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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida’s connection to the JFK assassination, the death of Trayvon Martin, and a bizarre sea creature caught off Miami Beach all were popular stories on CBSMiami.com in 2013.

-Exclusive: JFK Assassination Witness Speaks For 1st Time: When President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was cut down by an assassin, a chain of events began that included the murder of a police officer, the capture of the alleged presidential assassin, and the murder of the assassin. In the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, a Dallas police officer who was in the middle of the chaos that enveloped the city in the hours and days that followed the murder never shared his story about what he saw, heard and did, until he spoke exclusively to CBSMiami.com about the pandemonium.

-Rachel Jeantel On Trayvon Martin Friendship: “He Never Judged Me”: Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s good friends opened up about her friendship with Trayvon Martin, calling him a good and true friend. This after her testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman.

-Bizarre Sea Creature Caught Off Miami Beach: A rarely seen sea creature that normally lives at the depths of the ocean was snagged off the coast of Miami Beach.

-Alleged Killer Posts Picture Of Dead Wife On Facebook: A grisly murder scene in South Miami ended up on Facebook after the alleged killer posted a picture of his dead wife on the social networking site Facebook.

-HHS Secretary Sebelius Visits South Florida To Meet With Healthcare Navigators: In the wake of the troubled healthcare.gov website launch, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Miami to meet with “navigators” who are helping the public get signed up for coverage.

-FAU Professor In “Jesus Stomping” Incident Placed On Administrative Leave: A professor at Florida Atlantic University was placed on administrative leave after a student claimed he was unfairly suspended from class for not writing the word ”Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomping on it as part of a class exercise.

-Police: Pimp Forced Girl To Tattoo Eyelids With His Name: A Miami pimp named “Suave” allegedly forced a 13-year-old runaway to tattoo his street name on her eyelids after she threatened to leave him.

-FAU Student Claims He Was Suspended For Refusing To Step On Jesus: A student at Florida Atlantic University said he was unfairly suspended from his Intercultural Communications class because he refused to step on Jesus. The professor asked students to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up, and step on it. The student, a deeply religious Mormonwas offended and refused to participate in the exercise.

-Gun Stores Seeing A Run On Ammunition: Ammunition sellers and manufacturers saw a major run on bullets and said they couldn’t keep their shelves stocked due to terrorist attacks and the gun control.

-Exclusive Look At Urban Beach Week Security Measures: The Miami Beach Police Department shared their heightened security plans ahead of Urban Beach Week over Memorial Day Weekend on South Beach. The goal was  to avoid chaos, like the incident that occurred two years ago when officers shot and killed a man they claim was driving erratically on Collins Avenue.

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