5:54 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

A Guide To South Florida’s Wild Weeks Of Soccer News

England's national soccer team practices at Sun Life Stadium before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Credit Kenny Malone

A new soccer team in Miami, an FBI raid in Miami Beach and David Beckham’s Major League Soccer odyssey takes an American football turn. It's been a busy few weeks for South Florida soccer news.

Michelle Kaufman covers the beautiful game for the Miami Herald, so we asked her for the Cliff's Notes summary of recent soccer events.


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5:35 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

A Grisly Timeline: Florida's Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

Five-year-old Skeegie Cash was kidnapped from his home late one May evening. For more than a week the search for Skeegie made national headlines, and it brought FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to South Florida to try to solve the case.
Credit FBI Files

In the early 20th Century, kidnappings were a scourge on the nation.

The Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping of 1932 epitomized a time of widespread fear -- the taking of the famous aviator's son resulted in the FBI's involvement, and later the Federal Kidnapping Act, granting the Bureau jurisdiction in these cases.

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3:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Here's A Map Of Affordable Housing In Miami-Dade

Liberty Square is a public housing project in Liberty City. There has been almost no new public housing built in the past couple of decades. Instead, public-private partnerships have offered assisted and subsidized housing.
Credit Creative Commons

A new map created by the the University of Miami's Office of Civic and Community Engagement hopes not only to show where affordable housing is located, but also some of the different demographic information that may be driving its placement.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:18 pm

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."

It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.

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11:39 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Florida Getting First Breast Milk Bank

Sander van der Wel Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:48 am

Baby Serenity lay on her tummy in a tiny white crib at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies’ neonatal intensive care unit in Orlando. A nurse rubs her back as her chest heaves up and down with her little breaths.

When Serenity was born three months early, in February, she weighed just one pound.

“She’s a fighter, she’s a feisty little thing. She’s just a doll, she’s our little princess,” Serenity’s mom, Tiffanie Jenkins, said recently of her little girl wearing a bright yellow shirt and pink pants.

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12:06 am
Thu May 28, 2015

What The Latest Roadblock Means For Immigrants Living In The U.S. Illegally

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, La. (Billy Metcalf Photography/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:29 pm

A federal appeals court yesterday refused a request from U.S. Justice Department lawyers to appeal an earlier ruling that halted President Obama’s controversial immigration program back in February.

The ruling comes as a victory for Texas and 25 other states that led the charge against the program that would protect from deportation more undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, as well as older undocumented immigrants who had U.S. citizen children.

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12:02 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FL Gets Billions More From Feds Than It Gives? ‘Mostly True’

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:18 pm

The 2015 Florida legislative session came screeching to a halt three days early, when House and Senate lawmakers could not agree on health care funding.

The House wants no part of Medicaid expansion. The Senate has warmed up to the idea of a type of expansion that would steer federal dollars into private healthcare plans. They'll try to get this worked out during a special session that’s scheduled to begin Monday, June 1.

One of the arguments against Medicaid expansion is that Florida takes billions more from Washington, D.C.  than it gives - and that the money being offered to Florida isn't Florida's to take.

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11:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Miami-Dade Holds Haitian History Bee

The high school finalists of the Haitian History Bee compete for the championship in the Miami-Dade County commission chambers.
Credit Lisann Ramos

May is Haitian Cultural Heritage Month in Miami-Dade, and on Wednesday the county hosted the fourth-annual Haitian History Bee in the county commission's chambers.

Four teams from three Miami-Dade schools competed against each other in a Haitian History Bee.

County Chairman Jean Monestime sponsored the event. Monestime is the first Haitian county chairman in the United States.

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International Soccer
5:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

FIFA Fraud Allegations Reach Miami – And Bruise Latin America's Image

FBI agents haul boxes of potential FIFA scandal evidence out of the CONCACAF offices in Miami Beach Wednesday morning.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

The soccer world is in shock today because of a massive corruption scandal involving the sport’s international governing body. The case reaches into Miami – and the accusations deal a big blow to soccer’s image in this hemisphere.

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Cuban Art
4:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

University Of Miami Honors Cuban Sculptor Roberto Estopiñán

Roberto Estopiñán in his studio in Havana, Cuba, 1942.
Credit Alejandro Anreus / Courtesy

Cuban-born sculptor Roberto Estopiñán used his island’s tumultuous decades as his muse.

His art reflected Cuba's political turmoil during the 1950s and later became more naturalistic during his exile.

Also a printmaker and draftsman, Estopiñán was a pioneer of direct carvings using wood and of welding techniques in Latin America. He is also recognized for his 1980s bronzes of the female torso.

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3:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Key West In Talks With Airbnb About Vacation Rentals

Airbnb is a hugely popular homesharing and renting website. But the city of Key West, which strictly limits vacation rentals, has brought five code compliance cases against the company. It is now in settlement talks.
Credit Airbnb

Airbnb is a hugely popular way to find someplace to stay on vacation. More than 25 million guests have used the service, according to the website.

But in the Florida Keys, renting your home for less than a month requires a special license. The city of Key West's Code Compliance Board agenda for this week included 14 cases against unlicensed vacation rentals.

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Immigration Reform
11:30 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Immigrant Groups To DACA, DAPA Candidates: Don't Get Discouraged

Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Maria Rodriguez, stands with local immigrants affected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to postpone action on President Obama's Immigration Executive Action.
Credit Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. That hold was put in place by a Texas judge in February.

This decision further delays the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Those would prevent deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

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Health Care
5:30 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Speaker: LIP Letter Will Help End Impasse

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island.

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:37 am

A day after receiving word that Florida likely will receive about $1 billion next year for a key health-care program, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said Friday that the information could help end a state budget impasse.

Vikki Wachino, director of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sent a letter to the state Thursday indicating Florida could expect to receive about $1 billion during the upcoming fiscal year for the Low Income Pool, or LIP, program.

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5:30 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Mom Released Over Son's Circumcision

Heather Hironimus

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:36 am

A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son's circumcision has been released after nine nights behind bars.

Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, jail records show.

She's been portrayed as a martyr by anti-circumcision advocates around the country who have followed her case with rapt interest.

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5:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

CVS Testing Hispanic Market With New “Y Más” Stores

CVS has launched twelve CVS/pharmacy y más locations in South Florida, including this brand new store on SW 8th Street.
Credit CVS

Cafecito, bilingual staff, money transfer services, an expanded discount fragrance counter. But wait -- “y más.”

CVS has launched 12 “CVS/pharmacy y más” stores in South Florida. In Miami, Hialeah, Doral, Homestead and Kendall, CVS says it has converted 11 existing locations and added a brand-new store to launch its Hispanic-centric store concept.

This comes less than a year after the Rhode Island-based giant bought Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy, touted as the largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain in the country.

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