Videos Show MSC Cruise Line Employees Tossing Bags of Trash Overboard

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Workers on an MSC ship.
The website for Geneva-based MSC Cruises says the company has "great respect for the world's oceans."

But videos have surfaced online showing an MSC employee dumping black garbage bags overboard on the MSC Magnifica, allegedly off the coast of Brazil.

Jim Walker, a Miami maritime lawyer who has chronicled the dumping on his site, Cruise Law News, uploaded the videos. He said several former MSC employees sent him the videos, plus additional photos, showing the improper disposals after a Brazilian news outlet reported a similar incident last December.

"Someone's got to be ordering them to do that," Walker said. "It must be going on in a larger scale."

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JetBlue Flight From Boston to Fort Lauderdale Diverted to Jacksonville Because of Unruly Passenger

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Last night, a JetBlue flight headed from Boston to Fort Lauderdale had to land in Jacksonville because an unruly passenger was disrupting the flight.

Witnesses on the flight say a man who claimed to be a U.S. serviceman screamed and tried to light a cigarette. Passengers and crew locked him in the bathroom until the plane landed, and authorities in Jacksonville took the man into custody.

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Driver Ticketed in Ray Strack's Collision; DOT Says Standard Bike Lanes Might Be Widened From Four Feet to Five

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Diagram from the police report of Ray Strack's collision with a car.
A lot of people in South Florida's biking community were upset to see that Ray Strack, a leader of the monthly Critical Mass bike rides in Fort Lauderdale, got hit by a car while riding to get a loaf of bread on January 2.

He is currently home recovering from a broken vertebrae and head gashes but is reportedly in a lot of pain. His accident brought attention to bike safety in South Florida -- or the lack of it. (In a 2012 interview, Strack had specifically mentioned Oakland Park Boulevard as one of Fort Lauderdale's "very dangerous" roads.)

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Pilots Say Green Laser Light Is Interfering With Flights at PBIA

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Whoever's flashing a green laser light in the dark near Palm Beach International Airport, knock it off. It's messing with flights, multiple pilots report.

And it's a felony to aim a laser pointer at anyone driving a car, vessel, or aircraft.

Authorities are trying to track down the flasher(s), according to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

Here are descriptions from police of three recent incidents:

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Spirit Airlines Campaign: "We're Not Smoking Crack"

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Spirit Airlines, based right here in Miramar, is definitely known for its infuriating nickel-and-diming borderline tasteless marketing gimmicks.

In 2008, a slogan was "Return of the MILF (Many Islands, Low Fares)"; in 2010, "Check out the oil on our beaches" -- meaning suntan oil -- after the BP oil spill.

In September, National Public Radio got behind the scenes and went into Spirit's marketing department, where employees were kicking around ideas. Spirit Airlines President Ben Baldanza responded to criticism by saying: "Our consumer feedback has been positive, and the only thing we think is obscene is the fares that most of our competitors charge," he said.

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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Starts Today: Big Buck Boats

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Courtesy Hunton Inc.

Ticket sales are up for the world's largest in-water boast show, which starts today. Last year, 100,000 people attended but you may remember, the extravaganza was hampered by Superstiorm Sandy's landfill in the Northeast,.

The show, which runs through the weekend features crazy expensive yachts, big time boat dealers, and more salesmanship than you can shake a captain's hat at.

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Fort Lauderdale Commission Approves Streetcar Tax

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A Streetcar Named The Wave
Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her.

But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale because Ft. Lauderdale Commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to tax downtown property owners for the electronic streetcar called "The Wave," that will run through the downtown Fort Lauderdale area by 2016.

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Electronic Streetcar Coming to Broward County

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A Streetcar Named "The Wave" will operate via overhead electrical wires and batteries.

Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her.

But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale and, also, the future, because the Broward County Commission has unanimously approved an electronic streetcar "of the future" that will run through the downtown Fort Lauderdale area by 2016.

Does "of the future" mean that the streetcars will fly around buildings, like in The Jetsons?

No.

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Nemo: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Announces Cancellations

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If you haven't heard yet, there's a massive blizzard storm weather event snow thing that's about to engulf the northeastern part of the U.S.

The Weather Channel has nicknamed the menacing storm Nemo, for some reason.

In any event, thanks to Nemo, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has announced a crapload of cancelled and delayed flights Friday due to the incoming snowpocalypse.

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Broward County Transit to Cut Express Fares From $2.35 to $1.75

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Beginning January 7, the Broward County Transit will be cutting the east-west 595 Express bus fares from $2.35 to $1.75, with monthly passes at $58.

The move was made mainly to boost ridership, which averaged 80 riders a day on the Sunrise to Fort Lauderdale 595 Express route.

In contrast, those who rode to Miami averaged around 600 a day.

In addition to the lowered fares, the bus also features free WiFi, charging stations for phones and laptops, as well as high-back seats.

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