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Early Voting
10:07 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Wilson's Voting Complaint Brings Federal Election Monitors To Miami-Dade

Word In His Ear: U. S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says GOP operatives are manipulating early voters to steal the election.
Credit Wilson web site

Election monitors from the U. S. Justice Department are on their way to Miami-Dade County to investigate reports of predatory voting "assistance" being offered by pro-Romney operatives to elderly voters in a north county precinct.

The Miami Herald reported this morning the complaints came from U. S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, whose district includes the polling station at North Miami Public Library:

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Dance For Democracy
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

How To Dance To The Preamble Of The United States Constitution

Urban Bush Women dance company rehearsal for Saturday's performance
Jordan Levin

The endless election season is enough to turn anyone cynical about politics. But for a group of female South Dade migrant workers, the idea of democracy is still a wonder.

They've been exploring it at a dance workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade College and the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. It’s part of the “Are We Democracy” workshop in Cutler Bay. The program was created by the New York dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The idea is to make democracy personal and concrete for everyone.

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One Herald Plaza
10:06 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Preserve It? Or Knock It Down? Future of Miami Herald HQ May Be Decided Today

Herald on the Bay: A waterfront site meant economical newsprint delivery by barge.
Wikimedia

The other big debate today is about the Miami Herald's maybe historic (but maybe not) bay front headquarters and what its new owners, Genting Resorts World, will be allowed to do with it.

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35,000 Have Cast Ballots in Miami Dade
9:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

500,000 Floridians Have Already Voted

Absentee ballots are pouring in across Florida.
Vaguely Artistic Flickr/Creative Commons

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but half a million votes are already in in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the heaviest voting is taking place in Miami Dade, Tampa Bay and along the I-4 corridor.

About 500,000 Floridians have already cast absentee ballots, and 1.8 million more have requested these ballots be mailed to them.

Heavy interest in the presidential race is believed to be behind the rush to vote so soon.

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Election 2012
2:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Politics Tuesday: Debates Matter, Especially in Florida

After tonight's presidential debate, the candidates come to Lynn University for the final debate.
klootch1 flickr

President Obama and Mitt Romney meet in their second presidential debate tonight in Hempstead, NY. Then, Boca Raton becomes the center of the political universe next Monday, October 22 when Lynn University hosts the final encounter between the two candidates before election day.

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Meningitis Death
7:23 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Miami-Dade Teen's Meningitis Death Triggers Public Health Alert

Mom texted her family, 'Ask about meningitis.' Hours later, her son was dead.
Credit Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

Questions arise after the sudden death of 18-year-old Christopher Valdes. Are there more bacterial meningitis cases in Miami-Dade County? And was this one misdiagnosed? Even after a specific plea to consider meningitis, doctors sent him home with painkillers and nausea pills. A few hours later, he was dead.  Christopher's father tells the Miami Herald, "I feel they were negligent."

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Capital Punishment
7:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families

John Errol Ferguson, convicted of killing six, may have murdered twice as many.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

John Errol Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Thursday for a six-victim murder that  horrified South Florida more than 35 years ago. At the time, as the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reminds us in this backgrounder, it was the worst mass murder in local history.  Is he fit to execute?

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Obama In Miami
8:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Swing State Life: Obama's On His Way To Make A Nightmare Of Miami Traffic

Here He Comes Again: A presidential motorcade much like this one that tied up Miami traffic in 2010 will inject itself into the Brickell area rush hour today.
Miami Herald

President Obama makes an appearance this afternoon at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. It's a grassroots rally with free admission for those who got advance tickets. Doors open at 1 p. m.

After that, Brickell Avenue will close at Southeast Seventh Street at 4 p. m. as the president makes his way to another event at the J. W. Marriott Marquis Hotel.

He's supposed to arrive at 5. But the Miami Herald warns downtown drivers need to make three and half hours worth of plans:

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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

Lead in text: 
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

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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

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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

Lead in text: 
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

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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.

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