News archive from 8 March 2012

Jury awards $3.3 million to man wrongfully detained in Aventura bank scare

When Rodolfo Valladares walked into an Aventura Bank of America, he simply wanted to cash his $100 check. A jumpy bank teller, thinking he looked like a robber, hit a silent alarm. Police from Aventura and Miami-Dade rushed to the bank, ordered...

 
Safes weren't safe from Broward locksmith, police say

Safes weren't safe from Broward locksmith, police say

A South Florida locksmith is accused of stealing from some of the same safes he was supposed to protect from thieves. Eric Welch, 50, of Coconut Creek, was arrested last week in the back of a Home Depot store in Margate after he allegedly cracked...

 
Volusia County deputies: Man tried to run after being arrested

Volusia County deputies: Man tried to run after being arrested

A man who was arrested in the theft of his father's vehicle faces additional charges after he ran from Volusia County deputy sheriffs. Timothy McQuillen, 36, of Edgewater, was arrested Monday night at the Lost Lagoon restaurant, 515 North U.S. Highway...

 

Imprisoned mob ‘capo,' 78, gets a break for helping feds

When the grandfather who once ran South Florida operations for the Genovese organized crime family was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, he said he would not help prosecutors. Perhaps the former “capo” didn't mean it...

 

Cancer gene mutation more complex than previously thought: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Taking a sample or biopsy from just one part of a tumor might not give a full picture of its genetic diversity and may explain why doctors, despite using genetically targeted drugs, are often unable to save patients whose cancer has...

 
More splashes of color coming to downtown Hollywood

More splashes of color coming to downtown Hollywood

Each week, artists gather in downtown Hollywood to paint colorful murals on the bare walls of restaurants and hotels. The movement, called SmART, is meant to bring the arts to the struggling district and generate more traffic for the downtown...

 

WWE to make it official Thursday; WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium

World Wrestling Entertainment will hold a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 16 to announce WrestleMania 29 will be at MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and Super Bowl champion New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The conference will...

 

Iran's newest nuclear advances could stoke tensions

WASHINGTON - Nuclear advances trumpeted Wednesday by Iran were not unexpected and their announcement may have been driven by domestic Iranian politics, but they still could add to tensions over that country's nuclear program, U.S. officials and...

 

Miami-Dade School Board moves to develop a social media policy

With a growing number of teachers and students turning to the Internet for educational exchanges, the Miami-Dade School Board decided Wednesday to develop a policy for how such social media interaction should be handled. On an 8-1 vote, board members...

 

Study finds key dementia drugs should be used more

LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer's dementia drug Aricept, already commonly used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, can also help patients with severe disease and should be used more widely and for longer, according to research published on...

 

Alexion drug offers hope for rare, deadly disorder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An experimental therapy for a rare, often fatal genetic disorder appears to offer hope for infants and very young children with the condition, according to data from a small clinical trial reported in the New England Journal of...

 

Fishing report

BEST BET Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported decent-sized dolphin have been feeding along the blue-water color change offshore of Miami. Outside the outer-reef line offshore, a few kingfish,...

 

Malnourished boy found wandering streets naked is doing better

A 9-year-old North Miami Beach boy who was found wandering the streets last month naked and emaciated is gaining weight and regaining his health, state child welfare administrators told a judge Wednesday. What is less clear: How the youngster came to...

 

Dolphins sign RB Messam

The Miami Dolphins signed running back Jerome Messam on Wednesday. The Toronto, Ontario native, spent the last two years playing in the Canadian Football League, where he recorded just 93 yards on 23 carries in his rookie season in 2010 before...

 
Isner’s ascension continues with Davis Cup upset of Federer

Isner’s ascension continues with Davis Cup upset of Federer

The biggest story — literally — in tennis last weekend was 6-9 American John Isner, whose upset of Roger Federer in the first round of the Davis Cup in Switzerland led to a surprising 5-0 U.S. sweep of the Swiss. It was the first...

 

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