Politics

Law Enforcement
11:16 am
Tue August 13, 2013

What You Should Know About The Miami Beach Taser Death

Isabel Rodrey, 18, of Hollywood, weeps as she remembers her friend, Israel Hernandez-Llach, who died Tuesday after a tasering by Miami Beach police. Dozens gathered to mourn Hernandez's death on Saturday, August 10.
Credit Marsha Halper / Miami Herald Staff

The death of 18 year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach has brought renewed attention to the Miami Beach police department.  Police tasered Hernandez on Aug. 6 after he spray-painted the wall of a shuttered McDonald's restaurant on Collins Avenue and 71st Street.   

People have died from being tasered, though according to a 2011 Justice Department report, it is rare.

The problem, says Julie Brown of the Miami Herald, is that the “Miami Beach police have had a history of using excessive force.”

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Criminal Justice
5:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written

Credit Gerardo Mora

The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."

"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How The MLB Learned About Coral Gables Clinic Biogenesis

In addition to Alex Rodriguez, the Biogenesis clinic records listed athletes connected to the University of Miami baseball program.
Credit dbfoto® / Creative Commons/Flickr

On The Florida Roundup: From the ball fields of South Dade to Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez fights to stay in baseball.  Major League Baseball suspended him for more than a season for using performance-enhancing drugs.

We speak to Julie Brown of the Miami Herald about the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, that is at the center of the MLB scandal.  Also joining us will be Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, who broke the story about the clinic, which supplied drugs to not just MLB players but also college and high school athletes as well. 

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Hasn’t Given Up Stadium Fight

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross holds a press conference to announce renovation plans for Sun Life Stadium on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The team's bid to get public funding later failed in the state legislature.
Credit Alexia Fodere

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Wednesday that he remains committed to winning public dollars for the team’s proposed stadium renovations, and would not rule out a return to Tallahassee in 2014.

“Have I given up? The answer is no,” Ross said, speaking to reporters during his first major news conference since last spring’s legislative defeat.

Ross’ bid for both state and county financing for the $350 million rehab project died when House Speaker Will Weatherford declined to put the bill up for a vote during the legislative session.

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Health Care
8:14 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Obamacare Foes Make Final Push To Stop Health Law's Implementation

A screenshot from the FreedomWorks website, which is urging citizens opposed to the Affordable Care Act to opt out of the law's requirement to have insurance. It asks Americans to symbolically "burn your Obamacare card." In reality, no such card will exist.
FreedomWorks

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:47 am

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Opinion
12:55 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Marijuana Legalization: Why U.S. Latinos Are Not Latin Americans

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One irony of last week’s vote in Uruguay’s House of Representatives to legalize marijuana is that almost two-thirds of Uruguayans themselves oppose the measure, according to some polls.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools

Tony Bennett served less than 8 months as Florida's Education Commissioner before a scandal involving the grading of an Indiana charter school let him to resign.
Credit Florida Department of Education

On The Florida Roundup: Our state's leadership goes through more upheaval, this time with the resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. He will be the fifth education head (including interims) to depart in the 31 months since Governor Rick Scott took office.

Why has there been so much turnover? What impact does the latest change have on students and teachers? 

Plus: the Hialeah shooting drew national attention again to gun deaths in our state.  We look at what factors - or at least correlations - can be gleaned about violence and gun ownership. 

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Americas
10:42 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Is Uruguay's Marijuana Legalization Vote A Tipping Point?

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Within weeks, Uruguay is expected to become the first nation to legalize the production, distribution and use of marijuana for its citizens.

The South American country's response to incessant drug-related violence in the region signals a quest for alternatives to the U.S.-led war on drugs, and a rethinking of official U.N. anti-drug policy, which has been in effect for more than half a century.

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Marijuana
8:29 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Private Equity Fund Eyes The Business Of Pot

A cannabis leaf
Bolotov Paul iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 9:40 pm

A couple of guys with serious investment banking experience are moving into the marijuana business. They've launched the first multimillion-dollar private equity fund devoted entirely to what they like to call the "cannabis space."

It started when Brendan Kennedy was working at the Silicon Valley Bank and learned of an entrepreneur who wanted to sell software for marijuana dispensaries. The idea piqued Kennedy's interest. A few days later, a radio show about legalizing pot piqued it even more.

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Americas
4:29 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Uruguay Gives Initial OK To State-Controlled Marijuana Industry

Young backers of a bill to legalize the production and trade of marijuana in Uruguay wait outside the Parliament building as lawmakers debate the bill Wednesday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:32 pm

Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, after the country's lower house of Congress passed a controversial bill late Wednesday detailing how the government would regulate marijuana — from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.

NPR's South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells our Newscast unit that the landmark bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to sail through.

Lourdes reports:

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Health Care
6:44 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Curtains Open On Medicaid Managed Care In Florida

Credit medicaid.gov

More than two years after Florida lawmakers passed a controversial plan to transform the Medicaid system, it's showtime.

As of Thursday, about 9,300 central Florida residents who need long-term care --- the vast majority of them seniors --- will become the first participants in a statewide move to enroll almost all Medicaid beneficiaries in HMOs and other types of managed-care plans.

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Americas
5:05 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics

Hundreds of thousands of people crowd Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as Pope Francis celebrates the final Mass of his visit to Brazil. Security lapses, traffic chaos and other logistical snafus marred the visit.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:47 pm

While the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were a success for Pope Francis, they certainly weren't for the city government. Accusations of disorganization and transport failures have left residents wondering if Rio is really ready to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.

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Immigration
5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Immigration Program Fails To Attract Eligible Applicants

The Mexican Consulate processes IDs at an area school. The New York Immigration Coalition goes to events like this one to find immigrants who are eligible for DACA.
Melanie Reyes The New York Immigration Coalition

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:05 pm

Teenagers and young adults who arrived in the U.S. illegally before they turned 16 have a chance at temporary legal status. A government program — the Deferred Action for Early Childhood arrivals program — gives them a Social Security number and protection from deportation.

But most who are eligible haven't applied. And advocates such as Melanie Reyes are trying to change that.

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Health Care
4:06 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nurse Charged With Assisting In Her Father's Death

Barbara Mancini with her father, Joe Yourshaw.
Barbara Mancini via Compassion & Choices

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:22 pm

A Philadelphia nurse has been charged with assisted suicide for allegedly providing her 93-year-old father with a lethal dose of morphine.

Authorities say Barbara Mancini, 57, told a hospice nurse and a police officer on Feb. 7 that she provided a vial of morphine to her father, Joe Yourshaw, to hasten his death.

Mancini and her attorneys acknowledge she handed the medication to her father, but maintain she never said she intended to help him end his life and was only trying to help her father ease his pain — an act they say is legally protected, even if it causes death.

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Immigration
2:45 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Consumer Groups On The Lookout For Immigration Scams

A line waits outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Los Angeles.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

Talk about immigration reform on Capitol Hill this summer has raised the hopes of many unauthorized immigrants around the country.

It's also raised the fears of consumer advocates worried about scam artists who promise immigrants they can help them secure legal status.

Eduardo Flores, an unauthorized immigrant from Honduras, wasn't promised immigration documents, but he did place his trust and $4,000 with a man who said he was an immigration attorney.

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