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UNMANNED CONTROL TOWERS 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.

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I-Team: 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

t h e controller. C B S 4 investigative reporter, Stephen S t o c k , w h o ’ s looked into t h i s problem before,

out 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 l a n d e d w i t h o u t assistance.

takes a closer look at an issue making national headlines and talks to a former air traffic controller. 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 7-37

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.” That plane also landed on its own. Within minutes, the missing controller turned up. Rob Misick said, “ The FAA is all about the bottom line. Safety takes a back seat.” 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. Rob Misick said, “Like all other facilities especially the larger ones, they’re understaffed. 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 between airplanes in the air and on the ground. And another I-Team 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. 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.

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I-Team: You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: Medicare Fraud Fugitives Caught indictment charges that the scheme landed the sisters $4,275,799.75 in actual Medicare payments, taxpayer dollars they weren’t due. Gerald Roy is the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services… Deputy Inspector General Roy said the arrests of the Guilarte sisters shows federal investigators will span the globe to seek justice for those who steal from Medicare. “We have a global reach and we certainly will find you,” said Roy.

M I A M I (CBS4) – Federal authorities are calling it the largest international Medicare fraud bust to date. The arrests out of Bogota, Colombia, Monday follow a joint investigation in November, 2009, into Medicare fraud by the CBS4 I-Team and CBS’s newsmagazine 60 MINUTES. CBS4 I-Team investigator Stephen Stock has the story of how investigators from the US Department of Health and Human Services finally caught up to two international fugitives wanted scamming Medicare out of millions. If you weren’t looking closely, you might have thought they were tourists returning to Miami from overseas. Instead, shortly after midnight, early Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011, 54 yearold Caridad Guilarte was escorted in handcuffs by federal agents off Avianca Airlines flight number 8 out of Bogota, Colombia. Caridad was followed closely behind by her 56 year-old sister Clara, also in handcuffs.

“We’re sending a message here that if you steal from Medicare and if you abscond with our money and think you can hide out in a foreign country you’d better think again,” said Roy. Roy spoke to the CBS4 I-Team from Washington, D.C. after the Guilarte sisters were brought back to the US through Miami International Airport early in the morning. “What they did was they brought in Medicare beneficiaries and paid those beneficiaries anywhere from $50 to $100 for their Medicare number,” said Roy. “And those beneficiaries received infusion therapy. These are invasive services with no medical necessity.” According to Florida Department of State business records obtained by the I-Team, the Guilarte sisters actually started by setting up medical clinics in Miami and Orlando. Federal authorities have long said that South Florida spawns various Medicare fraud schemes. Schemes that are tried out here then, if successful, they are exported by those who would commit fraud to cities around the country such as Detroit.

Federal agents say both women had been hiding out in Bogota after being indicted on 11 different federal counts charging them with running a Medicare fraud scheme out of Dearborn, Michigan, near Detroit.

“They (Medicare fraud schemes are) tested here and funnel out to different parts of the country,” said special agent Omar Perez. “(Detroit, Houston, Baton Rouge and) Los Angeles are seeing some of same schemes (as South Florida.)”

According to the federal indictment, it was a scheme that requested $9,122,159.35 in fraudulent Medicare claims. And the

Special agent Omar Perez is with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Office of

Investigations. Perez helps run the Medicare fraud task force here in South Florida and says the fraud schemes developed here, like the ones allegedly run by the Guilarte sisters, are then transplanted to cities across the country, such as outside Detroit where the sisters ended up. “South Florida is ground zero,” said Perez. “It’s where (the fraud schemes) are developed, where (they are) tested, and once (the schemes are) proven (then) ships out to other parts of the country.” “These schemes spread from area to area,” said Gerald Roy. “The Guilarte sisters, for example, started their scheme in South Florida and saw fertile ground and a new beneficiary core up in the Dearborn, Michigan, area and decided to move their base of operations to that particular area.” This was the largest international Medicare fraud bust to result from a tip generated by a brand new top ten fugitive website established and run by HHS. The fugitive website is devoted only to people charged with Medicare fraud who are still at large. Many if not most of those on the website are believed to have fled the country and are hiding out overseas. The website has been active only since February. but in that time, HHS officials say it has already generated more than 60,000 hits.

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I-Team: Impact of Mercury on the Florida Ibis MIAMI (CBS4) – As Spanish moss drifts in a winter breeze, and sunset beckons the Florida Ibis home, Dr. Peter Frederick searches for his perch to observe the snowflake white bird, that thanks to him, has made history. “I believe we uncovered something that people have not been able to see very often,” says Frederick. If ever! The scientist has just completed an experiment of a lifetime. It shows that when Ibis were exposed to the common chemical contaminant mercury, it caused male birds to mate with male birds. A wildlife ecologist at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Frederick had long suspected mercury exposure had resulted in birds not breeding in their natural habitat. Mercury is a known disrupter of the reproductive system in animals and humans. But in his experiment, breed they did…however…”In many cases it was males breeding with males,” he shared with Chief I Team Investigator Michele

Gillen. Yes, males courted and paired off with other males which made headlines around the world. “What I found most stunning was that the homosexual pairs, the male-male pairs stayed together for so long.” The reason the work of Frederick and his team was groundbreaking was that the birds were raised in captivity and through their diet they were exposed to different doses of mercury, none more than what has been found in the environment. Most chilling? Even when exposed to the lowest dose, mating behavior was effected. “We have never seen that before. In one group we had 55% of the males pairing with males. This was not trivial.” But that is not all. The males actually acted as if they were females and had laid eggs, even though they of course, could not. “That’s right. They were going through the whole process. They were sitting on the nest. Standing around it. Protecting it from

other birds.” It turns out the hormone levels of the male birds most exposed to mercury had the lowest levels of the male hormone testosterone. “They certainly had female hormones,” explains Frederick. “Hormones can be easily upset. I think that is the scary part. We are to some extent controlled by what we are exposed to,” There was also a dramatic impact on the female birds. While the males were mostly nurturing, the females most exposed to mercury became some of the most non- caring moms. “They came in and fed them, stood back and beat them up.” The impact on the lack of mating between the males and female Ibis?

The study showed a

5 0 percent reduction in the amount of babies that were born and survived. “If it begins to take down a population it is pretty serious.” he reflects with Gillen, as they observed the Ibis at Lake Ann. All his work is recorded in 16 diaries and should put a spotlight – he hopes – on the impact of mercury in the wild. “We don’t appreciate that they are eating it 24/7. The birds and the fish are the bellwethers. If their population is strongly effected by contaminates, do you really believe we will not be?”

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Commissioners To Ask Voters For $86K Salary Hike times, influenced by them. Commissioners have argued that to get the job done right, a sitting commissioner should make a full-time salary. But voters who recently recalled two longtime, sitting leaders over increased taxes and may not be swayed. MIAMI (CBS4) - Do MiamiDade county commissioners deserve an $86,000 raise? That will be among the controversial charter questions that voters will be asked to decide when they vote on a countywide referendum May 24th. On the same day, voters will be asked to elect a new mayor and county commissioner, seats that were left vacant when voters recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez and longtime County Commissioner Natasha Seijas. Currently, commissioners are paid $6,000 a month and critics have said commissioners are distracted by their outside jobs and, at

Other reforms placed before voters will include placing 12-year term limits on sitting commissioners. A move Miami billionaire businessman Norman Braman criticized to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. “The proposals put forth are outrageous. The commission threw it all in the face of voters,’’ Braman told the newspaper. “To think these people would stay in office until 2024 is just incredible.” (©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report)

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Family Asks For Help Solving 2009 Murder Of Daughter “I loved being with her so much,” Alex Thomas said. “She always wanted to give everyone a helping hand.” If you can help there’s a cash reward of up to $5,000, and you can remain anonymous.

MIAMI (CBS4) – The family of a 54-yearold teacher and Air Force veteran who was gunned down in December, 2009 by a killer with an AK-47 assault rifle are appealing for the public’s help in solving this crime. Carol Taylor lost her life in that shooting, just after leaving a friend’s home in Miami Gardens where she had had her hair done. Police have some leads and a description of the gunman, but they are stumped in finding him. The victim is described as a “very good person.” The story is featured on “Crime Stoppers Miami,” which is broadcast at 10 p.m. every Saturday night on TV-33. The show is the latest weapon in the fight against crime in South Florida. In a re-enactment featured on the show, you see a gunman getting out of his vehicle and approaching Taylor’s car and firing repeatedly at her. “Any parent who had 21 bullets fired into her daughter’s car would not be able to fathom how this could happen to their daughter,” said Taylor’s mother, Catherine Thomas. “She was an innocent woman. This was such a senseless act. My husband is sick. This is an 80-year-old man. Everyone loved her. She had a great personality. She loved to teach. She loved her children in school and they loved her.” “If this person is caught,” said Thomas, “I will go to court every day and I will let him know what this has done to our family.” Taylor’s father, Alex Thomas, still grieves.

“Crime Stoppers Miami” also features the June 5, 2010 murder in Miami of Kareem Berry, who was shot and killed near the Biscayne Shopping Plaza while riding his bicycle. A re-enactment shows how he tried to escape, but was chased by the gunman. “Crime Stoppers Miami” is hosted by Richard Masten, Director of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and includes a segment that is co-hosted by CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez that profiles some of the most wanted fugitives here in South Florida.

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Guide To S. Fla. Water Restrictions South Florida’s Year-Round Water Restrictions, What Does That Mean To Me? The Year-Round Conservation Measures Landscape Irrigation rule establishes a twoday-a-week landscape watering schedule throughout the District, with a three-day-aweek provision for users in some counties. In all cases, re-use water used for irrigation is exempt from restrictions. With little recent rainfall, and forecasts for continuing dry conditions, water conservation is even more important. Here Are The Restrictions: Watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off. Restrictions apply to all users of municipal and county water utilities and wells. Residents and businesses with an ODDnumbered street address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Lawn watering is permitted on WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Residents and businesses with an EVENnumbered street address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8*), no street address, or who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones, including multi-family units and Homeowner Associations: Lawn watering is permitted on THURSDAYS and SUNDAYS from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Residents should choose from one of two “watering windows” (before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.) on their designated irrigation days. For the most efficient use of water,

residents should avoid irrigating during both time periods on the same day. To report a water restriction violation, please call 3-1-1. Some exceptions Restrictions don’t apply for car and boat washing, pressure cleaning of paved surfaces, decorative fountains and waterbased recreation (e.g. swimming pools, water slides). Golf courses have no restrictions. Users of 100 percent reclaimed water are exempt from restrictions, but encouraged to conserve water. Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drop and micro jet systems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restricted but is encouraged to be reduced.

Sidewalks, driveways and other paved surfaces can be washed with low-pressure cleaning equipment only. Do I Still Need To Conserve If It Rains? Yes, rainfall in South Florida is usually very localized, sometimes raining on one side of the street and not on the other, or in one area, but not across a region. All areas in South Florida depend on the same interconnected system of ground and surface water, with Lake Okeechobee serving as the back up water supply.

Newly Planted Garden and Landscaping New landscaping can be watered during the corresponding hours listed above every day, except Fridays, for the first 90 days it is installed. Save the receipt with the date of purchase. When unable to water during specific hours, call 3-1-1 to apply for a variance. The South Florida Water Management District continues to ask that residents take more aggressive action to conserve water by taking shorter showers, washing only full loads in dishwashers or clothes washers, and repairing any leaky fixtures. In Addition To Watering Restrictions, What Else Should I Know? Home owners with pools are allowed to fill them. Re-circulating fountains, or similar ornamental water features can be operated as long as the water doesn’t leak or overflow.

a r e watering a n d / o r washing t h e i r vehicles and

What is the easiest way to conserve the most water? Simply turn off your sprinklers. Lawn irrigation counts for about 50 percent of drinking water used in South Florida. Water only when your lawn shows signs of wilt and only when it has not rained. Most people in South Florida water their lawns more than needed. In fact, frequent watering is ineffective especially for lawns, because it causes grass to develop shallow roots and become vulnerable to disease, pests, and daily dryout. During the fall/ winter season, November through March, your lawn will need from an inch to an inch and a half of water every 5 – 7 days. How Will I Know If I’m Cutting Back Enough? Residential users need only to ensure they

boats within the specified times. The SFWMD monitors water levels daily. From how much water they supply to various canals for consumptive use, to which agricultural and commercial ventures are drawing from which canals. The District uses this information to identify potential violators. If I See Someone Not Complying With The Restrictions, Who Should I Call? Residents are encouraged to report violators to the local code enforcement or law enforcement office. If you choose to notify your local law enforcement agency, please call their non-emergency number. What Happens If I Don’t Follow These Restrictions? Residential fines vary by municipality but typically range from $25.00 to $125.00 for a first offense. Water Conservation Hotline: (800) 6628876

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Measure Allows Property Insurers To Raise Rates Up To 30% TALLAHASSEE (CBS4)- A Senate committee approved a measure on Wednesday to allow insurers to raise individual rates by up to 30 percent a year without state approval. By a 6-3 vote, the Senate Banking and Insurance

Committee approved a measure (SB 1330) that allows property insurers to raise the statewide average premium by 15 percent per year under a measure that mirrors an effort vetoed last year by Gov. Charlie Crist. “It’s a consumer choice bill that can be a vital part of the re-establishment of a private market in this state,” Rep. Alan Hays, RUmatilla and sponsor of the bill, told committee members before the vote. Backers say the measure is part of a series of changes they say would help restore the private insurance market by reducing some of the cost drivers and allowing companies to raise rates they say are artificially low. The proposal would prohibit the Office of Insurance Regulation from denying a rate hike of up to 15 percent – as a statewide average – for being excessive. Individual rates could be increased by up to twice the amount of the statewide average increase,

again without OIR approval.

A House version ( H B 8 8 5 ) , sponsored by Rep. John Wood, RWinter Haven, has yet to be scheduled for a hearing in that chamber. Critics of the plan say the industry is crying wolf by claiming losses when there have been no significant storms in the past several years. They also say consumers will be forced to pay higher premiums or be transferred into Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run property insurer that now covers 1.2 million policyholders, the most of any single company. “This is a complete deregulation bill,” said Gary Farmer, a lobbyist for the Florida Justice Association, which opposes the idea. “(OIR) would lose the ability to reject a rate as being excessive.” The bill is the latest in a trio of measures introduce this session that attempts to make changes to the property insurance market following the veto last year of SB 2044, which included several of the same ideas. This year, backers split the measure into separate bills.

Another measure (SB 408) also makes a number of changes first proposed last year. It allows insurers to pay actual cash value of property up front and to pay more generous replacement costs after repairs or replacement has been made. The bill also reduces from 180 days to 90 days the length of time an insurer must give policyholders after notifying them their policy is not being renewed. The most controversial element of SB 408 would allow companies to drop sinkhole coverage and instead be required to offer catastrophic ground collapse coverage and pay up only if the sinkhole renders a home uninhabitable. Business groups have targeted the insurance issue as one of their top priorities. Despite the absence of hurricane damage over the past several years, some insurers have gone out of business, a combination of lackluster investment returns and non-hurricane losses.

“What we’re doing right now is not working,” said Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, on Wednesday before the vote. “We owe it to ourselves to see if it will work.” Opponents on Wednesday said deregulating rates is an untested attempt to strengthen a market that has already jettisoned its riskiest policies to Citizens, which they contend will grow if the bill is ultimately approved. “I would like to see a free market system on everything we do,” said Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood. “But this is a statewide experiment. I think there will be a lot of disgruntled people across the state of Florida.” (© 2011 The News Service of Florida. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Ways To Avoid Pesky New Bank Fees MIAMI (CBS4) – Have you used an ATM that’s not tied to your bank lately? If so, you’re likely suffering sticker shock.

On average, banks are now charging a fee of $3.75 to use out of network ATMs, up 5

percent f r o m last year. And that’s not all. If you’ve looked at your statement lately you’ll notice the days of free checking, so common over the last few years, are gone. Most large banks have done away with their free checking

accounts. If you don’t meet minimum balance or other requirements, you’ll pay $5 – $12 a month for a basic account.

elsewhere. Smaller community banks, credit unions, and online banks which tend to have lower fees than big banks.

“It’s changes to overdraft fees and a pending change to debit card fees that are really changing the landscape in terms of those free checking accounts,” said Greg McBride, Senior Financial Analyst at Bankrate.

Bankrate recently found that 76 percent of credit unions still offer free checking.

In other words, don’t expect these new checking fees to go away. Instead, look for ways to avoid them. All of the banks agree to waive monthly fees if you meet certain requirements. In addition to minimum balances, you may need to use direct deposit and bank exclusively online or through ATMs. Experts say if changing your banking behavior doesn’t make sense, it be time to take your business

“Credit unions can offer free checking accounts certainly more so than their banking competitors because they are not for profit organizations – they exist for the benefit of their members,” said McBride.

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Tennis Tourney To Help Disadvantaged Players public. In addition to the actual tournament, the event plays host to a weekend of familyoriented activities, including free food, music, and tennis clinics.

Named for his son, Andy, the tournament has grown over time, and expanded to the weekend-long event that it is today, held at a full-fledged tennis club.

The non-profit organization hopes to raise $80 thousand through the tournament. Much of that money will be used for academic scholarships for ten or more children, and to provide tennis scholarships for children who might otherwise not be able to play. Those scholarships include funds to cover tennis academy, tournament applications, equipment costs, travel expenses, and more.

Winners of the tournament will get prizes, and there is also recognition for runners-up and other participants. The tournament is set up as a Round of 32, 16 & Quarterfinals - 8 game pro-set (tie-break at 8 all); Semi-finals & Finals - 2 out of 3 sets (super tie-break for the deciding 3rd set). Participants must be USTA members in order to register, and the registration fee is $28 per player.

MIAMI (CBS4) What started as a back-yard tennis tournament has grown into an annual Miami event that raises tens of thousands of dollars to help disadvantaged kids get a better start in life through tennis, and Êthis year, the Andy’s Cup tennis tournament has grown to become one of the largest amateur tennis events in Miami-Dade county.

The tournament refers to the kids they help as “Andy’s Kids”, who are basically kids who would not be able to pursue aspirations in Tennis without help. The combination of academic scholarships and tennis assistance is intended to help students develop their skills in all areas, with the hope they will have the abilities needed to pursue a tennis scholarship if they desire.

Tournament participants will be selected by the committee from the pool of registrants, and will be eligible for the financial assistance as well as prized based on their performance in the tournament.

The 2011 tournament, set for April 9th and 10th at the Coral Oaks Tennis Club in Southwest Miami-Dade, is open to the

The tournament started as a friendly neighborhood event held in the back-yard of Dr. Jules Cadet, using a single tennis court.

Registration must be completed by April 4th at noon. For more information, or to register, visit the Andy’s Cup website at, or contact them at 305-661-0092.

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How To Fight Colorectal Cancer With Exercise

MIAMI (CBS4) — March was National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a South Florida personal trainer has made it his mission to help fight the deadly disease with simple exercises. Colon cancer is one of the five most common cancers in men and women in the U.S. and it’s also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the U.S. However, personal trainer Jim Sayih says just a few simple movements several minutes a day can drastically reduce the risk of getting the potentially fatal disease.

Sayih, with 911 Cross Fit, has been a personal trainer for more than 20 years and has been studying the human body.

anywhere,” according to Sayih. Simply touch your right elbow to your left knee and your left elbow to your right knee.

“Most of the population is sedentary. We sit at computers, schools, home, so sitting positions are contributing to this problem,” Sayih told CBS4’s Marybel Rodriguez.

Sayih believes these simple movements could ultimately have a huge impact on your body.

When his 18-year-old son Michael was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, it propelled him to dig deeper and find simple measures that can reduce certain types of diseases, colorectal cancer being one of them. Sayih recommends three simple forms of exercise. The first is sit-ups. “Tilting the torso forward causes the hips to tilt and what this does is help the colon squeeze and move toxic waste,” said Sayih. The second movement is simple squats where you sit and stand at least five times. The third movement is called the transverse plane. “You can do this anytime

“I believe your body is an investment. It’s a temple. You have to take care of it, get out what you put in,” said Sayih. Beside physical fitness, eating a high fiber diet is key to avoiding colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is one of only two cancers that can actually be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find polyps in the colon and remove them before they turn cancerous. Doctors recommend that people over 50 be screened regularly for colon cancer. People with a family history of colon polyps, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or other genetic predispositions to cancer should have these evaluations earlier than age 50. Anyone with rectal bleeding, weight loss, or change in bowel habits should get a colonoscopy regardless of age.

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Go Primal & Lose Weight With Caveman Cuisine follows the Paleolithic diet; eating only what prehistoric man ate half a million years ago.

MIAMI (CBS4) — If you’re looking for a new way to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or lower your blood pressure, all you need to do is go primal. Caveman cuisine is all the rage. Way back in the day, it was just what everybody ate. Now it’s called the Paleolithic diet. Dr. Igor Mitrovic is a neuroscientist who

“You can eat anything that would be able to be eaten without being processed,” explained Dr. L y n d a Frassetto. That means no grains, no bread, and no dairy but does include lots of fruits and vegetables, some nuts and oils and lots of fish, poultry and lean meats. Mitrovic says he loves eating Bison and Elk and said he decided to try the culinary Stone Age diet when he noticed his cholesterol going up. Exercise didn’t work

and neither did a statin drug. When he went “Paleo” for just two weeks, his cholesterol plummeted and in a few months, it was normal. Mitrovic said he was stunned. Dr. Frassetto and her team at the University of California in San Francisco tested the Paleo-diet on out-of-shape volunteers. The group ate lots of food without losing any weight or exercising. “In two weeks, everybody’s blood pressure went down and everybody’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels got better. The average drop was 30 points, which was pretty amazing. It’s the type of drop you get by taking statins for six months,” said Dr. Frassetto. Dr. Frassetto says Paleo foods, also known as the caveman diet, works by keeping your body’s chemistry in better balance. The goal of the caveman diet is to reduce excess body fat, aid in the normalization of blood sugar levels and reduce toxins and anti-nutrients.

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Runway Looks At Runaway Prices “It’s Netflix of fashion. You log on to, pick out your dream dress. You can look just like a celebrity. We send it to you in two sizes to ensure the perfect fit. When you’re done, just pop it in the mail box and we take care of dry cleaning and everything,” said Rent The Runway co-founder Jenny Fleiss.” Fleiss said Miami’s fashionistas are going to love what they find when they visit the site. “The word got out in New York, which is great. And women love wearing dresses to all these events. But Miami is such a perfect market because people are going out all the time and there’s an ability to wear color and dresses year round,” said Fleiss.

MIAMI (CBS4) – Ladies do you have a big event or fancy night out coming up, but just can’t justify plunking down hundreds or thousands of dollars for a dress or outfit you may only wear one night. Hollywood stars generally don’t have to pay for their high couture, so why should you? Well now you don’t – have to buy that is – because you can rent. Launched about a year and a half ago, New York based “Rent The” has more than 800 thousand members.

Fleiss said they just launched a wedding department where for $100 you get an eight day rental, plus fitting. Fleiss said what’s great about their site is that renting the dresses only costs a fraction of what they cost. “It’s always about 10 percent of the retail price. We have dresses starting at $40 to rent that would retail for about $400. And we have gowns and black tie items that would be $350 to rent and they’re $3000 to $4000 dresses,” said Fleiss. Rent The Runway features a number of top designers and has dresses and attire for every occasion.

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Retractable Roof At New Marlins Ballpark Nears Completion The topping out ceremony at the Marlins Ballpark will commemorate the last major structural piece of steel of the retractable roof. The steel piece was signed by over 800 construction workers as well as Marlins executives, Miami Dade County officials and City of Miami officials.

LITTLE HAVANA (CBS4)- Approximately one year away from Opening day in Little Havana, the new Marlins Ballpark is reaching another milestone- the installation of the last major structural piece of steel to be installed on the retractable roof. A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held on Friday at 9:45 a.m. to celebrate the historic moment. According to stadium officials, the project remains on-time, on-budget and continues to exceed all of their goals.

“This is dedicated to all the people in Miami who realize what a great project this is and supported what a great project this will be for everyone,” said Marlins president David Samson. After this steel beam is installed, the remaining steel roof panels will be added prior to decking the center panel of the retractable roof. The last steel beam weighs approximately 6,845 pounds and will measure approximately 38 feet long.

“Every single beam that went up, I actually touched every single beam,” said local business owner Vincent Boreland. “So basically, I got it prepared for it to be flown up in the air.”

Avenue to the west and NW 14th Avenue to the east. With a capacity of approximately 37,000 spectators, the retractable roof, airconditioned ballpark will contain 928,000 square feet on the former Orange Bowl site.

The retractable roof is composed of 11,000 pieces of steel held together by welds and over 115,240 bolts. In all, the retractable roof weighs approximately 7,500 tons.

The team said a retractable-roof facility will help draw more fans during South Florida’s hot and rainy summers.

In October of 2010, CBS4 News toured the facility as it marks its 16th month of construction. Construction officials said construction was 47 percent complete with the stadium framework in place. Marlins Stadium Retractable Roof (3/25/11) “It’s a big deal for us because we’ve had season tickets for a long time,” Dean D’Gati of Bostic Steel said. Two elevators, the baseball field and dugouts were already in place. The ballpark will be located on the parcel of land bordered by NW 6th Street to the north, NW 4th Street to the south, NW 16th

The team, which won World Series titles in 1997 and 2003, will be renamed the Miami Marlins when the new stadium opens in April 2012. The 1000-year-old topping out tradition started in Scandinavia when workers would place an evergreen tree on the highest structural element of construction as a symbol of the workers’ ‘respect for nature’s contribution to the building process,’ Marlins officials said. The tradition continues as a sign of good faith and well wishes for the building and its inhabitants. The traditional topping out tree will be placed on the last piece of steel at the New Marlins Ballpark.

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