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S. Florida Marine Jailed In Mexico Has Hearing With Judge

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida marine who was jailed in Mexico after he said he accidentally crossed the border with firearms will get a chance to tell his side of the story.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, from Weston, has a hearing Wednesday with a judge for the first time. In a phone interview with CNN on Tuesday, Tahmooressi said he was optimistic about the outcome of the hearing.

Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. He moved to San Diego for treatment.

While driving to meet up with a friend on March 31st his nightmare began. He made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border, with all his belongings, including legally purchased U.S. guns, in his pick up truck.

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“I was going to call them after I drove off the exit, but…

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Miami Marlins On The Road Against The Phillies

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (AP) – With Cole Hamels on the mound, the reeling Philadelphia Phillies should at least believe they have a solid chance to end their latest skid.

The left-hander looks for another strong outing while trying to help the visiting Phillies avoid matching a season high with their sixth straight defeat Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins.

Philadelphia’s Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to tie the score Tuesday, but Ed Lucas delivered a run-scoring single in the 11th to help Miami (40-43) snap a four-game skid with a 5-4 victory.

While the Marlins hope they are back on track, the Phillies (36-47) have totaled 12 runs during their five-game losing streak. Philadelphia dropped six in a row May 31-June 5.

“It just seems like the games we’re close to, we just don’t win them,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “We’ve been in spots to…

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Florida Charter Schools: Follow the Money to Scams and Profiteering

lboogie81:

I agree! There have been charter schools popping up all over South Florida and it’s parents’ responsibility to do their homework about their children’s educational institute. Some schools are very reputable but there are a few that ARE “scams”!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The following article is by Patricia W. Hall, chair of the League of Women Voters Education team in Hillsborough County, Florida. It was originally published by La Gaceta in Tampa, Florida. The state League of Women Voters recently published a one-year study of charters across Florida.

Charter School Explosion: Follow the Money

Patricia W. Hall

Although charter schools must, by Florida law, be overseen by a non -profit board of directors, there are many ways in which for-profit organizations have begun to highjack the charter school movement. For-profit management companies frequently provide everything from back office operations including payroll, contracting with vendors for food services, textbook, etc., to hiring principals and teachers and curriculum control; so what was sold to parents and children as a local public education innovation now looks more like national charter-chains, the “Waltmartization” of public education. According to education expert Diane Ravitch, “nearly half of all…

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First Lady To Make Stop In South Florida

lboogie81:

Hooray!!! The First Lady LOVES South Florida!

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to make a stop in South Florida on Tuesday.

The first lady will attend a Democratic National Committee event in Miami.

Before that she is set to be in central Florida to promote the role school counselors play in helping families pursue higher education.

Obama is delivering remarks at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Orlando as part of her Reach Higher Initiative.

Reach Higher focuses on the importance of pursuing and completing some form of post-secondary education. It also encourages students to support President Barack Obama’s 2020 goal of America producing the world’s highest proportion of college graduates.

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Focus on South Florida: Autumn de Forest

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

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Albert Scaglione (Source: My33)

Autumn de Forest is an artist, model, speaker and philanthropist. Her works sell for tens of thousands of dollars and at the age of 12, her paintings are exhibited alongside both contemporary and modern masters. We focus on all the things that make this child prodigy so special, and we meet her mentor, the CEO & Founder of Park West Galleries, and a prominent philanthropist in his own right. Click on the above picture to watch the interview.

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Five Things To Know About The Miami Heat Offseason

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James headed to the Bahamas on vacation, Chris Bosh is on a world tour with his family and Dwyane Wade posted a photo of a new backpack suggesting he was ready for some offseason getaways as well.

So we know Miami’s “Big 3″ are going places.

Where those guys will be when training camp opens in September, well, that’s the story of the NBA offseason — and the next chapter could start to be unveiled during Thursday’s night draft. And here’s five things to know as the Heat get ready for the summer that will shape the direction of the franchise:

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DRAFT NIGHT: Thursday’s draft might provide some clues.

If the Heat take a point guard, that might be a sign that free agent Mario Chalmers is expendable. If they take a big man, perhaps that indicates that James won’t be asked to post up…

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Beyoncé and Jay Z Showed a Video From Their Secret Wedding Last Night

Originally posted on TIME:

Beyoncé and Jay Z gave the crowd at the first stop on their highly anticipated “On the Run” tour more to talk about than just the music Wednesday night.

The duo showed off a few very brief seconds of previously unseen footage from their 2008 wedding. You might have to watch the video a few times, but eagle-eyed fans will spot details from what looks like a relatively normal ceremony: the couple exchanges rings; Beyoncé sports a very traditional-looking white wedding dress and veil; and attendees cheer joyously when they walk down the aisle after the ceremony. Except everything was probably really, really expensive. And a lot of other celebrities were probably there. So maybe not like your wedding at all.

The couple has always been secretive about their union, but the video even offers a glimpse of the couple’s famous wedding ring “IV” tattoos. (The couple is obsessed with…

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