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    The interim Miami Hurricanes head football coach has spoken.

    Kind of.

    For the first time since being called upon to replace the fired Al Golden, interim coach Larry Scott shared his first thoughts on his new job via Twitter.

    Monday afternoon, in his first tweet on the @CoachScottUM account, Scott tweeted "Our foundation is built. Proud of our team. Time to finish what we started. We are going to make our next step our best step."

    The Tweet concluded with the #OURTEAM hashtag.

    The first comment responding to the Tweet came from former Hurricanes offensive lineman Seantreal Henderson who Tweeted back, "Good luck Coach Scott! I know you will represent us well. #BringTheUBack."

    Scott was named to his new post on Sunday following Golden's dismissal as head coach after a blowout loss to Clemson over the weekend.

    A Florida native, Scott is currently in his third season with Miami, having served as tight ends coach since 2013.

    Scott is scheduled to meet with the media for the first time as head coach on Tuesday.

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    Miami-Dade police are investigating after a father and son were found shot to death in a Westchester home Monday morning.

    The bodies of Alfonso Rafael, 85, and his son, Alfonso Rafael Jr., 56, were found inside a home in the 1400 block of Southwest 82nd Court just after 9 a.m.

    Detective Daniel Ferrin said the initial investigation indicates a possible murder-suicide, but detectives are awaiting the results of the medical examiner's report before making a final determination.

    No other information was immediately available.

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    The ocean view at Bayfront Park has been a tourist attraction for decades.

    "From far away, you look at it, and you go, 'Wow, it looks fantastic,'" Gus Arango, who works near the park and takes his children there on the weekend, said.

    But when you get up close to the sea wall, the view takes a different turn.

    "Styrofoam cups, beer cans, (and) cartons everywhere," explained Arango. "The trash sometimes gets smelly. You can't even stand here and enjoy the view."

    Even tourists like Chris Martin visiting from Sydney, Australia, noticed the trash tucked into the crevices of the rock wall.

    "All various types of rubbish, flip flops, (and) plastic bottles. When you are on the edge, you can clearly see it's been washed in," Martin said.

    "I know we have better pride than that," said Arango, "As a city, I think a lot of people who walk through don't realize what's going on in here. And if they were made aware of what's actually happening here, I think a lot more people would actually take a step forward to actually do something about it and help out or push the right people to actually take care of this stuff."

    "Yes, we are responsible and we do take care of the rocks," said Bayfront Park Management Trust Executive Director Timothy F. Schmand. "It's the resources that we can put against it. You know it is sort of a Sisyphean task. If you familiar with Sisyphus, he's a man who was condemned by the Greek gods to push a rock up a hill and when it got to the top of the hill it rolled back down. And that's the way it works with cleaning the rocks at Bayfront Park. You go out, you could spend 12 hours, 14 guys, have them spotless, come back the following day and the rocks will be a mess again," explained Schmand.

    While revenue from events like the Ultra Music Festival and the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run helps pay for the park's maintenance, "we receive no government funding," said Schmand, "so we operate solely on earned income."

    Schmand said the trash is a two-pronged problem: there's debris washed up from the bay by tides and wind and then there's the junk visitors toss from the land.

    "The question to me is not our ability to clean the sea wall," said Schmand. "The goal for me is how do you convince people to quit throwing stuff in the bay?"

    Arango said it is a matter of civic pride: "Quarterly or monthly cleanup would actually help, but common sense people, actually just not throwing stuff because they are too lazy to walk to a trash can, would actually help as well."

    But there's another underlying cause.

    "We are one of the largest homeless shelters in Miami," said Schmand. "Each night, we have upwards of 100 people sleeping in the park. Those people bring with them cardboard, food products, and general stuff that is necessary when you are out on the street. When they get up in the morning, they leave that behind."

    Schmand showed Local 10 News the piles of garbage collected in just one morning from a small section of the park.

    The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust counted at least 80 homeless people at Bayfront Park back in September. The effort was part of its "Strike Force: Urban Core" program to place every homeless person counted in either Permanent Supportive Housing or Rapid Re-housing.

    When it comes to the sea wall, workers remove large debris and pick out trash by hand.

    Volunteers help with detailed work on a semi-monthly basis.

    "The stuff here is so embedded," said Arango, "that you have to bring a truck to suck it out or the rats are going to keep feeding off of it and it is never going to stop."

    Schmand said they have tried sucking out the trash with a Billy Goat, an outdoor vacuum, "but the salt water in the inner workings causes it to deteriorate to the point that it doesn't work anymore. So then we thought what if we got the people who vacuum out grease traps and toilets and everything to come down here with their trucks and have them vacuum the stuff off the sea wall because their suction is far grander than ours and they could probably do a better job. When we talked to them, they pointed out the issue that we had already discovered, the salt water in the inner workings of their equipment would cause their equipment to deteriorate so they opted not to do it."

    Schmand invites Arango, and others who may be concerned about trash littering the rocks at Bayfront Park, to join volunteer groups who help clean up Bayfront Park.

    If you'd like to help clean up the Bayfront Park shoreline, the Forever Bloom Alliance is hosting a cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Follow Christina Vazquez on Twitter @CallChristinaTV

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    Some new changes are coming to the parking garages at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that should make it easier for travelers to find where they parked.


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    A small plane made an emergency landing Monday afternoon on a golf course in Key Biscayne.

    The plane landed in the grass on the 18th hole at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne shortly before 2:30 p.m.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Cessna 150 departed from Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport and was headed to Miami Executive Airport when the pilot reported an engine problem.

    Neither the pilot nor the passenger, believed to be a father and son, was injured.

    A portion of one of the plane's wings broke apart as it struck some palm trees.

    Joel Rojo was working on the golf course when he witnessed the crash landing.

    "The passenger was saying that he had to choose between land and water and that he decided, you know, that the golf course was a good runway," Rojo told Local 10 News.

    Fuel could be seen dripping from the plane.

    The plane was registered to a company in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Golf operations were temporarily suspended.

    "It's something that doesn't happen every day," Rojo said.

    The emergency landing occurred just hours after another small plane crashed in neighboring western Broward County.

    In August, a helicopter made an emergency landing at the Orangebrook Golf & Country Club in Hollywood.

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    A Local 10 employee came to the rescue of a pilot in need after the small plane he was flying crashed Monday in western Broward County.

    Sky 10 was flying to another scene when pilot Clem Carfaro spotted the downed plane in the Everglades near U.S. Highway 27.

    The injured pilot was trapped inside the cockpit.

    Sky 10 arrived before Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue paramedics got there.

    Local 10 News engineer Juan Rodriguez just happened to be on Sky 10 at the time, so the helicopter landed briefly so that Rodriguez could help the pilot.

    Firefighters arrived a short time later and had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue the pilot, who was pinned under the debris. He was placed on a stretcher and flown to Broward Health Medical Center.

    Rodriguez said the pilot was asking for water and complained about his leg.

    "At least the guy was alive, (but) he was in a lot of pain," Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez rarely travels with Sky 10, but he happened to be on the helicopter to work on its camera equipment. Carfaro stayed in touch with air traffic controllers, who had rerouted them to search for a missing plane.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-32 crashed about 12:45 p.m. 16 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

    Two Jacksonville attorneys, Robert Spohrer and Steven Browning, were also on the plane. They were walking around the crash site, suffering only minor injuries, and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

    Sporher is founding partner of Sporher & Dodd, and Browning is another partner in the law firm. The pilot, whose name was not released, regularly flies for the firm.

    "The pilot did a great job from what I could see," Carfaro said. "You know, the plane was not in the canal."

    Barry Newman, a partner at Sporher & Dodd, told Jacksonville television station WJXT they are lucky to have a safe and competent pilot who did everything he could to save the passengers.

    "Where the plane was and how it landed, it certainly is a testament to the pilot's skill in preventing further injury or even death," BSO Department of Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.

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  • 10/27/15--16:00: Pets available for adoption
  • Red is waiting at the Humane Society of Broward County, along with all the other fabulous friends in this slideshow looking for a family to call their own.


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    A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday after he was involved in a fight at Miami Springs Senior High School.

    A Miami-Dade County Public Schools representative said the fight happened in the school's cafeteria during a lunch period.

    The fight was broken up by a school response officer, but one of the boys, a 16-year-old who is in 10th grade, continued to be combative and was taken out of the school in handcuffs, police said.

    Officers were questioning other students inside the cafeteria to try to determine why the fight started.

    A MDCPS representative said the teenager was arrested on a charges of battery against a law enforcement officer, four counts of battery on a school employee and one count of disruption of a school function.

    Neither students' identity was released.

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    A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a home burglary in Coral Gables.

    Markeith Robert Nickles, 21, and Jasmine Elizabeth Lee, 21, were arrested Monday on charges of burglary. Nickles also faces charges of possession of burglary tools and driving without a valid driver's license.

    According to police, the couple broke into a home on Mataro Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. Monday.

    The victim told detectives that the couple stole two laptop computers, a backpack and a 42-inch flat-screen TV before leaving through a sliding glass door. The victim tried to chase them, but lost them and called 911.

    Coral Gables police canvassed the area and found Lee and Nickles driving a vehicle that matched a description given by the victim.

    According to police, the couple pulled into the driveway of a home in South Miami, where they were approached by officers.

    Police said the stolen items were found in the back seat of the car and both suspects were taken into custody.

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    A South Florida YouTube sensation is gaining unwanted attention this week after he was arrested on charges of choking his wife during an altercation.

    Pedro Millan, 20, who is more famously known as "Peter la Anguila" (Peter the Eel), was arrested Sunday.

    He has gained social media notoriety by posting videos of himself dancing along South Beach and other South Florida hot spots, wearing only a Speedo.

    One of his more popular videos has more than 52 million views.

    Millan's wife, Yenia Millan, who is also featured in some of his videos under the name "La Kuki," posted a message Monday on Facebook defending her husband.

    "I know you all are wondering what happened to Peter," the post said. "I just wanted to say that all is well. Unfortunately, anyone can have a problem and it's unfair that it's all being published, but everything's OK. Thank you."

    According to an arrest report, Millan choked his wife after they had an argument about a flower bouquet. Police said Millan became "enraged" and wrestled her to the floor.

    Officers said Yenia Millan also had bruises and redness on her arms.

    According to the report, Pedro Millan told an officer, "I wanted to kill her. That is why I was choking her. Please take me to jail." 

    In an Instagram post written in Spanish on Tuesday, Millan seemed to apologize for his actions, but refuted some of what has been reported.

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    "Hello, I'd like to express that no one is perfect and any one can make a mistake in which I regret," Millan said in the translated post. "I just want you to know that what's being reported is beyond the truth because I can see my children. No one has told me I can't. In fact, I'm with them now, everything is taken care of."

    Police said Millan's wife told them that her husband has choked her numerous times but that she never reported it to police.

    Millan has since been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

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    An 8-year-old piano prodigy from South Florida is getting the chance of a lifetime to meet Taylor Swift after playing a medley of her songs.

    Jacob Velazquez will greet the pop star at the American Airlines Arena before she hits the stage.

    "I am so excited. I can't wait to meet Taylor Swift," Jacob said before the concert.

    Jacob said he loves Swift so much that he decided to play a medley of songs from her latest album. But he had no idea that his video would quickly go viral after the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks tweeted it out.

    Swift re-tweeted the boy's tribute and asked the pianist, who has a form of autism, if he would like to meet her at her next South Florida concert.

    Jacob happily accepted the offer and plans to present her with his own CD.

    "Hopefully he'll inspire other families that are touched by autism," Jacob's mother, Tina Velazquez, said. "Because you are diagnosed with autism, doesn't mean you aren't capable of great things."

    Jacob's CD is available on iTunes and JacobVelazquez.com.

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    A Wilton Manors man is facing sexual battery and video voyeurism charges after he secretly videotaped himself having sex with an unconscious woman, police said.

    Marek Amann, 33, was arrested Friday.

    Wilton Manors police said Amann secretly videotaped himself having sex with a woman on four different occasions while she was physically helpless and unconscious.

    Sgt. Biagio Balistreri said each incident happened at Amann's home at 2662 NE Ninth Ave. between July 2014 and November 2014. Balistreri said he moved to Loxahatchee in December.

    Neighbors told Local 10 News that the victim and her 9-year-old daughter lived at the home with Amann. The victim later discovered the recordings on a computer in the home in July.

    "That's disgusting," one neighbor said. "I feel really bad because she has a 9-year-old daughter...that just creeps me out."

    The victim told police that she was taking prescription medication at the time, but wasn't sure if Amann had drugged her.

    Balistreri said Amann also videotaped multiple women in various locations, which appear to have been done without the women's consent. He said all those women were conscious, but were unaware that they were being filmed.

    Anyone who believes he or she may have been victimized by Amann is asked to call the Wilton Manors Police Department at 954-390-2192.

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    The Broward Sheriff's Office has identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed Monday in western Broward County.

    James Townsend, 63, was piloting the Piper PA-32 when it crashed in the Everglades.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane crashed about 12:45 p.m., 16 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

    Sky 10 was flying to another scene when pilot Clem Carfaro spotted the downed plane in the Everglades near U.S. Highway 27.

    Townsend was trapped inside the cockpit. Sky 10 arrived before Broward Sheriff's Office firefighters got there.

    Local 10 News engineer Juan Rodriguez just happened to be on Sky 10 at the time, and the helicopter landed briefly so that Rodriguez could help the pilot.

    Firefighters arrived a short time later and had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue Townsend, who was pinned under the debris. He was placed on a stretcher and flown to Broward Health Medical Center.

    Rodriguez said Townsend was asking for water and complained about his leg. Townsend remains in critical condition as of Tuesday.

    Two Jacksonville attorneys, Robert Spohrer, 66, and Steven Browning, 55, were also on the plane. They were walking around the crash site, suffering only minor injuries, and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

    Townsend regularly flies for the Sporher & Dodd law firm, of which Browning is also a partner. Ironically, the law firm primarily handles accidents involving aircraft.

    Sporher said he and Browning were in the back of the plane chatting and working and thought they were about to land at the airport.

    "We were descending rapidly," Sporher said. "The gear was not down and we were going to be hitting off the field. I told Steve, 'Tighten your seat belt as tight as you can (and) get into a braced position. As soon as the plane stops moving, we're going to get out of this emergency exit.' That's exactly what happened."

    The plane's owner will have it removed from the crash site and taken to a hanger, where the National Transportation Safety Board will begin its investigation.

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    A Naples man was taken to a South Florida hospital after his family said he was badly burned when an electronic cigarette exploded in his face.

    Evan Spahlinger, 21, was being treated at Kendall Regional Medical Center after Monday's incident.

    A woman who called 911 described what happened in a conversation with an emergency dispatcher.

    LISTEN: 911 call

    "I think it was from those electric cigarettes," she told the 911 dispatcher.

    She said he was awake, "but he doesn't look good."

    The 911 dispatcher told the woman not to touch any of the chemical debris and to take off his clothes.

    "He doesn't have any clothes on, except for shorts," the woman said.

    She said Spahlinger's face and neck were burned and her smoke alarm sounded after the explosion.

    Spahlinger could be heard coughing and vomiting in the background of the 911 call.

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    Newly released cellphone records show that a man who was shot and killed by a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens police officer had made numerous calls to loved ones in hopes of getting a tow truck out to Interstate 95 after his car broke down.

    Police said Corey Jones, 31, was stranded on the side of the highway on Oct. 18 when he was approached by Officer Nouman Raja.

    Jones, who worked for a public housing agency and was also a drummer in a band, was leaving a gig that night when his car ran into trouble.

    His phone records showed that he called numerous friends and family for help before he was shot and killed. Police said Jones did have a gun in his car and a legal permit to carry it, but his family's attorney said that Jones never fired a shot.

    Jones' phone log shows that he first called *FHP at 1:44 a.m. before calling roadside assistance five times over the next hour.

    His final call to roadside assistance was at 3:10 a.m. He was killed five minutes later, although the call kept going for 53 minutes and may have recorded the shooting.

    Authorities said it's unclear whether Raja identified himself as a police officer.

    "It certainly does not lead to any criminal activity," former Broward prosecutor David Frankel said. "It may not bode well for him with the department, but I don't think it will lead to any kind of consideration necessarily in whether or not he committed a crime."

    Frankel said the shooting will no doubt be a tough case to prosecute if Raja is found negligent because the only living witness is the officer.

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    Police are investigating after a woman was found shot to death early Tuesday morning at her home near 4700 NW 87th Lane.

    According to police, after dispatchers received a call of a possible shooting around 4 a.m., they arrived to the home to find the woman with gunshot wounds. She was taken to Broward Health North, where she was pronounced dead.

    Coral Springs police said there is no active search for a shooter or threat to the community, but they continue investigating.

    Anyone with any information on the shooting is asked to contact Det. David Young at 954-346-1219.

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    Miami Beach police notified the Florida Department of Children and Families about the living conditions of a toddler who lived on a boat with his parents before he drowned last week, Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez said DCF was notified by concerned officers on Aug. 19.

    According to an incident report, the 16-month-old boy was reported missing Friday afternoon.

    Police said the child's father, Oscar Estable, 39, went grocery shopping at a nearby Food Mart and left his son, Yadriel Alba, sleeping with the mother, Yamilys Alba, 25.

    Detectives said Estable claimed he returned to his boat to find that his son was no longer in the bed with Alba. He said he woke up Alba, who called 911, while he dived into the water to look for Yadriel. Police said he then jumped into his small boat and headed toward officers to seek help.

    According to the report, two officers found Yadriel floating near shore. The officers said the toddler was unconscious and pale blue.

    Yadriel was taken by Miami Beach Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Police said the family lives on their boat between Star Island and Palm Island.

    "The death of any child is a heartbreaking event," DCF secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement Tuesday. "DCF has an open investigation regarding the child's death and we are working closely with law enforcement as we look into this tragedy."

    Neither parent has been charged in the case, but police said the investigation is still open.

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    Employees and patrons of the Cowboys Saloon in Davie were evacuated from the restaurant Tuesday afternoon because of a gas leak, authorities said.

    The leak was reported shortly before 5 p.m. at the busy Town and County Shopping Center at 1805 S. University Drive.

    Authorities said Cowboys Saloon was the only business evacuated in the shopping center while fire rescue officials tried to determine the cause of the leak.

    No injuries were reported.

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    Throughout the preseason, the Miami Heat kept being questioned about whether they had enough 3-point shooting.

    The answer, on opening night, was a resounding yes.

    Chris Bosh scored 21 points in his return after being forced to the sideline last February because of a blood clot and pneumonia, the Heat took control with a 26-6 run fueled mostly by reserves in the second quarter then held on late to beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-94 in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.

    "Guys made shots, but it's a testament to the ball movement and guys giving of themselves to make the shot easier for the next guy," said Dwyane Wade, who scored 20 for Miami. "And it helps when you've got Gerald Green on your team, too."

    Green added 19 off the bench and Luol Deng scored 13 for Miami.

    Charlotte cut a 20-point deficit to five in the final minute, but Deng's 3-pointer with 38.8 seconds left helped seal the win and cap a 12-for-20 night for Miami from behind the arc.

    The Heat had 47 games last season with 20 3-point tries or more — and none of those games saw Miami as good from long range as it was Wednesday.

    "A good start," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I really liked the energy."

    Al Jefferson scored all of his 17 points in the first half for Charlotte, which cut a 20-point second-half deficit to five in the final minute. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lin scored 17 and Marvin Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.

    "The thing we had done well in preseason we refused to do, which was pass the ball to each other," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "The ball was sticking."

    Bosh said the game would carry no extra significance for him after his health scare, calling it a thing of the past. He was his typically animated self and addressed the sellout crowd shortly before tip-off to thank them for their prayers and support during his absence.

    "It's been awhile, huh?" Bosh said.

    It was the first time Bosh, Wade, Deng, Dragic and Hassan Whiteside — the lineup assembled for Miami's playoff push last February — played together in a game that counted.

    But throughout the preseason, the Heat second unit has been all the rage, and it showed why.

    Down 35-28 midway through the second quarter, the Heat went up 54-41 after a barrage of 3-pointers — rookie Justise Winslow got his first NBA points on a 3 and a dunk to start the big run, then Bosh connected from beyond the arc and Green made back-to-back 3s to push Miami to what was then its biggest lead.

    In the end, Miami had just enough.

    "Those guys, they execute their plays and make some big (shots)," Walker said. "And that cost us down the stretch."

    TIP-INS:

    Hornets: Jefferson topped 17 first-half points only twice last season, scoring 18 before halftime on Dec. 17 and Dec. 22. ... The Hornets' first timeout of the season paid immediate dividends: They turned an 8-2 deficit into a 10-8 lead out of that stoppage.

    Heat: Miami is now 14-0 at home against Charlotte, including playoffs, since Jan 2, 2010. ... Wade passed Isiah Thomas for No. 53 on the NBA's all-time scoring list when he made a free throw with 8:26 left in the third quarter. Thomas scored 18,822 points in his Hall of Fame career. ... Spoelstra is now 200-80 in regular-season home games.

    STOUDEMIRE OUT:

    Heat F Amare Stoudemire was held out in what the team is calling "rehabilitative recovery" to preserve his knees. Stoudemire expects to play Friday when Miami makes its only trip to Cleveland this season. "We're being cautious about the way I approach the game, and making sure I'm healthy for big games and playoffs," Stoudemire said.

    NEW FACES:

    Lin, Nic Batum Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes made their first appearances for Charlotte. Winslow and Green became the 218th and 219th players to get into a game for the Heat.

    UP NEXT:

    Hornets: Visit Atlanta on Friday.

    Heat: Visit Cleveland on Friday.


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    A woman who was just 9 years old when she and others were accidentally doused with napalm during the Vietnam War is getting treatment at a South Florida hospital more than 40 years later.


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