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Can the city of Miami sue big banks that issued its residents predatory housing loans?

That question landed lawyers for the city of Miami in front of the Unites States Supreme Court Tuesday, making their case that before the Great Recession banks gave predatory loans to black and Latino residents in violation of the Fair Housing Act, costing the city money.

South Florida was one of the hardest hit areas during the recession and Miami wants to recoup some of its losses, filing suit in 2013.

Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald staff

A Miami Charter Review Committee has been looking into the idea that the city of Miami should have a strong mayor. Currently it is an executive mayor position, which makes it a mostly figurehead post.

Commissioner Francis Suarez is leading the push to make the  mayor of Miami more powerful and explains why the issue should be taken to the voters. 

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was recently in Miami as part of her nationwide community policing tour.

During her visit to highlight initiatives that are strengthening community and police relationships, Lynch hosted a youth town hall at Overtown’s Booker T. Washington Senior High School.

“Let me tell you why I’m here in Miami. I came because of you,” she told the packed auditorium full of students and police officers.

Nadege Green / WLRN

The Chapman Partnership houses 500 people at its homeless shelter in downtown Miami.

In recent days, several clients living at the shelter have come forward to complain about what they call a prolific bed bug infestation.

Yoanne Eduardo, a resident at the shelter, rolled up her jeans to reveal three large red bumps on her right leg. She also has similar bumps on her back.

“I have marks all over my body,” she said. “I got them since I been there. It’s constantly itching.”

Eduardo lives at the shelter with her 9-year-old son and month-old baby.

More than a week after a video surfaced of a Miami officer appearing to jump on a handcuffed suspect in the Liberty Square housing projects, residents and activists in the neighborhood are still talking about the confrontation.

One of those residents was Dorothy, who was inside the Liberty Square Community Center one recent afternoon discussing the video.

The 47-second video shows Miami Officer John Hinson walking a handcuffed man to a patrol car. And then, suddenly, Hinson appears to strike the man and jump on top of him.

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Daniel Mocombe was about 13 years old when his family moved to the Village of El Portal, a small municipality just north of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

Mocombe was exploring the new neighborhood on a bike when a police officer stopped him.

“The officer asked me where I stole the bike from. He assumed I didn’t live in the neighborhood. He was belittling me and talking down to me like I was nothing,” Mocombe recalls.

He told the officer the bike wasn't stolen and that he lived in the neighborhood. The officer said he didn’t believe him, but let him ride off.

Nadege Green / WLRN

The Dream Defenders, a local social justice group, says it will protest against Miami Worldcenter until certain demands are met that benefit the struggling Overtown community.

Overtown borders the $2 billion Worldcenter development and critics say the project will shut out residents of that neighborhood.

Until their demands are met, the Dream Defenders protesters say they will create civil unrest and demonstrate at County Hall.

Which One Is Better: Miami Or Miami Beach?

Mar 26, 2015
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Miami Beach is celebrating its centennial on Thursday with a giant concert with performances by Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida.

And while non-South Floridians and some sports anchors might not realize there's a difference between Miami and Miami Beach, people who live in each city hold a lot of pride for their hometowns. And sometimes, it leads to rivalry.

So my colleague John O'Connor and I each took up the cause for our side of the causeway. Take a listen for what lovers of each city had to say:

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

UPDATE: At a meeting Thursday, March 12, the Miami City Commission deferred a final vote on the proposed "anti-camping" law for 30 days.

The Miami City Commission has a final vote scheduled for Thursday that would make it illegal for the homeless to camp out on public property.

The commission tentatively approved a version of the law on February 12 that banned “camping paraphernalia” such as sleeping bags and bedding.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Robert Battle is a Miami native. He grew up in Liberty City. He went to school there, and this is where he learned to dance.

Battle leads one of the nation’s premier dance companies, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

But for him, Miami will always be home, and that always factors into his work and inspiration, he says.

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The City of Miami recently approved a preliminary law that would make it illegal for homeless people to erect tents on public sidewalks.

The law also prohibits setting up blankets and pillows on sidewalks, which concerned homeless advocates and prompted criticism that the city was criminalizing homelessness.

These Liberty City Tenants Are About To Lose Power

Feb 19, 2015
Lisann Ramos

A Liberty City apartment complex has been in the spotlight recently due to complaints from its tenants about the deplorable living conditions. Now the building is facing a power outage this Friday due to illegal and outdated power meters, which the landlord has not updated.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard...

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Tenants who live in a Liberty City apartment building with leaky ceilings, moldy walls and toilets that don’t flush protested Friday morning to get the attention of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

They live at 6040 NW 12th Ave., a building city officials and tenants say is owned by a slumlord.

The protesters showed up at Miami City Hall to demand an apology from Hardemon, who represents Liberty City, for this statement he made to WLRN about their building’s living conditions:

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Right now, there's a national discussion happening around race and how police treat black men. 

But what happens to that conversation when you pair being a black man with also being a police officer?

Miami Major Delrish Moss talks about his experiences — from being a high school student who cleaned floors at the Biscayne Federal Bank to now being a Miami Police Department officer.

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