In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.
At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into America’s mainstream.
If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.
The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists (many in costume for Halloween) will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.
The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.
Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Has South Florida had any good mayors? Some of suggestions from our audience, clockwise from top left, Robert King High, mayor of Miami (1956-1967); Jim Naugle, mayor of Fort Lauderdale (1991-2009); Alex Penelas, mayor of Miami-Dade County (1996-2004) and Raul Martinez, mayor of Hialeah (1981-2005).
The walk up of parties for the Miami Broward Carnival weekend has officially begun.
Still, the big parade at Sun Life Stadium with all the bands isn’t until Sunday and that means plenty of people are still hustling on the last minute preps, such as finishing the bright shiny costumes.
Inside one garage in Miramar the sewing crew hums to soca beats as they glue yet another rhinestone onto another skirt of a Carnival costume. Music plays from the computer.
Jai-Alai players prepare to play a game at the once cultural icon in Miami, Aug. 22, 2013. The Jai-Alai fronton declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Despite the financial restructuring they will continue to entertain with Jai-Alai, concerts, and gambling.
Out near the Miami Airport there’s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami. Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. It’s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.
But it's also more complicated than that, and dangerous. But the way Jai-Alai attendance is growing, in seven years ,followers say it will eclipse baseball.
Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home. She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.
Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county’s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will “kill the tourism industry.”
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:10 am
"I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you'll see me in the news."
The Miami Herald and other news outlets are reporting that 31-year-old Derek Medina of South Miami apparently posted that Facebook message Thursday morning, along with a photo of a woman's "twisted, bloodied body lying on a linoleum floor."
If I were to write a personal ad, it would go something like this: short male, black hair, brown eyes, caramel-colored skin. Then I would probably go on at length about my sculpted body and model looks. You’re thinking Latin male, right? What if I added slightly oval eyes, like large almonds? What would you think then? Asian? In South Florida? No way. There are no Asians in South Florida.
Last week, the Miami Herald shuttered its building on the bay.
Located at One Herald Plaza, the beige box on the water is affectionately known as 1HP. Conference room meetings were interrupted by someone spotting dolphins. Water spouts could be seen forming from the cafeteria windows. Depending on the person, the building was either a testament to architecture done without aesthetics in mind, or an ideal place to do journalism.