Hollywood commissioners approve 3 names to replace Confederate street names

Hollywood commissioners voted 6 to 0 Wednesday to change the names of three streets named for Confederate generals after a contentious debate.

The Hollywood City Commission agreed to change the names of streets named for Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood to Freedom, Hope and Liberty.

Commissioner Peter Hernandez was the only commissioner to refuse to participate in the vote.

The renaming issue has been a contentious one for more than a year.

The commission decided to change the names in August after six hours of heated debate and heightened security for protesters on both sides of the issue.

Some residents and Confederate preservationists did not feel the change was necessary and thought it was inconvenient. Other residents and civil rights activists said it was the right thing to do. 

“I think it is time for the racist history in Hollywood to be acknowledged,” Dara Hill said. “There is no reason for children growing up in Hollywood to have to look at street signs that were named after the Civil War, after a reconstruction period that includes a revisionist history.”

“It was a witch hunt,” Cynthia Baker, who opposed the street renamings, said. “It was really a witch hunt over dead people. The people are dead and, in all honesty, the people that should be heroes are the people that named the streets for both sides.”

The streets were named 91 years ago, when the city was chartered.

More than 100 people signed up to speak for and against the change at a commission meeting last summer. One anti-change protester was arrested when police said he tried to fight a group of pro-change demonstrators.

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Hollywood to vote on Freedom, Hope, Liberty to replace Confederate street names

Hollywood is expected to change the names of three streets named for Confederate generals after a contentious debate.The Hollywood City Commission is expected to vote Wednesday to change the names of streets named for Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forr…

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South Florida mother accused of burning son’s hand on hot stove as punishment

A South Florida woman is accused of burning her son’s hand on a hot stove as punishment for his bad behavior.

Miriam Rebolledo was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

According to a police report, Rebolledo put the 6-year-old boy’s hand on the stove Wednesday “to punish him for hitting other students in school.”

Police said Rebolledo told them she has repeatedly tried to correct her son’s behavior “by using other methods of punishment, to no avail.”

According to the report, the 29-year-old mother said she “could not take it anymore” and needed “a more extreme form of punishment” to teach the boy a lesson.

Rebolledo was arrested and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. She was being held on a $7,500 bond.
 

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Woman arrested after daughter found dead in dumpster

The mother of a girl whose body was found inside a dumpster at a southwest Miami-Dade County apartment complex Sunday afternoon has been arrested in connection with her daughter’s death, police said.

Tina Farrington, 31, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Monday morning.

Farrington faces a charge of first-degree murder.

A man was taking out his trash in the Tuscany Place Apartments about 12:45 p.m. when he found the body and called 911, Detective Argemis Colome said.

Local 10 News was at the apartment complex as police arrested Farrington, walking her out of her apartment in handcuffs. 

Police identified the victim Monday as Tania Paige, 4. 

According to an arrest report, Farrington was at home with her two children on Halloween when she became upset because Tania talked back to her. 

Police said Farrington lured the victim and her brother into her bedroom and then suffocated Tania with a pillow. 

Authorities said Farrington hid her daughter’s body in the trunk of her 2013 Nissan Altima for several days.

According to the arrest report, Farrington noticed that a foul odor was coming from her trunk on Sunday, so she removed the body and placed it into a dumpster.

Police said the victim’s body was in the early stages of decomposition when it was found, but bruises could be seen on the victim’s arms, legs and torso. 

Detectives said Farrington confessed to killing her daughter.

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Woman arrested after girl’s body found in dumpster

A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a girl whose body was found inside a dumpster at a southwest Miami-Dade County apartment complex Sunday afternoon, police said.

Tina Farrington, 31, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Monday morning.

Farrington faces a charge of first-degree murder.

A man was taking out his trash in the Tuscany Place Apartments about 12:45 p.m. when he found the body and called 911, Detective Argemis Colome said.

Local 10 News was at the apartment complex as police arrested a woman, walking her out of her apartment in handcuffs. Police didn’t say if the woman was Farrington.

Detectives believe the body is that of a black girl between the ages of 3 and 8.

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Man sneaks onto luggage carousel, tarmac at Miami International Airport

A man was caught on camera Saturday sneaking past security and onto the tarmac at Miami International Airport.

According to the Miami Herald, the man was pretending to be on his cellphone when he walked past a security checkpoint, crawled onto a luggage carousel and ran onto the tarmac.

Surveillance video shows the man being chased and held down by airport employees before he was handcuffed by police.

Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said the incident is under investigation.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released.

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