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KENNEDY CENTER-CUBAN ARTS
WASHINGTON — Renewed tensions between the U.S. and Cuba aren’t stopping the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from shining a spotlight on the island’s rich cultural heritage during what’s being billed as the largest Cuban arts festival ever held in the United States. By Luis Alonso Lugu. MOVED: 473 words, AP Photos.
LOOE KEY — A mysterious disease hammering Florida’s dwindling reefs was found for the first time this week in the Lower Keys, alarming scientists who’ve used epoxy adhesive bandages, amputated sick coral and even set up underwater “fire breaks” in a four-year battle to contain the outbreak. By Miami Herald writer Jenny Staletovich. MOVED: 841 words.
SARASOTA — Sarasota Bay Watch Inc., the area nonprofit that already introduced millions of scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay, is starting an ambitious program to release more than 175,000 southern hard shell clams into the estuary. By Sarasota Herald-Tribune writer Earle Kimel. MOVED: 1194 words.
MORAVIAN CHURCH-GAY CLERGY
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Southern Province Synod of the Moravian Church has approved a resolution which allows gay and lesbian ministers to marry. MOVED: 319 words.
BUSCH GARDENS-POWER OUTAGE — A lot of angry thrill seekers are venting at Busch Gardens after the Florida theme park let guests in despite a power outage that shut down rides.
TAKATA AIR BAGS-FLORIDA — Florida leads the nation in the number of air bag injuries and deaths.
CLEANING SUPPLIES-FRAUD — A Florida man who ran a telemarketing business hawking light bulbs and cleaning supplies has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS.
CITY COMMISSIONER-RACIST JOKE — A Miami city commissioner is being called a racist after comparing an Asian-American commissioner’s haircut to that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s.
MISSING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA GIRL — Prosecutors say they’re seeking the death penalty against a man accused of killing a missing 9-year-old Florida girl.
BREAK-IN BEAR CAPTURED — Wildlife officials in central Florida have captured and killed a bear who they say was responsible for several dog attacks and opening unlocked parked cars and garages.
FATAL SHOOTING-COURT FIGHT — A fight involving defendants, attorneys and deputies broke out in a Florida courtroom after four men were convicted in a fatal shooting.
BRANDON, Fla. — Experience tells the Tampa Bay Lightning they shouldn’t be overly concerned about losing the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals. The way the Washington Capitals are playing, though, it could be more difficult to rebound this time. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
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