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Haitian presidential candidate Mirlande Manigat to hold rally in Miami

MIAMI

Rally in Miami for Haitian candidate

The woman vying to be Haiti's next president is holding a rally in Miami. Mirlande Manigat visited a church in the Little Haiti neighborhood Sunday. The 70-year-old is a law professor and former first lady. In a flawed initial election with 19 presidential candidates, Manigat outpaced the field, but fell short of the 50 percent needed to win outright in November. She now faces 50-year-old former singer Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly in a runoff election March 20. Both candidates have sought financial and political support from the roughly 800,000 Haitians living in the United States. Though they can't vote, they send home more than a billion dollars a year.

MIAMI

Mom faces judge in death of girl

The mother of 10-year-old twins found in a toxic truck in Florida appeared before a judge to face charges of murder, child abuse and neglect. Carmen Barahona made her first court appearance from jail Sunday via a closed-circuit television. She was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nubia Barahona. The girl was found in the back of the truck Feb. 14 along Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Her twin brother, Victor, was found in the front seat of the truck, critically burned by a chemical. He was recently released from the hospital. The children's father, Jorge Barahona, was on the ground nearby. He has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder. Carmen Barahona is being held without bond.

GENEVA

2 killed after motorcycle crash

Authorities say two people died in central Florida after a pair of motorcycles crashed into each other. The Florida Highway Patrol says the drivers of both motorcycles were trying to avoid hitting a trailer-toting truck in front of them and they ended up colliding. Troopers identified the victims of Saturday night's crash as 48-year-old Kevin Winne of Winter Springs, who was one of the motorcycle drivers, and 46-year-old Teresa Madden of Oviedo, who was a passenger on the other motorcycle. Authorities said Sunday they're are still investigating and charges are pending.

ORLANDO

Mom accused of killing toddler

A judge has denied bail for woman accused in the beating death of her 3-year-old son after he wet his pants. Authorities say 26-year-old Robin Greinke and 33-year-old Steven Neil were arrested Thursday. They each face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect. An Orange County judge ordered Greinke to stay in jail Saturday. Orange County Sheriff's investigators say Noah Fake died Tuesday morning. An autopsy revealed blunt force trauma to the boy's head. Officials say the mother confessed to the attack after being confronted with autopsy results. The woman told deputies she was concerned about her son, but ate pizza and watched a movie with her boyfriend after the Feb. 28 beating. The names of attorneys representing the pair were not immediately available.

Times wires

Haitian presidential candidate Mirlande Manigat to hold rally in Miami 03/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 10:14pm]
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