Vote Out Jack Seiler Rally Going Down in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday

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With Fort Lauderdale's mayoral election just days away on February 10, Jack Seiler is looking to likely retain his seat. But coming off a time when his popularity has taken a serious hit -- particularly with the city's handling of the homeless ordinance -- Seiler might be vulnerable to a takedown.

On Saturday, one of the groups that has clashed with Seiler over the homeless laws will be holding a Fort Lauderdale Rally for Change at Bubier Park.

The rally, which is also being billed as a "Vote Out Mayor Seiler" assemblage, is expected to have at least one of the mayor's challengers as a guest speaker.

See also: Activist Jillian Pim on Hunger Strike in Protest of Fort Lauderdale Homeless Laws

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Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, Fixture in Fort Lauderdale Music Scene, Reported Missing

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Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, a longtime piano teacher and fixture in the Fort Lauderdale music scene, has gone missing since Saturday night.

At least one friend said she last saw Hayden on Saturday night, following the Keller Williams show at Revolution that night.

According to friends and family, Hayden was last seen on Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. in the area of Revolution, in the 100 block of SW Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. She had been wearing a short-sleeved orange shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers with glitter, police say.

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Broward Uber Drivers Have Been Fined $35,000 Since Cease-Operations Letter

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With Uber and county commissioners trying to hammer out a proper ordinance to allow the ride-sharing company to operate in Broward comes news that since the county ordered Uber to cease operations, drivers have been fined a total of $35,000.

For its part, Uber says it will pay off any fines its drivers are charged by the county, even as it works with the county to get the regulations in place.

Last month, the county sent Uber and Lyft a letter ordering them to comply with county driver and chauffeur laws, such as having their drivers obtain chauffeur licenses, permits, and decals. There are also requirements for a separate set of decals to be allowed to transport customers to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as well as Port Everglades.

See also: Uber and Traditional Cab Companies Continue Fight Over Regulations in Broward

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After Years Hiding Out in Mexico, Two Sex Traffickers Plead Guilty in Federal Court

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A brutal sex trafficking ring that was first busted in 1998 is finally coming to an official close with the last two leaders of the multinational network pleading guilty in federal court.

Alberto Cadena-Sosa, a 46-year-old Mexican national, was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to conspiring and holding a person in a condition of involuntary servitude. U.S. District Court Judge Joes E. Martinez also ordered Cadena-Sosa to pay $1,261,563 in restitution to 16 victims.

Carmen Cadena, 48 and also from Mexico, pleaded guilty to a slew of horrific charges. According tot the FBI, those charges include:

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Miami Heat May Finally Have Given Us the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight We've All Been Waiting For

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For years, boxing fans the world over have been waiting for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to agree on a date and get things rolling already. There's no argument that this card would be the most highly anticipated, most viewed boxing match in decades. But for one reason or another, it's just never materialized.

Yet now, thanks to a chance encounter at a Miami Heat game, the world could be closer to finally getting that Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.

The two happened to be attending the Heat-Bucks game on Tuesday night, of all things. And after the American Airlines Arena scoreboard playfully showed the two on split screen, the buzz began to happen. Things got really crazy when, at halftime, Mayweather made his way over to Pacquiao's seat to have a chat, making it the first time the two have ever met in person.

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Dean Parker, Surfer Who Fought ISIS, Wants Money to Meet With Leaders in Washington

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Dean Parker is a surfer who went from West Palm Beach to Costa Rica, then in November on to Syria, where he helped Kurds resist the advance of the Islamic State.

Parker made headlines around the world after he participated in a radio interview and the world learned of his travels. But shortly afterward, on Facebook, Parker announced that joining in was tough and due to language barriers and safety issues, amateurs were best leaving the fighting to the Kurds and instead raising funds for them.

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Rick Scott Proposes $5 Billion for Everglades Restoration

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Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday a plan to dedicate $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years. He also proposed another $150 million for land acquisition and management to help protect the Florida panther.

The proposed amount will be included in the governor's budget recommendations that he'll be submitting later this week to the Florida Legislature.

Part of that will also include the restoration of the Kissimmee River and the building of two reservoirs that will provide more than 100 billion gallons of storage to protect estuaries from polluted waters discharged by Lake Okeechobee.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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Brent Grimes' Wife Accuses NFL of Being Anti-Woman and Caring Only About Money

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Miko Grimes, wife of Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, went full scorched Earth on the NFL on her Twitter last night. Though Miko's saying inflammatory things on Twitter is nothing new and though she says nothing revelatory about the NFL, it's still the most public lambasting of the league anyone related to a current player has ever done.

Among some of the things she tweeted were accusations of how the NFL pretends to be friendly to women but is actually anti-woman, having started its domestic violence awareness campaign only after the Ray Rice controversy broke, and how the league doesn't truly care about player safety and concussions, even though it pretends it does. She also slammed the league for only being truly concerned about its bottom line: big money.

See also: Ten Reasons Miko Grimes Is the Best Dolphins WAG

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Reporting Massive Flight Cancellations Due to Northeast Blizzard (UPDATE)

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The blizzard that allegedly was supposed to smack the Northeast is now affecting flights in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with massive cancellations and multiple delays. As of 7:30 a.m., FLL is reporting 112 canceled flights and 20 delays.

"Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is experiencing major impacts to our flight operations due to the storm in the Northeast," said Gregory Meyer, public information officer for the Broward County Aviation Department.

Meyer also said 25 aircraft were parked and waiting for the storm to pass.

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Christopher Glenn, Military Contractor from West Palm Beach, Pleads Guilty to Hacking Top Secret Military Files

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This week in federal court, a Palm Beach County man tied to a strange case of international espionage pleaded guilty to the rack of criminal charges he was facing. Rather than fight his case, Christopher Glenn admitted he hacked into classified computer files while working as a private contractor at a U.S. air base in Honduras. The 34-year-old's guilty plea closes the door on a bizarre case that includes accusations of sex trafficking, computer hacking, and misdeeds across the globe, from Latin America to Iraq.


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