Broward News

Morning Juice: Haiti Quake Survivor Tells Miraculous Story; MLK Parade in Hallandale Nearly Takes Tragic Turn

Here's what's in the local news this Tuesday morning:

  • Mereille Dittmer, the 50-year-old woman from Pembroke Pines who somehow survived for five days in a tiny space within a collapsed Port-au-Prince grocery store, told her amazing story to reporters Monday. [WPTV]
  • The families of the four Lynn University students still missing in the rubble of the Hotel Montana took their pleas to the national airwaves. They want the U.S. government to do more to save their missing students. The school will be making a statement about the search at 11 today. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Latricia Samuel was in no mood to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She drove her car right through the Hallandale Beach parade, nearly running over children, before jumping on I-95, then crashing. She's accused of assualt with a deadly weapon. [Sun-Sentinel]

  • Looks like some Broward County teachers have been gaming the FCAT, tipping students off to the phrases that will help them score high on written essays, among other strategies. Does the end (increases in funding tied to test scores), justify the means? [Sun-Sentinel]

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Thomas Francis