A synthetic drug known as "bath salts," spills out of a bottle in an image released by the Drug Enforcement Agency. (FILE)

Two charged with possession and intent to sell Flakka

MIAMI June 19, 2015 – Two central Florida men were indicted Thursday for conspiracy to import alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (A-PVP), also known as Flakka, from China. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO). Michael J. Hernandez, 25, from Orlando, and Jonell Philip Vega-Mercado, 19, from Clermont, were charged with conspiracy to import and possession with […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Broward County, Crime, Featured, Government, News

Cassini Captures Breathtaking View of Saturn’s Dione

By IAN O’NEILL, Discovery News, June 19, 2015 – On Tuesday (June 16), NASA’s Cassini mission had an EXTREMELY close encounter with one of Saturn’s cratered moons, Dione. At a distance of only 321 miles (516 kilometers), this close approach was Cassini’s fourth flyby of its mission — but it wasn’t the closest. During the spacecraft’s third flyby on Dec. 12, 2011, Cassini swooped only 62 miles (99 kilometers) from the moon’s cratered surface. PHOTO: Cassini Gets Final, Stunning View of Saturn’s […]

by · June 19, 2015 · Education, Featured, Government, News, space
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami Seaport Catch First-in-Nation Pest

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists at the Miami Seaport intercepted an unusual pest identified as Lissomus sp. in the family Elateridae during an intensive inspection of a container of ginger from Ecuador. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this week that this marks the first nationwide interception of this pest. Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly known as click beetles because of their unusual click mechanism.  A spine […]

‘Engage Cuba’ officially launches with TV ad

‘Engage Cuba’ officially launches with TV ad

By Mitch Perry,, Special to – June 18,2015 – While advocates for the U.S. liberalizing relations with Cuba have hailed President Obama‘s overture to the Castro-led government, they say there is still much more to be done, such as liberalizing travel restrictions that still exist. Today Engage Cuba, a group created to push for the end of the 53-year trade embargo, has a new ad that will begin airing on Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. “Since December, we’ve heard from Americans around the country who can’t believe […]

by · June 18, 2015 · Events, Featured, Government, News, Politics, Videos
Photo: US Customs & Border Protection

CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Cocaine in Fried Fish

By Mark Young, Managing Editor, June 15, 2015 – After more than 4 decades covering news around the country, I’d thought I had heard it all, but then there’s always something that makes you go “HUH?” I can only guess what went through the Customs agents mind, or what it must have smelled like.  Here’s the info: MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport seized over 2 pounds of cocaine concealed […]

This Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows deposits of glass (in green) created by impacts. (IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/JHUAPL/UNIV. OF ARIZONA)

NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, June 15, 2015 – For the first time, a spacecraft orbiting Mars has detected glass deposits inside craters on the red planet — a possible boon in the hunt for signs of past Martian life. Researchers think that the glass was created when impactors (meteoroids, asteroids or comets) slammed into Mars, superheating the Martian dirt and turning parts of the surface into glass. Scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were able to see glass on […]

by · June 15, 2015 · Government, Mars, News, Science, space
Four South Florida Law Enforcement Officers Graduate FBI National Academy

Four South Florida Law Enforcement Officers Graduate FBI National Academy

MIAMI – George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Division, announces the graduation of four South Florida law enforcement officers from the FBI National Academy today at a ceremony held in Quantico, Virginia. The officers are: –       Major Carlos Bermudez – Pembroke Pines Police Department –       Captain James Dunkelberger – Miramar Police Department –       Captain Dale Engle – Davie Police Department –       Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Vecchio – Florida Department of Law Enforcement As […]

The skinny on trans fat

The skinny on trans fat

By Scott Gilbert, Penn State University, June 14, 2015 –  FDA expected to take action to phase out the remaining trans fat Saturated or unsaturated? Mono or poly? Good or bad? Figuring out fats can leave you frazzled, but there soon may be one less fat to keep straight. As early as this month, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to take action to phase out the remaining trans fat in the nation’s food supply. Unlike mono and poly […]

TSA’s New Plan to Make Screening Less Efficient

TSA’s New Plan to Make Screening Less Efficient

By Gary Leff, View From The Wing, June 14, 2015 – Earlier in the month when it was revealed that a government study found the TSA was failing to detect 95% of bombs and weapons, and I predicted (and feared) this would mean a crackdown at the checkpoint and limitations on the PreCheck program. My fear is that the bureaucratic response of do something will be the natural path here. If the TSA isn’t working, it needs to crack down. We’ll […]

A crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads a bale of marijuana at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, June 12. While on patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute interdicted 3,100 pounds of marijuana northeast of Panama. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

Coast Guard displays $14M worth of seized cocaine, marijuana

By Doug Phillips Sun Sentinel, June 12, 2015 – Cocaine and marijuana worth nearly $14 million arrived Friday at the Coast Guard base in Miami Beach.  According to the agency, the drugs were confiscated during two recent seizures off the coasts of Columbia and Panama. On May 22, 14 bales of cocaine that were jettisoned from a go-fast boat were recovered after the Columbian Air Force maritime patrol alerted two cutters —Bear and Vigiliant— to a suspicious vessel northwest of Columbia, […]

Sunrise Will Ban Campaign Contributions By Key City Hall Officials

Sunrise Will Ban Campaign Contributions By Key City Hall Officials

By Buddy Nevins,, Special to, June 11, 2015 – Inspired by the ethics controversy sweeping the Broward Elections Office, Sunrise officials are ready to ban campaign contributions from three key officials to any Sunrise election. Mayor Mike Ryan suggested the new prohibition. The ban would forbid the City Clerk, City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney from donating to any Sunrise municipal candidate. The mayor publicly clashed with Elections Office attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks after he suggested Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes […]

Doral College executives, State Sen. Anitere Flores, left and Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.

Connections, conflicts and $600K in deal criticized by Miami-Dade schools auditor

By Francisco Alvarado,, Special to, June 11, 2015 – Since 2013, a non-accredited college employing two Miami-Dade state legislators as its top executives has collected $600,000 in state charter school funds for offering high school students virtually worthless two-year degrees. The arrangement has drawn criticism from Miami-Dade Public Schools Chief Auditor Jose Montes de Oca, who questioned charter school spending for Doral College’s dual enrollment program, according to a report presented to members of the school board’s audit committee […]