Propane tanks, ammunition fuel RV fire in Davie, authorities say

A recreational vehicle with propane tanks and ammunition inside caught fire Monday morning in Davie, authorities said.

Investigators are working to determine how the fire started.

“Upon arrival, our units found an RV camper that was fully involved right next to a residential home. The fire had extended into the house,” Assistant Chief Jorge Gonzalez, of Davie Fire Rescue, said.

Authorities said the fire wasn’t easy to get to because the RV and home were more than 1,000 feet off Davie Road, just north of Stirling Road. Once crews reached the flames, they found dangerous new challenges.

“Propane tanks and ammunition were in the RV camper, creating a little bit of a problem for us with fighting the fire,” Gonzalez said.

Crews at the scene said the ammunition kept exploding.

They said safety valves began releasing gas as the heat rose in the camper and pressure built in the propane tanks, causing the tanks to become like torches sending out streams of fire.

Firefighters were eventually able to knock down the flames, but not until after the RV was already destroyed.

Authorities said one person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but wasn’t transported to the hospital.

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South Florida restaurant fails first inspection under new owner

State records show that China Moon in Oakland Park failed its initial food licensing inspection. An inspector found 26 violations, including a roach issue in the kitchen.

The restaurant itself has been opened for some time, but changed owners, initiating the inspection.

A McDonald’s in Sunrise was also ordered shut due to a lack of hot water and construction issues.

A report shows that about 100 rodent droppings were discovered in the kitchen at Latin House Express in North Miami.

The restaurant inside the Balmoral in Bal Harbour was also ordered shut after roach issues were discovered.

Below is a list of places and some of their violations. All the places listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean-up and re-inspection.

***Latin House Express

13990 W. Dixie Highway

North Miami

Ordered shut March 24

32 violations found

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 50-100 dry and 3-4 moist rodent droppings found throughout the kitchen area.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. ham (77°F – Cold Holding); eggs (78°F – Cold Holding) less than 2 hrs per operator.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. rice (127°F – Hot Holding); Beef (128°F – Hot Holding) less than 3hrs per operator.”

“Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Raw chicken / cooked chicken.”

“Soil residue in food storage containers. With sugar.”

“Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris.”

“Food not stored at least 6 inches off of the floor. Container of sugar.”

***Balmoral Restaurant

9801 Collins Ave.

Bal Harbour

Ordered shut March 21

7 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 4 live roaches observed underneath prep table which is across from central cook line. Approximately 2 live roaches observed crawling on wooden shelves which are above prep table in the center of the kitchen. Approximately 2 live roaches in oven at central cook line.”

“Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged. Raw beef patties over precooked chicken tenders in reach in freezer on south wall of kitchen. Employee moved items to appropriate location.”

“Interior of refrigerator soiled with accumulation of food residue.”


10901 W. Oakland Park Blvd.


Ordered shut March 21

21 violations found

“Establishment closes inside dining room to customers but drive-thru remains open. Drive-thru customers are not allowed to use an inside bathroom. The establishment has set up 2 port-a-Potty bathrooms outside. They have set up a hand sink outside to wash hands. There is no hot water available at this sink. Employees are also required to use these bathrooms because there are no interior bathrooms available.”

“Hand wash sink removed from food preparation/dishwashing area. Must be reinstalled in the same location where removed. Observed that the hand wash sink in the front drink preparation area has been removed. The only hand sink available is located in the rear of the establishment. Observed that another hand sink was removed a south side wall in a food prep area. This was verified on the last submitted approved plans dated 1/28/2009.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Observed a manager put on one blue glove to handle food without washing hands first.”

“Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed a employee in the drink service area handling a wet wiping cloth to wipe down equipment, then continue to prepare drinks and handle take-out cups or containers without washing hands.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food held using time as a public health control marked with a time that exceeds the 6-hour limit. See stop sale. Observed time marks for lettuce and sliced tomatoes expired on 3/19/17. The time marks were corrected.”

“Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Observed raw shell eggs are stored on top of burritos in a reach-in cooler. The eggs were properly relocated.”

“No plan review submitted and approved – renovations were made or are in progress.”

***China Moon Restaurant

884 E. Oakland Park Blvd.

Oakland Park

Ordered shut March 20

26 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 3 on the kitchen floor. 1 on the floor under the only hand sink. 1 running across a rice warmer. 3 under a rice warmer. 2 on the floor at the entrance to the kitchen. 2 on the floor behind front counter on the floor.”

“Dead roaches on premises. 6 under the 3 compartment sink. 8 on the floor under the hand sink.”

“Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged. Observed raw meat and raw seafood stored above cooked foods in a chest freezer . Raw ground meat stored on top of cooked egg rolls in another chest freezer.”

“Establishment advertised crab on menu/menu board but served imitation crab. Establishment advertises crab Rangoon on the menu and uses imitation crab.”

“Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual ware washing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed none being used.”

“Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation. The cook. He put on a hat.”

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Young man found dead in southwest Miami-Dade canal bank

A young man was found dead over the weekend in a canal bank in southwest Miami-Dade.Police said the body of Alberto Jimenez-Ramirez, 20, was found just after 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of Southwest 272nd Street and Old Dixie Highway.A cause of death h…

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It wasn’t seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach

Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach.

Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a giant cigar. As he got closer on Saturday morning, he saw a ripped edge and what appeared to be blood. That’s when he called for help.

Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard says narcotics sometimes wash ashore when the surf kicks up. He says small amounts are typically tested and disposed of, but larger amounts are transferred to another agency.

Berard says they’ve found cocaine, medical waste and 30-gallon drums of diesel fuel on the beach after big storms or high surf.

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Should a slave-era song be used as a sports chant?

“I looked over Jordan, what do I see, Coming for to carry me home. A band of angels coming after me, Coming for to carry me home.”

It is one of the most recognized African-American spirituals. Revered, emotive, and rooted in the horrors of US slavery and the oppression of race.

But for the last three decades, the familiar melody of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” has also been the adopted anthem of England’s rugby union team, its haunting chorus a common echo in stadiums where the national team plays.

And therein lines the problem.

Is it right that a slave-era song — one which is believed to be a coded message for those slaves seeking the underground railroad to freedom — is used to galvanize a national team to sporting glory?

Should lyrics which are about suffering and despair be sung by thousands of England fans who are often middle-class, often white?

“A slap in the face to the history of slavery,” is how Cornell William Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), described the use of this spiritual in a sporting arena.

Lord Herman Ouseley, a British Member of Parliament and chairman of anti-racism group Kick it Out, said singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to cheer a rugby team was a matter of “ignorance, lack of sensitivity and arrogance.”

American academics have called it cultural appropriation, but many England rugby union fans are unaware of the origins of a tune they now call their own and believe it now serves a different function.

‘Historically insulting and disturbing’

Brooks, a lawyer and an activist, admitted he was not aware of how “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was being used on the other side of the Atlantic until the issue was raised by American media during this year’s Six Nations.

Despite this not being the first instance of music or art originating in one historical context but used in another, Brooks said singing “Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot” in the stands was no less disconcerting.

“As the CEO of NAACP and a fourth generation minister in the Methodist church, it’s difficult to overlook the degree to which these songs are being ripped out of their history,” he told CNN Sport.

“Can you imagine people whose lives, bodies and beings were being sold as commodities singing about freedom, their longing for freedom, their longing for a God to free them, and have those same songs being sung in celebration of a victory on a rugby field? It’s just odd and historically insulting.

“Rugby, as with any sport, has a certain universal appeal and everyone — all the fans — should be comfortable and enjoy the experience. Listening to a song about slavery on a rugby field is just an insulting and disturbing experience.

“As an African American and descendant of slaves, it would be very hard for me to listen to a spiritual being sung on a rugby field. That’s not something I could do and a great many people aware of their history would find it very disturbing. “

‘Ignorance and arrogance’

Professor Louis Moore, associate professor of history at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, said he was shocked, but not surprised, to learn of a solemn spiritual being used at Twickenham, the home of English rugby union.

“At best its just a bad mistake, at worst it’s a continuation of global imperialism in sport,” he told CNN Sport.

“It’s about appropriation, power and not caring about history. You’d hope they find another national song.”

Social media threats

Lord Ouseley described the abuse he has been subjected to on social media when addressing such issues as tiresome and threatening.

“The moment someone, like myself, suggests that the authorities try to read knowledge and sensitivity, you can expect a reaction claiming that you want them to ban them from singing their theme for no other reason that ‘political correctness,’ whatever that is, followed by a barrage of endless social media abuse,” said the 72-year-old Guyana-born parliamentarian.

“The reality is that most black British people have bigger issues to confront in the context of inequalities and exclusion and have therefore become apathetic towards challenging racially offensive chanting.

“Those small number of black followers who go to Twickenham are almost themselves ignorant about the history of this solemn spiritual and its origin.

“They are happy to blend in with the crowd and pleased to feel accepted by not showing objection to any intended or unintended disrespect and abuse.

“I cannot imagine attendees at a Black Power meeting wasting their time signing ‘Rule Britannia’ even satirically knowing that the symbolism of such themes are about the painful experiences of slavery, oppression, exclusion and racism.”

‘It should be sung with gusto’

On learning of the song’s origins, Tony Crawford, 60, from Birmingham believed “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” should still be “sung with gusto” at Twickenham regardless.

“It’s tradition,” he told CNN Sport before his team’s Six Nations clash with Scotland. “It’s a great song.”

Another England fan, Casey Boyd, from London, believed the context had changed.

“What it represents now is not the same thing it represented back then and this is more about a song that’s being sung to build team spirit,” she said.

Brooks said the England team itself had the power to stop the song being used as a rugby union anthem.

“Whether or not there will be legislative, legal jurisdiction is one thing, but the ability of the team themselves to do something about that is pretty much unquestioned,” he said.

When asked whether the Rugby Football Union (RFU) — English rugby’s governing body — would be reviewing the use of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” an RFU spokesperson said: “Swing Low has been associated with rugby and rugby clubs for decades.

“It is sung by fans to get behind the England rugby team.”

England fans first sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” on March 19, 1988, to celebrate the team’s victory over Ireland.

Why that song? Why then? British newspapers have pinned its origins to the performance of Chris Oti, the scorer of a hat-trick in that victory over the Irish and the first black man to play for England in 80 years. James Peters had been the first black player to represent England in 1906.

A group of students, so the story goes, burst into song in recognition of Oti’s display that day and since then it has taken on a life of its own.

For Brooks, there is no mitigation.

“In respect to the song being sung for a black player does not make it any less offensive to black people, that does not mitigate the insult and injury at all,” he said.

“The fact that this may have been some kind of personal celebration does not in any way speak that it is politically insulting.”

Professor Moore added: “Things change, the meaning of words change. But it’s who’s changing the meaning. That’s the real problem here.

“Apparently it’d been nearly a 100 years since that team had a black player, which is striking. That says a lot about that sport, about the opportunity to play it.”

Before his team’s Six Nations match against Scotland on March 11, New Zealand-born England captain Dylan Hartley defended the use of the song to galvanize the team.

“I don’t know the history,” he told reporters. “To me ‘Swing Low’ is the England rugby song. I’ve knew it like that as a kid, growing up in New Zealand. Should I know the history?

“To us it’s the noise, the sheer atmosphere it generates and the feelgood factor it gives Twickenham.”

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