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6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, January 16

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Weather wise, below average temperatures remain the forecast for South Florida with high temperatures barely reaching the mid-70s.

No. 1 - A teacher at a Fort Lauderdale Catholic school was arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching one of his students.

Patrick O'dea, a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, was arrested Monday on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between 12 and 16, according to an arrest report.

The Archdiocese of Miami released a statement Tuesday saying O'dea was placed on administrative leave and then dismissed.

No. 2 - Florida International University Police are investigating after a suspect exposed himself to people at two different school campuses.

The most recent case happened at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus, while the earlier incident happened at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus.

No. 3 - Saying he would "make them feel the heat," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East.

The Republican governor, who repeatedly touted his views on Israel while on the campaign trail last year, criticized the online lodging marketplace for a policy he said unfairly targets Jewish people.

No. 4 - Nearly one year after one of the deadliest mass school shootings in United States history, some Broward County residents are pushing for the ouster of the man at the helm of public schools in the county.

Members of the Concerned Citizens of Broward County were at the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, armed with an online petition that had over 7,500 signatures calling for Superintendent Robert Runcie to be removed from his post.

No. 5 - The House and Senate announced Tuesday they would stay in session, canceling an upcoming recess week at home if the shutdown continued, which seemed likely.

On the shutdown's 25th day, President Trump did not move off his demand to have Congress provide $5.7 billion to build his promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened, but house speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing money for the wall they view as ineffective and immoral.

No. 6 - Quarterback Tate Martell says he is transferring from Ohio State to Miami. Martell had entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal last week and was free to be approached by schools about a potential move.

Meanwhile, Jeff Thomas says he's returning to the Miami Hurricanes. The speedy wide receiver, who was dismissed by the Hurricanes in November and was transferring to Illinois, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday night that he's going back to Miami.

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