Dateline Florida

Published April 10, 2007

Homemade boat holds 78 Haitians

Less than two weeks after 102 Haitians landed at South Florida's Hallandale Beach, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a small, homemade sailboat bound for Miami with 78 Haitians aboard. The boat was stopped early Sunday in the Windward Passage between Haiti and Cuba. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson described the vessel as dangerously overloaded, the Miami Herald reports. The migrants will be held until U.S. customs determines their fate. Johnson said they most likely will be repatriated to Haiti. Most of the migrants who landed at Hallandale Beach on March 28, are being held at a Broward County detention facility.

Memorial today for meteorologist

A public memorial will be held today for John Winter, the WFLA-Ch. 8 weatherman who died Thursday of an apparent suicide. The service begins at 4 p.m. at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt Street, Tampa. Instead of flowers, his family requests donations be made in Winter's name to these organizations that reflect his longtime passion for helping children and animals: the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Drive, P.O. Box 75892, Tampa, FL 33675, and Hillsborough County Animal Services, P.O. Box 89159, Tampa, FL 33689.

Residents awaken to slashed tires

Dozens of residents in a gated community in Pompano Beach woke up Monday to something they figured they paid good money to avoid: dozens of cars with slashed tires. "To wake up ... to this is ridiculous," Eagle Pointe resident Angel Nieves told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I can't get to work because I'm trying to get this settled." At least 70 cars' tires were slashed, and some had two or three tires damaged. Nieves want to know where the security guards were when the slashing was going on. "Everyone has to buy new tires," he said. "We're paying for security. What is security doing?"


In a story Saturday on a march for human rights, the last name of Peter Mansell, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology, was misspelled. The first name of Kathy White, a spokeswoman for the Dali Museum, was incorrect. Church officials provided material on universal human rights to a reporter in February, not a brochure promoting the event. Also, a sub-headline incorrectly stated that more than one sponsor had withdrawn support for the event.