Woman who gave birth in jail cell: 'They just wanted me to see how much pain I could endure'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony is “highly disgusted” over allegations he’s heard so far from an internal investigation after an inmate gave birth in a cell.The woman who recently gave birth to her baby boy in a Broward jail cell says she begged in vain for anyone to come help. She says she was terrified of having a miscarriage — left alone until minutes before her child was born.Stephanie Bretas, in an exclusive interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, on Friday gave a harrowing account of delivering her son in jail, describing squalid conditions and decrying...
Motormouth: Why did the clutch go out?
Q: With just over 39,000 miles on the car, the clutch went out and we are going to be paying $1,700 for a new clutch. It is not part of the extra insurance coverage we bought from the dealer at the time of purchase because it is not considered part of the drivetrain. I have driven manual transmission cars most of my adult life including three earlier Hondas. I have never had a clutch go out until now. Is it possible that Honda “cheaped out” on the clutch mechanism because it is a seldom sought option or is it just that we are unlucky? I am at the point where I think we should trade the car in ...
Judge rules thousands of ICE documents in COVID case to remain confidential — for now
MIAMI — More than 30,000 immigration documents regarding thousands of migrants detained in three South Florida detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be classified as confidential, a Miami judge has ruled.During a court hearing held by phone Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman granted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s request to keep about 30,000 documents — or nearly 100,000 pages’ worth of emails, letters and documents that ICE had marked as confidential — unavailable to the public, at least for now.“If we had the luxury of time and we had many months … I ...
COVID took a harsh toll on South Florida houses of worship. A priest and 2 pastors died
MIAMI — Like many things since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, South Florida houses of worship have had to make dramatic changes. In the Miami Archdiocese, parishioners don’t hold hands as they recite the Lord’s Prayer, pews are emptier and the holy water has been put away.The archdiocese also says that in the earlier days of the pandemic six out of 253 priests tested positive. One of them, Father William Muñiz of St. Henry Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, died of COVID-related complications in late July. He was 85.All but one of the cases, the archdiocese said, occurred after it suspende...
Motormouth: Worried about capless gas system
Q: I recently purchased a 2020 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. This is the first vehicle I have owned that came with no gas filler cap. As I live on the east coast of Florida where we have hurricanes and rainy seasons, I am concerned about getting moisture in the fuel tank. The owner’s manual does not cover this concern. Do I need to worry about this?J.R., Pembroke Pines, Fla.A: No. It makes a positive seal. It must in order to prevent fuel vapors from escaping and causing air pollution. We frankly see more check engine lights triggered by bad gas caps than the capless system.Q: While you correct...
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