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News Magazine May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition

CBS4 News Magazine | CONTENT Homeowners Apply For Foreclosure Assistance Program Nearly 9,500 Florida homeowners have submitted applications to receive financial assistance from a federally funded program aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. 19 I-Team: Unmanned Control Towers

Stephen Stock takes a closer look at an issue making national headlines and talks to a former air traffic controller. 11 I-Team: Engines To The Enemy

Four family members were indicted recently for trying to sell jet fighter engines here in Miami to eventually be shipped to Iran. 13 Miami Hotel Goes Hi-Tech To Track Towels, Bathrobes

Identification chip (RFID) designed to keep real-time inventory of frequently misplaced or stolen goods. 15 Look Younger Using Your Own Body Fat

As most of us work hard to get rid of any extra fat we have on our bodies, some people are now using it to look young. 21 Unique Device Detects Oral Cancer Every hour of every day one American dies from oral cancer. Include throat cancer and the number triples. 23 Miami-Dade Given $14.7M Grant For Health, Human Services

The county was rewarded a $14.7 million grant from the federal government which will help improve health practices and promote wellness. 25 S. Fla. Looking To Lead The Charge For Electric Cars

The higher gas prices go, the more inclined drivers will be to turn to electric cars. 27 Study: Half Of Supermarket Meat May Have Staph Bug

A new study estimates nearly half of the meat and poultry sold at U.S. supermarkets and grocery stores is contaminated with a bacteria that can make you very sick. 29 Citizen’s CPR: It Could Save A Life

According to the American Heart Association, 300,000 people each year in the United States are treated for cardiac arrest outside of the hospital; less than 8-percent survive. 35 I-Team: Gambling Machine Controversy Grips Two Mayors

The City of Miami Police Department will not tolerate illegal gambling machines in the City of Miami. 36

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CBS4 I-Team

Lends a

Helping Hand

NORTH MIAMI (CBS4) – With big concerns about a little baby, the CBS4 I-Team had, for weeks, investigated worries over the welfare of the prematurely born Jeremiah, his brothers and their mom, Joanne. “How is his breathing?” Chief I-Team Investigator Michele Gillen asked as all eyes were focused on a tiny baby, so small he nestled into the hands of his mom. A mother of 4, Joanne and the children have long been at the center of community efforts to get them help. When CBS4 Chief I-Team Investigator Gillen first met them their home was a trailer whose welcome mat consisted of broken floor boards and precariously rocked with each step. A rotting structure with plastic and cardboard replacing glass for windows. The newborn slept in a small play pen. Conditions that top a list of concerns community advocates say they reported time and time again to DCF in hopes of getting some services, some help for the children and their mom. Community advocate Rachel Hughes of Art Studio Miami, which offered after school care for the children, has lead a team of folks that have been trying to get the family services and help. “I called DCF directly and also emailed. I did their own line emailing. It is just shocking we are all overwhelmed by it. We want to help, and she needs help and she has asked for help. Joanne knows what she needs and has asked for help. We have been trying for 3 years to get services for her,” says Hughes. Concern over the living conditions became even more urgent with the birth of premature Jeremiah. DCF’s response to that call for help? According to Hughes, “She said ‘is it a 911 emergency?’ I said the baby is having trouble breathing. God forbid something happens and you guys have been there enough times. She said definitely she would send someone tomorrow and that didn’t happen for two weeks later.” We learned that the night before Gillen’s visit, DCF visited and recommended that Joanne clean up. According to Joanne, who says she has long

begged for help and new housing, “When she came she told me I have to fix the trailer. I told her I will fix it.” But a clean up at the dilapidated trailer would take much more than a broom, and advocates remained worried about the family living in such conditions. Gillen called the office of the Secretary of DCF to see if anything could be done. We then went back to the trailer and learned that another DCF worker visited and left a pamphlet. Gillen called DCF again and again, described conditions, “this trailer that has mold and a falling ceiling,” Gillen told a D C F investigator.

To A Family In Crisis

“It is exactly what we were trying to avoid. And it could have been prevented. It is very upsetting. Who do these parents go to when they are looking for services and help and living in these 3rd world country living conditions,” said the family’s advocate Hughes. “It outright needs to be fixed or changed here in Miami” Citing Florida law, DCF says they are not allowed to discuss on-going or prior cases. Not willing to give up, those citizen volunteers persisted on their own in securing a townhouse for

Following Gillen’s call, DCF told Joanne she and the children needed to find themselves another place to sleep at night. Joanne’s only option, according to her, was a room in private home that Gillen visited. There, the infant slept on a bed he shared with his mother and two of her other boys were sleeping on the floor. Joanne and neighbors expressed concern that this is not the proper environment for a struggling infant baby and a family reaching out for help.

t h e young family, Joanne and her children now all have beds, even little Jeremiah, who has fully recovered and released from the hospital.

While she awaited help – the children dreamed. “I want a big bed,” said one of the boys. Ultimately, Jeremiah’s bed was replaced by a crib in the ICU of Jackson Memorial Hospital where he needed a respirator to breath. Joanne feared he might not live. 7 | May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition


MIA Fuel Farm

EXPLOSION Exposed pumps,” said Chief Bas. Mechanical, not electrical, as first reported publicly.

Apparently one of the large main jet fuel pumps in front of tank number 17 somehow breached. The manifold separated enough to spray jet fuel under extremely high pressure out into the air. That, officials believe, set off the chain of events which led to massive explosions. WebExtra: MIA Fuel Farm Explosion Exposed Animation MIAMI (CBS4) – Recently, a massive fire at Miami International Airport left a fuel farm in ruins and severely hampered air travel through the airport. But, the CBS4 I-Team uncovered new evidence that showed the story that initially went public wasn’t completely accurate, and the entire incident came close to being a catastrophe. “Right here is north pump pad,” said Miami International Airport Fire Rescue Chief Pedro Bas as he outlined exactly what happened during the fire on a map. Chief Pedro Bas and his team now know with relative certainty where and how that massive jet fuel fire began. “We did determine the cause and the origin of the fire,” Chief Bas told the CBS4 I-Team. They also know what has, until now, not become public. “We had a lot of fire on this tank which carries 700 thousand gallons of fuel,” said Chief Bas. “Our guys first of all maintained an extremely aggressive attack. They were within feet of the pumps and also there was the main concern that we had was one of the tanks was impinged by fire, one of the fuel tanks.” That means that the massive conflagration came within minutes, even seconds, of becoming catastrophic. “So our biggest concern was that that tank would breach. If that tank would have breached the potential of losing firefighters was great,” Chief Bas told the ITeam. Now, using a source in a position to know, as well as information pieced together from the official fire investigation, the CBS4 I-Team has, for the first time, constructed in detail what apparently went wrong. “It was a mechanical failure within one of the fuel

“There was a failure within the system that we believe possibly caused a seal to fail and probably some pressure issues within the pump that created the problem,” said Bas. That set off an explosion in the jet fuel. It was an explosion that rocked the entire system. “There was also a large manifold, a main manifold that delivers the fuel to the airfield and there was a failure within that manifold as well. That manifold was also pressurized and that created almost like a blowtorch effect,” said Bas. “And that’s the kind of fire that our guys were facing that day.” This was no mere gasoline fire as it takes a lot more to set off jet fuel than regular gasoline. You would need heat of around 160 degrees Fahrenheit to ignite jet fuel, versus only minus 45 degrees to set gas on fire. “We’ve isolated it to a small area we’ve isolated it to a filter to a particular pump,” said Bas. I-Team investigator Stephen Stock asked, “A fuel filter?” “Yes. It was associated the filter is associated to the pump,” said Bas. Asked Stock, “It wasn’t electrical?” “Yes,” replied Bas. “It was mechanical?” asked Stock. “Yes,” replied Chief Bas. Stock further questioned whether it was human error, but Chief Bas again said no. The chief pegged the fire as nothing more than an accident. A source in a position to know also told the CBS4 ITeam that the explosions and pressures blew off the heavy lid to filter number two. It is a heavy filter lid which is bolted down by a half-dozen, half-inch thick bolts. The force to blow off such a lid is an event the source said happens in only rare occasions when gases accumulate inside the large filters that are larger than a


These events can happen, according to several studies, when the jet fuel is re-introduced into the filters too quickly after maintenance has been conducted on them. The source told the I-Team that filter number two had apparently been cleared of jet fuel in order to conduct yearly maintenance on it the day before the explosion. An official with the company that contracts with MiamiDade to run the fuel farm and oversee maintenance did not return phone calls to the I-Team seeking an explanation or comment. Chief Bas said he did not know one way or the other if maintenance had been done at the farm prior to the explosions. “Every single one of the pumps, at some point in time, was engulfed in fire. Therefore, there were failures with all the pumps different in nature,” said Bas. “This was the tank that was impinged by heavy fire,” said Bas as he showed the I-Team the map again. Bas said that had the fire completely breached the 70,000 gallon fuel tank; it could have dumped thousands of gallons of jet fuel everywhere. That could have overwhelmed the earth containment dikes, putting the lives of dozens of firefighters at risk; and possibly sending the jet fuel, water, and foam into a canal that drains into the Miami River down into Biscayne Bay. “There was a point in time at the command post we considered pulling back because we were having a hard time controlling the fire,” said Bas. “We made the decision at that time to continue to attacking the fire and luckily for everyone’s sake it was the right decision.” This is all part of fire officials’ preliminary assessment of the fire. What fire officials are still trying to determine is why this all happened. That’s why the airport authority is looking to hire a specialized engineering firm to give a formal report on the exact sequence of events that lead to this neardisaster. The report is expected to be completed in two to three months. One thing that is known for certain, firefighters fought this blaze heroically and if it hadn’t been for the risks they took, this could have been much, much worse. 9 | May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition


UNMANNED Control Towers

MIAMI (CBS4) – He was the lone person on duty at Reagan International Airport, in Washington D.C., when a plane, coming in from Miami, was ready to land. That plane did touch down safely without help from the controller.

That plane also landed on its own. Within minutes, the missing controller turned up.

CBS4 investigative reporter, Stephen Stock, who’s looked into this problem before, takes a closer look at an issue making national headlines and talks to a former air traffic controller.

Rob Misick served as an air traffic controller for nearly two decades in South Florida. He’s written a critical book on the FAA and its safety culture in air traffic controller towers that’s scheduled to be published later this year.

Reagan National is the nation’s 26th busiest airport, with nearly 8 and half million passengers flying in and out every year. But it’s not just the fact Reagan National is a major airport, but it’s close proximity to the Pentagon, the US Capitol and White House that had many wondering why–apparently– only one person was manning the control tower there Wednesday night. Around midnight, American Airlines 7-37out of Miami with 97 people on board was approaching Reagan National but couldn’t reach anyone in the control tower. The pilot finally reached a regional controller 40 miles away. Regional Controller, “America 1012, ah called a couple of time on a landline, and ah tried to call on commercial line, and there was no answer.” American 1012 pilot, “They’re not answering on the line either.” The only controller in the tower reportedly fell asleep. The pilot of the American Airlines flight landed without assistance. Moments later, a United plane coming in from Chicago with 63 passengers on board encountered the same problem. Regional Controller: “United 628, just so you’re aware, we just had one aircraft go into DCA and the ah, umm, tower is apparently unmanned. Called on the phone, and nobody’s answering, so that aircraft went in just as an uncontrolled airport.”

Rob Misick said, “ The FAA is all about the bottom line. Safety takes a back seat.”

Rob Misick said, “Like all other facilities especially the larger ones, they’re understaffed.

And FAA administrator Randy Babbitt said the air traffic controller involved in this incident has been suspended and that he’s personally outraged by what happened. But critics say it is the FAA, not a single air traffic controller that is at fault here. The critics say too few people are being pushed too far, and they say the culture must change or the next time a lot of lives could be lost.

Misick isn’t the only critic to say the FAA is pushing air traffic controllers, pilots and the system too hard. In fact, last year errors by air traffic controllers increased 51 percent nationwide. A CBS4 I-Team investigation uncovered a disturbing rise in close calls b e t w e e n airplanes in the air and on the ground. And another I - T e a m investigation discovered 1,011 incidents where pilot fatigue caused a safety concern or an actual crash. 689 of them happened in the last five years (2005-2009). Rob Misick: “In this situation if had there been a car or something on the runway this would have been a huge disaster.” US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood immediately ordered that a second controller to the midnight shift at Reagan National. 11 | May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition

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Engines To The


Clearly it is an issue of national security Four family members were indicted recently for trying to sell jet fighter engines here in Miami to eventually be shipped to Iran, a violation of federal law.The United States’ embargo against Iran prohibits exporting just about any goods from the US to that country, especially 22, F-5 fighter jet engines that the defendants allegedly advertised on the Internet and kept in a warehouse in Miami. At a warehouse in this out of the way group of legitimate businesses located in the 4400 block of NW 74th Avenue off the Palmetto expressway northwest of Miami International Airport, a federal Immigration and Customs or ICE undercover agent viewed the disturbing merchandise… 22 jet fighter engines built here in the US… now headed for Iran. We were shown pictures of General Electric made J-

85 jet engines… similar to the ones the four men advertised for sale on the Internet. Engines, according to a federal indictment handed up Wednesday, the men had agreed to sell for more than 300 thousand dollars… The men agreed to accept $151, 000 as a 50% deposit for the purchase and shipment of the engines from Miami to Panama, with the eventual destination– Iran. The indictment charges Felipe, Diego and Amparo Echeverri and Carlos Alfredo Pantoja-Coral, with five counts of various violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act forbidding the export of items such as these to countries such as Iran and North Korea that threaten the national

security of the United States. These jet engines will fit and can be used by fighter jets that Iran builds. Clearly it is an issue of national security, the federal government doesn’t want American made military parts being used by a country listed as an enemy of the US such as Iran. Federal officials say the four defendants are all related, and live in New York state and Bogota, Colombia. They could not be reached for comment on the charges.

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Miami Hotel Goes


MIAMI (CBS4) — Hotel guests loved to be pampered with big, thick, soft towels, and fluffy bathrobes. Some guests may even take a few towels home or stow away a bathrobe in their luggage before checking out. In order to stop this type of theft, a Miami hotel, along with two others in New York and Honolulu have turned high-tech in order to stop hotel guests from stealing their stuff. Linen Technology Tracking, a Miami-based company, recently patented a radio-frequency identification chip (RFID) designed to keep realtime inventory of frequently misplaced or stolen goods. The washable RFID tags are sewn into towels, bathrobes and bed sheets. Linen Technology

Tracking says the chip will not only help cut down in the theft bathrobes, sheets and towels, but will also help hotels monitor their linens in real time, so they know when they need to order more. The three hotels currently using the chips in Miami, Honolulu and Manhattan, asked to remain anonymous. But the product is apparently working. The Honolulu property says its reduced theft of its pool towels from 4,000 a month to just 750 since installing the chip last summer. That’s a savings of more than $16,000 a month. There’s no word on when more hotels might start using the chip. 15 | May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition

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Nearly 9,500 Florida Homeowners Apply

FORECLOSURE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The federally funded program will provide eligible homeowners with up to six months of cash assistance to make payments on mortgages that would otherwise go unpaid. TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Nearly 9,500 Florida homeowners have submitted applications to receive financial assistance from a federally funded program aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. The Florida Housing Corp. began taking applications for its Florida Hardest-Hit Fund a week ago. Applications are being accepted from troubled homeowners in all 67 Florida counties. The federally funded program will provide eligible homeowners with up to six months of cash assistance to make payments on mortgages that would otherwise go unpaid. The counties with the largest number of applications are Broward (1,638), MiamiDade (1,027), Orange (957) and Palm Beach (939). Homeowners may apply for financial assistance from the fund by using the official HHF website: The site contains all the information users need to begin the process, including a program fact sheet, answers to frequently asked questions and links to resources that may be helpful to those experiencing



resume making mortgage payments, whichever comes first. In addition, homeowners in the UMAP will be required to pay 25 percent of their monthly income toward their monthly mortgage payment, with a minimum payment of $70 per month.

Created by the U.S. Treasury in February 2010, the Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund for the Hardest-Hit Housing Markets sets aside funds from the 2008 federal stimulus package to five states: Florida, Arizona, California, Michigan and Nevada; states with the highest levels of foreclosures. The program was later expanded to 18 states. Florida’s cut to date is $1 billion of nearly $9 billion in federal funds.

The Mortgage Loan Reinstatement Payment Program, or MLRP, will provide up to $6,000 to bring the homeowner’s past-due first mortgage current if the homeowner can show the ability to resume making mortgage payments on his/her own; for a homeowner who received funding from the UMAP program, any unused funds up to $12,000 may be used in addition to MLRP funds to help bring the first mortgage current.

Florida is the last state of five original recipients to get its program underway. The program was rolled out last year in Lee County as a pilot. The region was the epicenter of a housing bust resulting in thousands of foreclosures.

UMAP and MLRP program funds will be in the form of a 0% percent, deferred-payment loan; the loan can be forgiven over a fiveyear period, at a rate of 20% each year.

Programs available through the HHF include The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, or UMAP. It will provide up to $12,000 to pay monthly mortgage and escrowed mortgage-related expenses for up to six (6) months, or until the homeowner can

Florida homeowners should continue to be aware that several “imposter” websites have been identified and applicants are strongly encouraged to verify that the website they are using is, in fact, the official Florida HHF website before providing their personal information.

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Inventive Teacher Gives Disabled Student


MIAMI (CBS4) — Sixteen-year-old Danny Lamarca is a student at Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami and like most teenage boys he loves playing video games and he’s good at it too. “I got fourth place and two weeks later I got first,” said Danny. But video games weren’t always a slam dunk for Danny. “I have a skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa and I was born with it,” said Danny. It’s a hereditary condition which makes Danny’s skin sensitive and blister easily. It also affected the size of his hands making him unable to play the games he loves.

Danny confided to David how he longed to be able to use the X-Box his parents bought him. “I just said, Hey ya know I’m working on something that I think can help you,” said Kotkin. David, a closet inventor, went to work. With Scotch tape, Popsicle sticks, super glue and strings, Kotkin created a new controller for Danny which made all the difference. “The strings help me reach the controls and triggers better,” said Danny. Kotkin named the controller The Avenger. It encases a standard X-Box controller and makes it possible to

That’s where his art teacher David Kotkin comes in.

do more moves faster. Kotkin has sold over 8,000 Avengers since its debut in January. Many gamers say it gives them more control and less finger fatigue when they play. He anticipates sales will continue to climb and says all the success has stemmed from an act of love. “It comes from a place of love it really does a good place it wasn’t made in a studio,” explained Kotkin. For information on how you can get your hands on an Avenger, go to

Look Younger Using Your Own Body Fat DELRAY BEACH (CBS4) – As most of us work hard to get rid of any extra fat we have on our bodies, some people are now using it to look young. The procedure, called a ‘fat transfer’ or ‘fat grafting’, is becoming popular among women too young for a facelift. Angela Dillon of Boynton Beach said she started looking older than 46 but thought she was too young for a facelift. “I’ve seen too many people that have a very stretched look. They call it the Boca look or the Beverly Hills look and that’s not something that appealed to me,” said Dillon. When she went to Delray Beach facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Steiger she learned about facial fat graft transfers. “When we’re young we can consider our face kind of like a grape. What happens as

we age is that grape becomes a raisin. So with fat grafting (you) take that raisin and bring it back to a grape,” explained Steiger. The procedure starts with fat being removed from the patient’s thighs, abdomen or sides. It goes through a purification process and is then distilled and individual fat cells are removed. Then the fat is placed in syringes and injected into certain areas of the face for a more natural look. Angela said after the procedure she felt, and looked, ten years younger. “I don’t have dark circles under my eyes. I don’t have the wrinkles around my eyes. It’s actually lifted my eyebrows a little bit so that I don’t have as much saggy skin around my eyes like I did before,” said Dillon. Fat transfer is generally considered safer than using synthetic fillers because it comes from the patient’s own body. The procedure costs between four and five thousand dollars.

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Unique Device Detects


Every hour of every day one American dies from oral cancer. Include throat cancer and the number triples. So to improve survival rates a Pembroke Pines dentist is using a unique device that can help detect oral cancer in the early stages.

Leslie Diamond, 67, was diagnosed with throat cancer.

the cells that kind of go crazy when you have cancer cells.”

“It was devastating,” Diamond said.

Dr. Zahler said the light is completely safe but he admitted it’s not 100% accurate.

A lump on the side of his neck, one he ignored for months, turned out to be malignant. “They wanted to remove my tongue and wanted to cut all this area out (the jaw),” he explained.

It’s another tool for early detection and one Diamond said patients should request from their dentist so they can avoid what he’s been through.

Diamond had radiation and chemotherapy and lost his ability to speak and eat for months.

“People don’t realize how it can ruin their life how it can change their whole life.”

Now he regularly gets checked for oral cancer by his dentist Mark Zahler. According to Dr. Zahler, oral cancer is actually one of the only cancers in this country that has been on the rise.

There are typically no symptoms of oral cancer. Although a sore in the mouth that won’t go away or crusty lips can be an indication something is not right and you should get checked out.

Dr. Zahler uses something called the Velscope to better detect cancer in the mouth and throat. “It sends out a special type of wavelength on the light that makes it easier to detect dysplasia which is 23 | May 2011 | Pinecrest Edition

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Miami-Dade Given

$14.7M GRANT For Health, Human Services

disease rates.”

MIAMI (CBS4)Miami-Dade County is in a better place when it comes to health. The county was rewarded a $14.7 million grant from the federal government which will help improve health practices and promote wellness. “This is the first time in the history of public health that we’ve been able to rescue these dollars that will permit us to do this so we are very excited,” said Dr. Lillian Rivera with the Miami Dade Health Department. The grant is known as the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, which was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS developed the initiative in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which states that “$650M shall be provided to carry out evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies authorized by the Public Health Service Act that deliver specific, measurable health outcomes that address chronic

As part of t h e initiative, the MiamiDade County Health Department will increase the availability of healthy foods and beverages by revising procurement policies and practices at schools, worksites, hospitals and other community institutions. “We have a great strategic plan the covers policy changes, creating special environments in communities and access to healthy foods,” said Dr. Rivera about the grant. Dr. Rivera is in charge of the distribution of the grant, which includes making sure that all the plans are carried out while tackling serious issues in the community. Additionally, as part of the initiative Miami-Dade hopes to reduce sodium consumption in the county through labeling initiatives and restaurant standards. These efforts will be complemented by a media campaign to promote healthy food and drink choices and increased physical activity, the report said. Dr. Rivera said that there are a number of key areas to focus on.

disease and also diabetes” Rivera said. Another major issue is childhood obesity. That is why the Miami-Dade Public Schools is one of the beneficiaries of the grant. Penny Parham, nutritionist for MDPS, is thrilled with the needed help “The whole part of this grant is to change the environment communities putting prevention to work,” Parham said. “MDPS has always been in the forefront of health for some time but with this grant we’ve been able to take it up a notch.” Additionally, the department plans to enhance signage for bike lanes, boulevards, and walkable neighborhoods to encourage physical activity such as biking and walking. The department will also work with child care facilities to increase the amount of physical activity. The grant’s overall goal is to spread an important message to everyone: Take care of your health. The goal includes reducing risk factors and preventing and delaying chronic disease and promote wellness in both children and adults. The initiative was launched by HHS in a press briefing held on September 17, 2009.

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South Florida Looking To Lead The

CHARGE For Electric Cars DANIA BEACH (CBS4) – A South Florida company says it’s ready to lead the charge in powering electric cars. Andy Kinard, president of the Miami Beach-based Car Charging Group, believes the higher gas prices go, the more inclined drivers will be to turn to electric cars. “It’s going to be ultimately good for America that we finally wean ourselves of this oil addiction,” Kinard told CBS 4?s Carey Codd. “It’s going to take something like 4 or 5 dollar gallon gas to make us do it.” Kinard’s company has installed dozens of car charging stations across South Florida — including in parking garages in Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach and the Aventura Mall. Nationally, Kinard says they’ve installed stations in parking garages in New York City and the Mall of the Americas in Minnesota. He admits that right now the company is chasing the limited electric cars that are available but eventually he believes the charging stations will be placed where people need them. “We’ll put these units in at apartments and condos so (drivers) can charge at night while they’re waiting to go to work,” Kinard explained. “We’ll put them in parking garages so (drivers) can charge them while they’re at work.” Kinard said he expects to charge about $3 an hour to charge a vehicle, which take roughly between 4-6 hours to gain a complete charge. He said there’s country’s electrical grids can handle the load. “If every family in the United States bought an

electric car and charged it at night we wouldn’t need to build any more power plants,” Kinard said. “We’ve got enough capacity in the system.” Kinard has a believer in Brett Circe, who purchased one of the first Chevy Volt’s to come off the assembly line. Circe’s name sat on a waiting list for months before picking up his Volt in Washington, D.C. and driving it to his home in Fort Lauderdale last December. The Volt is not yet available for sale in Florida. Circe says he’s saved a ton on gas — “about $4 to $5 thousand dollars a year” — and says the car is a joy to drive. He describes it as a “luxury” car. The cost of a Volt — about $40,000 with a tax credit of $7,500 — is prohibitive for many and Circe says General Motors needs to do a good job of informing the public about the benefits of going electric. “I think there’s an uphill battle for GM to educate the public about a vehicle like this,” Circe said. “Frankly, people don’t understand it.” The Volt is quiet, high-tech and easy to drive. It’s interior displays appear more like a futuristic computer game than a car dashboard. And the car’s design is unique. With a battery running the length of the car, seating is tight. The car features a battery that will last 40 miles. After the battery runs down, a backup generator kicks on. The generator is fueled by an 8-gallon gas tank.

“ T h e battery of the car and the electric motor are plugged into a generator,” he explained. “When the battery drains down and is almost dead, the generator kicks on and provides power to the motor and provides power to the battery to keep you going.” Circe said the battery life is plenty for him to drive to work, lunch, errands and home. He charges his Volt at home each night and has not seen a spike in his electric bill. “It’s been fantastic,” he said. “The longest period of time was 40 days without buying a gallon gas.” He usually keeps a few gallons of gas in the car and fills the vehicle when he goes on a road trip. With a full battery and gas tank, the Volt gets about 350 miles. Plus, Circe said he bought the car because of the power of patriotism. “This car is fueled in America,” he said. “The electrical grid is 100 percent fueled in America. So, (the Volt) is made in Detroit and it’s fueled in America.” Andy Kinard believes mass production of electric cars will lower the price. And with gas prices climbing, he believes drivers are ready for a change. “You’ll see an electric car every day in a year from now,” Kinard said.

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New Web Site Offers Members Local Deals Curator at, James Wark, said the Web site offers members deals around town.

plus four pounds of fresh mussels delivered to your door — or head to South Beach’s famed China Grill.

“Gilt city is the newest online destination from the Gilt group,” Wark said. “We provide our members the best access to bars, spas restaurants, entertainment and nightlife all at insider prices.”

“It’s great bar tasting with Sakatinis for $57,” Wark said.

Just sign on, create a password, and every Wednesday new deals are posted.

MIAMI (CBS4)- From fine dining to special spa services to fun in the sun, South Florida has a lot to offer when it comes to recreation, and now consumers can enjoy amazing deals from a new Web site.

This week’s deal gives members $50 for VIP status at the upcoming AMG Miami Beach Polo event or exclusive access to Beach Soccer Worldwide. “We have you VIP access,” Wark said. “It’s a $50 ticket for unlimited, all you can eat, drink and watching the best soccer players in the country.” Hungry? How about $75 for four live main lobsters,

Gilt City just signed Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and Vice President of Southern Wine and Spirits to be the chief lifestyle advisor giving members inside access to everything special. “I’ll be working with James and people like James in every city Gilt is in to create unique experiences for Gilt members in everything related to lifestyle, food, wine, spirits… all about access and unique opportunities,” Schrager said. Schrager is in the process of designing a one-of-akind dinner with the restaurant Cecconi’s located at The Soho Beach House. He’s speaking with their executive chef for a unique dining experience just for members, and there’s more. “It’s really about getting that unique experience for that Gilt City member,” Schrager said.



ATLANTA (CBS4) – A new study estimates nearly half of the meat and poultry sold at U.S. supermarkets and grocery stores is contaminated with a bacteria that can make you very sick. The bacteria is Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph, which is a common cause of infection in people.

Staph Bug The meat was sold under 80 different brands and the study suggests that the livestock themselves, rather than contamination during processing and packaging, are the source of the bacteria.

In addition to finding the staph germ, half of the contaminated samples had a form of the bacteria that were resistant to at least three kinds of antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline.

The nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona conducted the study. They say farmers and ranchers give millions of pounds of antibiotics to farm animals every year to make them grow faster and to prevent, rather than treat, diseases. Officials at the Arizona agency say the combination of bacteria, antibiotics, and livestock living in close quarters creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and mutate, which may explain the high-levels of drug-resistant Staph seen in the study.

Proper cooking should kill the germs but the report suggests that consumers should be careful to wash their hands and take other steps not to spread bacteria during food preparation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture currently monitor the country’s meat supply for evidence of four major

Researchers tested 136 samples of ground beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

types of antibioticresistant bacteria (including Salmonella and E. coli). The study findings suggest that S. aureus should be screened for regularly as well, the researchers say. (©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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This is not the Internet. Feel free to curl up and settle in. Magazines don’t blink on and off. They don’t show video or deliver ads that pop up out of nowhere. You can’t DVR magazines and you can’t play games on them. But you can take one to the beach, to bed or just about anywhere else and, chances are, it will engage, entertain and enlighten you in ways no other medium can. Perhaps that explains why magazine readership has actually increased versus five years ago. The top 25 magazines continue to reach a wider audience than the top 25 primetime TV shows. And despite the escalating war for consumers’ eyeballs, readers spend an average of 43 minutes per issue. What accounts for this ongoing attraction? Why do nine out of ten American adults choose to spend so much time with an unabashedly analog medium? One enduring truth: people of every age love the experience of reading a magazine, even when the same content is available online. So curl up, get comfortable and enjoy the rest of this magazine

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SAVE A LIFE MIAMI (CBS4) — According to the American Heart Association, 300,000 people each year in the United States are treated for cardiac arrest outside of the hospital; less than 8-percent survive. Performing Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. That’s why the American Red Cross wants to teach you how to save someone’s life.

Michelle in the conference room on the floor unconscious, unresponsive,” said Walker.

“I was chairing an event at the Broward County Library around 8:30 in the morning and that’s the last thing I remember,” explained Michelle Tuggle about a day in May 2007 that could have been her last on Earth.

“It’s people doing CPR prior to our arrival that are going to save somebody’s life,” Walker said.

While drinking a cup of coffee, she collapsed and stopped breathing. “Later I found out that they think I had an electrical short and it just stopped everything. I’ve since learned that if it hadn’t been for the security guard Brenda doing CPR, there may not have been time for the paramedics to resuscitate me,” said Tuggle.

He and several other rescue workers helped revive Tuggle. She considers them heroes but Walker says it’s the security guard who deserves the real praise.

Citizen’s CPR also known as Hands-Only CPR saved Tuggle’s life. American Red Cross instructor Patrick Beason said all it takes is three steps. First, check the scene, then check the person, then have someone call 9-1-1 if there is no response. Next, start compressions at 100 a minute. Beason explained the procedure. “Put one hand in the center of the chest, using the heel of the hand. Lace the fingers together, lock your elbows and go up and slightly above your victim. In the center of the chest you’re going to do about an inch and a half to two inches.”

Lt. Michael Walker with BSO Fire Rescue remembers the day well.

Beason said keep doing the compressions until paramedics arrive or until the subject is revived. They are simple steps that could mean the difference between life and death.

“When we arrived we found

“It’s easy to learn and it will save somebody’s life,” Walker added.

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Gambling Machine C O N T R O V E R S Y G R IP S T W O M A Y O R

MIAMI (CBS4) – Last fall, when the Miami Police Department raided more than a dozen locations and seized nearly 400 video machines they claimed were being used for illegal gambling, the department said it was sending a message. “The City of Miami Police Department will not tolerate illegal gambling machines in the City of Miami,” said Major Alfredo Alvarez, the department’s expert on the devices known in the Cuban-American community as maquinitas. But Alvarez and his boss, Chief Miguel Exposito, weren’t just firing a shot across the bow of the local vendors of these so-called amusement machines. They were also putting Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on notice, as well. Eleven days before the raid, the Miami City Commission, passed a plan crafted by Regalado, to sanction the maquinitas by taxing vendors $500 for each machine they bring into the city. Exposito had argued the ordinance was ridiculous. The city commission was attempting to ignore state law which prohibits these types of machines.

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“A city can not pass an ordinance that supersedes a state law,” Exposito told CBS4 I Team investigator Jim DeFede. Regalado went ahead and pushed the ordinance anyway – hoping to generate at least $750,000 in revenue for the financially struggling city. Exposito had warned Regalado to steer clear of the machines. He said they had been tied in the past to organized crime and even more troubling, the machines were designed to exploit the poorest segments of the community. These video slot machines are most often found in bars and convenience stores catering to low-wage immigrant communities. In 2003, then Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announced a major crackdown on the maquinitas, arguing that they were affecting the quality of life in the city. Not only did the machines foster illegal gambling, Diaz said, they also led to other crimes, such as strongarm robbery, prostitution, and domestic violence. “We are going to clean up our city,” Diaz said during a 2003 press


conference in front of Miami City Hall. Joining Diaz was Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, then Police Chief John Timoney, and all of the members of the Miami City Commission, including Tomas Regalado.

phone to let him know what was taking place.

“This is a concerted effort that is going to last certainly as long as I am here,” Diaz declared. “And I’m certain as long as the commissioners behind me are here.”

“I’m a police officer,” he explained, “and I have to enforce the laws of the state.”

But as Diaz prepared to leave office at the end of 2009, the company’s behind the maquinitas began to pump thousands of dollars into Regalado’s mayoral campaign. And after becoming mayor, Regalado abandoned the hard line against the maquinitas and decided instead to embrace them as a way of generating revenue for the city. The city passed Regalado’s plan on October 14. And eleven days later Exposito and Alvarez were launching their raid. The raid started at 7 a.m., and once it was underway, Major Alvarez said he called Regalado on the mayor’s cell

“He was angry,” Alvarez recalled. “He told me to stop [the raid].” Alvarez said he refused.

Regalado denies ordering Alvarez to stop. Under the city charter, the mayor is not allowed to give orders to any department heads. Only the city manager can do that. Regalado does admit to calling then City Manager Carlos Migoya and asking him to stop the raids. Migoya refused. “I was asking him to see if they can talk to the police so they can postpone the operation until the after the Miami Parking Authority election,” Regalado said, although it was unclear why an obscure city election two weeks later would have anything to do with a police operation against illegal gambling machines.

Since the raid, and Regalado’s alleged attempts to stop it, the relationship between the chief and the mayor have worsened. The mayor argues Exposito is creating the controversy to take attention away from the recent spate of police shootings in the black community and the calls for the chief to be fired. The chief’s supporters counter that it was only after the chief began speaking out against the maquinitas and the mayor’s campaign contributors that the mayor began to lobby for the chief’s firing. Regardless, the controversy now threatens to move beyond the city of Miami. In an interview with CBS4’s Jim DeFede, Regalado took responsibility for Miami’s plan to tax the video slot machines. But he also admitted the idea came to him after talking to folks in Hialeah, who had passed a similar measure in 2008. And who did he talk to in Hialeah? “I spoke to Mayor Robaina,” Regalado explained. Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina is now the frontrunner in the race to replace Carlos Alvarez as mayor of Miami Dade County. When we approached Robaina after a recent Hialeah City Commission meeting, he seemed happy to see CBS4 News. But his mood quickly

changed when CBS4 News tried to ask him questions about the maquinitas? We wanted to talk to him about the 2008 ordinance he championed that critics say attempted to legitimize more than 1,600 illegal slot machines. “Submit your questions,” he told CBS4’s Jim DeFede. “You know that. Submit your questions.” Robaina raced onto an elevator. But when a reporter and photographer got on with him he finally relented and agreed to answer a few questions. “We can talk about them sure,” he said of the gambling machines. “The city council passed an ordinance that regulates and makes sure that the machines are not being used in an illegal manner.” Well how does the ordinance make sure they are not used in an illegal manner? How is that even possible? “They can not be used for anything that is not an entertainment machine,” he replied.

machines is. “Hialeah is actually allowing these machines by not allowing law enforcement to pick them up.” Alvarez said during one recent raid in Miami, his men followed a truck filled with illegal machines from Miami to a warehouse in Hialeah. Alvarez said that warehouse is one of the bases where the machines were being made.

Unfortunately, that’s not the experience in Miami. Police argue the sole purpose of these machines is to promote illegal gambling.

What does that tell you about the nature of the operation you are dealing with?

“Hialeah is doing it wrong,” said Alvarez, the Miami police major who the department’s expert on gambling

“It is all being hidden,” Alvarez maintained. “And they have found a haven to be at where nobody messes with them. None of those warehouses

could exist here in Miami.” And that haven is Hialeah? “That’s what I’ve noticed, yes,” he said. Hialeah Police Chief Mark Overton bristled at the suggestion he is not doing his job properly. He said he doesn’t routinely pick up the machines because it’s too hard to tell if they are illegal. “If it’s a game of skill or has some element of skill in it then it isn’t illegal,” Overton explained. “And that basically is what the statute says.”

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Foot Surgery For

Fashion MIAMI (CBS4) — Bored with your bunions? Are your arches less than golden? Do you have an Achilles heel? More and more women are turning to cosmetic foot surgery in order to look better in shoes. Women’s shoes have become a 19-billion dollar a year industry and with the rise in popularity of high heels, more women are tip-toeing, literally, towards getting feet that won’t hurt at the end of the day. It’s called the Cinderella Procedure and it involves narrowing the foot medically. “I had the beginning of bunions,” said 63-year-old Natalie Fleming. “It limited me to what shoes I can wear so if I was walking or standing any length of time, my feet would be killing me,” explained Fleming who will finally be able to wear high heels on her daughter’s wedding day. Call it vain or call it pain, Natalie sought help from foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrei who created the Cinderella Procedure. “It’s a kind of surgery that involves addressing the form and function of the foot,” said Dr. Sadrei.

Basically, the procedure narrows your feet and gets rid of bunions. “It is cosmetic in the end but it just look better and inside it’s just a lot healthier and it’s going to last me the rest of my life,” said Fleming. For the perfect ten, toe shortening will fix hammertoes. If you want to get rid of that fat on your body, you can put it on your feet. “We transfer fat from one part of the body to the ball of the foot so the patient can wear their shoes without discomfort,” explained Dr. Sadrei. “Doctors like me are saying here’s a newer procedure that allows the patient to have less risk, easier recovery process, and we can intervene preventively.” Some insurance covers bunion surgery while adding padding to the bottom of your feet can cost 5-hundred dollars or more out of pocket. Toe shortening can cost anywhere from 5-hundred to 15-hundred dollars per toe.

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But where is the skill to hitting a button marked “credits” and then hitting a button marked “play”? “I don’t know, that’s part of the issue,” Overton said. Alvarez says it is common sense. “You saw me play, there is no skill whatsoever,” Alvarez said, standing next to one of the machines he had recently seized in Miami. Alvarez says it defies common sense to believe that someone would play this style of machine – which is nothing more than a video style slot machine – in a bar or corner market if the players weren’t getting paid.

“You have individuals who profit from these illegal machines,” Alvarez said. “They profit a lot of money and all of that money is tax free. It’s all cash. There are no records kept.”

these machines. You think they are actually being used purely for entertainment? You don’t think these machines are part of some effort to foster gambling here in your city?”

How much cash are we talking about? Miami Police officials estimate the average maquinita takes in $1,000 a week. That would mean the 1,600 machines in Hialeah alone are generating $1.6 million a week in cash — or more than $83 million a year.

“No, absolutely not,” Robaina said. “If they are used illegally they will be taken away and those businesses will be shut down. That is what the ordinance says and that is what the city of Hialeah does.

Despite the recent concerns raised by Miami police, Robaina continues to defend having the maquinitas in Hialeah.

So how many Hialeah businesses have been shut down for illegal gambling? Two. Just two businesses have been closed since the ordinance went into effect in 2008.

CBS’s DeFede asked Robaina: “You’ve seen

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Are People Impersonating You On Facebook? MIAMI (CBS4) — On Facebook, you tell people where you work, live, play and who you date. Or if you’re single, where you went to college and where you like to eat and what your hobbies are.

Merritt says cyber-impersonation is a growing problem on social networking sites.

If someone is looking to impersonate you, you could be potentially handing them the blueprint to your life and make it easy for them to cyber-stalk you or worse.

“I can gather information and images of you, photos of you from other legitimate sites and combine them together on a fake profile,” said Merritt. “It tricks your friends, your business contacts, your relatives, all into believing this is a legitimate site.”

Connecting with old friends, family and work colleagues and schoolmates is part of the charm of social networking but what about the downside?

Symantic hasn’t been able to track fake profiles because legally it’s up to social networking sites to take down profiles created by imposters.

Kelly Quigley is a mom and not a fan of social networks. Last year, this protective mom found out that someone created a fake Facebook profile of her then 12-year-old daughter. They used her daughter’s image and posted comments she never made.

Recently, California adopted the criminal e-personation law, created by Senator Joe Simitian. Anyone there caught pretending to be someone else online will face a $1,000 fine, civil penalties and jail time. Other states, including New York and Texas have similar laws. Florida does not currently have an e-personation law.

“They had what I was interested in, what school I went to, said Casey Quigley. “My information was out there. It was just kinda weird, like why would they do that?” The Quigley’s tried repeatedly to report the imposter to Facebook but they say they never received a response. “I tried to call them, we sent them letters, I created a profile myself,” said Kelly. “I did everything in my power to contact Facebook but you can’t get a live person. We considered flying out there to visit, that was going to be our next step.” Symantec, an Internet security firm, wants to rid the net of all hackers and cyber-stalkers but even they admit it’s not easy to get rid of the fakes and phonies. “Fake accounts are easy to make,” said Symantic’s Marian Merritt. “All you need is a legitimate e-mail address.”

So what do you do if someone is pretending to be you? • Set up an automated alert with a search engine. You’ll know when someone creates a new account in your name. • Do a search manually. Put in your name and see what comes up. • Use your privacy settings to the best of your ability. Limit the opportunity for others to compromise your privacy. Nine months after Casey Quigley’s fake profile was created Facebook finally took it down. The company is promising to install new systems to improve safety and security.

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