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José Fernández's visitation was Wednesday.

 

Outside St. Brendan Catholic Church, police shepherded throngs of mourners across Southwest 87th Avenue; traffic was backed up for blocks. A news helicopter flew overhead and an encampment of reporters occupied the church lawn. Cameramen circled a young boy in a black Miami Marlins T-shirt, weeping in the embrace of a woman who appeared to be his mother.

 

But inside, the church was quiet.

 

 

 

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This week onn Decision Florida, hosts Melissa Ross, from WJCT, and Tom Hudson, from WLRN, discuss how the 2016 election can affect health care in Florida. 

 

But first, our hosts interview Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. In a tight race for the state, could she be the spoiler candidate for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

 

Cuba's Top Negotiator To Hold Twitter Q & A

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Josefina Vidal, Cuba's chief negotiator in the rapprochement with the United States, will host a Q&A session on Twitter from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

This week, the Code Switch team tackled this question: What do you do when a friend, loved one or stranger makes a comment that falls somewhere on the racism spectrum? On the blog and on the podcast, we and friends of Code Switch shared stories about those uncomfortable moments and how we reacted.

Matthew Now A Major Hurricane

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The official forecast from The National Hurricane Center is for Matthew to stay a Major Hurricane this weekend, then slowly turn to the northwest Sunday.  Thereafter, it could threaten Jamaica and Cuba by Monday and early Tuesday.

Uncertainty is high with regards to Matthew’s track once it passes Cuba. National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says the average forecast error on a storm’s track is 240 miles, but it could be even higher wit this storm.

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Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act on Wednesday -- and that could be a dual victory for South Florida. The act authorizes the Central Everglades Planning Project, which is slated to provide about $2 billion dollars for various ecosystem restoration efforts. And, it supports a $320 million dollar Port Everglades expansion that’s intended to help larger, heavier ships navigate the area.

 

Miami-Dade County

For months, health officials have been pleading with South Floridians to “drain and cover” --  especially people who live in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade’s remaining zika virus hot zone. And now the county has reported a case of locally-acquired dengue fever – another mosquito-borne virus.

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new insulin delivery system for people with Type 1 diabetes is a big deal.

With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas makes little or no insulin so people have to replace it with either multiple daily injections or a pump. In either case, that process involves constant error-prone adjustments, particularly around food and exercise. Over the long term, high blood sugar levels can lead to organ damage, but over-correcting by giving more insulin can cause dangerous low blood sugars that can lead to unconsciousness.

It was 90 nonstop minutes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump all over the airwaves Monday night, and the claims came thick and fast from both candidates.

They talked about everything from Clinton's claim that Trump's tax plan will add trillions to the national debt; whether the debt has been doubled under President Obama; if more black men have been killed by guns than the next nine causes combined.

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The Miami-Dade department of transportation has hired two organizations to whip up a campaign designed to attract new riders.

Alice Bravo, director of the transportation department, says she hopes the new marketing plan will attract more millennials to Miami’s public transit.

“The young, new millennials are, are I think are more predisposed to use public transportation. They don’t necessarily want to have a car. They see how they can save time, how they can save money.”

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In the last few years, thousands of Cubans have left the island for South American countries. From there, they make their way north, trekking thousands of miles, hoping to get to the United States.

Last year, 29,000 Cubans crossed the border from Mexico into Texas — quadrupling the total from a decade ago. Now the numbers are even higher.

Heidy Vera, a young Cuban woman, made that journey in 2015. She then headed to Miami, where Cubans have settled for generations.

Water containing low-level radiation and other pollutants has poured into Florida's primary drinking water aquifer through a gaping sinkhole 45 feet wide.

It happened at a plant owned by fertilizer giant Mosaic in central Florida's rural Polk County, Robin Sussingham of member station WUSF reports.

Federal health officials are urging all Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible, and are especially concerned that too few elderly people are getting vaccinated.

"Flu is serious. Flu is unpredictable," Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a joint briefing Thursday with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "Flu often does not get enough respect."

A commuter train in New Jersey crashed into Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Thursday morning, resulting in multiple injuries and visible structural damage.

One person was killed and at least 65 people were injured, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. New Jersey transit officials said at least 100 people were hurt, Stephen Nessen of WNYC reports.

Joseph Scott, the CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, said the hospital had admitted some victims in critical or serious condition.

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of El Cajon, Calif., on Wednesday night, protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black man on Tuesday.

A 911 caller had reported that her brother was acting erratically and walking into traffic. She told police that he was mentally ill and unarmed, Andrew Bowen of member station KPBS reports.

It took nearly an hour for police to arrive on the scene. About a minute after they arrived, one of them shot Alfred Olango, The Associated Press reports.

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