Vigil held for teen shot, killed by brother in Florida City

Friends and family gathered Thursday night for a candlelight vigil in Florida City to remember Tedra King, 13. She was known as Rosie to those close to her.

King was shot on Tuesday by her brother, who is being charged with aggravated manslaughter.

“My daughter was everything. That’s my first child,” said Tedrick King, the girl’s father.

King’s mother was inconsolable. Her friends remembered her as a happy girl who always had a smile on her face.

“She was a lovely girl – 13. It wasn’t meant for Rosie,” said Homestead Middle School classmate Deericka Anderson. 

Police said Martaevious Santiago, 17, pointed a loaded handgun at his sister on Tuesday night after celebrating his birthday. He shot her in the back of the head. King later died.

Santiago told police it was an accident.

In family court on Thursday afternoon,  the family’s other siblings were ordered to stay with other family members.

“I know from the bottom of my heart that he loved his sister,” King’s father said. “As far as him being  charged with her death – I don’t agree with it. He’s been punished enough.”

 

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Fort Lauderdale police searching for hit-and-run driver

Fort Lauderdale police are searching for a man who they say was involved in a hit-and-run crash on April 8.Alejandro Ramirez was struck at about 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of West Broward Boulevard, police said.The driver then fled in a 2004 to 2006 wh…

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Little Priest Tribal College Priest Maunka Morgan Speaks of Historical Trauma and Ways to Heal

Published April 27, 2017 WINNEBAGO, NEBRASKA – The Longest Walk 5.2 was hosted by the Winnebago Tribe at Winnebago, Nebraska on Wednesday. Little Priest Tribal College President Maunka Morgan, MBA, sat down for a short interview with Native News Online.

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Senate confirms Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta

The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alexander Acosta as labor secretary Thursday.

Acosta, 48, the son of Cuban-American migrants and a Miami native, is the only Hispanic to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. 

The former U.S. attorney for Florida’s southern district, Florida International University law school dean, and member of the board of U.S. Century Bank was Trump’s second nominee. 

Trump nominated Acosta in February after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew after he admitted to hiring an undocumented domestic worker. 

When Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced Acosta at his confirmation hearing, he said Acosta was a “brilliant legal mind, someone with deep knowledge of labor issues and a proven leader.” Rubio is an adjunct professor at FIU. 

Acosta will resign to both of his positions at FIU and U.S. Century Bank. 

 

 

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Airlines join fight for newly available flights to Cuba

Four major airlines want more flights to Cuba. In the past couple of days, American, JetBlue, Southwest and Delta have applied for additional flights to the island nation.

The airlines want to fill the void left by Spirit, Frontier and Silver Airways — smaller airlines that decided to leave the Cuba market.

“The airlines that went into Cuba first were all pioneers,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry consultant. “They’re risk takers. They have revenues and profitability that allow them to take a long time look at Cuba.”

The airlines left 21 weekly slots for three new daily flights to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. The aviation agreement allows for 20 daily flights between the two countries.

Harteveldt added that the pricing will depends on demand. A good sign is that two of the four airlines asking for more flights are low fare carriers.

“It’s a good thing for consumers to have a selection of airlines especially if they’re adding flights,” Harteveldt said. 

More flights means more seats that have be filled and airlines have to compete to get you to book a ticket. Marlene Mokracek was visiting Cuba from Tampa and paid $177 for round-trip flights on Southwest. 

“I think it’s going to increase … I have mentioned I was going to Cuba and they sounded very interested,” Mokracek said. 

Harteveldt believes the rigorous process of traveling to the island could be dissuading tourists. 

“If the U.S. and Cuba are able to link up financially and so it’s easier for American travelers there for example to withdraw cash at Cuban bank ATM or use their U.S.-issued credit cards at the Cuban merchants that will help with travel to Cuba,” Harteveldt said. 

Changes related to financial regulations between both countries are in the hands of the U.S. Congress.

 

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