very enthusiastic, thorough thinking Apodaca: “Yeah, I just need to get a silencer, a weapon, a drop off point, a picture.” Apodaca also requested surveillance and intelligence regarding Tony, stating, “If we can get eyes on him and, like, find out what his habits are … I wanna find out when he takes a piss. I wanna fînd out when he (expletives) leaves his house …what his random habits are.” Apodaca also asked UCE-6259 what type of security Tony has around him and what time he comes home at night.” Then, Apodaca provided a list of his hitman needs, headlined by “a good high capacity round handgun w/suppressor, at least 5-10+ rnd magazines, Xtreme Penetrator from Lehigh Defense (ammo type).” He also wanted a gas mask, body armor and Bear Off pepper spray. An undercover agent paid Apodaca $2,500 and told him another $2,500 would be paid upon job completion. Apodaca drove to Valdosta, Georgia, with the undercover agent, where they met a second undercover agent. And where Apodaca got arrested.
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UF expects legal action after rebuffing white nationalists

University of Florida officials say a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer is threatening legal action after the school refused to rent it space on campus for a September event. UF President W. Kent Fuchs said in a statement Wednesday that representatives of the National Policy Institute informed school officials that the group has retained legal counsel and plans to pursue efforts to hold the event as originally requested. No formal complaint has been filed, but Fuchs says they’re…
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Postal workers charged with taking bribes to deliver drugs

Sixteen postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area accepted bribes to deliver packages of cocaine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In exchange for bribery payments, the postal workers provided special addresses on their routes where the drugs could be shipped and then intercepted the packages and delivered them to a person they believed was a drug trafficker using the postal system to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine at a time into the area, U.S. Attorney John Horn said. But it wa…
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Nick Gordon catches a break; domestic violence charges dropped

Nick Gordon catches a break; domestic violence charges dropped

Nick Gordon is a free man. Florida prosecutors have dropped all domestic battery and false imprisonment charges against Bobbi Kristina Brown’s onetime boyfriend, TMZ reports. Back in June, Gordon was arrested in Sanford after an argument with his then girlfriend Laura Leal, who told The Daily Mail that he punched her so hard that she saw stars. TMZ adds the case was dropped because Leal is not cooperating with investigators. Gordon still has legal issues, having been found legally respons…
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Right-wing group cancels Saturday San Francisco rally

Two right-wing rallies planned for the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area were canceled Friday, with organizers citing threats from left-wing agitators, but local officials said they remained concerned about the potential for violence. A Saturday “freedom rally” planned near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was canceled by the group Patriot Prayer, which said it would hold a news conference at a city park instead. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson said his followers would instead atte…
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The Profit’s Marcus Lemonis under fire for Trump comments

Miami’s Marcus Lemonis is under fire, and he’s fighting back. In a recent interview with CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” “The Profit” star said that consumers who “are in favor of what [Trump] said” about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests should not do business with him. The Camping World CEO added: “It’s scary right now.” The host asked whether businesses should be worried about how they look dealing with the current administration. “There’s no doubt that there is proba…
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Barcelona readies for massive rally against violence

Thousands of people are expected to flood the streets of Barcelona to reject violence after the deadly attacks on Aug. 17-18 that killed 15 people and wounded over 120. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that used vehicles and knives, Spain’s deadliest in more than a decade. Eight suspects are dead, two are jailed under preliminary charges and two more remain under investigation. The slogan of the march — “I’m not afraid” in the local Catalan language— has…
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Fishing captain, inventor once were lovebirds; now they’re suing each other, and it’s not pretty

A local female fishing captain and her rich inventor former boyfriend are entangled in a pair of ugly lawsuits that hint at a violence-filled relationship. Capt. Lace Allenius, 32, owner of Fishing Adventures With Lace, and Fort Lauderdale multi-millionaire Merrill Brooks Smith, her 62-year-old ex-beau, have been flinging ugly allegations of gold-digging and domestic abuse at each other in a Palm Beach County court. Smith, known for his pioneering of pre-paid cards and computer point-of-sale te…
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Legal marijuana sale faces challenges by banks in Uruguay

Legal marijuana sale faces challenges by banks in Uruguay

The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws. A government official said Friday that Uruguayan banks risk running afoul of laws that ban receiving money tied to the drug. The official was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. In July, marijuana went up for sale at 16 pharmacies as part of a 2013 law that made Uruguay first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. But one pharmacy in the capital, Montevideo, has decided not to sell it after a warning by a local branch of Spanish bank Santander. The bank said it has opted to remain out of this line of business. State-owned Banco Republica, Uruguay’s largest bank, also told pot-selling pharmacies that it must close their accounts. Some U.S. marijuana retailers in states that have legalized sales have encountered similar banking difficulties as the drug remains illegal on a federal level. Diego Olivera, secretary-general of Uruguay’s National Drugs Council, said authorities are meeting with the pharmacies to find out how many have been warned by banks. He added that officials are looking at possible solutions, but did not give details. “Without doubt, in these processes of changing paradigms, they run up against moments of difficulty,” Olivera said. “We are working on alternatives.” Sen. Jose Mujica, who was president when legalization passed in 2013, has threatened “gridlock” in parliament if authorities fail to resolve the problem for what was one the signature policy initiatives of his administration. Pharmacy lawyer Pablo Duran told Carve radio that the pharmacies selling marijuana operate within the law in “an activity that is completely regulated, licit … and controlled.” Running a business without being able to bank is tough in Uruguay. Among other things, the law prohibits cash or check payments for employees and requires that salaries be paid by direct deposit.
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Session: Sanctuary cities allow cover for violent gangs

Sessions applauded Miami-Dade’s decision to comply with Trump’s immigration orders by ordering county officials earlier this year to hold people in jail for extra time if immigration authorities requested them. Gimenez distanced himself from Trump hours before the event, which drew no other elected officials and a condemnation from a county commissioner who called the attorney general’s visit “offensive”. Despite Sessions’ praise of Miami-Dade County, earlier in the day the mayor joined other R…
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Law firm serving Navajo Nation closes 3 offices

A law firm that for years has provided free legal services to low-income people in the Southwest and won groundbreaking cases for Native Americans is closing three of its nine offices. The firm called DNA is closing New Mexico offices in Crownpoint and Shiprock, and a Utah office in Monument Valley, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2whxJ0l ). Santa Fe attorney Richard Hughes, who once worked for the firm, called the loss of the offices huge because DNA has “provided Native peopl…
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Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue

The mayor of Charlottesville on Friday called for an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to confirm the city’s right to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a request that was swiftly rejected by the state’s governor. Mayor Mike Signer said recent clashes over race and the Confederacy had turned “equestrian statues into lightning rods” and urged Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to convene a special session of the General Assembly. Signer’s statement came nearly a week after white …
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Keidel: Does Ezekiel Elliott Deserve Six Game Suspension?

By Jason Keidel Few things are as ugly as domestic violence. But this escalating tete-a-tete between the NFL and the NFLPA over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is growing ugly, rancorous layers, from a basic union dispute to a referendum on domestic violence, appropriate punishment, and the appropriate power a commissioner should have to mete out said punishment. Not to mention accusations of victim-shaming, with all kinds of confidential details from the NFL’s investigation into Ellio…
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The Latest: Kenya official blames extremists for sabotage

The Latest: Kenya official blames extremists for sabotage

The Latest on Kenya’s elections to be held on Tuesday. (All times local): 10:25 p.m. Many residents in Nairobi engaged in last minute shopping on the eve of elections and while others made travel plans to leave the capital city after Tuesday’s vote. Alfred Nganga, a press liaison for Nakumatt, Kenya’s largest supermarket chain, said the volume of customers Monday was the largest in recent weeks. Elizabeth Obeiro, an accountant said she stocked up on supplies when she realized there might be a s…
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Jarvis Landry is under investigation for battery

Jarvis Landry is one of the few players the Miami Dolphins cannot afford to lose for any length of time, but according to Andy Slater on his website, …
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Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry under investigation for possible domestic battery

The Miami Dolphins are aware that wide receiver Jarvis Landry is reportedly under investigation for possible battery, head coach Adam Gase told reporters on Monday. Time_Sports To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. (Photo: Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports) Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is unde…
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Broward State Attorney’s Office Reviewing Investigation Into Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins are in the national spotlight due to the injury to Ryan Tannehill and subsequent signing of Jay Cutler. In the midst of all the quarterback drama, another situation has crept its way into the headlines. Dolphins star receiver Jarvis Landry is being investigated for a possible domestic violence issue. The Broward State Attorney’s Office has confirmed to CBS4 that the Fort Lauderdale Police has presented the SAO …
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Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry under investigation for domestic violence

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is currently under investigation by police for battery after an incident with his girlfriend, Dolphins coach Adam Gase told the media. The investigation was first reported by Slater Scoops, which has details. The authorities have not yet decided whether to file charges. This is yet another troubling case of potential domestic violence in the NFL. While NFL teams have refused to sign Colin Kaepernick for his social justice activism—including the Dol…
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