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Luis Hernandez / WLRN

These days the Sun Life Stadium looks like one of those Transformers robots that got stuck midway through its metamorphosis into something. Cranes stretch up into the sky, metal rigs like giant Lego sets sit on each corner of the stadium. It's impressive, but will it be done in time for the start of the season, let alone the start of pre-season?

Reporter Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald says it is likely, barring Mother Nature interfering.

courtsey of Royal Caribbean Cruises

Cruise ship giant Royal Caribbean wants to build a new passenger terminal at PortMiami. And it may take away cruise ships that currently dock at Port Everglades.

 

The new terminal proposed in Miami is designed to handle Royal Caribbean’s largest ships -- the 5,400-passenger Oasis class vessels. Two of those ships now sail out of Fort Lauderdale. A third one will join them at Port Everglades this fall. Royal Caribbean says at least one of its Oasis ships will call its new terminal in Miami home.

 

Michal Kranz / WLRN

Activists have been calling for  Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to bring charges against two prison guards accused of torturing and killing schizophrenic inmate Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution four years ago. They say that the realities facing mentally ill people in Florida's prisons are due to a lack of funding and oversight.

 This is an important week for Puerto Rico. The island is set to default on $2 billion of debt (of a $70 billion total) unless Congress passes a relief package before its July 4  recess.

As Edwin Melendez, leader of the newly founded Puerto Rican National Agenda advocacy group, explains,  all roads to economic recovery for the island go through Congress. That’s frustrating for islanders because they don’t have a voting representative there.

Moises Castillo / AP via Miami Herald

On Sunday morning, a 984-foot-long Chinese container vessel – aptly renamed Panama – became the first ship to enter the new, wider locks of the Panama Canal. The waterway’s $5.5 billion expansion ran over budget and almost two years behind schedule. But now that it can accommodate more massive, post-Panamax ships, it should be a boon to U.S. harbors like PortMiami.

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

“And the minute he started shooting, I got hit from the side, I got grazed by a bullet," Perez said. "My first instinct was to fall to the floor, that’s what you’re taught to do.”

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

If you are enjoying a summer day in your boat on Biscayne Bay, you better think twice before reaching for that beer. Operation Dry Water is in full swing. 

 

Officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are patrolling the waters on this weekend before the Fourth of July holiday to make sure there is no boat driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

Officer Lorenzo Velloz was pulling over boaters Friday morning for a routine safety check off Key Biscayne.

Many in Miami rooted against LeBron James last weekend, the basketball star that left the city to play for his hometown team two years ago. But Nicole Waters, a Cleveland-native who works in Coral Gables was ecstatic. It was a championship fifty years in the making, but she couldn't celebrate until the final seconds ticked off the clock.

“We’re down to ten seconds and we’re certainly ahead at this time and my niece calls me,” she said. “She’s like we won! we won! I say, Elaina hang up the phone, we have not won yet. I’ll call you back when we hear the buzzer.”

AP

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a a one sentence ruling announcing, in fact, that it couldn't make a decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The action, signed in 2014, would have granted temporary legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents of U.S. citizens who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010. For those millions waiting and hoping the court would rule in favor of the executive action, what happens now?

Listen to that discussion below:

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

What happens when you get a group of WLRN listeners together to ride public transit and experience art? They arrive early to an 8 a.m. event.

We rode around the Omni Loop of the Metromover to experience Ivan Depeña's new art project "The Sounds," which uses the tram to whisk you through a growing sound composition that builds to a crescendo at Museum Park Station.

Read more about the project here.

The recording starts at 2:57 a.m., with the scratch of radio static: “Command, do you need additional rescues? So I can get two or three more.”

Nadege Green / WLRN

Pastor Wilifred Allen-Faiella looked out into the congregation from the pulpit.

Everyone calls her Pastor Willie.

Her sermon was, in part, about modern-day demons.

“Demons of homophobia,” she preached.  “Demons of seeing anything other as a threat.”

The body of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people in the Orlando shooting on June 12th, has a final resting place: the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida in Hialeah Gardens.

It is not clear, though,  if he has already been buried or is scheduled to be buried there.

Alex Harris is covering the story for The Miami Herald. She says, after a traditional Muslim death, family members wear white and it is a relatively short grieving period.

 

“And after three days, mourning’s over, and you can change out of your white clothes and...life goes on.”

25 Media Outlets Sue Orlando For Pulse 911 Calls

Jun 23, 2016
WMFE

 

 

Eleven days after the Orlando massacre, the public still does not have full access to transcripts of the 911 calls made by the shooter and his victims. Thursday, a coalition of 22 media companies, including the parent company of the Miami Herald, filed suit against the city of Orlando for its refusal to release the calls from that night.

Lisann Ramos

 

South Florida immigration groups rallied in front of the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami Thursday afternoon -- against the Supreme Court split that blocks President Obama's efforts to expand immigration programs.

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