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Residents Worry About Safety After Cars Vandalized in Lauderdale Lakes Residents at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex said they aren't feeling safe after several cars in the community were vandalized. The break-ins happened at The Atlantic Cypress Creek on Pacific Point Place. "People were angry, people were upset, people were fearful and concerned," said resident Nicole Loiten.

South Florida man looking to buy Tamarac home buys 100-square-foot strip of land instead - - A man is asking for a refund from Broward County after he thought he bought a home, but instead, he bought a strip of land in a Tamarac neighborhood. Kerville Holness Junior said he was looking for a tax deed property to buy so he could flip it and turn it into an investment to help pay for dental school.

Appliances ignite after lightning strikes NW Miami-Dade home amid lingering storms - A Northwest Miami-Dade family was left shaken up and all wet after, they said, a lightning bolt struck their duplex, causing their washer and dryer to burst into flames. Emmanuel Polo showed 7News cameras the damage left behind after Tuesday afternoon's lightning strike.

What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up Also today: John Stewart on his campaign to prevent a third runway at Heathrow airport as plans are released for the first time. They show detailed proposals to lower the M25, reroute rivers, replace utilities and build parking areas for nearly 50,000 cars.

Trump Launches 2020 Campaign at Orlando Rally President Donald Trump officially announced his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday at a rally in Orlando.

North Miami officer Aledda fired after culpable negligence guilty verdict - The North Miami Police officer who was convicted in the shooting of an unarmed man has been fired from the force. A North Miami Police spokesperson said the department has sent Jonathan Aledda a notice of intent to terminate, Tuesday.

Donald Trump 2020: President vows 'earthquake at the ballot box' as he launches reelection campaign Donald Trump has officially launched his bid for re-election in 2020, promising a packed stadium in Orlando that he will stand up to a Washington political establishment he said had still not come to heel after two years of his presidency.

Florida Man Released On Bond After Threatening Mass Shooting Against Broward Company That Fired Him MIAMI - A Florida man went on a threatening, profanity laced rant during a post in Instagram after being fired from his job. Much of Christopher Johnson's message, which threatens taking serious violence against his former co-workers, is not suitable for a TV audience.

In a world moving at breakneck speed, growing indoor plants is teaching me patience Everything I've read suggests apple cuttings don't take well. But nor does the insecurity of inner-city renting. Houseplants don't just clean the air; they offer a sense of domestic stability and continuity. Winter, in the west, is often depicted as metonymically hopeless.

Attorney: Man killed at Costco was mentally ill, off meds LOS ANGELES - A man fatally shot in a Southern California Costco store was mentally ill and off his medication when he pushed or slapped an off-duty police officer who opened fire and killed the man and critically wounded the man's parents, the lawyer for the man's family said Tuesday.

'Shame and pain': Vietnam starts to grapple with child abuse epidemic However, after several high-profile abuse cases, many involving the abuse of pupils by their teachers, the government has launched several initiatives to finally bring the issue out into the open.

McConnell on Slavery Reparations: Not 'a Good Idea' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he opposed reparations for descendants of American slaves, arguing it would be hard to figure out who to compensate, NBC News reported.

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Trump arrives in Orlando for reelection rally - President Donald Trump has arrived in Orlando, Florida, where he is set to kick off his reelection campaign with a rally. Campaign advisers say Trump will seek to connect his first term to the goals he hopes to achieve with four more years as president.

Everglades Expert: State Must Do Much More To Fix Florida's Water Woes The new excutive director of the environmental group Friends of the Everglades is not that impressed with Gov. Ron DeSantis' environmental record thus far. Earlier this year, the governor granted $625 million to Everglades restoration and water quality projects as part of a proposed $91.3 billion state budget plan.

Case Of Mumps Reported At FIU MIAMI - A single case of the mumps has been reported at Florida International University. Doctors at student health services at the West Miami-Dade campus confirm the diagnosis. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that causes swelling on the sides of the face and jaw.

Villagers for Trump show support as president announces 2020 election plans Members of Villagers for Trump showed their support for President Trump on Tuesday night in The Villages and Orlando as he announced plans to run for re-election in 2020.

Villager caught in Catch 22 over deck constructed without permit A Villager is caught in a Catch 22 over a deck that was constructed at his home without a permit. David Davis of the Village of Country Club Hills said he wanted to construct the deck for his wife Patricia, who was seriously injured in a car accident.

Falling tree crashes into Florida room at home in The Villages A homeowner was assessing damage after a tree crashed into the Florida room of her home in the Village of Del Mar. Marilyn Little said a large section of a Live Oak fell onto her home at 826 Bolivar Saint at about noon Tuesday. "It's done for," the Chicago native said of her Florida room.

Man arrested after altercation over photo of license plate at Publix in the Villages A man was arrested after an attack over a photo of his license plate at Publix grocery store in The Villages. A man told Sumter County sheriff's deputies that he was parked in a handicapped spot at Publix at Spanish Plaines shopping center shortly after 5 p.m.

Marion deputy responds to Villages home after accusations against live-in caretaker A Marion County sheriff's deputy was called to a home in The Villages on Sunday after the Department of Children and Families received an anonymous tip with accusations against an elderly couple's live-in caretaker.

Duke Energy tabs industrial sites in Sumter and Lake counties for future successes Industrial sites in Sumter and Lake counties are being honored by Duke Energy. The two counties, along with Highlands County, were singled out as success stories among Duke Energy's Site Readiness Program, which strives to increase the number of competitive industrial sites in the company's service territory.

Wildwood man arrested in theft of golf cart at Lowe's A Wildwood man has been arrested in the theft of a golf cart from Lowe's on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Lady Lake.

Rising call volume prompts increase in Villages Public Safety fire service fee Rising call volume in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages has prompted an increase in the fire service fee paid to The Villages Public Safety Department. The residential rate for the fire assessment fee in Lady Lake had been at $90.11 since 2011.

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