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News & Notes

A little nip in the air

By Times Staff
Published December 6, 2005


Here comes another cold front. Or cool front, anyway. Rain overnight and today will be followed by cooler and drier air, making the high temperature today around 70 with the low tonight in upper 40s or low 50s. Highs on Wednesday and through the week should be around 70, with more rain likely on Wednesday and Thursday.

Florida teen named to Caring Hall of Fame

Kyle Amber of Pinecrest, in Miami-Dade County, was 6 years old when he learned that his older brother had leukemia. Kyle decided to help other sick children, and now, 10 years later, he has been named to the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. The 12 winners - seven adults and five teenagers - include a nun who gave up her affluent life as a Beverly Hills, Calif., homemaker to live in a 10- by 10-foot cell to aid Mexico's prisoners, and a 13-year-old Connecticut boy who provides computers to the poor by recycling outdated ones. Kyle founded a program to help young children with terminal illness. He and others for the last 10 years have helped raise more than $100,000 to visit sick kids and bring them presents. He stocks a year-round "Ouch Box" that rewards patients after painful treatments.

The notice was mailed - to the wrong place

Tina Palomba and Mark Minneti didn't show up at their arraignment Monday, but their lawyer had an excuse: The notice of the hearing was mailed to a Tampa home that burned down. Palomba and Minneti face felony child neglect charges after they went to work Sept. 15 and left their three children in a mobile home that caught fire. The children escaped. Minneti and Palomba, who were working toward stability after a stint at a homeless shelter, were released from jail a day later. Judge Wayne Timmerman said they should have given authorities a new home address, but gave their public defender until Dec. 15 to find them.

OVERHEARD

"Broward County is sneezing and the rest of the state is catching the flu."

- STATE REP. RANDY JOHNSON, R-Celebration, complaining Monday during a legislative committee meeting in Tallahassee on legislation to allow parimutuel facilities in Broward to add Las Vegas-style slot machines. Johnson opposes gambling.

[Last modified December 6, 2005, 02:15:34]


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