<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:05:21 -0400 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:05:21 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[One Dead in El Portal Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:35:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/elportalshooting.jpg

One person is dead after gunshots rang out in El Portal Monday. The man died near a foot bridge that connects the area with another neighborhood.

“I was sitting on my patio and I heard six gunshots go off,” said Steve Johnson. “One right after another; I counted all the way to six.”

Police said the victim, believed to be between 19 and 20 years old, made it to the foot bridge, but it was locked. El Portal Police lock the foot bridge between 4:30 and 5 p.m. and reopen it in the morning for kids walking to school.

The other neighborhood connected by the foot bridge is a rougher section of Miami. The goal behind locking the gate is, neighbors say, to keep the gun violence on the other side of the canal.

“You hear gunshots more randomly over there,” said Thomas Murend. “That’s why no one paid attention when they heard it.”

One resident, who asked to only be identified as “Toya,” said she’s lived near the foot bridge for 25 years and Monday saw a group of teens in the area just before the shots were fired.

“They walked towards the bridge, but the bridge was already locked,” Toya said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking that you can be living right here and someone can get shot right there. I have kids running around, you know. So it sucks.”



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<![CDATA[Midtown Miami Walmart Loses Permit Decision]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:32:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/walmart+image.jpg

Opponents of a Walmart in Midtown Miami won a partial victory in court Monday over a permit, but the mega retailer still appears to be on track to build a store in the area.

Monday’s decision in the 11th Circuit in Miami-Dade County sends the city’s approval of the store back to the city for reconsideration on one issue. According to the court, the city zoning code would allow the store to have only three loading bays, not the five bays that were originally approved.

Even though the company will have to seek a new permit, Walmart said the court’s narrow ruling affirmed the other arguments for the store from the city and the retail giant.

“We are very pleased with today’s decision, which affirms nearly all of the arguments that Walmart and the City delivered to the court,” Walmart senior manager of communication Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. “We look forward to receiving an amended permit as soon as possible and will then move forward with constructing a store that provides access to affordable groceries and creates hundreds of new jobs.”

According to the Miami Herald, the proposed store will be roughly 200,000 square feet and will be located at the southern end of Midtown Miami.



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<![CDATA[MAST@FIU Giving Students a New Opportunity]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mastfiu.jpg

With only 185 students, MAST@FIU is small, but has the potential to make a huge impact.

"People are gonna be fighting over this in terms of trying to get into this school," said Dr. Matthew Welker, principal of the new school.

Welker said the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at FIU, the school’s full name, is the only university-based high school in Florida, giving its students unique opportunities.

"I wake up every morning, I have goose bumps because I have an opportunity to see my students interacting every day with their college professors, their teachers, it's an exceptional environment," Welker said.

MAST@FIU opened last year. It has room for 500 students when it eventually reaches full capacity. Unlike the School for Advanced Studies, or SAS, which has a similar concept but is limited to juniors and seniors, MAST@FIU is a full freshmen-through-senior experience.

"It's a different school. I will tell you it's not for everybody, but if you want to come here to succeed in life and have an opportunity in life; this is the school to come," said student Eli Sosa.

NBC 6’s Ari Odzer watched 10th graders from an environmental science class testing water in a man-made pond and a mangrove swamp right outside their classroom door on the FIU-Biscayne Bay Campus. They use the campus as their own outdoor classroom, and next year, they can begin to take college courses there as well.

"If you're willing to work hard and succeed, than I think this is a great school for you," said Christina Bordeaux, who wants to become a doctor one day.

The idea at MAST@FIU is to get a high school diploma and a two-year college degree at the same time.

"The good news is we paid for everything, we pay for the books, the tuition and any other essentials that they need to pursue their college work while they're here," said Welker.

So when they finish at the school; the students will be ready to hit the ground running at any four-year college. They can take a full array of AP high school classes in addition to college courses. There's also a plan to build a free-standing building for MAST@FIU on what is now a gravel parking lot on campus.

As a magnet school, MAST@FIU is open to any student in Miami-Dade County who qualifies and is selected for admission. What kind of kid would thrive there?

"If you've got a student who's advanced in math and science; who has a keen interest in one of the STEM fields, whether it's medicine, engineering, science or research; this is the best opportunity," said Welker, clearly enthused by the potential of his school to transform lives.

If you're interested in getting your child into MAST@FIU, make sure he or she takes Algebra 1 and Advanced Physical Science in 8th grade. Both are prerequisites for admission.



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<![CDATA[Tri-Rail Train Hits and Kills Cyclist]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:05:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trirailaccident102014.jpg

One person died after a Tri-Rail train hit a bicyclist Monday afternoon near Dania Beach.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said the bicyclist rode itno the path of the Tri-Rail train which then hit him. The accident closed Stirling Road near the tracks and shut down an exit ramp from Interstate 95 onto Stirling Road.

Tri-Rail’s train was also stopped at Sterling Road as a result of the accident. It was the second problem Tri-Rail faced Monday.

The rail service was also suspended between Deerfield Beach Station and Boca Raton Station due to an accident on I-95.



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<![CDATA[Divers Rescue Driver from Submerged Truck]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/truckdriversaved.jpg

A 40-year-old truck driver is lucky to be alive after his quick thinking and an once-in-a-lifetime save by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The driver was in his semi when he had an accident and the cab ended up submerged in a canal 20 miles west of Krome Avenue. After the initial call came in, Fire-Rescue dive team member Brandy Paternoster used a 15 minute ride to the scene to get suited up. When she arrived, she dove into the dark waters.

“I tried to find the guy,” Paternoster said. “I searched the cab. I had to get the passenger door open.”

But Paternoster found nothing when she finally got the passenger door open. So she swam to the other side of the semi’s cab and tried to open the driver’s side door, but it was jammed. By then, more crews had arrived, including Salvador Hernandez, who had also suited up on the way and dove into the waters.

“Once we got inside, we noticed some boots,” said Hernandez.

The divers hadn’t found a body; instead they found the driver who had scrambled to the sleeper cab of his truck where he found an air pocket. At first, the driver tried to kick the two away saying he couldn’t swim.

Hernandez said he was able to calm the driver down and eventually convince him to use his respirator to breathe and escape the watery trap.

“I gave him my regulator,” Hernandez said. “I buddy-breathed off of hers; and together, we went out.”

The driver suffered no physical injuries in the accident and water rescue. Instead, he walked away from what firefighters said was the first recued they had made like this.

“It was dangerous, but this is what we train for,” said Paternoster. “This is what we want to do.”



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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Coral Springs Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/omarkhan102014.jpg

Coral Springs Police are trying to figure out what led to a Monday afternoon shooting that left 22-year-old Omar Khan dead.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a Bank of America in Coral Springs. Police said they were called to the scene after people heard gunfire. Witnesses said the shots came from a white sport utility vehicle. The SUV was stopped and police detained the two people inside.

Police said after Khan was shot, he drove himself to a home not too far from the scene and called 911. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“He’s such a good *expletive* guy man. He didn’t deserve that,” said Joey Williams, a friend of Khan’s. “Over what? *expletive* drugs!”

Police haven’t officially said what led to the shooting, but said the investigation will look into the possibility it had something to do with narcotics.



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<![CDATA[I-95 in Boca Re-Opens After Crash, Brush Fire]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:17:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/boca+crash.jpg

 

All lanes on Interstate-95 and Glades Road have reopened after authorities temporarily closed them Monday afternoon after a crash and brush fire.

 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened just south of Glades Road on the southbound lanes of I-95 after one car hit another, causing the second car to hit a power pole. The pole broke in half and the surrounding trees caught fire, officials said.

The driver of the second car was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, FHP said.

A third car may have been involved, according to officials.

Northbound I-95 remained closed between Glades Road and Palmetto Road for several hours due to downed high voltage lines from the crash, according to Boca Raton Police.

Southbound lanes reopened just after 5 p.m. Northbound lanes opened shortly afterwards.



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<![CDATA[Dogs Need Home After Owner Goes to Hospice]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami+Adoptable+Dogs.jpg

A pet owner who rescued three street dogs is looking for someone to adopt his dogs as he goes into hospice care.

The three dogs, named Happy, Red, and Ziggy need new homes or fosters to care for them. They have spent their last few years living inside a trailer by their caretaker, Larry, who rescued them off the street.

Due to health issues, Larry can longer care for the dogs and has no family or friends who can adopt them.

The three dogs have been described as sweet, well-mannered dogs that get along with each other. They are also house-trained and in good health.

Larry is afraid these dogs may lose their lives if they are not adopted soon.

If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, or to find out more information, please call Ann at (305) 865-0516 or Kathy at (305) 401-4693

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<![CDATA[Heat Add Larry Drew II to Roster]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/164358315.jpg

The Miami Heat signed Larry Drew II on Monday and now have 19 players on their roster with two preseason games to go.

Drew played at the University of North Carolina from 2008-2011 and UCLA from 2012-2013 before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. While a reason wasn't stated for his transfer, a decline in playing time at UNC may have contributed to the decision.

While in school, Drew was a part of the 2009 NCAA Champion Tar Heels and was also on the All-Pac-12 first team in 2013. Drew was also a McDonald's All-American in 2008 where he was the winner of the annual three-point contest.

Drew was in the Summer League as part of Miami's team in July. The 24-year-old also played in a preseason game for the Heat in 2013. After being waived by the Heat in October of 2013, Drew would go on to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce which is Miami's affiliate in the NBA's Development League.

Drew performed well with Sioux Falls as he averaged 11 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds. He also showed skills from the three-point line with a 41 percent shooting percentage. The Heat have had their share of struggles on threes in the preseason which adds some intrigue to this signing.

The odds of Drew making the team for the regular season would seem slim but it is possible he could head back to Sioux Falls if he fails to make the cut. Miami will need to reduce its roster to 15 players before the opener on Oct. 29.

The Heat will continue the preseason on Tuesday with a game against the Houston Rockets in Miami.



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<![CDATA[McGehee Named Comeback Player of the Year By Sporting News]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:48:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456220954.jpg

Casey McGehee was one of the best stories on the Miami Marlins in 2014 and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year on Monday.

The award is voted on by a group of 196 Major League Baseball players with a winner named in each league. the American League winner was Chris Young of the Seattle Mariners. Both McGehee and Young were not in MLB during the 2013 season and then excelled in 2014 upon returning.

McGehee spent 2013 in Japan where he was a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles who captured their championship. In his season with the Eagles, McGehee posted big numbers which opened eyes stateside. The Marlins were not the only team to seek McGehee's services but it was a perfect match with a gaping hole at third in Miami.

The third baseman signed a one-year contract worth $1.1 million and outdid his pay with a slash line of .287/.355/.357. McGehee hit only four home runs but he doubled 29 times and knocked in 76 runs. His first half was exceptional and McGehee almost was a member of the National League All-Star team. He would fall short on a Final Vote held by MLB.

McGehee's 177 hits were a team best and were also fourth most in the entire NL. The veteran was also in the Top 20 in both batting average and on-base percentage.

Entering the 2015 season, McGehee is eligible for salary arbitration. By all accounts, Miami intends on keeping its third baseman. His arbitration number should come in at a fair amount and allow the Marlins to upgrade other positions on the field. Despite a second half drop-off, McGehee is still seen as a big part of the middle of the lineup going into next season.

Sporting News has been issuing this award since 1965. It is not officially recognized by MLB however as they have their own Comeback Player of the Year award annually.



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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Shooting in North Miami Beach]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:28:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+north+miami+beach+shooting.jpg

Police are investigating after a man was shot in North Miami Beach Monday morning.

The shooting happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Northeast 159th Street.

Officials said the victim was shot in the abdomen, the buttocks and grazed in the head and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Footage showed several officers at the scene and a man being taken into custody nearby.

According to police, one of the men was trying to park his car when a second car came down an alley with someone inside firing shots.

A shootout ensued and the second man was unharmed.

Police are investigating the shooting and are trying to determine a motive.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Cab Driver Robbed at Gunpoint in Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:36:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+armed+robbery+cab+driver+miami-dade.jpg

Police are searching for a man with a distinct tattoo who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint in Miami in an incident caught on camera.

The robbery happened in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 when the driver, 58-year-old Guerdy Rosalva, dropped off a passenger in the area of Northwest 140th Terrace and Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said Monday.

Once Rosalva arrived, he was approached by the armed suspect who demanded cash.

“Don’t move. Don’t move. I am going to get everything,” the thief said.

The suspect stole the cash and fled the scene. Surveillance video in the cab captured the robbery, but didn’t present a clear picture of the robber. But, police said the gun-wielding thief did have some identifying features.

According to police, the suspect's right hand has a tattoo of the word "DADE," and his left hand possibly says "COUNTY."

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Store Clerk Charged With Shooting at 3 Teens Extradited]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100314+Omar+Ayyash.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale food mart clerk accused of shooting at three people inside the store lat month has been extradited to South Florida after being arrested in Cleveland.

Omar Ayyash, 26, arrived Friday at Broward County Jail where he is being held without bond.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Ayyash saw brothers Drakaar and Zkhan Allen walk into the store at Northwest 13th Court and Northwest 27th Avenue with a 17-year-old girl on Sept. 25. While the brothers were in the store, Ayyash became upset with the group and a fight escalated quickly.

Investigators said Ayyash fired several shots at the trio as they ran away from the store. Ayyash, an ex-convict, fled the store after the shooting, the BSO said. The victims suffered minor injuries, but Allen's mother said he still has a bullet lodged in his foot.

Ayyash is charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and probation violation. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

The store clerk is well-known to law enforcement. He was arrested just two weeks before the shooting for violating his probation. He’s been arrested in the past year on charges of battery, resisting an officer with violence and drugs.



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<![CDATA[Low Pressure Area Could Become Tropical Cyclone]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+tropical+disturbance+new.jpg

Forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico that has a medium-to-high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.

The system was in the southwestern Bay of Campeche Monday as it headed slowly eastward to east-northeastward, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

It could affect weather in South Florida by the weekend.

Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance of forming over the next two days and a 60 percent chance of forming over the next five days.

Watch NBC 6 and visit the NBC6.com Hurricane Section for updates.



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<![CDATA[Zombie Bike Ride Invades Key West]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:48:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+zombie+bike+ride+key+west.jpg

Thousands of undead bicycle riders took to the streets of Key West Sunday for the city's annual Zombie Bike Ride.

About 7,000 cyclist took part in the event, which ended with the Zombie Fest Street Party on Duval Street.

It was the fourth annual bike ride. The event is part of the first weekend of Key West's annual Fantasy Fest that runs through Sunday, Oct. 26.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Mysterious Boat Explosion in Pompano]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102014+hillsboro+inlet+boat+fire+new.jpg

One person was hospitalized after a boat reportedly exploded in Pompano Beach early Monday.

The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. at the Hillsboro Inlet when a live bait boat captain said he heard what sounded like an explosion.

"I heard a loud kaboom, sounded like an atom bomb went off," Joseph Semmbrino said.

Semmbrino drove his boat to the area and found a 36-foot boat on fire.

Firefighters found the boat fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Matthew Whitton said.

Authorities searched the area and could find no victims, Whitton said.

Authorities later learned that the victim showed up at North Broward General Hospital and was later transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital where their condition was unknown.

Officials haven't identified the victim but said the victim suffered severe burns.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and is being treated as a suspicious incident, officials said.

Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Early Voting Begins in South Florida]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050911+miami-dade+voting+generic.jpg

South Florida voters started casting their ballots at early voting sites Monday morning.

The Miami-Dade early voting sites opened at 7 a.m., while the Broward sites opened at 9 a.m. Voters don't have to go to their assigned precinct, they can vote at any of the early voting locations.

Early voting runs from Monday up until November 2nd, and candidates have already been out since the weekend encouraging voters to get a head start. Congressman Joe Garcia and Governor Rick Scott have kick-off events scheduled for Monday.

In both counties, voters can expect to see a two-page ballot that includes three proposed constitutional amendments as well as county questions. Election Day is Nov. 4.

One hotly contested race is for the governor's seat. During the second debate, Gov. Scott and Charlie Crist differed on almost every issue, including same-sex marriage.

Another hot button issue is Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative.  If enacted, this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a doctor.

NBC 6 will be hosting debate about Medical Marijuana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It can be seen on NBC 6 and on NBC6.com.

For early voting locations and hours, click here.

For information from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, click here.

For information from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, click here.



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<![CDATA[Weather: Warm and Mostly Dry Monday]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:31:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000015162456_1200x675_345119299964.jpg Weather Forecast -- 5 AM -- October 20, 2014]]> <![CDATA[Detours for Sunday and Monday SR 836 Construction Closures]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:19:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071312+detour+sign+generic.jpg

Eastbound SR 836 will be completely closed between NW 27th Avenue/Unity Boulevard and NW 12th Avenue for the installation of Open Road Tolling structures on Sunday, October 19th from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Monday, October 20 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Drivers should follow posted detour signs.

Detours:
Drivers on eastbound SR 836
• Exit at southbound NW 27th Avenue
• Turn left onto NW 7th Street
• Turn left onto NW 12th Avenue and take the entrance ramp to eastbound SR 836 on the right

Drivers on northbound NW 27th Avenue
• Turn right onto NW 7th Street
• Turn left onto NW 12th Avenue and take the entrance ramp to eastbound SR 836 on the right



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<![CDATA[Violent Motorcycle Crash Kills Federal Officer]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:02:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/00CAD009.jpg

A violent motorcycle accident killed a Miami International Airport federal officer Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Marc Izquierdo of Hialeah was traveling northbound on the Palmetto Expressway at a high rate of speed when he lost control on the ramp to northbound I-75.

Izquierdo, 53, crashed into a guardrail and was thrown from the motorcycle. Both the driver and motorcycle landed 500 feet from the initial collision site.

FHP said Izquierdo suffered severe trauma from the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

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<![CDATA[Broward and Miami-Dade Early Voting Sites and Hours]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:24:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/florida_primary_vote.jpg

Early voting begins October 20th in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Here is information for early voting sites and hours for both counties.

 

Broward early voting locations:

• African-American Research Library
   2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

• Coral Ridge Mall (North or NW entrance)
   3200 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale

• Davie/Cooper City Branch Library
   4600 SW 82nd Ave, Davie

• Deerfield Beach Westside Park
   445 SW 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach

• E Pat Larkins Community Center/Supervisor of Elections
   520 Martin Luther King Blvd, Pompano Beach

• Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
   1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach

• Ft. Lauderdale Branch Library/Art Serve
   1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Room 130, Fort Lauderdale

• Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center
   410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach

• Hollywood Branch Library
   2600 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

• Lauderhill Mall/Supervisor of Elections
   1445 N State Rd 7, Lauderhill

• Miramar Library
   2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar

• North Regional Library/Broward College
   1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek

• Northwest Regional Library
   3151 University Drive, Coral Springs

• Parkland YMCA
   10559 Trails End, Parkland

• Southwest Regional Library
   16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

• Sunrise Senior Center
   10650 W Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise

• Tamarac Branch Library
   8701 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac

• Weston Branch Library
   4205 Bonaventure Blvd, Weston

• West Regional Library
   8601 W Broward Blvd, Plantation

• Wilton Manors City Hall
   2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
 

Broward early voting location hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Miami-Dade early voting locations: 

• Aventura Government Center
19200 West Country Club Drive, Aventura

• Betty T. Ferguson Community Center
3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens

• City of Miami - City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami
Entrance is located at the northeast side of the building.
ADA entrance is through the front door of City Hall.

• Coral Gables Library
3443 Segovia Street, Coral Gables

• Coral Reef Library
9211 SW 152nd Street, Palmetto Bay

• Elections Department
2700 NW 87th Avenue, Doral

• Florida International University Stadium
11310 SW 17th Street, Miami

• Homestead Community Center
1601 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead

• John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street, Hialeah

• Kendale Lakes Library
15205 SW 88th Street, Miami

• Kendall Branch Library
9101 SW 97th Avenue, Kendall

• Lemon City Library - Reading Room
430 NE 61st Street, Miami

• Miami Beach City Hall - MB City Center Training Room, 3rd Floor
1755 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

• Miami Lakes (Mary Collins) Community Center
15151 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami Lakes

• Model City Library at the Caleb Center
2211 NW 54th Street, Miami

• Naranja Branch Library
14850 SW 280th Street, Homestead

• North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens

• North Miami Public Library
835 NE 132nd Street, North Miami

• North Shore Branch Library
7501 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

• Shenandoah Library
2111 SW 19th Street, Miami

• South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay

• Stephen P. Clark Government Center - Lobby
111 NW 1st Street, Miami

• West Dade Regional Library
9445 SW 24th Street, Miami

• West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Boulevard, Kendall

• West Miami Community Center
901 SW 62nd Ave, Miami

 

Miami-Dade early voting location hours:

October 20th - 24th: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 25th - 26th: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 27th - 31st: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November 1st - 2nd: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 



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<![CDATA[Tannehill Leads Dolphins To Big Win in Chicago]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:53:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/457495890.jpg

The Miami Dolphins rebounded from a tough ioss with a 27-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

With the win, Miami is now 3-3 on the season and very much alive in the playoff chase. With a weak division, the Dolphins sit in third but within striking distance of first. The New England Patriots are in the first place, however Miami currently holds the tiebreaker over them with a game left between the teams.

Ryan Tannehill had a big game for Miami with two touchdowns, and 277 yards in the air. The quarterback threw 25 of his 32 pass attempts successfully and had a 123.6 rating on the day. Most of the production for Tannehill came in the first half where he was 14-15 for 176 yards with both touchdowns.

Tannehill did not only post numbers in the air as he was also explosive on the ground, The QB ran for 50 yards on four carries. One of the runs was good for 30 yards itself and Tanenhill actually led Miami in rushing yards in the game.

With Knowshon Moreno gone for the year, Lamar Miller continued his role as the primary running back, MIller didn't have a great game however as he only tallied 61 yards on 18 carries. Miller did take one into the end zone for fourth TD of the year, all of which have come in the past three games.

On the receiving end, Charles Clay and Mike Wallace each caught a TD pass from Tannehill. It was the first of the season for Clay and the fifth for Wallace. Clay also led the way in terms of receving yards with his 58.

Reshad Jones picked up his first interception of the season in a game where Miami won the turnover battle 3-0. The Dolphis forced Bears QB Jay Cutler to fumble the ball twice and he lost one. Dante Rosario also lost the ball once for Chicago.

The kicking game was one poor note for Miami in this game. Caleb Sturgis missed two field goals including one that was blocked in the fourth quarter. At the time, Miami was at the Chicago 19-yard line and was looking to pad the lead. The earlier kick was a 50-yard attempt that Sturgis was wide right on. Sturgis did successfully kick two field goals and three extra points as well.

The Dolphins will head back to Florida for next Sunday's game when they take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville at 1:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Calieb]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:17:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/00CACD63.jpg

Our pet of the week is Calieb, an 11-month-old lab mix who wants to find a forever home.

Calieb is a friendly dog with a sweet personality. He loves the outdoors and walks well on a leash. Calieb is even housebroken, and would make a wonderful family dog.

Calieb's adoption fee is only $50 and includes neutering, vaccinations and microchip. For more information on how to adopt him or any other animal, call (954) 359-1313 or visit Broward County Animal Care's website here.

For more animal news, visit our new All About Animals page.

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Fatal Shooting in Lauderdale Lakes: BSO]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/herman+farrell+mug.jpg

The Broward Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for a man wanted for murdering an acquaintance in Lauderdale Lakes Saturday night.

According to BSO, 31-year-old Herman Farrell and 34-year-old Sean Fleming were arguing in the parking lot of the Town Square apartments at 4848 NW 24th Court just after 10 p.m.

Deputies said the argument stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two men, who had known each other for many years. Farrell shot Fleming multiple times before fleeing. Fleming died at the scene.

A warrant is out for Farrell's arrest. He faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Deputies are asking anyone with information on Farrell's whereabouts to call the Broward Sheriff's Office at (954) 764-4357, or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).



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<![CDATA[Attempted Burglary Leads to Police Chase in Coral Springs]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:43:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/juan+cardoso+mug.jpg

An attempted burglary suspect is in custody after leading police on a chase through two Broward cities early Sunday morning.

Police say 41-year-old Juan Carlos Cardoso tried to dig a hole into a Verizon store from an adjacent Enterprice Rental Car store at 2222 University Drive in Coral Springs.

"It appears the suspect was most likely trying to make entrance into Verizon, most likely to steal cell phones or commit some type of theft while inside," Coral Springs Police Lt. Brad McKeone said.

The store's alarm went off, prompting Cardoso to flee in a silver SUV. Police arrived as Cardoso was leaving the parking lot and chased him nearly five miles. The chase ended in a residential community near Southgate Blvd. and Sanibel Drive in Tamarac.

Cardoso was arrested after crashing into a police cruiser and two parked cars. Gavin Gordon is one of the owners of the damaged cars, and said it was a shock to see this happen so close to home.

"Something like this doesn't usually happen in this neighborhood," Gordon said. "It's very secluded."

Area resident Kayla Weiss said she witnessed the arrest.

"The cops took him out of the car and he was resisting, he was trying to fight the cops," Weiss said. "So they tazed him. It was insane."

McKeone said one officer injured his leg while arresting Cardoso, and was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center. He is expected to be okay.

Cardoso was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for minor injuries. He was then booked into the Broward County Main Jail.

Cardoso faces seven charges, including aggravated battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a crash, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Police say he may face more charges from prosecutors. He is being held on more than $21,000 bond. It is unclear if Cardoso has an attorney.

Police believe there may have been other people involved in the attempted burglary. They are asking anyone with information to call the Coral Springs Police at (954) 344-1800.



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<![CDATA[Armed Robbery Victim Shot Over Gold Chain: Police]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:50:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/207*120/00CACD22.jpg

One man is in critical condition after robbers shot him while trying to steal his gold chain in Hialeah.

The attempted robbery and shooting happened around 4 p.m. at an air conditioning supply business on East 10th Court. Ariel Anzola was outside the business when he was approached by a dark-colored SUV. An armed man got out of the vehicle and tried taking the victim's gold chain from his neck. The men struggled and Anzola was shot in the stomach.

Detectives spent several hours on the scene, staying even after dark, recovering evidence like shell casings and talking with witnesses.

Hialeah Police say four men were in the SUV that pulled up to the victim. Anzola was taken by ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

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<![CDATA[Heat Top Spurs in Overtime]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:04:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/464398975.jpg

The Miami Heat won their second consecutive preseason game with a 111-108 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

It was the first game between the two teams since the NBA Finals and it featured very few regulars. As this was the second half of a back-to-back, head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to sit Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Luol Deng. The Spurs rested Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter.

With those regulars on the bench, Miami turned to a starting five of Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Danny Granger and Shawne Williams. This was the first start for Chalmers since the initial preseason game. For Cole, it marked his fifth consecutive start and it remains possible that he is the starting point guard for the regular season opener.

Williams who could find himself filling in for Josh McRoberts in the opener scored eight points in 22 minutes. Chalmers added 11 points in 21 minutes and also tallied three steals. Cole had a quiet night with seven points in 17 minutes and five of those points were via free throws.

The strongest night for Miami was picked up by Shabazz Napier who continues to increase his odds of finding playing time in the early going. The first round pick scored 25 points and added four assists in 32 minutes. Napier also had two steals and a rebound while going 12-14 from the free throw line.

The Heat will travel to Houston on Tuesday to take on the Rockets in their penultimate preseason game



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<![CDATA[Panthers Lose in Shootout To Capitals]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:03:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/184728961.jpg

The Florida Panthers played a second game in as many nights and fell to the Washington Capitals on Saturday in a shootout.

The final score was 2-1 and the loss for Florida moved it to 1-2-2 this season. In the shootout, the Capitals scored on all three attempts. Just a day earlier, the Panthers had picked up their first victory of the season in a shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Trailing 1-0 when they entered the third period, the Panthers tied the game on a goal from Brad Boyes. It was the first goal of the season for Boyes and came on a power play for Florida. In all, the Panthers had five power plays as opposed to only two for Washington. Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen assisted on the goal.

A day earlier it was Boyes who assisted on a goal from Bergenheim and both players now have two points this season after entering Friday with none. This is the second season for Boyes in Florida and the 32-year old had 21 goals in 2013-14.

After putting 35 shots on goal in Friday's win, the Panthers had 21 such shots in this game. No Panther had more than two but six players reached that number. 

Due to the back-to-back situation, Al Montoya made the start at goalie for Florida. Roberto Luongo has been on a good run in his last two games and should be back in the net on Tuesday. Montoya did a good job in his first start of the season by saving 27 of the 28 chances he had.

The Panthers will enjoy a couple of days off now before resuming their schedule on Tuesday in Colorado against the Avalanche.



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<![CDATA[Forecast: Sunny Sunday]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:54:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B0Tt4aaCIAIf5_u.png

A high pressure system and very dry air over Florida will leave us another day with low humidity and a mix of sun and clouds. We will be rain-free with highs in the mid-80s. There will be no risk of rip currents.

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We will have a quiet start to the week, but by Tuesday, moisture will be on the increase, moving in from the Yucatan Peninsula. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s each afternoon with showers and thunderstorm chances Tuesday through Friday.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Race for the Cure in Miami]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:31:25 -0400

It's a countdown for hope, support, and inspiration with one goal in mind: a cure.

Pink pride filled the streets of downtown Miami, with tutus and team shirts for miles. Even pets joined in on the fun.

"Pink isn't just branding for people that have breast cancer," said Cathy McCarthy, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale. "Pink is a symbol of hope, it means everyone wearing pink is cheering for them."

Chemotherapy and a double mastectomy didn't stop Kelly Stars from coming to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The 28 year old is currently battling breast cancer and lost her mother to the disease. She says she's a fighter.

"I'm not going anywhere," Stars said.

While many continue their fight, others are proud to have made it to the finish line. Lynn Radtke has been cancer free for 7 months.

"It was hard but you know that's our name," Radke said. "Full cup. Cup is always full and we're always looking at the bright side of things."

The 5K run also featured several tents with education and awareness materials. Sponsors from across South Florida organized teams and donated thousands of dollars to combat breast cancer.

According to event organizers, 75 percent of the affiliate's net income stays locally, funding grants to South Florida hospitals and community organizations.

"The statistic now is 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime," McCarthy said.

Plans are already underway for next year's 20th anniversary Race for the Cure. That race will also be held in October. 

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<![CDATA[Stone Crab Eating Contest Crowns Winner in Florida Keys]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/MTH01.JPG

Larry Smorgala proved he is the most proficient cracker and consumer of Florida Keys stone crab claws by taking top honors in the fourth annual Keys Fisheries Stone Crab Eating Contest Saturday in Marathon.

In the challenge staged to celebrate the opening of the annual stone crab season, nearly 40 determined contestants cracked, cleaned and ate their way through 25 stone crab claws, all vying for the fastest time.

Smorgala followed a crack-them-all-first-then-eat strategy, finishing in 15 minutes, 20 seconds.

"The best strategy out there is the cracking of the stone crab," said Smorgala, a Keys resident. "You don't want to get any of the crab shell smashed into the meat.

"You want it nice and clean so you can pick the meat out," he said. "It's the best stone crab cracker that wins it, not the best eater."

Smorgala admitted he's not a fan of the succulent crabs but figured his strategy had a winning chance.

"They will chase you out of the Florida Keys if you don't eat stone crab claws," he said. "It's kind of like living in Wisconsin and not liking cheese. You've gotta do it."

Among a field of 11 two-person team competitors, Greg D'Agostino and Alyssa Hoyer, both residents of Marathon, earned top honors by turning in a time of 10:40.

An average of 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws are harvested annually, with about 40 percent coming from waters off the Florida Keys. The crustacean is considered a renewable resource, since legal-size claws are harvested and the crab is returned to the water to grow new extremities.

Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Truck Driver From Canal]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:02:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/truckcanal1018.jpg

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue saved the life of a truck driver after his tractor trailer ended up in a canal early Saturday morning.

The truck went into a canal on SW 8th Street, about 20 miles west of Krome Avenue, around 4:30 a.m.

It took rescuers 45 minutes to locate the truck. The driver survived because of an air pocket inside the truck's cab. A rescue diver guided the man out of the water, giving him his mouthpiece to breathe. The driver told rescuers he was scared to exit the cab of the truck because he did not know how to swim.

The driver was transported to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.



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<![CDATA[Ebola Scare Prompts Temporary Hospital Shutdown]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:30:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/B0QrBp-IcAAOTUO.jpg

A man visited Coral Gables Hospital saying he had Ebola symptoms, prompting a temporary shut-down.

A male patient in his 20s walked in to the hospital, saying he was a commercial pilot who had recently traveled to Nigeria, according to Coral Gables Fire Rescue. The hospital went into a bypass mode, where they halt the acceptance of new patients. After evaluating the man, officials said it does not appear that he had Ebola.

Coral Gables Hospital released the following statement: "Coral Gables Hospital routinely cares for patients with communicable diseases which require a variety of precautionary measures. We do not have a patient with a confirmed case of Ebola at this time."

The hospital re-opened shortly afterward and is now operating normally.

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<![CDATA[Week 7 Preview: Dolphins at Bears]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/456282920.jpg

The Miami Dolphins will be looking for a much needed win on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears.

Last week Miami looked to be on the verge of a big win against the Green Bay Packers before Aaron Rodgers led his team to a win as time expired. With only three seconds left on the clock, the Packers picked up the game-winning score and handed Miami a devastating loss. Instead of being 3-2, the Dolphins are now 2-3 and sit in third place in the AFC East.

The Bears are 3-3 this season but interestingly are 0-2 at Soldier Field. The Bears have thus far been road warriors but this one will be played on their home field. The Dolphins meanwhile are 1-1 when playing outside of Miami this season with that one win coming in London.

The Dolphins know they will be without Knowshon Moreno only a week after getting him back. The running back returned from a dislocated elbow in limited duty last week but fell victim to a torn ACL that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

With Moreno on the shelf, Lamar Miller will continue to serve as the primary running back. It is a role he's held since Moreno went down in week two. Moreno has done an admirable job as the top runner for the most part and will likely need another solid day on Sunday if Miami is to win.

Ryan Tannehill started off very poorly last week against the Packers but then turned things around and led Miami to a near comeback win. Tannehill could blame some of his woes this year on the play calling but he also has thrown five picks to go along with eight touchdowns. Last week Tannehill's two touchdown passes were accompanied by two interceptions. That ratio will need to improve or it could be a long day in Chicago on Sunday.

Miami did a pretty good job against Rodgers last week in terms of pressure and it will need to do more of the same against Jay Cutler. The Bears quarterback has a propensity for poor decisions when under pressure. One turnover in Miami's favor could end up being the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest.

On the injury report, Jimmy Wilson is listed as doubtful for Miami. No players are out for the Dolphins officially. On the Chicago side, Lance Briggs and Chris Conte are both out for the game.

Sunday's game is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. from Soldier Field in Chicago.



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<![CDATA[Saturday Forecast: Sunny Skies]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:30:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/B0OVjyKCYAIvhba.png

A high pressure system and very dry air over Florida will leave us another day with low humidity and sunny skies. We will be rain-free with highs in the mid-80s. There will be no risk of rip currents.

Tomorrow will be another quiet day with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will again be in the mid-80s.

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We will have a quiet start to the week, but by Tuesday, moisture will be on the increase, moving in from the Yucatan Peninsula. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s each afternoon with showers and thunderstorm chances Tuesday through Friday.

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<![CDATA[Doral Cracks Down on MDC Student Parking]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:36:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/collegeparkingissues101714.jpg

The City of Doral and Miami Dade College have restored order to a stretch of 117th Avenue where, just two weeks ago, students were darting on foot through traffic as they rushed from makeshift parking spots to classes.

Just days after Team 6 Investigators exposed the situation, the city closed off to the public a section of 117th Avenue north from 34th Street so that students may park there, and posted no parking signs along the avenue south of that point.

The college this week agreed to pay nearly $10,000 a week to Doral for two off-duty police officers to patrol and control access to the sections of 117th Avenue, along with college safety officers.

Some of the 6,000 students interviewed said they feel much safer with the changes.

“Definitely I like it better now because they’re controlling it better because we have more security so nothing happens to us,” said Rosie Gonzalez.

“It was terrible because having to walk along the side and there would be trucks coming it would be so dangerous,” said Fernanda Zambrana.

At the root of the problem – the school has failed to demolish and rebuild a parking garage that collapsed under construction two years ago, citing delays caused by ongoing litigation.

The demolition is set to begin in January and a new garage may be in place by next fall.

Students unable to snag what are now many fewer premium spots along 117th Avenue have to park three miles away at International Mall and wait for shuttle buses to take them to the classrooms.



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<![CDATA[Fireworks Blow Off Child's Fingers]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fireworksaccident101714.jpg

An eight-year-old Lauderhill boy lost three of his fingers Friday night while he was playing with illegal fireworks.

The family said around 8 p.m., they heard an explosion and ran outside to see what was going on. The boy’s older sister, Britnee Britt, saw her little brother running towards the family.

“I ran outside and I saw my little brother running down the street crying,” Britt said. “He was holding his hand, shaking and blood was coming out and he was nervous and excited.”

Lauderhill Fire Rescue described the fireworks as “high-grade mortar fireworks.”

“The same fireworks at parks and sporting events, highly illegal and unfortunate,” said Captain Larry Gonzalez. “Something we see too much. We got leave those to the professionals. It’s very unfortunate.”

Lauderhill Fire and Lauderhill Police haven’t said how the child got the fireworks. The eight-year-old was taken to Broward General Hospital where his mother was with him.



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