Miami Herald

Parking Garage Collapse
7:36 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Third Death Reported In Garage Collapse, Search Continues For Man Still Missing

photo: Gregory A. Castillo
Gregory A. Castillo

A third person has died after yesterday's collapse of an under-construction parking garage at the Doral campus of Miami Dade College.

Miami-Dade police identified the latest victim as 53-year-old Samuel Perez. He was pulled from the rubble early this morning. Also killed in the sudden collapse were Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60.  Another person is still missing.

Perez was the man whose legs had to be amputated so rescuers could get him to safety. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died today at 4 a. m.

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Education
2:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami-Dade School System Inducts 14 Into Hall Of Fame

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is a student for the night.

Fourteen of Miami-Dade Public School System's better-known and accomplished graduates were inducted into the first official Hall of Fame, Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

12:47 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

At Least One Hurt In Doral Parking Garage Collapse

Developing. The five-story garage was under construction. AP is reporting people trapped in the rubble.
Part of a five-story parking garage under construction at the new west campus of Miami Dade College has collapsed, sending at least one worker to the hospital.
7:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Angry Brother's Furious Tweets Awkward For Trayvon Shooter Zimmerman's Defense

Defendant George Zimmerman's brother calls jihad against Martin family lawyers in defense of the family honor. But Robert's tweeted threats are a loose cannon problem for George's lawyer.
George Zimmerman's brother Robert is on a media offensive to clear his family's name, and is vowing to have Trayvon Martin's family lawyer disbarred. Seven months after the killing of unarmed high school junior Trayvon Martin, the killer's family is on a national media crusade to clear the family's name.
7:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami's Ultra Music Festival Is A Jobs Creator

The event brings hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the region, according to an economic study. Coming to Ultra in March? Good luck finding a hotel room. They're selling out already.
A study commissioned by Ultra Music Festival says the three-day event supports 915 jobs and pumps $79 million into Miami-Dade's economy. Electronic music extravaganza Ultra Music Festival and its fans pour $40 million directly into the economy every year for everything from equipment rentals to glow sticks, according to a new study.
6:57 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Cockroach Eater's Death Still A Mystery

Big puzzle this morning: What killed Edward Archbold? The expert view: These were SANITARY roaches and they're not fatal no matter how many you eat. To win a big snake.
This video posted by YouTube user John-Patrick McNown shows Archbold winning the contest (Graphic): Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out.
8:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

B-Girls, Booze And The Russian Mob

The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver raises the curtain on a federal trial opening today. Allegations: Mobsters recruited sexy Eastern European women to separate men from their money at a series of Miami Beach clubs.
Miami Beach's "B-Girls" are back. But not as the sirens who seduced men in swank hotels like the Delano, to lure them to seedy private clubs on Washington Avenue so they could be plied with liquor and swindled.
Univision And ABC
7:38 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Univision And ABC Are Partnering In English

Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas grilled President Obama during this Sept. 20 event at the University of Miami. Mitt Romney was on the same stage two days before.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

  Spanish language broadcaster Univision and ABC will open a 24-hour cable channel in the Miami area, the Miami Herald reports today.

Programming will be in English but produced with a Latin perspective. Herald reporter Doug Hanks got a look at documents that describe the project:

The joint venture is expected to employ about 350 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Jobs And The Economy

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debated the state of the American economy this week - we analyze what that might mean for Florida's economy. How has federal stimulus impacted Florida’s recovery? We hear from you on whether stimulus money has worked where you live. And we explain the troubles of US Century Bank.

Magic City
8:13 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Starz TV Show To Miami: Show Us Your (Real) Boobs!

Steven Strait and Elena Satine in "Magic City."
Photo by Greg Williams/Starz

A version of this story first ran in The Miami Herald on April 28, 2012.

When Starz network’s Magic City came to town last year to shoot their 1959 Miami Beach drama, producers were obsessive.

“God is in the details,” said Magic City’s executive producer, writer and Miami Beach native Mitch Glazer. “We were rigorous about everything across the board from music to architecture down to that.”

That meaning breast augmentation.

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Miami Herald
8:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Inertia And Politics Keep Miami In Constant Financial Crisis

Miami City Hall in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.
Dtobias Wikipedia

Experts say the city of Miami will face ‘a battle every year’ unless its leaders address structural problems with the budget. Hobbled by unimaginative leadership, passive management and petty political gamesmanship , the city careens from one budget shortfall to the next without fixing its fundamental fiscal problems.

Among the city’s chief issues, according to experts: spending beyond its means, ballooning pension costs and failing to generate new revenue.  Policy analysts say politics and poor decisions have made matters worse.

The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Panel Discusses Gov. Scott's Economic Policy

Romey on Univision TV

New figures show incomes in the South Florida region have dropped, and Florida's unemployment figure of 8.8% remains unchanged.  Has Governor Rick Scott's economic policy made any difference?  Meanwhile, Mitt Romney looks to recover from gaffes about the 47% made at a Boca Raton fundraiser. Both he and Barack Obama spoke at Univision forums in Miami to appeal to Hispanic voters.  Plus: after testimony by victims' families, will a state task force recommend changes to the Stand Your Ground law?

Latin America Politics
2:20 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Chavez Faces Toughest Test In Venezuela Election

After a battle with an undisclosed form of cancer, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has pronounced himself healthy enough for reelection.
Credit cc-by Valter Campanato - Agencia Brasil.

Forget the US election. 

There may be an even more important presidential vote taking place in Venezuela this fall. 

Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim Wyss updates WLRN's Phil Latzman on Hugo Chavez's fight to keep his job against upstart opponent Henrique Capriles. Also discussed: political strife in Colombia and Latin American countries tasting rare Olympic glory during the Summer Games in London.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

El Nuevo Herald Metro Columnist Daniel Shoer Roth

Daniel Shoer Roth
https://twitter.com/danielshoerroth/

08/06/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with El Nuevo Herald Metro columnist Daniel Shoer Roth. He also writes a weekly view in the Miami Herald Opinion section.  A grandson of Holocaust survivors, Daniel Shoer is a frequent voice for South Florida underdogs: the homeless, elderly, bullied and neglected.  Born in Venezuela, he’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .

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State Integrity Investigation
7:46 am
Mon March 19, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 1: Florida Politics Gets A 'C-'

Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, debates Senate Bill 146.
Credit Photo courtesy of senatorchrissmith.com

This story originally appeared in The Miami Herald on March 19, 2012.

The first time Florida Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, ran for office, he was just three years out of law school - a 28-year-old who still believed in the power of his lucky navy blue suit. As Smith puts it, he was a "nobody" from Broward County.

And yet, "these people would just show up" as he campaigned around the district. They were lobbyists. "[They'd] pat me on the back and say, 'Hey, I want to support you, ' and then give me a bunch of checks and say: 'Now remember me.' "

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