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A vendor (C) waits for customers displaying turtles at a market in Jakarta on February 5, 2008. A surge in demand for exotic freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia is fuelling rampant illegal trade in the animals in Indonesia, wildlife experts warned recently. TRAFFIC Southeast Asia said its investigators discovered that 48 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises were sold in Indonesia's capital Jakarta and the vast majority were illegally obtained. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo: EWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Men Charged In Illegal Freshwater Turtle Harvests

Three men, in central Florida, have been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors for the alleged illegal harvest, selling and buying of 2,100 pounds of freshwater turtles.

07/15/2014

Christie Bassett of Highlands Grove Elementary School in Polk County was announced as the winner in an Orlando ceremony at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios. (Source: Twitter/@EducationFL)

Florida Art Teacher Named Teacher Of The Year

One Florida art teacher nabbed the title of Florida’s 2015 Teacher of the Year on Thursday.

07/10/2014

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Study: Florida Leads Nation In Inmates Who “Max Out” Sentences

A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences — serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.

06/04/2014

Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death after police said she was bullied.  (Source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Sedwick-Against-Bullying/616129218419223)

Florida Mom Pushes For Anti-Bullying Bill

A Florida mother plans to push for a bill that would make bullying illegal in the state after her daughter committed suicide.

01/17/2014

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Charges Dropped Against Teens In Bullying Case

Charges have been dropped against two teenage girls who a sheriff had accused of bullying a Florida classmate who later committed suicide, the girls’ attorneys said Wednesday.

11/20/2013

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FAU And UM To Honor Former Coach Schnellenberger Friday

A case could be made that Miami and Florida Atlantic are football brothers. After all, the programs have the same father.

CBS Miami–08/29/2013

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Riot At FL Juvenile Detention Facility Injures 7, Destroys Buildings

Authorities said a riot injured seven people at a juvenile detention center Sunday. The male teens involved reportedly destroyed several buildings and sparked two fires during the riot.

08/18/2013

The SmartCart can detect if objects or remains are underground. (CBS4)

Exclusive: Broward Sheriff’s Office Using New Tool To Solve Crimes

Inside an unused Oakland Park golf course evidence markers flapped in the breeze and a tape measure roped off a 20 x 20 stretch of land. Crime scene investigators gathered nearby studying the layout.

CBS4–05/01/2013

Paul Mira (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

Athletic Director Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girl Arrested

A former athletic director of a Miami-Dade private school who vanished last month after he was accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl is now behind bars.

CBS4–12/15/2011

LEGOLAND Florida officially opened Oct. 15, 2011.  (Source: Merlin Entertainments Group)

Legoland Florida Rides Won’t Be Regulated By State

Rollercoasters and rides at Legoland Florida, which is opening next month, will not have to undergo state safety inspections.

CBS4–09/28/2011