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Virtual Reality Takes You To Cuban Raves

Jul 25, 2016
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Fifer Garbesi is creating a virtual Cuban rave. 

She’s making a virtual reality film about the Cuban electronic music scene which so impressed her when she studied filmmaking on the island in the Spring of 2015, because she thinks there’s something special about electronic music concerts in Cuba.

 

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Before the email scandal that has tainted the beginning of the Democratic National Convention on Monday and caused her to resign to her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited both Cleveland and Miami. 

 

She had different things to say to the audiences in the two cities about her experience.  

 

 

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Republican U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio had been looking forward to his speech at the Republican National Convention for a long time. He just didn’t expect to be encouraging Republicans to vote for Donald J. Trump.

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One week after the shooting that left 49 people dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, an impassioned Pam Keith was fired up as she spoke to a Democratic Party meeting on gun control in Hollywood, Fla.

 

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Sandra Teramo never got to finish the list of local politicians she blames for the rapid expansion of charter schools in Miami-Dade County. “[State Rep.] Erik Fresen, other politicians such as City Commissioner...''

 

 


“Ma’am, I would appreciate it that you don’t mention names,” came the voice of School Board Chairwoman Perla Tabares Hantman. “Names are not allowed.”

 

Advocates Press Hillary Clinton For Cuban Support At Rally

Jul 23, 2016
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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.

 

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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.

 

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Hours before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance with her pick for VP, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, at the Florida International University Arena in Miami.  This is how the event was seen on social media. 

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The shooting of Charles Kinsey has gathered national attention. He’s a North Miami man, a therapist at a group home, who was shot by North Miami Police, while he was helping a 23-year-old man with severe autism. We look into the investigation and how police are trained to handle people with disabilities.

Also, Thursday evening, a second possible case of non-travel related mosquito-borne Zika infection was reported in south Florida. This time it is in Broward County. State officials were investigating a similar case in Miami-Dade. Are we doing enough to combat Zika?

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. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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. 

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