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September 2013 Archives

Man cycling for charity hit by tractor-trailer

A man who had been riding his bike to all 30 major league baseball stadiums this summer, including the two in Florida, was hit by a tractor-trailer on Saturday, Sept. 21. The 24-year-old man was riding to raise money for children with hearing loss who are not able to afford special implants. He had been born with normal hearing himself, but had been deaf since the age of 10.

Illegal immigration on the rise

Illegal immigration is on the rise in Florida. The estimated number of immigrants living in Florida illegally rose from 900,000 in 2010 to 950,000 last year. Nationally, the number of illegal immigrants reached its highest point in 2007, when there were an estimated 12,200,000 such individuals. Due to the recession, that number dropped to 11,300,000 by 2009, rising again to 11,700,000 in 2012. American citizens have mixed feelings about the presence of the immigrants.

Florida companies help employees become U.S. citizens

Some Florida companies are helping immigrant employees to reach their goal of becoming U.S. citizens. They have formed a partnership with National Immigration Forum for the purpose of providing free assistance for all employees who meet the eligibility requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen. To be eligible, an applicant must be 18 years of age or older and a permanent resident for at least five years (three if married to a U.S. citizen).

Pedestrian accident kills one, injures another

A mother and daughter on their way to a Florida synagogue were struck by an automobile in the evening hours of Sept. 13. The daughter was taken to a hospital with severe injuries, and the mother was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials state that the two were hit by a Toyota heading south while they were crossing the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Haley Road.

58-year-old motorcyclist killed in accident in Florida

On Aug. 7 at around 3 a.m., an accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger car took the life of the motorcyclist. The collision occurred on I-95 between Indiantown Road and Donald Ross Road near Jupiter. The deceased was a 58-year-old man who lived in Coral Springs. The woman who was driving the car is a resident of Palm City, and she was transported to Jupiter Medical Clinic where she is currently in serious condition.

Boat with Cuban immigrants lands in Florida

An emotional scene unfolded on a Hollywood beach near Charleston Street on Sept. 9 at approximately 1:43 p.m. Eleven men, between 25 and 45 years of age, landed a boat, dropped to their knees and kissed the ground amid much was cheering and picture-taking. One witness stated that she believed the men to be immigrants who had just arrived from Cuba. This is not the first time Cuban immigrants have landed in Florida seeking asylum, but the event is rare.

Green light on for same-sex binational green cards

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer, it opened the door to legalizing gay and lesbian marriages. In turn, it has presented the opportunity for non-U.S. residents in gay and lesbian marriages to begin the process of obtaining residency because of their marriage to a U.S. spouse. Gay marriage is banned by law in Florida, but is legal in 13 other states, including Washington, D.C.

Fiery crash at Miami Dade college campus proves deadly

A fiery, high-speed crash at the entrance to a Miami Dade College's Liberty City campus building left one person dead and three injured just after midnight on Aug. 27. According to witnesses, the driver of a silver Lincoln was attempting to avoid hitting pedestrians standing at a bus stop on NW 7th Avenue when he apparently lost control of the vehicle. In the estimation of those who observed the crash, the car may have been traveling at as much as 100 mph.

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