Sunday, January 04, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - January 04, 2009

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-Anti-gay activist plans protest during play in Oakland Park
Scott Wyman
Anti-gay activist Fred Phelps and his Topeka, Kan., church are planning to protest a play later this month at an Oakland Park theater. Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church gained notoriety for picketing the funeral of slain gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard and carrying signs that proclaim God hates gays and hates America because of its acceptance of homosexuality. They've picketed funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan for the same reason.,0,1557116.story

From Dean Trantalis for Fort Lauderdale Mayor Campaign
We need 100 volunteers to win the race for Mayor of Fort Lauderdale - that means YOU!
Community Rally - ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd.
Wednesday, January 7 - 6pm


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-South Florida exodus appears to be picking up pace
By David Fleshler and Dana Williams
Like sunshine, ocean breezes and the Goodyear blimp, a steadily rising population has long been one of the dependable features of South Florida life. We complained about congested streets and crowded classrooms but enjoyed the benefits of an economy buoyed by the constant arrival of new people to buy houses, eat in restaurants and pay taxes. But now there's evidence the region may be facing an accelerating loss of population.,0,735270.story

-Former Coral Springs teacher faces charges of sex with teen student
By Tonya Alanez
J.P. Taravella High School officials suspected a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student, and questioned both. The pair denied it, then allegedly carried on for nearly another year, according to court documents. Now, Noygel Antonio Massop, 41, is jailed without bail on five charges of sexual battery for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old female student from about Oct. 1, 2007, to Nov. 4, 2008.,0,4369463.story

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-Las Olas Art Festival
Take a stroll through one of America's best art events
Take a stroll along Las Olas Boulevard, just minutes from the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much more. Adding to the artful ambiance will be live music and delicious nibbles. And it's free! Start where Las Olas intersects Federal Hwy, and head east. From 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.


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