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Teresa Frontado / WLRN

There were plenty of people handing out flyers at Saturday’s rally for Hillary Clinton at Florida International University (FIU).

 

But, only one group sponsored a plane to fly overhead that read: “Hillary stop Castro beating Cuban women now.”  

 

Frank Calzon is the executive director at the Center for a Free Cuba.

 

“The election is months away, and I think the time for her to speak out is now,” he said.

 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Hillary Clinton enthusiasts weren’t the only people who attended Saturday’s rally at Florida International University.

 

Donald Trump supporters brought their signs and T-shirts too. One made fun of Clinton’s public email scandal, one read quote Lock her up, and one more said: “Latino Para Trump”.

 

Holding signs was 24 year-old Matthew Delfay. He said, he came to the rally because he doesn’t believe Clinton supports Latino family values.

 

Amanda Rabines

While investigations regarding what might be the nation's first locally acquired cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and Broward counties continue, public officials warn South Florida residents to take an active part in preventing mosquito-breeding zones. 

Chalmers Vasquez, Miami Dade County's mosquito control manager, says it is up to communities to keep their neighborhoods from becoming mosquito-breeding zones. 

Three men living in Palm Beach County have been charged with conspiracy and attempts to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a complaint filed in federal court on Friday. 

Two of the men were arrested at the Miami International Airport Thursday as one of them was on his way to Germany, with plans to continue to Syria, according to a complaint circulated by the U.S. Attorney's office. 

Florida Division of Elections

Florida’s secretary of state has released a voter education toolkit for next month’s 2016 primary election.

The guide has checklists for current and new voters to make sure citizens have everything they need when arriving at a polling location.

This includes making sure you are properly registered with the political party of your choice, checking to be sure your signature is up to date and verifying that  your address is correct.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

North Miami has named the police officer who shot an unarmed black man on Monday.

 

Officer Jonathan Aledda is a member of the SWAT team and joined the department four years ago.

 

Nadege Green / WLRN

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph is speaking out about the shooting of an unarmed black man in his city on Monday. Charles Kinsey is a healthcare worker in North Miami.

Michal Kranz/WLRN

If you are scheduled to take a flight from Miami International Airport this Friday, you should check with your airline for delays. Services are expected to be affected by a 24 hours strike declared Thursday morning by the subcontractors of Triangle Services, who are complaining about irregular work hours without overtime pay or benefits, as well as dangerous working conditions, most of which stem from faulty equipment.

 

Michal Kranz / WLRN

The bathrooms on wheels that have been making the rounds in Downtown Miami over the last nine months are here to stay. This week Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado announced the $500,000 pilot program aimed at giving the homeless access to public restrooms and making them permanent.  

Ken Russell, vice chairman of the Miami city commission and the chairman of the Downtown Development Authority,  says providing basic services for the homeless is in the best interest of the city. 

S&S Downtown Diner Lives To See Another Day

Jul 21, 2016
Amanda Rabines / WLRN

  It was a close call for the historic S&S Diner in Downtown Miami this week. 

The iconic diner was facing eviction, after it was a day late with its July rent, but a court ruling Thursday assured the restaurant will stay in business, for now. 

Simon Elbaz, the restaurant's long time owner was grinning after a busy morning in Miami Dade County Court. Today was the win he said he needed. 

"Thank God. Thank the Judge," cried Elbaz. 

Hans Paerl / UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

  The bacteria that causes toxic algal blooms like the one now affecting the Treasure Coast have been around for billions of years. Cyanobacteria even deserves some of the credit for putting the oxygen we breathe into the Earth’s atmosphere. But runoff from agriculture, storm water and sewage have given this blue-green algae an unnatural boost, accelerating the natural processes that break down dead plants and animals into nutrients that enrich our lakes and streams. 

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Here’s a flashback from the Cold War tape loop we used to call Cuba policy:

In 2004, then U.S. President George W. Bush tightened the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, including stricter limits on how often Cuban-Americans could visit family on the island. The aim was to pressure the communist regime in Havana to adopt democratic reforms.

“We’re not waiting for the day of Cuban freedom,” Bush said, “we are working for the day of Cuban freedom.”

Panama Canal Authority

The new, wider Panama Canal opened this month – and this week the disputes over its big cost overruns start getting settled -- in Miami, a fact that reflects South Florida’s growing international legal stature.

The expanded canal opened two years later than originally planned. A big reason was the legal fight over who should pay for the billions of dollars the project went over budget. The Panama Canal Authority? The European construction consortium? Or both?

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

On any given night in South Florida you can find a place to dance salsa, merengue or bachata. But when you think about going out to dance in Miami, contra dance is not high on the list, if it’s on the list at all.

Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) is warning residents about an email scam using the state agency’s name, branding and information.

Con artists claiming to be from OFR are telling consumers the office is taking legal action against them because of past due payday loan accounts.

The fraudulent email says those who do not respond immediately will be taken to court.

A phone number with a 904 Florida area code is provided.

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