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Published August 17, 2006

Christian military academy shut down after student's death

A Christian military academy whose student died during a school camping trip has shut down after Lauderhill officials discovered it was breaking the law, the Miami Herald reports. Back to Basics Military Academy was sent a letter to cease and desist Tuesday because it did not have the permits it needed to operate out of a strip-mall, officials said. "They are done here," said Lauderhill code enforcement supervisor Jim Notarianni. Alex Cullinane, 13, died Saturday at Oleta River State Park in North Miami. An autopsy found no signs of injury, a North Miami police spokesman said. The medical examiner is waiting for toxicology results to determine whether dehydration, disease or a congenital condition was to blame.

As murders soar, Orlando starts getting tough on panhandling

Orlando, which has seen a record number of murders this year, has been using undercover cops to fight crime. Not just any crime, but the scourge of panhandling downtown. The city has made 186 panhandling arrests since Oct. 1, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More than half were made by undercover cops. Critics scoff at the tactic. "There have been 37 murders in Orlando this year," said George Crossley, head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "It would be nice if they focus on that."