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The burn scars on Jaime Paz Zamora’s face and body are the most vivid reminders of why many consider him a hero of Latin American democracy.

In 1980, Paz was a vice presidential candidate in Bolivia, campaigning in an election meant to restore democratic rule after decades of military dictatorship.

One day, the small plane carrying Paz and his staff crashed after takeoff. Everyone on board was killed – except Paz. Authorities later called it an assassination attempt by military leaders.

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Broward County commissioners have approved a new program that aims to keep adults accused of non-violent misdemeanor crimes out of jail by giving them civil citations and coursework instead.

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Fort Lauderdale’s City Commission is officially on-board with the Wave streetcar project again. 

Commissioners voted 3-2 at the regular commission meeting on Tuesday to officially move forward with the 2.8-mile-long streetcar loop and to consider new bids for the project. 

 

Dean Trantalis and Bruce Roberts, both running to be the city’s next mayor, were the commissioners who voted no. 

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Tony Lima was one of 30 Broward County residents at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The executive director of SAVE, he spoke against conversion therapy for minors – the controversial practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We need to be able to as a county send a strong message that we are inclusive, that we are loving, that we are protective of their authentic selves – above all,” Lima said.

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Broward County commissioners took the first step Tuesday toward raising the county’s living wage after the union representing airport workers testified at Tuesday’s commission meeting. 

There’s a pay gap between how Broward and Miami-Dade counties handle pay for subcontracted employees. 

Ana Tinsly works in communications for the Service Employees International Union, 32BJ SEIU. She said Broward needs to play catch-up. 

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Got your yellow dot? Broward County leaders hope their residents do.

On Monday, the county launched its Yellow Dot program, which gives first responders better information about car accident victims. Program participants fill out a pamphlet that includes their blood types, severe medical conditions and doctors’ contact information. They leave that pamphlet in their glove boxes. Then, they put yellow dot stickers on their rear windshields to let medical personnel know the information is there.

Half Of Broward County Workforce Getting Extra Raise

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Half the Broward County government workforce has been deemed underpaid and will get extra raises come January.

County commissioners agreed to the $10.4 million salary boost recently, after a consultant warned that the county pay scale is no longer competitive. Without a financial reckoning, the consultant advised, the ultimate cost to taxpayers could be exponentially higher, as employees are poached away and the county struggles to replace them.

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Broward County commissioners are considering a proposal that would extend the county’s living-wage ordinance to airport contract workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Workers such as baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants earn an average of $7.46 per hour, according to a union report.

Gueldere Guerillis has worked at FLL for eight years and currently works two jobs, as a skycap and wheelchair attendant.

“Our paychecks cannot cover everything,” says Guerillis. “Most of us at the airport work two or three jobs to make ends meet.”