Broward Woman and Service Dog Unfairly Kicked Off WestJet Flight, Lawsuit Says

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Public nuisance?
Face it: The glam days of air travel are dead and buried. Now, it's $50 for that carry-on, $6.75 for water from the cart -- plus tax -- though attitude from overworked flight attendants is gratis.

According to a lawsuit filed in South Florida, one air carrier went overkill with the crummy service on a flight out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. A sick lady and her dog were treated poorly, and the entire plane had to turn around on the tarmac and return to the gate.

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Florida Man Bitten by Water Moccasin While Trying to Get a Better Look at an Alligator

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A water moccasin's bite causes a conflagration of searing pain and profuse bleeding to its victim. The hemotoxic venom causes nausea and immediate swelling in the bitten area, and it works quickly through the bloodstream, breaking down tissues and blood cells, and interfering with the blood's ability to clot.

A Boynton Beach man learned that the hard way over the weekend after being bitten by a water moccasin as he and his girlfriend pulled over on Alligator Alley to try to get a better look at an alligator.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue, the 29-year-old man was bitten by the snake in the foot as he stepped into the brush off the I-75 Saturday evening.

See also: Don't Get Bitten: We're Running Out of Antivenom for Coral Snakes!

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Only Three Hurricanes Forming This Year, Experts Say

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A couple of storm forecasters from Colorado have brought some seemingly bad news for those of us who love to take days off and listen to 24-hour local news stations tell us how we're all gonna die when a hurricane is on its way.

Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University say that the 2014 hurricane season will be a mild one, thanks mainly to El NiƱo coming in. Specifically, the forecasters say this season will see nine named storms, which include just three hurricanes.

Of course, these are the same guys who said we were going to get clobbered last year, which, of course, we didn't. Klotzbach and Gray said the 2013 season would give us a whopping nine hurricanes, with 18 named storms.

In the end, only two hurricanes emerged out of the predicted nine.

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Palm Beach County Closer to Importing Trash for Money

Ahh, Palm Beach County... palm trees swaying with the waft of putrid refuge in the breeze.

Palm Beach County is a dump.

Or, at least, it's going to be, after county commissioners voted 4-3 vote to seek bids from waste haulers from all parts outside of Palm Beach just so they can land some big money for a new incinerator.

The commissioners argue that the money would give trash revenues a lift so they can lower trash-disposal bills for Palm Beach County residents and businesses.

Naturally, there's been some backlash.

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Florida Drivers Warned About Fake Toll Violation Letter Scam

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The Florida Department of Transportation is warning people about a mail scam involving a fake letter asking to pay an overdue toll fine.

The letter, which comes from the official-sounding but extremely fake Toll Enforcement LLC, or TELC Inc., is trying to dupe people into sending a cashier's check for $57 to cover a final warning notice for an outstanding toll payment.

The letter goes on to warn the recipient that failure to comply will lead to a $500 penalty or a suspension of his or her driver's license.

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Photobomber Who Does Handstands All Over Fort Lauderdale Beach Is Josh Krasner

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How Krasner spends most of his time.
It seems like 27-year-old Josh Krasner spends more time upside down than right-side up. His Instagram (@krasnation) is chock-full of his signature inverted stance, where he balances on his forearms, his legs shooting up in the air.

"It's a whole bunch of yoga moves, depending on where I place my hands or how I hold my legs," Krasner explains. "I have no idea what it's called off the top of my head." Not quite a handstand or headstand, we refer to the move as a forearmstand.

He claims it's a lot easier than it seems, but once you spot his flip-flops in the air, you can't leave Fort Lauderdale Beach without taking a selfie with him.

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Lauderhill Named Eighth Most Dangerous Small City

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Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you about two surveys that came to the conclusion that Fort Lauderdale is not only in the top ten among the best downtowns but also in the top ten among most exciting midsized cities. For both rankings, Fort Laudy landed the seventh spot, which isn't great but isn't bad either.

But because the universe can be an illusory place that needs balance, there's now some not-so-great news, as the same survey has found that Lauderdhill is the eighth most dangerous small city in the U.S.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Named Seventh "Most Exciting" Midsized City

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Palm Beach County Gets $12 Million for Beach Renourishment Projects

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Palm Beach County got a huge check to help with the beach erosion problem.

In Ocean Ridge on Friday, congresswoman Lois Frankel presented the county with a $12 million check as reimbursement for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.

The project is for the county's beach renourishment and to help the coast after it suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the area in October of 2012.

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State Warns Business Owners of Unofficial Letters Being Sent Out

The nonprofit association known as SCORE has sent out an alert to Florida business owners to be on the lookout for a couple of notices that may end up fooling them into spending hundreds of dollars they may not need to.

The notices may or may not be scams, but SCORE warns business owners that there's no need to give these groups money, as official as they may look or sound.

"These letters tend to look official," George Gremse of the Broward chapter of SCORE tells New Times. "People aren't sure, so they might be writing a check they don't need to write."

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Fort Lauderdale Has a New Glossy Magazine Called Venice

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When it comes to cities, what separates your desirable A-list locales and the lesser-than B team? Your Denvers from your Grand Rapids? World-class public transportation? Sports teams? Museums? Sure, sure, sure. But what about a big, glossy, superfluous, high-society magazine? If that be the case, then Fort Lauderdale has taken another step into the big leagues. Ladies and gentlemen, we've got Venice.

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