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Colombian hostage mission hits close to home

Hollywood, Fla. – As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez began an elaborate operation to pick up three high-profile hostages from rebel-held areas in Colombia on Friday afternoon, Edgar Montanez couldn’t help but think of what happened 14 years ago.

He remembered his anguish when members of the same leftist group kidnapped and killed his brother, Juan, while on assignment for Colombia’s national police force. Continue Reading →

Coast Guard rescues three fisherman

Dania Beach, Fla. – They sat in the shade around midday Tuesday, exhausted, thirsty and relieved to be on dry land.

Three Bahamian fishermen – Simeon Thomas, 42, Orlando Strachan, 26, and Dwayne Archer, 26 – had been adrift at sea for three days until a good Samaritan spotted their dinghy more than 2 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday morning, authorities said. Continue Reading →

Funeral service celebrates drowned athlete’s life

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Corey McKenzie wore a black suit. His tie was striped — black and white — and his hands, clad in white gloves, were folded on his chest. In his left arm, he held a Bible.

At his funeral Saturday, a dozen floral arrangements flanked the gray casket. And except for the faint sounds of weeping, the room at Calvary Chapel was still. Continue Reading →

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