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We may be fixated with alligators, but crocodiles are alive and well.

A couple of beachgoers found that out on Monday morning, when a six-foot croc was spotted on the beach in Hollywood.

The city of Hollywood tweeted a picture of the creature, with the caption: “Beach Safety is keeping swimmers and beachgoers a safe distance away and @MyFWC has been contacted. Marine Patrol reported seeing the croc earlier around the Dania Beach Pier area.”

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After a lengthy debate, the city of Hollywood is moving forward with renaming Forrest, Lee and Hood streets, which honor Confederate war heroes.

At Wednesday’s regular commission meeting, Mayor Josh Levy said he was ready to finalize this issue, which has been going on for several years.

"We stand certainly for much better than what those men stood for," Levy said. "We don't have to honor something that's so offensive to all of us."

panel of members of congress
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Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized a Congressional Field Hearing Thursday at Miami Dade College's North Campus to hear ideas for possible changes to nursing home regulations. 

She said she hopes to pass a federal law that would prevent future deaths after natural disasters, like hurricanes. She opened the discussion by making its purpose clear.

"You know,  we had a terrible tragedy in District 24 and we vowed that this will never ever happen again, never happen again," she said. 

Woman holding sign at meeting
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"Liberty," "Freedom" and "Hope" are   expected to be the new names for the Hollywood streets currently named after Confederate generals.

Hollywood's city commission voted at the end of August to rename the three streets that currently bear names that honor the Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John B. Hood.

But what the new names for Forrest Street and Drive, Hood Street and Lee Street, should be was yet to be decided. Not anymore.

CAITLIN OSTROFF / Miami Herald

A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse after the facility lost power following Hurricane Irma has died, Hollywood police said.

CAITLIN OSTROFF / Miami Herald

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

Dr. Craig Mallak confirmed the death of Carlos Canal, 93, which occurred Tuesday morning. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.

Hollywood police sent out a news release Tuesday night saying Canal is considered the ninth death related to the nursing home meltdown

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the state needs to make sure its monitoring nursing homes. Eight residents died in a sweltering south Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power.

“The ALF’s and nursing homes are patrolled, regulated by the state of Florida.  And so there’s going to be some hell to pay, because they are going to have to tighten down on the regulations to make sure the nursing homes for the frail, elderly are doing the job,” said Nelson Friday at a stop in Apopka.

Nursing Home Where 8 Died Had Emergency Plan, No Mention Of Air Conditioning

Sep 16, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

When the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills submitted its 43-page emergency management plan to county administrators in July, it included details on how the home would maintain clean linen, distribute canned food and ensure residents had access to hand sanitizers.

It made no mention of how residents would be kept cool if the home’s power was lost.

That was a tragic oversight: On Wednesday, health regulators said, eight residents of the rehabilitation center succumbed to cardiac and respiratory failure after a portable air cooling system malfunctioned.

For the millions of people who are still without power across Florida, heat illness can be a concern.  

Nursing Home Where 8 Died In Sweltering Heat Had Poor Record With State Regulators

Sep 14, 2017
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

A Hollywood nursing home with a troubled history became a sweltering death trap Wednesday when a portable air cooler malfunctioned. Before the day was over, eight residents lay dead.

Memorial Regional Hospital’s emergency room was directly across the street.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children & Families have begun their own investigations.

8 Dead, Others Evacuated At Hollywood Nursing Home Without Power After Irma

Sep 13, 2017
CAITLIN OSTROFF / Miami Herald

Eight Hollywood nursing home residents died Wednesday morning in a building left without air conditioning after Irma blasted South Florida, according to authorities at the scene.


Laura Morcate

After a five and a half hour-long public comment and discussion, the city of Hollywood decided to rename streets that bear the names of Confederate icons.

Laura Morcate / WLRN News

The city of Hollywood has been grappling with how to deal with some of its Confederate icons and is looking into changing streets named after Confederate generals.

The issue may be decided Wednesday, when the City Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to change the names or keep the existing ones.

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

About 50 protesters gathered on Wednesday in front of the City Hall in Hollywood to demand changes to the designations of three streets: Forrest, Hood and Lee --all named after Confederate generals. 

Protesters held signs reading "Hollywood Stop Promoting Division!" "Take Down Racist Signs"  and "Preserve Dignity not Hate!"  

They emphasized that people who live on those streets, many of whom are African Americans, see those signs every day.

Buzzed-about projects like the musical film La La Land and FX's TV comedy Atlanta won big at Sunday's Golden Globe awards. But the most powerful moment of the night belonged to Meryl Streep, who used her acceptance speech for the honorary Cecil B. deMille Award of the 2017 Golden Globes, to deliver a harsh rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump and to advocate for press freedom.

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