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February 3, 2012

CBS4 Investigates:


SPEAKS TO THE DEAD While most of us are asleep, night after night she is called to the streets, to unravel the crimes that make nightmares.

ALSO INSIDE Homeless Bills Targeting Pro Sports Teams Make Legislative Rounds S. Florida Colleges Forming Partnerships To Get Jobless Working Is It Possible To Die From A Broken Heart? Doctors Vanishing Smile Lines Using Patient’s Own Skin Pinterest Collects Followers With Innovative Pin Board Concept

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CBS4 Investigates: The Woman Who Speaks To The Dead Forever present is the notion that the victim is someone’s loved one and the truth of how they died, can’t be buried with them. “Why do you care so much about the dead?” asked Gillen.

Reporting Michele Gillen MIAMI ( – While most of us are asleep, night after night she is called to the streets, to unravel the crimes that make nightmares. “Is it a shooting? Is it a stabbing? “ Dr. Emma Lew, the Deputy Medical Examiner in Miami-Dade County tells CBS4? s Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen, that this is one of the first questions she asks when she gets called to a crime scene. A policeman’s flashlight and a shower of moonlight illuminate clues as to how the man at her feet was murdered. Gillen asked Dr. Lew, ”Do you think you’re fascinated by death?” “I believe I am,” Lew responded. Few will recognize Dr. Lew’s face, and that’s no accident. “I try to stay incognito or as unobtrusive as I can. I prefer that people don’t know who I am. I don’t think I look like a typical medical examiner and that’s just fine with me.” For the past two decades, Dr. Lew’s dissected the horror of crime scenes in our streets that ultimately lead to her office… the morgue. “What we are after, is the truth behind the death,” explained Dr. Lew. She painstakingly has performed autopsies on 1,000? s of strangers who mysteriously lost their life.

“Because we have to do it for the living. It’s important to the wife, the husband, to the son, to the mother. It’s important to the family. It’s important to the police, cause if there has been a criminal act that has been carried out, they need to find the person responsible,” Dr. Lew explained. She lives on call, she told Gillen, who asked about the process. “You arrive at the scene. It could be any hour of the day…” “Or night,” Lew added. Then the Medical Examiner sets out to pierce the mask of the obvious. “I am somewhat obsessive compulsive about taking photographs and taking notes at the scene. Not all Medical Examiners take notes,” she explained. Dr. Lew mines for the truth by taking those notes and her own photos. A rarity — in most communities —the medical examiner relies on photos taken by an investigator. Not in Miami-Dade. “So you are really an exception?” asked Gillen. “Our jurisdiction perhaps has our doctors responding to scenes of death more frequently than any… most other jurisdictions in the country,” Lew told Gillen. “Are you grateful for that?” Gillen wondered. “Yes. We are spoiled by that. We get to see with our own eyes, the body in the body, in the context of it’s surroundings,” said Lew. After everything at the scene is documented, the body, back at the morgue, is then studied. Dr. Lew explained the process. “First of all we work from the outside in. We look at the outside of the body front and back. We look at the hands and arms very carefully.”

For devastated loved ones, she is the last to to see and to touch the victim. Family members are no longer allowed to identify the victim in person at the morgue. They are show a photograph instead. “Is it particularly tough when the family needs to come here and identify their family?” asked Gillen.

“We use photographs so that can be a very emotional time for the families. And once in awhile, it can be very emotional for the Medical Examiner too, because they could be sitting in my office crying. Once in awhile, they want to give me a hug because I’m the last person to see their loved one or to take care of their loved one.”

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Raised in Canada, as a young girl Dr. Lew dreamed of becoming a fashion illustrator. At first, her grown up dream of becoming a medical examiner was shot down because she was a woman. “When I started out there were actually professors and people I respected who tried to talk me out of going into Forensic Pathology, suggesting that there are other specialties in Patholody that might be better suited for a female,” Lew explained. In fact, females now dominate crime labs around the country.

“And when they hug you, what do you feel?” asked Gillen

“The females that we have seen are very, very attentive to detail and sometimes that’s really what is needed to get that little finding to document something in a certain way,” said Lew.

“I feel that I’m glad I spent the time to document the things that I did. I want them to feel the closure they so much need,” Lew said.

While her office is one — no one wants to visit– you can count on this doctor to be sorting out secrets..with the hope that truth takes on ..a life of its own.

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Homeless Bills Targeting Pro Sports Teams Make Legislative Rounds Florida’s professional sports franchises to either start housing homeless folks in their stadiums and arenas, or give back the hundreds of millions of dollars they have received from the state.

Reporting Jim DeFede MIAMI (CBS4) – A pair of bills making their way through the Florida legislature could have local homeless sleeping on the 50-yard-line of Sun Life Stadium or up in the rafter of the AmericanAirlines Arena. Florida State Senator Mike Bennett (RBradenton) and State Rep. Frank Artilles (R-Miami) have introduced bills to demand

“I want to make good citizens out of them,” Bennett told CBS4 News Tuesday. “Here we are cutting money for Medicaid, we’re cutting money for education, we’re cutting money for homeless programs and shelters and all these other things and we’re saying, you know what maybe we should ask for that money back since they didn’t do it, they didn’t comply, they chose to ignore the law.” The law Bennett refers to is a provision of a 1988 statute requiring teams that take state money to convert to homeless shelters when the teams aren’t playing. In the 23 years the law has been in existence; it has never been enforced. Bennett and Artilles point out that every

sports team in South Florida has taken millions of dollars of state taxpayer’s money. Across the state the total figure is more than $270 million. “I think they should follow the rule and the rule was you took the money you were supposed to use it for a program for homeless people and you didn’t do it and therefore we want our money back,” Bennett said. But homeless advocates argue warehousing homeless individuals in large facilities is not the answer and would actually be counter-productive. In 1988, when the stadium homeless law was first enacted, there were more than 8,000 people living on the streets of Miami. Today, there are fewer than 800 – with many of those refusing help. “Miami-Dade has a more comprehensive, broader program than most anyplace else in

America,” said Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. The Trust was created in 1993 and spends more than $45 million a year on helping the homeless. “The 27 person homeless trust board would never look at a solution as to housing people in our stadiums and our arenas as an acceptable method to end homelessness,” he added. “That’s just not what we do.” It should be noted that Ron Book is also the lobbyist for the Miami Dolphins. Whether this bill will make it very far remains to be seen. It seems unlikely that legislators will actually be able to claw back the millions they’ve given the various franchises. At the very least though, it offers legislators a chance to beat up on the pro sports teams and their billionaire owners; a sport that is always fun for politicians.

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Guns Becoming Popular For Florida Women every six students. Today, he said women make up half or more of his classes. “Women are being more aware of the need for self defense,” said Mont-Ros. It’s a need that drives Kathy Shabathai to carry a revolver and practice her aim. “It’s as much sport as it is for personal protection,” said Shabathai. “We live in a big city. I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother. I feel competent to protect myself in an emergency.” Reporting Tiffani Helberg MIAMI (CBS4) – Ladies night used to entail a trip to a favorite restaurant or bar. But recently, ladies night is becoming more and more popular at local gun ranges, including the Florida Gun Center in Hialeah. Firearms instructor Ike Mont-Ros said he’s seen a drastic jump in the number of women taking his class. When he started six years ago; there was one woman for

Shabathai is a realtor and often finds herself alone with strangers in strange places. “Some of my colleagues have been attacked unfortunately,” she said. “Occasionally I do take my weapon, if I’m in parts of town that are strange to me and if I think I’m gonna be late at night…its comfortable to have it.” More than 170,000 women in Florida, or roughly 20 percent of the permit holders,

have a concealed weapons license, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture. “Women need to stop playing the victim or being the victim and arm themselves with a gun and defend themselves,” said Regis Giles, the owner of the website Giles said women of all ages log onto her site. “It has increased ever since I started

the website from hundreds to thousands now.” It is a trend that gun manufacturers have also recognized, creating guns that are more appealing to women. “Not only in size, also in adding a little color to it to look a little more eye appealing,” said Mont-Ros. “Definitely, I think they’re paying a lot of attention to females today.”

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S. Florida Colleges Forming Partnerships To Get Jobless Working with a community college. The college designed courses in laser and robotics and re-trained Bray. The president implored more partnerships between businesses and community colleges to get people back to work. In South Florida, Broward College and Miami-Dade College already have formed partnerships with area businesses and are helping the unemployed get back to work.

Reporting Joan Murray COCONUT CREEK (CBS4) – During his state of the union address, President Obama recognized a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Jackie Bray was retrained and is now operating a gas turbine factory in Charlotte. Her new job was possible because her employer Siemens formed a partnership

“We are still a huge manufacturer of megayachts. They needed workers and we created a program to supply the workers,” Broward College president David Armstrong told CBS4’s Joan Murray. More recently, Armstrong said, they created a global trading logistics program to address all the goods that are coming through South Florida ports and by rail. Armstrong also said small manufacturers are looking for skilled workers to turn out their products and the college is eager to offer programs to accommodate those

companies. In addition, the college has a vast health sciences program at their Coconut Creek location that is training people to serve the ever growing aging population. There you can be retrained in health information management, nursing, optometry and respiratory care. Ileana Perez is about to graduate and launch her new career in eye care. Two years ago, Perez was helping to run her husband’s roofing business. But when the economy tanked, Perez knew she had to find a different path. “Running a business to becoming a student was a difficult transition,” she said. “But this is for my family to be able to survive.” Area hospitals recruit and sometimes even pay the tuition for Broward College nursing graduates and as health records increasingly become computerized,

medical staffs will have to be re-trained. The college has an eye toward that retraining. President Obama urged local governments to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers. Places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to hightech manufacturing.

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Miami Resident Starts Online Petition To Prevent Midtown Walmart some major new condo projects. And it may soon be the new home to a Walmart Superstore. Since 2005, the world’s largest retailer has tried to open a new store in Miami. Despite it representing a possible multimillion dollar construction project and potentially adding hundreds of new jobs to the community, Walmart’s faced stiff opposition. Reporting Al Sunshine MIAMI (CBS4) – It could shape up as a battle for a key re-development project in the crown jewel of an inner city’s rebirth: Miami’s midtown district off Miami avenue and NW 34th street. During the middle of the day, it’s not hard to see there’s a lot more space for new developments and it’s in the shadows of

Local resident Grant Stern’s already collected several hundred signatures on a new online petition drive at that he just started. He wants to block Walmart from opening a new Midtown store. “I started the petition because Walmart is not a job creator, it’s a job killer. It kills local small businesses and this area has been underserved for years,” said Stern.

“It’s moving in just as this area is finally starting to regrow.” While Walmart declined to comment to CBS4 about it’s Midtown plans, published reports indicate it may already have a contract for this property. In a prepared statement Walmart says : “In large cities all across the country, customers are shopping Walmart. Miami is no different and we think our store can be part of the solution for residents who need a job or want more convenient access to affordable food and other products their families need,” said Walmart spokesman Steve Restivo. While critics say Walmart increases traffic and drives out other businesses, the economic impact of all the construction, new hiring and sales revenues can’t be denied.

Miami resident Roosevelt Merisier thinks Miami needs more economic development and thinks Walmart would be a good neighbor. Merisier, an assistant manager at a local pharmacy, says his store gets dozens of job applicants a week and knows the local job market is still very tight. “They just got to create more development, there aren’t enough new opportunities here,” said Merisier. “They need to do more to create a lot more opportunities.” Miami City officials say they are not aware of Walmart’s possible plans for a new store in Midtown, which could be open and ready to start hiring by next year. But they say it would still have to undergo building and zoning approvals from City Hall and possible Public Hearings to consider any opposition.

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Fla. Unemployment Rate Drops Below 10% December.

Reporting Tim Kephart MIAMI ( – Florida’s unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent in December for the first time since April 2009. According to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s unemployment dropped to 9.7 percent in December. Still, the unemployment rate in Florida was more than a point above the national unemployment rate of 8.5 percent in

“Florida continues to see gains in its private sector job creation and a decrease in our unemployment rate – now down to single digits,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Working with the Florida Legislature to create the strongest economy in the nation, I am focused on eliminating burdens on businesses and improving our workforce development efforts to attract needed jobs that can help Floridians get back to work and aid in our economic recovery.” Locally, the news wasn’t always as rosy on the jobs front. In Miami-Dade County, the unemployment rose in December to 10.3 percent. In November of 2011, the unemployment rate in Miami-Dade was 9.5 percent. But, yearover-year, Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate dropped from 13.1 percent in December 2010 to 10.3 in December 2011.

Based on Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate, more than 135,000 workers were currently receiving unemployment benefits. Broward County continued to show improvement in the unemployment rate. In December, the unemployment rate in Broward was 8.5 percent, which was down from 8.7 percent in November. Compared to December 2010, Broward County’s

unemployment has dropped 1.7 percent. Overall in Broward County, a little more than 84,000 workers were still on unemployment benefits in December 2011. Monroe County paced the state again with an unemployment rate of just 6.2 percent. That left just 2,813 workers in the Keys still on unemployment benefits.

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Experts Taking Closer Look At Obama’s Foreclosure Plan Obama detailed his latest plan to help families stay in their homes until the job market improves.

“You have to get the government out of the mess, governments created the mess,” Romney said.

The topic turned into a major campaign debate, and like so many other issues, both sides remain deeply divided.

But earlier this Fall, Romney was more blunt.

While rebuilding the U.S. economy was a key focus of the president’s address, most home owners may have been more interested in his latest plans to make it easier to find cheap mortgages and prevent foreclosures. “That’s why I’m sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing at historically low rates,” Obama said.

Reporting Al Sunshine MIAMI (CBS4)- Fixing the housing market and helping families from losing their homes was a key focus for President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address. But Americans are waiting to hear more on the plan.

But it turns out the president’s plan sounds like the same one he proposed last fall that still hasn’t been approved by congress, according to Weston foreclosure expert Roy Oppenheim. “It was nothing new,” he said. “It was kind of just a rehash of old programs.” At Monday’s republican debate, Mitt Romney said the government needs to stay on the sidelines and reverse the latest banking reforms.

“Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process,” he said. “Let it run its course and hit the bottom… allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up and let it turn around and come back up.” Oppenheim said not much is being done. “Their platform is to embrace Ron Paul’s policy and that is to do nothing,” Oppenheim said. “They have absolutely no plans, in fact, we’ve gone to their Web site, we’ve called the campaigns, we’ve asked for their formal white papers and none of them have anything subsequently to say about the foreclosure crisis anywhere in the United States.” Fixing the foreclosure problem is expected to remain a hot campaign issue long after the president’s State of the Union address is forgotten, CBS4’s Al Sunshine reported. But there is still no sign of any bi-partisan agreement on how to better keep families from losing their homes.

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Miami Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Signs 5-Year Contract Florida International University. “I’m not mean, but very demanding. I’m really like a bit of a witch. So that they do what I want to,” Marturet said. Venezuelan born Marturet has been conducting the Miami Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Since that time, the symphony’s budget has increased from $700,000 to $1.5 million.

Reporting Shannon Hori MIAMI (CBS4)- The Miami Symphony Orchestra will perform An Evening in Vienna at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday, and the man holding the baton recently signed a five year contract that will keep him in South Florida into 2017. Maestro Eduardo Marturet invited CBS4’s Shannon Hori to a rehearsal at

Marturet said the additional dollars were needed so that the musicians could get paid more competitively and they could increase the number of concerts. “Ultimately the orchestra belongs to the community and what we do here is to rise the level,” said Marturet. Marturet is also trying to offer a variety of music. Last October they conducted a concert featuring music from The Beatles.

Daniel Andai, the Concertmaster said, “(Marturet) is wonderful. He brings all the music alive. Makes it a lot of fun. Draws us into the music.” Marturet has travelled the world conducting on three continents. He’s earned a Latin Grammy nomination. While he plays a few instruments, he said conducting is in his blood.

“If I were born again,” Marturet said, “I’d become a conductor again.”

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The Genting Group Meets With S. Fla. Business Owners For Support project would be bigger than any other resort in town and if the developer has its way, it will feature a large casino. But the building owners and managers have other concerns, besides gambling. Many of them own and run the high-rise office buildings surrounding the proposed resort site in the Omni District.

Reporting Natalia Zea MIAMI (CBS4) – Developers of the proposed 3 billion dollar Miami casino resort project met with a key group of people today, the owners and managers of office buildings throughout South Florida.

“We believe they are a critical group, one that will stand to potentially benefit from some of the spillover, economic impact our resort will have here in the Greater downtown area,” Resorts World Miami Vice President Jesse Manzano-Plaza told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

The Genting Group wants them on board with the controversial plan.

“It’s all about the market and how it will impact the surrounding buildings,” said Vicki Vaisden, president of BOMA, the Building Owners and Managers Association.

The proposed Resorts World Miami

The BOMA members were instantly

relieved to hear during the luncheon and question-and-answer session Friday afternoon at the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, that the 10-million square foot resort project is not set to include office space, eliminating competition in a market that already has too many vacancies. “The office building people are glad it’s going to be entertainment, and the direction it’s going. I think it’s better for all of us here,” said Vaisden. But like many of the people who live in this area, the building owners and managers worry about the additional traffic that would come with the resort. Manzano-Plaza said they are accepting feedback and want to resolve the traffic concerns as well. “Listen, we’re going to bring new visitors to Miami-Dade County and we don’t want them sitting in traffic getting to our

property, so we’re gonna work with them to address those issues.” A recent CBS4, Miami Herald, Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 poll shows 45% of South Floridians oppose the Resort Casino project. 47% support it and 8% aren’t sure. But Manzano-Plaza believes project opponents will change their minds. “I think this community, this is a community hit hard by the recession, is going to realize, yes we want new jobs, yes we want private investment, and we support this concept of destination resorts.” Two expanded gaming bills are making their way through the state legislature right now, but even if they don’t pass the Genting Group says they will still build a resort at the proposed site, though it could be smaller and take longer than five years to develop.

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Is It Possible To Die From A Broken Heart? aunt and uncle had been married for 67years. They had two kids, two grandchildren, and had moved to the U.S. from Egypt to work in the garment industry. “Virtually everything they did was together,” Mimoun told CBS4? s Cynthia Demos.

Reporting Cynthia Demos AVENTURA (CBS4) – When Orit Mimoun thinks of her Aunt Rozine Hassun and Uncle Albert Hassun, there is nothing but smiles.

She showed Demos pictures of them always touching each other, and always laughing at each others jokes for almost seven decades. “They were not only husband and wife they were best friends too. It’s the joy of life… they had the joy of life together. The joy of life, that’s what I would say,” said Mimoun.

‘It’s a love story. It’s very rare,” said Mimoun. “You don’t find things like that today.”

But as Demos learned, in November of 2010, the joy in Rozine’s life ended when Albert died. Her niece said Rozine was here, but was no longer living.

Mimoun is referring to the fact that her

“The day he died it’s like Rozine died

too,” remembered Mimoun. He was 82. She was 80. “She had no interest in life anymore,” Mimoun observed. Although Rozine was in perfect health, about seven months after Albert died, she suffered a massive heart attack and died. Was it the result of Broken Heart Syndrome? “Evidence suggests a love connection between married couples,” said Cardiologist Dr. Alan Ackermann. Dr. Ackermann says it is very rare to die from Broken Heart Syndrome, but it does happen. “So basically doctors can read emotion. Yes we can. We can even film it,” Ackermann insisted as he pointed to an X-Ray. Typically however, people do recover from the syndrome. It usually mimics a

heart attack but with no blockages. It can happen within weeks to a year-and-a-half after a traumatic event. In this recent presentation to the America Heart Association, 6,000 people with Broken Heart Syndrome were studied. Most recovered with medicine. A report from Beth Israel Medical Center, published two weeks ago, shows the immediate effects of Broken Heart Syndrome, which mostly effects women. “Look at him looking at her grinning right there. That’s cute,” Mimoun told Demos as they looked at pictures Orit said some may find it sad that her Aunt’s heart was so broken she could no longer live, but she says that to her, it’s just a sign that her aunt and uncle had a life worth living. The Hassun’s 68th wedding anniversary would have been this month.

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Personal Weight Loss Journey Of A CBS4 Producer Friends and co-workers noticed the change in his weight and he shared his personal story on how he did it with very little money and motivation from something very precious to him.

time to lose weight wasn’t easy.

“It was getting worse and worse, so I basically needed to do something about it,” Alex told CBS4’s Jawan Strader.

“She is inspiration, she is the reason, I wanted to be around when she was a grown woman and she’s graduating from college and the path that I was going, I wasn’t going to get there,” said Alex. “I needed to do something to make sure I got there.”

In pictures of Alex before his weight loss, you’ll see a happy family man, but behind the smile was a man struggling with his weight. Reporting Jawan Strader DORAL ( – Many people may have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight but not CBS4 Producer Alex Hernandez. Hernandez, who battled obesity for years, decided to take on the weight loss challenge almost two years ago and his perseverance and determination has definitely paid off.

At his heaviest, standing at five-foot-seven, the 34-year-old weighed 247 pounds and his weight was slowly taking a toll. “You didn’t feel good in the sense that you go up a flight of stairs and you would be winded or you would try to run after your daughter or try to do things around the house and not feel as happy as you should,” explained Alex. Alex decided that it was time to make a change. But with a hectic schedule as a family man and producer at CBS 4, making

He soon got a wake-up call to move forward with his weight loss plans when his baby girl Caitlyn was born.

Alex hit the ground walking first for exercise. He then changed his diet from junk food, to healthy foods by eating more veggies, fruits, salads and healthy meals. But changing his diet wasn’t easy. “I love some fried chicken, I love ice cold soda, I love a bag of Doritos but that stuff is bad,” said Alex. But he eventually took all of his bad eating habits out of his diet and focused on eating right and working out, with his inspiration Caitlyn, guiding him from the comforts of her stroller “We go down the street and we walk. And we basically spend an hour or hour and a

half walking every day. And some days it may be an hour and forty-five minutes,” said Alex. After about three or four months, Alex saw the weight coming off. His shirt size went from a double XL to a medium. His pants went from a 42-inch waist size to a 30-inch waist. Currently, Alex is 100-pounds lighter weighing only 146 pounds. Alex said he feels great, but he owes his loss to the precious bundle of joy that inspires him every day. “They’re no words to explain it. It’s something that needed to be done. I wanted to be there for her when she’s older and for hopefully our other children if we have any and this is a simple thing that I needed to take upon myself to do it.” Jawan also spoke with a registered and licensed dietician who recommends consulting with your doctor before going on any diet.

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Doctors Vanishing Smile Lines Using Patient’s Own Skin on her physically. She said it’s time for those smile lines to go. Enter Dr. Diane Walder, a Miami Beach Dermatologist. “We are just going to take small pieces of skin,” Walder explained. It’s the beginning of a brand new procedure just approved… called Laviv.

Reporting Cynthia Demos MIAMI (CBS4) – Sue Chase is 69-years old. She said her life has been great. She’s had a wonderful husband, kids and grandkids. She’s had a lot to smile and chuckle about. “I laugh all the time,” said Chase. But all those good times have taken a told

“This is different from filler or Botox cause you’re actually using your own collagen producing cells to continue making collagen in your skin,” Walder told Demos. Dr. Walder will send these three pieces of skin from behind the ear to a lab. In three months the fiberblast cells will have multiplied and the cells that grow Sue’s very own collagen will be injected into her smile lines. Right now the procedure is only approved for smile lines. But that

is expected to be expanded. “The studies are being done now to apply to neck, arm and eyes.. to go back to skin we had when we were babies,” said Walder. That’s good news for Sue who is interested in more than just those smile lines.

“I would love to do my neck cause I don’t want to go under a knife,” said Chase. The procedure is not covered by insurance. It costs $3,000 to get rid of these smile lines, but Sue says it’s worth it. She said she’d rather have her laughs and smiles as memories with no evidence.

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FAU Study Finds Babies Learn To Speak By Watching Mouths possibility that learning language and learning how to speak really requires not only auditory information but visual information,” said Lewkowicz. Using a special eye-tracking device, researchers can see exactly where on the adult’s face the baby is focusing his or her eyes when the adult is speaking. Mia watches the adult’s eyes. But the study shows babies older than 6 months, focused most of their looks on the mouth region. Reporting Natalia Zea MIAMI (CBS4) – Six month old Mia is one of nearly 200 babies that helped in groundbreaking research conducted by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. For 2 years, FAU Professor David Lewkowicz and his team studied where infants are looking, when adults like their parents are talking. “Very few people really have considered the

“Our thinking is they’re doing it because they’re trying to access the most accurate information that represents the speech of their native language,” said Lewkowicz. Once infants reach a year old, their attention then goes back to the adults eyes. But Lewkowicz says it’s clear babies are learning as much from the visual cues, as the audible ones during that critical six month time period. Monica Vega’s daughter Cecilia is two years old. She told CBS4? s Natalia Zea that this

study could have helped her and will help other parents. “The more information the better, it helps us all. Now you’ll focus on them looking at their mouth, like you’ll want them to look at you more when you’re speaking,” said Vega. The study also shows that parents may want to spend less time popping in DVDs for their little ones, and more time speaking face to

face. The study may also help diagnose autism at an earlier age. Lewkowicz said children with autism have a tougher time moving their focus away from the lips and going back to focusing on the eyes after a year of age. But he admitted more studies need to be done in that area.

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Pinterest Collects Followers With Innovative Pin Board Concept Powell told CBS4’s Jorge Estevez. Powell is a Pinterest enthusiast. This South Florida woman loves to share her favorite things with her followers. “DIY, food, and drinks, women’s apparel, hair and beauty, pets, travel… it has everything,” said Powell.

Reporting Jorge Estevez MIAMI (CBS4) – Think of Pinterest as your personal file cabinet with all the folders you need and all the drawers you could ever wish for. Add to that, the convenience of having it all neatly cataloged on your very own web page. “I would describe it as the best thing ever. That is how I would describe it,” Jamila

So how does she do it? She simply finds things she sees online and virtually pins them on her Pin Board by category. The site saves the link and that way she can go back and look for it later when she has time. “If you see something you can pin it on your board, so that way you never have to worry about seeing something and never knowing where you saw it at,” explained Powell. ”It allows me to go in and find things and it inspires me to try different things.” The categories are endless. In the do it yourself section, she found a decorative

wreath, which after clicking, lead her to how to create one of her own.

really gets you off your couch and it gets you out and thinking and being creative.”

A picture of a delicious looking chocolate cake took her to the recipe. And ideas on how to decorate a brides chair at her wedding, brought her other wedding ideas.

And yes, it is entertaining and informative and with four million people on that site it is only growing. And the best part is that you can send your Pinterest board over to your Twitter and Facebook account so everyone can benefit from your favorite things.

“It is yet another basic instance where we are taking basic human interaction and going online with it,” explained South Florida Social media expert, Jewel Figueras. He embraces any website that can allow people to share what they have learned. ”It is the convenience. I mean how often Jorge have you found something on the web and said, oh my gosh! Then three weeks later I need to find that and I wish I had kept it. It is a way of keeping it.” And it is more than just keeping things, it is about sharing ideas that can get you motivated to try something new whenever you get around to it,” said Figueras. “It

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Another Abandoned, Starving Thoroughbred Found In S. Florida stray in the area of SW 195th Avenue and 202nd Street on Saturday night in Southwest Miami-Dade. She is currently recovering at the SFSPCA rescue ranch. Foolish Treasure ran her last race at Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack in 2008. “After 2008, she falls off the radar,” stated Jeanette Jordan, President of SFSPCA. “I’m just glad we got to her in time before she was hit by a car or starved to death.” Since last Wednesday, January 25th, the SFSPCA has rescued a total of 10 horses including five Thoroughbreds, one Quarter Horse and four ponies.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For the third time in less than a week, the South Florida SPCA has rescued another emaciated, injured Thoroughbred. According to the SFSPCA, the horse, identified by a tattoo, is named Foolish Treasure. She was found as a

“With over 50 horses at the rescue ranch right now, we could use the public’s help to provide food and veterinary care for them,” stated Jordan. Donations can be made at or sent to SFSPCA, 15476 NW 77 Court, #440, Miami Lakes, FL 33016.

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Pet Adoptions Resume At Miami-Dade Animal Services virus from spreading. In early January, 23 dogs at the shelter, located at 7401 NW 74th Street, became sick. Eighteen of the dogs were confirmed to have the illness. Distemper, a viral infection, is extremely contagious so officials at the shelter quarantined the dogs for two weeks. During that time, the dogs were monitored for symptoms and received antibiotic treatments for secondary bacterial infections. Reporting Lisa Cilli MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re looking for a new four legged friend, Miami-Dade Animal Services has resumed pet adoptions after being shut down for weeks due to an outbreak of Canine Distemper. The distemper concerns first showed up earlier this month, forcing the shelter to go on lockdown at one point, to prevent the

But after weeks of cleaning, testing, vaccinations and quarantines for nearly 70 of the dogs, Animal Services announced it has resumed all of its services including pet adoptions, spay and neuter surgeries, vaccination and microchip clinic, stray and owner surrender intake and stray pickup by animal control officers. Dogs have been waiting for this day for weeks, CBS4’s Tiffani Helberg reported.

“This is a tremendous setback for the department and for the community,” said Kathleen Labrada, Animal Services manager. “This disease is a community issue. It’s related to unvaccinated pets in our community coming into the shelter environment and then that disease spreading throughout the shelter.” Animal Services said a total of 44 dogs had to be euthanize, with slightly more than half of them were confirmed through testing to have the disease. “There were additional dogs euthanized, not necessarily due to the distemper virus,” Labrada said. “Dogs that were injured or may have had skin conditions or other contagious upper respiratory diseases were euthanized as well.” Notably, some of the dogs are still showing low levels of virus in their blood, but they are ready to be adopted.

“These dogs, their health, has been screened. They have been tested twice, the low level of viral particles that they’re currently shedding is likely due to a vaccine interaction,” Labrada said. “They’ve been under quarantine for two weeks and have received two sets of vaccines. These are great dogs that need to go home.” Photographs and profiles of pets currently available for adoption can be viewed at Animal Services has a history of distemper outbreak. There was also one in March of 20122. However, Animal Services has plans to move into a new shelter in December of 2013. The new building has appropriate quarantine areas to limit diseases, such as Canine Distemper, from spreading.

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Delano South Beach Hotel Gets Facelift It’s the place where tourists and locals come and soak up the atmosphere, and world class designer Phillipe Starke created the first indoor outdoor lobby at the hotel offering a seamless flow between the two. Starck has assembled an international collection of furniture and objects, including works from such renowned artists as Antonio Gaudi, Man Ray, Charles and Ray Eames, Salvador Dali and Mark Newson. Now owned by the Morgans Hotel Group, it just acquired the Light Group, a Las Vegas based company, and the move is giving the iconic hotel a bit of a makeover. Morgans Hotel Group’s vice president JP Oliver said, “It’s a new style of glamour and sophistication. And a new type of marketing arm.” Reporting Lisa Petrillo MIAMI BEACH (CBS4)- Since it first opened in 1995 under hotelier Ian Schrager, the Delano has maintained its uber-cool reputation, but now the hotel is getting an even greater facelift.

First and foremost is the grand opening of Bianca, the new restaurant, which was once known as the Blue Door and formerly owned by Madonna. The new look is softer with blonde woods and light textures, and the food is inviting.

“The food is indicative of the dining room,” said executive chef Brian Massey. “Organic food, with an Italian flair, prosciutto with burrata cheese, grilled octopus, shaved artichokes with parmesan and salmon carpaccio, for example.” The outdoor spaces were also renovated. The infinity edge pool remains the same. But the pool area is now lined with brand new cabanas and a completely re-figured beach club area, making the backyard feel like a club during the day and night. “It was time for a facelift as the hotel is almost 16 years,” Oliver said. “We want to continue to be the style setters and leaders in the market.” Oliver said despite slower times in recent years for the hotel business on South Beach, 2012 is looking good. “This last year was great and January, moving forward, looks like it will be a record year.” said Oliver. Bianca at the Delano officially opened for business on January 27th.

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Manolo Blahnik Launches Line At Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour Shops Sarah Jessica Parker said it best on “Sex and The City,” and she said it often. “Hello Lover,” said Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, drooling over a pair of Manolo’s in the window. George Malkamus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik Shoes, said the exposure was great for the company. “That was unbelievable for business and our brand because what it did was introduce us to a younger customer and a new customer,” said Malkamus. Malkamus is launching the line at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour Shops for the first time, premiering the Spring collection. You’ll find everything from sparkly shoes to flats, sassy sandals and pretty pumps. Reporting Lisa Petrillo MIAMI (CBS4)- Manolo Blahnik became a worldwide brand and household name almost overnight, and now there’s good news for South Floridian shoe lovers.

One thing you won’t find is a sky high platform. “He doesn’t do platforms,” Malkamus said. “He thinks if you see a woman wearing what he calls chair shoes, when you walk down the stairs everyone is only going to look at the chairs, not the beautiful women wearing them.” Their sticker price is no walk in the park. An average pair

of Manolo’s runs from $700 to $900 a pair, and up. Still many women from all walks of life want to walk in a pair of Manolo’s. “There’s a line in the show that Carrie says, ‘I have a closet filled with Manolo Blahnik’s and I can’t afford an apartment,’” laughed Malkamus.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Taurus (Apr. 21-May 21)

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Read some books on self awareness. Go after your goals. Relatives may play an important role in your social activities. Don’t overspend to impress others. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Plan your social events carefully. You can open up to your mate and let them know what you expect out of this relationship. Expect to experience a sudden reversal of fortune. Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about romance. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Tell it like it is. Get involved in the activities of children. You can make some favorable changes to your looks. Your depressed mood has been hard to shake. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Investments are best left alone this month. Try to keep a low profile. Sudden changes could result in estrangement’s. Selfimprovement projects will payoff in more ways than one. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 22)

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 18)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 20)

Friends and relatives may not understand your needs. Do your own thing. Feeling under the weather may be a result of overindulgence. Dinner, theater, or a comedy club may be just the place. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Do a little extra work at home. If you can put some work into home improvements, you should. Your passionate nature may make you jealous if your mate has been too busy to take care of your needs. Do your own thing. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Avoid purchasing expensive items. Keep your feelings to yourself if you want to avoid embarrassment. Problems with gas, oil, or water in your home may disrupt your routine. In-laws or relatives may oppose your personal intentions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

You need to clear up some important personal documents before the end of the year. Work hard on improving your living quarters. You need to get out if you want to meet potential partners. You can set your goals and make a beeline for your target. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Sagitarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You will gain new friends if you get involved in environmental issues. This will be a good day for research and for sitting down with some good, informative reading material. Go with the flow and don’t let the unsettled atmosphere get on your nerves. Try to get every one involved; it will help bring you closer together. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Don’t take your frustrations out on loved ones. Use your inventiveness to find solutions. You can bet officials will be waiting for you when you do. You can enjoy your involvement in organizations that make charitable contributions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

You can expect changes at your work place. You will have some wonderful ideas that should bring you extra money. Secret enemies will be eager to spread rumors about you. Misunderstandings could cause confusion and upset. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.


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Someone you work with may be withholding valuable information. Travel will initiate new friendships or love connections. Be careful not to push your luck or take too much for granted when dealing on either a personal or professional level. Learn some new skills that will increase your in come. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

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