6 Things to Know in Florida for April 24

A look at what's going on in South Florida and the rest of the state

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013  |  Updated 5:13 AM EDT
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Lauren's Kids Walk Raises Sex Abuse Awareness

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Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, of Oakland Park

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Two South Floridians Arrested on Terrorism Conspiracy Charges

Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and his sibling, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, of Oakland Park, were taken into custody Thursday by the FBI, officials said. NBC 6 reporter Steve Litz reports from the suspects' apartment complex.

Lauren's Kids Walk Raises Sex Abuse Awareness

Lauren Book with Walk in My Shoes, a 1,500-mile walk from Key West to Tallahassee, met with the Broward Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigations Section and elementary school students on Monday to discuss ways to stop sexual abuse cases in Broward. NBC 6's David Jeannot reports.
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NO BAIL FOR SOUTH FLORIDA SUSPECT IN ALLEGED TERROR PLOT

There will be no release on bail for a Pakistani-born man accused in Florida along with his brother of plotting to detonate explosives in New York City. A Miami federal judge denied bail Tuesday for 30-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi, saying he is a risk to flee the country. He and his younger brother, 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi, have been jailed since their November arrests.

EX RAVENS LINEBACKER AYANBADEJO TALKS EQUALITY IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Former Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do." Ayanbadejo took his support for gay marriage to South Florida, where his career started with Miami in 2003 and where he has lived for the past decade.

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SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVOR FINISHES 1,500-MILE WALK

Child sexual abuse survivor and victim advocate Lauren Book finished a 1,500 walk through Florida and will now focus on getting bills passed that would create a new tool to prosecute offenders. Book sprinted to the Old Capitol on Tuesday to finish off the 35-day walk that raises awareness about sexual abuse and seeks to help victims.

GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE BUILDING

The Police Athletic League of North Miami will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new building at 13498 NE 8th Ave. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The project, funded by the city of North Miami, is expected to take about two years. When it's done, local youths will "have a top-notch facility to be mentored, tutored and developed to be productive, active leaders," the city says.

DEVELOPER GETS 6 MONTHS FOR CAMPAIGN FRAUD

Panhandle developer Jay Odom was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to a charge of making illegal contributions in the 2008 presidential primary. Odom, who owns Destin Jet, faced up to five years in prison.

YOUNG GIRAFFE DIES AT ZOOWORLD

A giraffe named Elliot died at ZooWorld in Panama City Beach after suffering an apparent spinal cord injury. The giraffe arrived at the zoo in December when he was just three weeks old.

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