Family of burned girl recalls fearing worst

Family of burned girl recalls fearing worst

MThe scene in Sweetwater where the burnt corpse of Romina Fernandez, 17, was found.iami Herald | News 

Andrea Perez began to worry when night fell on Oct. 10 and there was no sign of her teenage daughter, Romina. Her worry turned to fear when she got a text message from Romina’s cellphone – “Hi mom, I’m OK. I’m moving to New York with a friend. Don’t worry.”

The words catch in her throat as she struggles to explain it – the message just wasn’t from her daughter. “Something about that message just wasn’t right,” Perez said, holding her phone tightly with both hands.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article3376877.html

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New Miami Beach iPhone app costs more to taxpayers, but officials say it’s worth it

New Miami Beach iPhone app costs more to taxpayers, but officials say it’s worth it

Miami Herald | News 

The cost of Miami Beach’s latest mobile app may raise eyebrows, but city leaders say the service is worth the one-time $123,000 price tag.

Though a previous app cost only $6,500 per year, the “City of Miami Beach e-Gov” product was custom-designed for the city, includes new features and eliminates reoccurring costs associated with the old one. A similar app in North Miami Beach costs that city $7,000 annually.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1974725.html

Breaking news story: Want to report a problem to Miami Beach City Hall? There’s an app for that

Miami Herald | News 

In Miami Beach, a smartphone app will put city government in the hands of the people.

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Service to honor motorists killed on Krome Avenue

Service to honor motorists killed on Krome Avenue

Miami Herald | News 

It’s a 37-mile stretch on the western edge of Miami-Dade County, where one lane going in each direction leaves little room for error. It’s lined with narrow shoulders, and in some patches, there is little to no lighting.

But Dolores Barreto’s son, Cory, had to take Krome Avenue. He was helping a friend install a water line to prep his property for agriculture, and Krome was the way to access the west-edge property.

As he was heading home in the passenger seat of a friend’s car, the vehicle collided head-on with a truck going in the opposite direction. He and the driver were killed.

“He hadn’t even gotten his driver’s license,” Barreto said.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article2154251.html

Which way to Bermuda? Coast Guard rescues disoriented man in hydro-bubble

‘I want my bubble back,’ says man rescued by Coast Guard

Miami Herald | News 

Reza Baluchi wants his bubble back.

The seagoing cylinder, encased in a metal fame, allowed him to run on water, like a hamster in a wheel.

Baluchi, 42, is an endurance athlete with a dream of spreading peace – and the bubble was his latest attempt at doing that.

But right now, he said Sunday, “My bubble is in the middle of the ocean.”

READ HERE: ‘I want my bubble back,’ says man rescued by Coast Guard _ The Miami Herald

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Surfside residents incensed over sand

Surfside residents incensed over sand

Miami Herald | News 

Some Surfside residents aren’t happy with tons of new sand – enough to fill six Olympic-size pools – recently dumped on their beach.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article2556911.html

Follow up: Surfside residents incensed over sand

Miami Herald | News 

Surfside Town Manager Michael Crotty has resigned, as town staff, experts and residents continue to clash over the toxicity of sand on a section of the town’s beach.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1974457.html

Bateman ally accused of Homestead Ponzi rip-off

Bateman ally accused of Homestead Ponzi rip-off

Miami Herald | News 

The city of Homestead, whose former mayor is on trial on corruption charges, opened an investigation this past weekend into the activities of one of his closest and most colorful allies.

READ HERE: Bateman ally accused of Homestead Ponzi rip-off _ The Miami Herald

Follow up: Mourning death of Bateman ally, Homestead couple discover Ponzi-scheme betrayal

Miami Herald | News 

Binay Reynolds and her husband Bob were told by a close friend that he could make their retirement savings flourish in an investment fund – fixed returns, no risks.

READ HERE: Mourning death of Bateman ally, Homestead couple discover Ponzi-scheme betrayal _ The Miami Herald

Lawmakers seek to protect student data

Lawmakers seek to protect student data

Patrick MeehanPOLITICO | News 

While college students are learning history, science and math, schools and vendors are learning about them. From medical visits to financial aid, student information is tracked, analyzed and sold — often without their knowledge.

Read more: Lawmakers seek to protect student data – POLITICO

CPAC moves to the tune of millennials

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When Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky strolled off the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday to Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” the tune was likely familiar to a large chunk of the crowd.

Ann Tumolo, president of Loyola University Maryland’s College Republicans recognized the song – it was one of Billboard’s Hot 100 the summer of her senior year of high school.

Tumolo, 20, wasn’t alone. At CPAC, an annual hub of conservative politicians and activists, a large number of seats was taken up by millennials – and maybe – the party’s future. Continue reading

Florida number one in violence against the homeless

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire | News 

Norris Gaynor was sleeping on the streets of Fort Lauderdale when two teens bashed his skull with a baseball bat.

Gaynor, who was 42 when he died from his injuries in 2006, was one of the “bums” the teens set out to attack.

The attack on Gaynor is one of the 1,328 acts of violence against homeless people from 1999 to 2012 by someone who is not homeless, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Miami Herald | News 

Far from the splashing waves and beach sand, South Dade is a different kind of paradise.

Here, uppity cocktails turn into fresh-fruit smoothies. Flip-flops are tossed for sneakers, and no one is picking up seashells – surrounded by fields, it’s all about tropical plants and local produce.

Thousands of visitors flock to South Dade for this experience every year, and for those who host them, it’s all about redefining what it means to vacation in Miami through the area’s diverse agriculture.

Read more: Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market _ The Miami Herald

Dominicanos: Otra comunidad en ascenso

Dominicanos: Otra comunidad en ascenso

El Sentinel | News

Mientras los cubanos y salvadoreños se disputan el tercer lugar entre las comunidades hispanas más grandes en Estados Unidos, los dominicanos, quienes ocupan la posición número cinco, no se quedan muy atrás.

Dominicanos: Otra comunidad en ascenso

Protestas de Brasil resuenan en Florida

Protestas de Brasil resuenan en Florida

El Sentinel | News

Aunque cientos de miles de manifestantes en las calles de Brasil no llaman tanto la atención en los medios estadounidenses como las protestas masivas de Egipto, para los 65,000 brasileños que viven aquí es el tema del momento.

Protestas de Brasil resuenan en Florida

Fort Lauderdale brothers take on kitchen and disability 

Sun Sentinel | Feature 

Behind the countertop, one brother pulls out knives, the other quickly grabs the cutting boards. As one minces green onions, the other shells fava beans. In this kitchen, for brothers Luke and Dean Bergman, food is a family affair.

But this isn’t the family kitchen. The Bergman brothers work at Valentino Cucina Italiana, an upscale restaurant at 620 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, and Dean, the younger of the two, has Down syndrome.

Fort Lauderdale brothers take on kitchen and disability – Sun Sentinel

State to tie education funding to performance

FIU Student Media | News 

Performance will mean funds for the University as the State University System moves to increase accountability from the 12 states universities.

The three-part accountability framework includes the SUS Board of Governor’s Strategic Plan 2025, an accountability report that details performance on key metrics of each institution and annual Work Plans from each University.

State moves to tie education funding to performance

Professors boycott major publisher

Professors boycott major publisher

FIU Student Media | News 

Researchers at the University are taking a stand against one of the world’s largest scientific journal publishers.

The nation-wide boycott, which has been gaining momentum over the last couple weeks, is encouraging researchers from all fields to refrain from publishing, refereeing, and doing editorial work for journal publisher, Elsevier, until the company “radically changes how they operate.”

Professors boycott major publisher

Wall of fans recreates hurricane winds

Wall of fans recreates hurricane winds

FIU Student Media | News 

From a ‘light ocean breeze’ to 157 mph winds, all in about 20 minutes.

That is what spectators and members of the media experienced during the unveiling of the University’s Wall of Wind, a 12-fan wall capable of recreating the storm conditions of a Category Five hurricane.

Wall of fans recreates hurricane winds