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On Tuesday morning, March 15, three Miami-Dade County Teen Court Volunteers were appointed to the new Miami-Dade County Youth Commission. The ceremony took place at the Board of County Commissioners Chambers where all the County Commissioners were present. Each commissioner appointed a student representing a secondary school in his or her district. To be qualified, students had to be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate a sincere interest and motivation to work for the community and have a background in community-based activities.

Twice-exiled former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is on his way back to the homeland he left behind seven years ago.

Reuters News reports late last night said Aristide boarded flight a 11:13 p.m. flight in South Africa for Port-Au-Prince, defying U.S. calls for him to stay away until after Sunday’s run-off election.

Governor Rick Scott asked the Department of Transportation to allocate $77 million to the Port of Miami to deepen the channel to minus 50 feet so larger ships can gain access to the port. The Port’s Deep Dredge project is timed to coincide with the opening of an expanded Panama Canal in 2014, which will allow a new generation of larger cargo vessels to pass through the Canal.

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson recognized Mr. Hector Vargas, Senior Vice President of the Property Management Division at the Continental Group, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 during the County Commission meeting for his volunteer work. Mr. Vargas leads Continental Group's annual toy drive on behalf of Voice for Children, organized an "Extreme Home Makeover" for a group home under the Center for Family and Child Enrichment, and has raised funds for the Humane Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cystic Fibrosis research and Voices for Children, among many community activities.

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