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Burlesque Festival to honor Bunny Yeager
first international Florida Burlesque Festival is coming to the
state next month.
say the festival is dedicated to the legendary pin-up model,
photographer and long-time Florida resident Bunny Yeager, who died in May.
Festival will be held Sept. 5 and 6 at the historic art-deco style
Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale and organizers say it will capture
the glamour and excitement of the Golden Age of burlesque.
of Burlesque Magazine's "Top 50" performers will be
showcased, along with comedians and vaudeville acts.
bodies found off Hollywood Beach
bodies found floating in the water off Hollywood Beach on Sunday
morning triggered a search for anymore possible people in distress.
Guard crews said good Samaritans called them around 10:00 a.m.
letting them know they found the bodies of two men floating in the
water 20 nautical miles east of Hollywood Beach.
responded to the area and found a third body of a woman and later
are currently searching by air and sea for any other people who may
be in distress in the area.
Broward County Sheriffs office and Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission is assistingin the investigation.
dies in car wreck
motorcyclist died as a result of a traffic accident that took place
Friday afternoon in Dania Beach. Broward Sheriff's Office Traffic
Homicide detectives are investigating.
2:50 p.m. on August 22, Maritza Duran was driving a Honda CRV
northbound on North Federal Highway in the designated turn lane
preparing to turn westbound onto Old Griffin Road. Scott Allen was
riding a Harley Ultra Classic motorcycle southbound on North Federal
Highway approaching the intersection when the two vehicles collided.
Sheriffs Office Fire Rescue responded to the scene and
transported Allen to Broward Health Medical Center where he was
pronounced dead. Duran remained on scene and was not injured in the
crash. BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal accident.
Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap
Obama violated a clear and unambiguous law when he
released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant
Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.
Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not
notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in
advance of the transfer, the GAO report said. In
addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the
transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated
the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal
agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in
GAO rejected the idea that the action was legal and sidestepped the
Obama teams suggestion that the law is unconstitutional.
is not our role or our practice to determine the constitutionality
of duly enacted statutes, the report says. In our view,
where legislation has been passed by Congress and signed by the
President, thereby satisfying the bicameralism and presentment
requirements in the Constitution, that legislation is entitled to a
heavy presumption in favor of constitutionality.
mount low-key campaigns for Florida AG
Democrats are choosing between two relative unknowns in the primary
for attorney general.
Rep. Perry Thurston is squaring off against former Obama
administration official George Sheldon on Tuesday. The winner will
run against incumbent Republican Pam Bondi and a Libertarian
candidate in November.
candidate has raised much money. Instead the two men have relied on
party functions and radio ads to get the word out to voters.
is a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale and has been House Democratic
leader the last two years. Sheldon has held various positions in
government including stints as deputy attorney general and secretary
of the Department of Children and Families.
candidates have criticized Bondi and her opposition to medical
marijuana and same sex marriage.
$1 Billion from
Bank Of America settlement
massive settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department
of Justice will provide about $1 billion in assistance to thousands
settlement, which totals $16.65 billion, stems from claims about
mortgage-related practices by Bank of America and current or former
subsidiaries, such as Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch,
that played a part in the countrys financial crisis.
that overall total, about $7 billion will be used to provide
assistance to consumers. That assistance will include such things as
principal reductions on loansand providing new loans to credit-worthy
borrowers, according to the Department of Justice.
Attorney General Pam Bondis office released a letter from Bank
of America that said about $1 billion of the $7 billion would flow to
Florida, which has grappled with large numbers of foreclosures and
other problems in the housing market since the financial crisis.
Bondi said the package would help nearly 17,000 Floridians.
wins $4.3M in texting while driving case
Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by a man
who was texting while driving has won a $4.3 million lawsuit.
law firm representing 26-year-old Cacilia Carter said that the
verdict was handed down Aug. 5 in Flagler County Circuit Court.
was a passenger in a vehicle by her then-boyfriend Joseph O'Guin on
Dec. 20, 2010. Carter's attorneys claimed O'Guin was texting and ran
a stop sign. The Florida Highway Patrol reported the vehicle slid
into a tractor-trailer.
Luis Gracia says Carter is still impaired and permanently disabled.
Gracia says O'Guin did not testify during the trial.
was no jury in the case, so Circuit Judge Dennis Craig made the ruling.
accused of stealing jewelry from dead woman
man hired by a funeral home to transport a woman's body is accused
of stealing jewelry from her Dunedin home.
County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the 88-year-old woman's home
Thursday afternoon after she apparently died of natural causes.
short time later, 44-year-old Terrance Stubblefield of St.
Petersburg arrived to take her body to a funeral home. As he was
working to remove the body, deputies saw a necklace hanging from his pocket.
got into his vehicle, but deputies questioned him about the
said it belonged to his girlfriend.
say the woman's daughter identified the necklace as her mother's.
admitted to taking the necklace. He remains in jail on grand theft
charges. It wasn't known whether he's hired an attorney.
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