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The Bizarre World of Florida

Spring-break students build coffins for children of poor March 21, 2014

Filed under: Beautiful,Interesting,OK Then .....,That's Nice,Uncategorized,Weird — floridaduh @ 1:16 pm

Inside a make-shift workshop in the Lake Como ConneXions Church, Ohio college students on spring break are making something they had never thought about before: coffins for babies.

orlnews-bible-college-students-make-20140317The students are crafting 20 infant caskets that will be donated to a funeral home for parents too poor to pay for their children’s burials.

Lake Como Pastor Oliver Phillips said the “Little Angels” caskets for indigent families is part of his church’s ministry to help people in need, distress and grief.

“The death of an infant is an uninvited guest,” he said.

os-os-church-baby-caskets015-jpg-20140317And an unexpected expense for people living in poverty.

A child’s casket costs at least $400, said funeral director Gail Thomas-DeWitt, whose mortuary will receive the hand-made caskets. She said her funeral home hears about four times a month from families who have lost a child but can’t afford a funeral.

“We experience this on a regular basis,” said Thomas-DeWitt with Gail & Wynn’s Mortuary in Washington Shores, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Orlando. “We welcome this. It’s a wonderful idea.”

Orange County provides cremation of infants and children of indigent parents. In the past year, the county paid for the cremation of 47 children younger than 4 born to poor parents, said Dianne Arnold, who handles indigent burials and cremations for the Orange County Division of Children and Family Services.

But for those whose religious and cultural beliefs are opposed to cremation — including Muslims, Orthodox and Conservative Jews, some Catholics, many Baptists, and much of the black community — the county requires them to pay the $400 difference between the cost of burial and cremation.

Those unable to pay the difference can apply for a waiver, Arnold said. Indigent families also qualify for a free burial plot at a county cemetery, she said.

In Lake County, infants and children are the exception to the county’s policy of indigent cremation. While adults must be cremated, Lake will pay for the burial of babies, which costs $460 more than cremation.

“With children, we do make an exception,” said Joan Pell, who handles the county’s indigent burial and cremation program. “The loss of a child is so much different and families need that closure of a burial.”

In Osceola, the county pays for indigent burial or cremation but only if there are “absolutely no other resources available to cover these costs.” Seminole County pays for indigent burials and cremations, but only had one in the past year, and that was an infant cremation.

The emotional difference between the death of an adult and the death of the child is not lost on the 30 Bible college students from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

The hand-made pine coffins are the size of a child’s toy box.

“You see the caskets and you feel this should not happen,” said Erik Shull, 22, a senior public-relations major. “But it’s a sad truth.”

To Jodi Figueroa, a 22-year-old senior international studies major, the project was the chance to make a practical, tangible difference in the lives of others. It wasn’t spending spring break painting church walls or landscaping the grounds.

It wasn’t about saying a prayer. It’s about answering a prayer not yet made.

“A lot of Christians talk a lot about doing something but don’t want to get their hands dirty,” she said. “We are actually doing something.”

For the students, this was not a typical spring-break trip to Orlando. They might still make it to Walt Disney World or Daytona Beach, but they will bring with them to the amusement rides and sandy beaches a more personal sense of mortality.

“I like to think 10 years down the road. This makes me think. ‘What if I don’t make it?’ ” said Anna Dew, 18, a freshman majoring in psychology and English. “I don’t want my impact to be 10 years from now. I want it to be now.”

The project bestowed on the students some empathy for a grieving family that will one day need the coffin they sanded and assembled. They leave a piece of themselves — their name, a note — beneath the infant’s satin pillow.

“Caskets are not personal,” said Liz Bowles, 21, a senior majoring in fine art. “This is like giving a piece of your soul to someone who is broken.”

 

Security guard shoots sword-wielding man at Miami supermarket February 20, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 8:29 pm

A supermarket security guard who was hit on the head by a man wielding a sword shot and wounded the suspect late Wednesday, Miami police said.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at the Presidente Supermarket at 500 SW Eighth St.

untitledAccording to police, a man holding a “long knife” walked into the store and made death threats to several customers. The armed guard intervened after seeing the man confronting a woman, police said.

“The armed man turned to the security guard and hit him over the head,” Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said. ” The armed security guard discharged his firearm striking the armed suspect several times.”

Fire-rescue indicated that the guard was hit on the head with an object at the Little Havana market.

The suspect and the security guard were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Unit. Police have yet to identify the two men.

The man with the knife, identified as 43-year-old Hector Rivaflecha Hechavarria, is in extremely critical condition, police said. He was charged with  one count of murder/premeditated/attempt/with a deadly weapon (sword).The security guard has minor head injuries and is in stable condition.

 

2013 in review December 31, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 9:07 pm

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 83,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Just a thought, but if you’re going to rob someone, don’t leave your wallet behind December 9, 2013

Filed under: Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Funny,Really Dumb,Robbers,Uncategorized,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:17 pm

sfl-flduh-wallet-breakin-20131207-001Collier County deputies are encouraging car owners to push the lock button.  This comes after they say Ryan Keegan broke into seven cars while drunk.

Investigators found Keegan after left he some incriminating evidence behind.

Ana Juarez was all smiles and thankful the bizarre crime turned out the way it did.

“He took the screens off of our windows like he was trying to break in,” said Juarez.

The accused burglar decided breaking into the home was just too much work, so he went for the car instead.

“He slept in my sister’s car. He left his T-shirts in there,” said Juarez.

Collier County deputies say Keegan broke into at least six other cars in Naples along and near 98th Avenue North.

Investigators say it was fairly easy to nab him for the crime.

“He left an iPod in there too. He was using it as like a cave, like a man cave. It was really weird,” said Chad Joseph, a victim’s boyfriend.

The weirdness, detectives say, didn’t stop at that home.

Another neighbor had surveillance video apparently showing Keegan walking without a shirt on.

Another homeowner told deputies she found Keegan’s wallet.

“You think you live in a nice neighborhood and things like that, then stuff like this happens,” said Joseph.

Detectives say Keegan was drunk and didn’t remember much.  He lives minutes away from the Juarez home.

The suspect’s family is not talking tonight.

As for the car Keegan is accused of using as a pit stop, Juarez says the car was cleaned out the next day.

“All the seats were down. It was gross,” said Juarez.

 

Surveillance Video: Slippery female robber gets away June 12, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 8:16 pm

You won’t believe the boldness of the robber in this video. See what she does when she thinks no one is behind the register.

 

Neighbors criticize Odessa man for shooting pet goats May 30, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 9:35 pm

An Odessa man is facing criticism from his neighbors accused of animal cruelty after he was seen shooting and killing his own pet goats.

 

Finally …. State Legislature passes bill making it illegal to drive slow in the fast lane May 12, 2013

Filed under: Controversy,Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 1:40 pm
Worst_drivers_studya8f457ee-a7c1-4e39-bf96-0c58c10d142b0000_20100601232333_320_240ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – If you’re a driver, chances are you’ve experienced  it.
Junior Santos says it’s one of his biggest pet peeves when fast-lane  drivers go anything but fast. “If people want to drive slow it has to be in the  last lane on the other side,” Santos said. But as Santos knows, that often does  not happen.  However, until now there wasn’t much anyone could do about  it.
This week, after years of trying, both the Florida House and Senate passed  a bill that would make it illegal for drivers to go slow in the left lane.
“I think it’s going to make us a little bit safer,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes,  R-St. Petersburg. Brandes says he insisted lawmakers take this issue up.   Nicknamed the “road rage” bill, the legislation is meant to help drivers  keep their cool.
If Gov. Scott signs the legislation into law, drivers would face a $60 fine  for driving 10 mph or more under the posted speed limit in the left lane.
The law would apply to any road or highway with two or more  lanes.
“If you drive within 10 mph of the speed limit, that’s not a problem. But  if you know you’re going to be overtaken, you should move out of the way,”  Brandes said.
Santos says it’s music to his ears. “It’ll make other people’s days  better,” said Santos.
 

Girl makes graduation dress out of homework May 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 3:25 pm

Up close, it’s like any other math equation. Zoom out, and it equals a work of art.

 

Beautiful golf swing from an unlikely source

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 3:23 pm

Brittany McDonald, from the Clearwater Beach Hooters, wanted to take a swing off the tee. And she surprised everyone with a lovely swing… nice takeaway and follow-through, smooth swing.. one of the nicest swings in the tournament.

 

Woman set car ablaze, claimed to be ‘God” April 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 9:03 pm
 

 
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