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Florida briefs: Miami ARTECHO fair; baby left in car at strip club

Miami

Artists use works to ease Latin poverty

In the midst of the multiple Miami art fairs, a group of 15 Latin American artists are hoping to use the attention on art to raise funds to alleviate poverty in their countries with the third annual ARTECHO fair.

ARTECHO is a play on the Spanish word for roof. The event runs through today and is organized by the youth-led TECHO. The nonprofit operates throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. It is auctioning off art to raise money for transitional housing in slums across the region.

This year, ARTECHO is exhibiting works from Argentinean Luna Paiva, Guatemalan Benvenuto Chavajay and Colombian Nicolas Paris, among others. The commissioned works all deal with inequality of opportunity. The exhibit also features a Porsche 911 Carrera decorated by Miami artist Ramón Aular.

Fort Myers

Police: Man left baby in car at strip club

A Florida man is facing child neglect charges after allegedly leaving an infant in a locked car outside a Fort Myers strip club.

Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Sosa after they found the infant in the back seat of a Kia Optima in the parking lot of the Lookers strip club. A bystander had flagged down an officer, who smashed a window to get the child out.

NBC2 in Fort Myers reported that the 4-month-old girl was sweating and covered in vomit. She was taken to a children's hospital, treated for mild dehydration and was expected to recover.

Police say the infant was left alone for more than three hours while Sosa was in the club. A judge set bail Saturday at $100,000.

Winter Park

Rollins to work with university in India

Central Florida's best-known liberal arts college will be developing a program with a university in India.

Rollins College officials said Friday that the school has signed a memorandum of understanding with O.P. Jindal Global University of Sonipat, Haryana in India.

A delegation from the Indian university was in Winter Park last week meeting with Rollins College officials.

Their goal is to develop a collaborative degree program with Rollins College.

Florida briefs: Miami ARTECHO fair; baby left in car at strip club 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 8:33pm]
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