Love at First Sight

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She wasn’t sure if this was the right thing to do? As usual she’d been carried along with the flow of things, carried along by the longing to love someone, to hold them in her arms and care for them. To have them look in her eyes and see her own love mirrored back at her. She wanted so desperately to feel so completely loved that it consumed her insides, her waking thoughts, her whole being.
But she wasn’t sure.

It had all been arranged for her over the internet. She’d not met him yet and was not sure if she’d just fall in love with him on the spot or whether it would take a while, like a fire takes a while to catch and would then burn hot and strong. Was she dressed right? Did her apartment, in its sterile cleanliness, match…

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Woman Detained In Cuba Now Back In South Florida

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) –A South Florida woman who was detained in Cuba and spent night in jail is now back in Miami.

Melissa Acosta’s family held a press conference Tuesday to let everyone know she’s home, she’s safe and she is not charged with anything.

“I’m happy to be home,” said 20-year old Acosta.

That’s all she said but her father Bernardo Valdes said the days without her were torturous.

Click HERE to WATCH Cynthia Demos’s report 

“I’m not emotional but it seems like I cried so much my tear ducts stopped working,” said Valdes.

Two weeks ago, Melissa’s mother said Melissa went to Cuba with her brother’s baby, the baby’s mother and the baby’s grandmother.

Originally, the family said the group was detained for suspicion of smuggling synthetic marijuana into Cuba in their suitcases but now her attorney Patrick McGeehan said, “We cannot confirm what it was, just that there was an investigation.” McGeehan also…

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Crews Rescue Dogs From Miami Apartment Fire

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Miami Fire crews were able to rescue two dogs from an apartment fire Tuesday evening.

At around 7:30 p.m. fire rescue crews were dispatched after a fire was reported inside an apartment at 7820 NE Bayshore Court.

(Courtesy: City of Miami Fire Rescue)

(Courtesy: City of Miami Fire Rescue)

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke inside the second floor apartment along with two large unresponsive dogs.

Firefighters started CPR on both dogs which came around moments later.

It is unclear if anyone else was in the apartment at the time of the fire or what caused the blaze.


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“Young African Leaders” 500, meeting president Obama

In a Monday town hall with participants, the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. 


With 60 percent of Africa’s population under the age of 35, young people stand to play as important a role in their respective nations’ success there as anywhere else in the world.

On Monday, 500 of them, who have spent the summer honing their skills at U.S. universities, will have an audience with the President.


Obama will hold a town hall with the inaugural participants in Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), White House officials say. The program is designed to connect 25-35 year olds identified as “Sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders ages 25 to 35″ with “established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries” to leadership training opportunities at American universities.

The meeting with these emerging leaders will include a tribute to an iconic one. In addition to announcing new public-private partnerships to support the fellow, White House officials say the President will announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

While the fellows’ Washington, D.C. placements conclude at the end of July, Monday’s town hall doesn’t represent the end of their participation in the program. YALI regional coordinators based at U.S. Embassies throughout Africa are expected to provide fellows with tools to support their continued work when they return to their home countries.


The YALI Summit, taking place at Washington D.C.’s Omni Shoreham. precedes next week’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

We from africa and the Abagusii Global Radio family and Kenyans at large are happy for you.Wherever you are keep your country’s mantle up! Kudos.

(The Root) Orina Ontiri.

Two Vehicles Damaged In Apparent Miami Beach Hate Crime

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) –  Miami Beach Police are investigating a potential hate crime. It happened along Meridian Avenue in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on the Beach.

A family heading to Synagogue Saturday was stunned to see what someone  scrawled on their car.

“They wrote “Hamas” on the back of the car the back window of the car and they wrote “Jew,’” said Joshua Shakibpanah.

Watch the 11 p.m. report, click here.

The two vehicles were covered with eggs and smeared with cream cheese, but it’s the meaning behind the words that left many in the predominantly Jewish community concerned.

“Before we even knew what happened, half the community was outside,” said Shanie Weinstein, a friend of the family whose cars were vandalized.

“Since it was a Jewish holiday people were going back and forth and it was the talk of the neighborhood and they were all scared,” added Shakibpanah.  “That…

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Man Claims Domestic Dispute Ignited Anger & Flames

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Officials are investigating a fire that occurred Sunday morning.

According to Battalion Fire Chief Todd Garofolo, the fire was in a home that appeared to be vacant at NW 18 Avenue and NW 67 Street.

Garofolo said the windows were covered with boards.

However, a man claims he suffered minor burns because he was actually inside of the home when a domestic dispute with his girlfriend ignited more than just anger.

According to, Nicholas Gibson, he woke up to his girlfriend pouring gasoline on him and trying to set him on fire. “She put gasoline in every room and the bed I was sleeping in,” Gibson said. “On a scale of one to ten, it was a 22.”

Gibson claimed he broke off the relationship and his girlfriend was upset.

Investigators are now looking into the circumstances surrounding the fire, but have not commented on how it started.

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AC Stolen, Church Members Sweat Through Sunday Services

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fans were spinning at full force Sunday morning after the air conditioner was stolen from a Liberty City church.

United Christian World Outreach Ministries is located at 765 NW 54 Street. Church members attended services, Sunday, as temperatures outside the building neared 90 degrees.

“This is a church of God and it ought to be respected by each individual,” said Martin Pierre-Antoine, a church member.

Bishop Bernard Woodside said the stolen AC unit was first noticed last weekend.

“It happened last Sunday morning while we were having Sunday school, I walked in and found the sanctuary hot,” he said. “My son went across the street and indeed it was torn off the roof,”

The church is trying to raise money to replace the air conditioner, but in the meantime, members are sweating through the services.

“We ended up Sunday morning just blowing the fans and everybody dressed down…

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Deputies: Pregnant Woman Killed While Admiring Gun Collection

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) – Deputies reported a five-month pregnant woman died after she was shot in the head Sunday.  It happened while admiring a friend’s gun collection, Hernando County authorities said.

The Citrus County woman and her husband were looking at the gun collection belonging to her friend William DeHayes in Brooksville when DeHayes .22 caliber revolver discharged and hit the wife in the head.

Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where doctors removed the woman’s baby, but he did not survive. Hoover died early Sunday.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident, which they believe was an accident. They did not immediately say whether DeHayes would face charges of negligence.

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Father Killed, Daughter Injured As Plane Crash Lands On Beach

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

SARASOTA (CBSMiami/AP) — A man was killed and his daughter was seriously injured when a small plane crash  landed near Venice Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast Sunday.

The two were walking on the sand, authorities said.

Wendy Rose, a spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, said the pilot and his only passenger weren’t hurt when the Piper aircraft lost power and touched down Sunday afternoon near Venice Beach.

“A man and one of his children who were walking on the beach were apparently injured by the plane,” said Rose. She said the Venice airport received a distress call at 2:45 p.m. Sunday that the plane couldn’t make it back to the airport.

“They were contacted by a pilot whose small plane was in distress. He knew he couldn’t make it back to the airport and was going to try to land on the beach. And he did land at…

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Miramar Police Investigating Sunday Night Shooting

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – Police in Miramar are investigating a shoot that occurred Sunday evening.

The incident happened just after 8:00 p.m. near the 11000 block of Southwest 45 Place.

Police said two males were confronted by a subject at an apartment complex.

At some point, police said one of the males was shot.

“He was lying there the medical people all around him and he was just lying there. It looked like he was unconscious,” said Jalen Mackie, a witness.

Authorities said one person was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Watch the report, click here.


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