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Xaviera Simmons' fifth solo exhibition with David Castillo Gallery opens in Miami

David Castillo Gallery presents Sundown, Xaviera Simmons' fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The show features all new text paintings, photography, and sculpture.

Condo resale prices slip in downtown Miami as new condo construction slows

The steady decline in condo resale prices and swelling inventory levels in downtown Miami have discouraged developers from launching new projects, according to the mid-year 2018 report from the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

Mitchell Kaplan's Podcast, The Literary Life, Is Required Listening for Miami Readers

If there's anyone who could spearhead a Miami-based podcast dedicated to reading, writing, and the book world, it's Mitchell Kaplan. As the owner of Books & Books, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in the city, and cofounder of the Miami Book Fair, he's certainly got the chops and passion for all things related to words.

Mashta Drive home damaged after chemicals interact, spark fire

A fire that damaged a Mashta Drive home this weekend was caused by something all-too-easy to miss: the mixing of chemicals from construction materials. Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Marcos Osorio said firefighters responded to the home last Friday around 10 p.m. A sister and brother and their friend smelled smoke, and, "They walked outside and saw that the carport was fully involved."

Do you live in a fun city? This new survey will tell you

The home of family friendly theme parks Walt Disney World, Universal and Sea World came in No. 2 on the list of 2018's "Most Fun Cities in America," according to the personal finance website.

Veteran Florida prosecutor charged with theft from store Source: AP

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You asked: Should charter schools be allowed to hire teachers who are not certified?

In this 2014 file photo, Rheeann Lucceus raises her hand with the answer beside classmate Christopher Mejia while doing addition with money in Erika Choi's first grade class at Classical Prep, one of Pasco County's newest charter schools. It focuses on a "classical" education that requires each student to take a core, liberal arts curriculum.

Here's the problem: How to remove a bus lodged into a building without it collapsing

Miami-Dade Transit Metrobus crashed into a clothing store in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood damaging the structural integrity of the building. Miami Fire Rescue secured the damage columns prior to removing the bus on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

One ditched his client, another committed a $4.8M fraud. Here are 13 punished lawyers

The South Florida lawyers on the most recent Florida Bar's monthly discipline report include a convicted fraudster doing federal time, both name partners of a Miami law firm and an attorney who has trouble putting things in writing. In June 2012, Patricia D'Orsa-Dijamco hired Casey to file a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration.

How to Spend One Crazy Night in Miami

Miami is an easy city to pull an all-nighter in - and it's the nights that are supposed to end early that typically turn into the most memorable ones in the Magic City. No matter what day of the week it is, there's something open and ready to serve food and drinks all hours of the night.

Man Killed In Cape Cod Shark Attack

Man Killed In Cape Cod Shark Attack The beach community of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is reeling after a deadly shark attack, the first in the nation since 2015.

Stop sign catches on fire after power line falls in Fort Lauderdale

Miami-Dade Transit Metrobus crashed into a clothing store in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood damaging the structural integrity of the building. Miami Fire Rescue secured the damage columns prior to removing the bus on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

A county transit bus crashed into a clothing store. That led to an even bigger problem

Sunday afternoon in Little Haiti started with Miami Fire Rescue workers and structural inspectors figuring out how to move a Miami-Dade Transit bus without a 92-year-old building collapsing. This dilemma resulted from a morning crash of the bus and a pickup truck at the intersection of Northwest 54th Street and Second Avenue.

A lasting legacy: Village Manager John Gilbert helped build Key Biscayne services from the ground up

If it hadn't been for competition from war-tested pilots. If it hadn't been for a hiring freeze that stopped an FBI training program in its tracks.

Students help in the annual International Coastal Cleanup

An employee of a Taco Bell in Hialeah, Florida refused to take the order of a woman who did not speak Spanish. Deep in south Miami-Dade County's farm country, there exists a showcase of subtropical fruits grown around the world.

Hialeah Taco Bell Employee Threatens to Call Cops on Black Woman for Ordering Food

The Taco Bell menu is pretty easy to comprehend in any language. Hell, half of it is just made-up words anyway - CrunchWrap Supremes and "nacho fries" aren't exactly ancestral Mexican dishes.

Former police chief in Florida pleads guilty to framing men in racially tinged cases

Five years ago, Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano bragged to the town's leaders about his department's exceptional 100 percent clearance rate on burglaries in the tree-lined suburb north of Miami. On Friday, however, Atesiano admitted his own criminal behavior was behind the boast to the village commission: He acknowledged at his plea hearing in Miami federal court that he directed three of his police officers to pin a series of unsolved home and vehicle break-ins on three innocent men to perfect the force's property crimes record.

Billionaire Miami philanthropist Phillip Frost denies fraud charges

Billionaire Miami philanthropist Phillip Frost is denying allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission that he committed securities fraud as part of a years-long "pump-and-dump" scheme. In a statement emailed to reporters Friday afternoon, Frost said he was "stunned" by the SEC's civil complaint , filed a week ago.

After a long trek, Miami-Dade finally ready to purchase Ludlam Trail park

A rendering of how an abandoned railway would look after being converted into the Ludlam Trail "linear" park. On Friday, Sept.

Desiree Bannister and Shenzi are Conquering the Miami Music Scene

Desiree Bannister always knew she was destined to sing. "Music has always been a given for me," she says.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Over the past few years, Miami has become a hotbed for burgeoning music festivals, and another will debut this weekend. The Best Life Music Festival will deliver R&B acts such as headliner and artist-to-watch H.E.R., along with rising star Ella Mai and New Times ' Best R&B Singer of 2018, Savannah Cristina.

Taco Bell employee refuses to take order because customer doesn't speak Spanish

Morena Mendoza and her son Antonio reunited in Miami after the Trump administration ended the separation of children and their families at the border of the United States and Mexico. "USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island," tells the story of Ellis Island through the perspective of those who worked there and highlights the historical connections between the USCIS mission and this iconic historic site.

Miami moves to regulate gambling, likely derailing Magic City's Edgewater poker room

The neon sign atop the Magic City Casino on Flagler Street in Miami. The casino's owners are seeking to build a poker room and jai alai fronton on Biscayne Boulevard in the city's Edgewater neighborhood.

DeSantis camp: ex-lawmaker who used racial slur is not co-chairing Miami fundraiser

Ron DeSantis' campaign says this fundraiser invitation, obtained by the Miami Herald, was a draft. Ralph Arza is not a co-host of the event, the campaign says, though all the other named chairs and co-chairs are.

Miami commissioners tentatively agree to raise parking rates for non-residents

Miami commissioners tweaked a proposal on Thursday to raise parking rates citywide so Miami residents who register with the city don't have to pay the higher prices. The Miami Parking Authority had asked the City Commission to approve citywide increases in rates for public parking lots, garages and curbside spots.

Electric scooters are on their way back to Miami. Only one commissioner is thrilled

Miami is poised to become the first large city in Florida to allow fleets of electric, dockless scooters on its streets. But a majority of city commissioners would prefer the two-wheelers stay out of their backyards.

How Las Rosas Became Miami's New Beacon for Live, Local Music

Miamians are used to things that fade away: tan lines, coastlines, winter crowds, historic buildings, beloved institutions. Sooner or later, the beat trails offs.

Seven Spas Still Offering Miami Spa Month Deals

Miami Spa Month officially ended August 31. But if you waited too long to book that massage, you're in luck. Some of the finest establishments in town have extended their 2018 Miami Spa Month offers.

Here's What South Florida Breweries Will Pour at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival began in 1982 with less than two dozen breweries. Now the three-day event attracts hundreds of breweries from across the nation, including several from Miami, which will pour at this year's festival, held September 20 through 22 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

Deco Coffee Co. Restaurant and Roastery Opens in Allapattah

Inside a bright and airy space in Allapattah, Deco Coffee Co. roasts coffee, pours espresso drinks and guava mimosas, and serves beautifully plated toasts, salads, and sandwiches.

Kathy Griffin cancels Miami show after her plane catches fire

Deep in south Miami-Dade County's farm country, exists a showcase of subtropical fruits grown around the world. And you're allowed to eat it.

A day at Miami-Dade's Redland Fruit and Spice Park

Ring doorbell footage captures Miami-Dade police negotiators trying to talk the gunman into surrendering, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 near South West 117th Avenue and 240th street.

Miami Man Pleads Guilty to Sending $1 Million in Bribes to Ecuadorian Oil Officials

The U.S. government recently launched a campaign to crack down on money laundering and corruption in Latin America's state-run oil companies, including the one in Venezuela. Now the target has moved a bit south and west.

Miami Spice 2018: The Five Best Seafood Restaurants

Miami is a coastal town, which means meals call for a taste of the ocean. The freshest seafood can be pricey, which is why Miami Spice is the perfect time to indulge in shucked oysters, plump crab, and succulent shrimp.

DJs in Captain's Hats Steer Yacht Rock to Miami

Two middle-aged guys in loud Hawaiian shirts and captain's hats puff away on pipes in front of a painted backdrop of an ocean. The scene sounds like it could be plucked from a slapstick comedy, right? Throw in a DJ booth on a casino club floor and mixes of Introducing an original musical niche: a parody of smooth rock on million-dollar boats, otherwise known as yacht rock.

Miami might make public parking more expensive across city

Miami's government might raise parking rates across the city for the first time since 2009, in some cases by as much as $1.50 per hour. The reason city administrators give for the hike is simple: The city needs more money.

Macy's to hire 80,000 seasonal workers, including at stores in South Florida

The famed Marshall Field's clock anchors the holiday display at Macy's State Street store in downtown Chicago. Macy's said Wednesday it plans to hire 80,000 seasonal employees for its Macy's, Macy's Backstage and Bloomingdale's retail stores.

Custom golf club retailer to open first Miami store in October

Club Champion is slated open its first Miami studio in October at Downtown Dadeland.

Florida sheriff: Inmates eat and smoke paper sprayed with roach poison to get high

Miami police officer John Askew was cleared of any wrongdoing by Internal Affairs after police body-cam video surfaced of him using force to subdue an armed robbery suspect. Now a civilian oversight panel thinks something should be done about it.

Miami police chase ends in flames. Crash shuts down both directions of U.S. 1 near I-95

South Dixie Highway closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon and traffic remained at a standstill hours into rush-hour traffic after a police chase ended in a fiery crash on U.S. 1 and Southwest 16th Avenue, right where I-95 starts and ends. Northbound traffic on I-95 and southbound traffic & US1 is at a standstill due to a robbery incident that ended on US1 and 17 Avenue.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis explains why he decided to quit congress

GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis promotes his gubernatorial campaign and his push in Congress to indict Raul Castro in Little Havana during the Inspire America Foundation Anniversary Gala. While speaking in New Delhi on Sept.

Digital divide hampers hurricane preparedness

Since experiencing the widespread devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017, South Florida legislators have taken steps to address much-needed repairs. While procuring $1.4 billion in federal aid has been a step in the right direction, comprehensive policy making and greater outreach to Miami's disconnected population is needed to best prepare for upcoming hurricanes.

Marco Rubio condemns China as nation that 'burns Bibles, rounds up Muslims'

WASHINGTON Sen. Marco Rubio condemned China on Monday as a nation that "burns Bibles, ransacks Christian churches" and forces Muslims into internment camps. Rubio, R-Fla, was reacting to stories by Tthe Associated Press and others that the Chinese government is escalating its crackdown on religion by burning Bibles, closing churches, and ordering Christians to renounce their faith and pledge their loyalty to the atheistic Communist Party.

XXXTentacion's Group, Members Only, to Perform First Show Since His Death

"XXXTentacion" Onfroy to senseless gun violence. His mother Cleo, sister Arianna, famous friends, and an abundance of fans spent the summer mourning the Lauderhill native at various locations, including the place of his murder in Deerfield Beach and a handful of shows around South Florida.

Miami Police Chief Says Cops Will Finally Stop Arresting People for Small Amounts of Pot

Seventeen months after the City of Miami signed an agreement allowing police officers to hand out civil citations instead of arresting people for certain minor misdemeanors - including possessing small amounts of marijuana - Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina says his officers will finally begin doing so by the end of this month. Neither the mayor's office nor former Miami Police Chief Rudy Llanes responded to requests for comment regarding the delay.

She got on the bus with a string bag. She tried to leave with someone else's 5-year-old

The Miami Police Department is looking for the woman on the right who attempted to get the 5-year-old girl on the left to leave a Miami-Dade Transit Bus with her on Sept. 5, 2018.

Jeremiah Bullfrog's Pork Festival P.I.G. 8 Returns November 4

The Miami food fest, whose name is short for "Pork Is Good," will bring together local and national chefs to churn out chicharrones, smoked pork belly bao buns, and bacon ice cream, all using heritage-breed pork. "We have a few surprises in store this year," Bullfrog says.

Ethiopian Airlines launches historic cargo route at MIA

MIAMI: On August 29, Ethiopian Airlines launched the first of two weekly freighter flights between the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and Miami, creating the first-ever cargo-only route between the African continent and Miami International Airport. The scheduled flights will operate on a route that includes intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium on inbound and outbound services.

Heckler Shouts "You're a Racist" at Ron DeSantis During TV Interview

It's impossible to know whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is, in fact, a racist. But it's sure easy to point out how often he does racist stuff or fraternizes with racist people .

Pilot tailgating policy aims for compromise between students and administration

On the heels of much-debated tailgating policy changes during the 2017 football season, University of Miami administration and a student task force will test new policies that promise both student safety and an enjoyable tailgating experience. The pilot program, easing back from the total ban of student organization tailgates in Lots 9 and 10 at Hard Rock Stadium, introduces 20 dedicated spots closer to the stadium's entrance and the university-sponsored Student Fan Zone.

Three New Books Highlight Architects with Sarasota Connections

Victor Lundy was a founding member of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement who went on to design the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka and the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C., which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to be published in October by Princeton Architectural Press, Victor Lundy Artist Architect is the first book to document his distinguished career and includes many of his original drawings and paintings that are now held in the Library of Congress.

Friday's Daily Pulse

Hurricane Irma, which hit the mainland USA on Sept. 10 last year, cost Florida $1.5 billion in visitor spending and 1.8 million visitors.

Miami Cops Tasered, Arrested Man Who Was Having Seizure, Lawsuit Says

Derek Graham admits that he didn't answer questions from City of Miami police officers on September 14, 2014. But that's because he says he couldn't.

Visiting America's Latino hub

After an arduous 26-hour journey on Turkish Airlines, I arrived in sunny Miami. A short 25-minute taxi ride brought me to my son, Taimur's, beach-side apartment at the Deco Plage Condominium, overlooking the white sands and blue inviting waters of South Beach.

DeSantis to pick Jeanette Nunez as running mate: Florida's...

Reports say Florida Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis will be choosing State Rep. Jeanette NuA ez as his Lieutenant Governor and running mate in the gubernatorial election this coming November. NuA ez is a Cuban American from Miami and will become the first Cuban American female to run for Lieutenant Governor in Florida.

Andrew Gillum announces his pick for lieutenant governor

Andrew Gillum's primary victory in Florida is the latest in a series of high-profile triumphs for black Democratic candidates running for governor, joining Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland. Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee to become Florida's next governor, has been accused of using a "racist dog whistle" during a TV interview after saying that voters would "monkey this up" by electing his liberal African-American opponent.

Everything at Coral Gables' Fixpresso Coffee Shop Costs $2

At the new Fixpresso in Coral Gables, everything - including cold-brew coffee, espresso drinks, and cinnamon buns - costs $2. Located in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Miracle Mile, Fixpresso is the first of its kind.

Steven A. Clark Is Miami Through and Through

Born in Arkansas, he caught the music bug during his formative years growing up in North Carolina. But even as a burgeoning artist, he was looking for a way out of the slow life of the South.

Testimony From GOP Miami Candidate Helped Acquit Notorious Cuban Bomber

In Little Havana, it was an open secret that Luis Posada Carriles had blown up a Cuban airliner in 1974, killing 73 people. And many observers later suspected Carriles was also behind a series of 1997 attacks on Cuban hotels that killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 others.

R&B Is Not Dead - H.E.R. Is Reviving It

The R&B played on the radio today sounds a lot like it did in the '90s. It includes the same story lines, from heartbreak to hot sex to falling in love, just as it did back when your mother insisted "you know nothing about that" whenever TLC came on.

Caf Grumpy Opens in Coral Gables With Cold-Brew Slushies and Zak the Baker Pastries

Caf Grumpy is anything but what its name implies. The Brooklyn-based shop, which opened this summer in Coral Gables, serves coffee, tea, and local pastries in a welcoming and Wi-Fi-connected space.

Florida moves toward seizing Grove Playhouse from Miami-Dade over renovation delays

The front wing-shaped building at the shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse in 2011. The building would be fully restored with a new freestanding modern theater behind it under a $20 million Miami-Dade County plan that's been delayed by a dispute with the city of Miami and others who have grander plans for the state-owned theater.

Miami Suspiciously Sues Carollo's Alleged Enemy Amid Vendetta

Bill Fuller, who co-owns the historic, infamous Little Havana bar Ball & Chain , claims Miami commissioner and former mayor "Crazy Joe" Carollo has launched a political vendetta against him. The reason: Fuller kinda-sorta supported Carollo's 2017 election opponent Alfie Leon.

Cao Chocolates Harvests Miami-Dade's Only Cacao Trees

Down south in the Redland, just a long stone's throw from Krome Avenue and the Everglades, 350 cacao trees tower over Patch of Heaven Sanctuary , a 20-acre nature conservation site at 21900 SW 157th Ave. Dozens of yellow and orange oval pods filled with brown cacao beans hang from the branches. It's August now, and in a month or so, the pods will be ready to harvest.

Murder Suspect Shot and Killed by Police in Hollywood

Hollywood Police say one man is dead following a SWAT situation near South 57th Avenue and Mayo Street in Hollywood Wednesday morning. Miranda Grossman, spokeswoman for the department, says Hollywood police officers arrived at the 5600 block of Flagler Street around 9 a.m. after Miami Police asked for help executing a search warrant for a murder suspect out of Miami.

Slow as a Turtle? "No Damages For Delay" Clause...

On Saturday, I took the kids to the zoo for a day-long adventure. Faith's favorite attraction was the turtle compound that was filled with about 20 slowpokes walking a circle.

Third Horizon Film Festival Returns With Radical Documentaries

It's no secret a prevailing Cuban influence thrives in Miami. But over the years, the metropolitan area long celebrated for its diversity has welcomed a growing expansion of multicultural films, music, and art beyond Cuba to include many of its Caribbean neighbors.

The Best Seafood in Miami: All-Star Chefs Compete at Chef...

If you consider yourself a true foodie, we have an exclusive scoop about the best seafood in Miami just for you. The annual South Beach Seafood Festival's VIP Chef Showdown event takes place on Friday, October 19, featuring the city's top talent for an intense night of culinary competition.

Coral Gables rental tower offers 24-hour concierge service, outdoor fireplace

The Gables Columbus Center, which has completed construction and ia accepting tenants, is a 19 story, 200-unit project at 60 Minorca Avenue that caters to "cosmopolitan renters." The Gables Columbus Center, which has completed construction and ia accepting tenants, is a 19 story, 200-unit project at 60 Minorca Avenue that caters to "cosmopolitan renters."

Here's Your Guide to Oktoberfest 2018 and Fall Beer Festivals in Miami

Oktoberfest season is coming. The German festival gives South Floridians a reason to don lederhosen or dirndls and gorge on Mrzen and mustard-drenched bratwurst.

Dough Miami's Edible Cookie Dough Now Available at Farm Stores

Dough Miami , a family-owned dessert company offering safe-to-eat raw cookie dough, is now available at four Farm Stores in Miami-Dade County. The locations are in Palmetto Bay , South Miami , West Kendall , and Brickell .

Carollo Aide Says He Was Told to Lie to Investigators About Attack on Political Opponent

When investigators from the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust asked Stephen Mir, a former aide to Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, whether the politician was using city resources to "selectively" attack Bill Fuller, the owner of Little Havana's Ball & Chain, as vengeance for his support of Carollo's opponen t, Mir did not pull punches. Mir also said Carollo "bragged" about personally following Ball & Chain employees at night.

Pitbull is hiring for his new Miami Beach restaurant. Can you say 'Dale?'

The exterior sign of Pitbull's restaurant, iLov305, at 1060 Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach. The restaurant has positions to fill before it opens in October or November, according a job posting on Instagram.

From the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee Chair: Vision Plan for the Village

The Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee is working on issues that affect our community, business environment, and future as a village paradise. Business leaders on the committee develop a Vision Plan, which is presented to the Chamber and community to create synergies needed to plan and act on seeing five crucial ideas come to fruition.

Tropical weather: Rain and rip currents for Sunday and Labor Day in Miami

The National Hurricane Center is giving a wave off the coast of Africa an 80 percent chance of strengthening in a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. Alexa Adamson said she filmed her friends rescuing their goats, Thunder and Lightning, from flooding at their home on Chong Street in Kaumana, Hilo on August 23, 2018.

Making 'Downtown Silver Spring' a true open air shopping district by adding department stores

On this map of the Silver Spring core: Hatched Red = retail district Solid Red = retail district with potential for intensification Blue = Discovery site Black = Metrorail Yellow = pedestrian path current and potential for extension Green = future light rail I am still way behind in writing based on my trip to Liverpool and London. Overlaid with trips to Essen and Hamburg, one of the things that I intend to write about is pedestrianizing more places in cities, but not so much in terms of creating big districts, but starting "small," with the creation of small one or two block pedestrianized areas where we know they can be successful.

A Miami Cuban American has never lost a House seat to a non-Cuban. It could happen in November

Donna Shalala speaks to supporters at a watch party held at Ball & Chain in Little Havana on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Shalala, the former University of Miami president and Health and Human Services secretary, won the Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

All Three Hank & Harry's Locations Have Closed

Say goodbye to pastrami pizza and Jewish deli fare on South Beach. All three locations of Buzzy Sklar and Richard Booth's Hank & Harry's Deli quietly closed late last week.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

Beyonc, Beyonc, Beyonc. Is anything else happening this weekend? Probably, given it's a long weekend, but the Carters' joint concert at Hard Rock Stadium is the biggest party happening in Miami over the next three days.

Ten Legendary Shows at Churchill's Pub, From Marilyn Manson to Dave Daniels' Farewell

September 2 through 9, Churchill's Pub, Little Haiti's legendary live-music mecca, will celebrate 39 years of business. Some performances have been weird, some beautiful, and some beautifully weird.

The world's best luxury hotel brands

Luxury Travel Intelligence -- has rounded up the best hotel brands for when you want a vacation that oozes luxe and opulence. "The 118 touchpoints relate to the overall brand performance, rather than its individual properties," says Michael Crompton, Founder of LTI, in a statement.

Sen. Daphne Campbella s bad week: An election loss, and now her son has been jailed

One day after she lost her state Senate seat, Daphne Campbell got more bad news: Her son was jailed on allegations he violated his probation for Medicaid fraud. Police on Wednesday morning arrested Gregory Campbell, an ex-con who has also drawn scrutiny from the Miami Herald after he took control of his mother's North Miami-Dade house using phony paperwork filed with the county.

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum celebrates with supporters after nomination win

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee to become Florida's next governor, has been accused of using a "racist dog whistle" during a TV interview after saying that voters would "monkey this up" by electing his liberal African-American opponent. Freshman candidate Maria Elvira Salazar on Tuesday won the Republican nomination to replace retiring Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in a Miami-area seat Democrats are hoping to flip come November.

Miami-Dade leaders face a showdown on Metrorail expansion. Could it be their last?

After more than a decade of condemning misguided promises to expand Metrorail, local leaders have a chance this week to continue the fight or settle on a more achievable option: modified express buses designed to mimic the perks of rail. Rapid-transit buses would run on 20 miles of existing dedicated lanes in South Dade, but with the modifications that the county's existing fleet lacks.

DeSantis says Florida shouldn't - monkey this up' by electing Andrew

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis makes an appearance campaigning at the iconic cuban restaurant Versailles in Little Havana on Monday August 27, 2018. The March For Our Lives movement, which was started by student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has grown to a national movement.

Fajardo confirmed as first woman nominee to head U.S. Attorney office in South Florida

The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Ariana Fajardo Orshan as the U.S. attorney in South Florida, making the Miami-Dade circuit judge the first woman ever to be nominated by a president to serve in the region's top law enforcement position. In June, President Donald Trump nominated Fajardo , who is a member of the conservative legal group the Federalist Society, which has been influential in White House judicial selections.

Locust Projects Will Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary With a 20-Hour Art Show

The Miami of two decades ago would be unrecognizable to recent transplants. Back then, Wynwood was still a working-class Puerto Rican neighborhood with discount clothes and weave shops.

Salazar beats Barreiro in GOP primary in Florida's 27th congressional district

Maria Elvira Salazar speaks outside a polling station at the Coral Gables Branch Library, during the Florida primary election on Tuesday. Maria Elvira Salazar speaks outside a polling station at the Coral Gables Branch Library, during the Florida primary election on Tuesday.

Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins Democratic House primary

Democratic candidate for Congress Donna Shalala speaks during watch party on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Democratic candidate for Congress Donna Shalala speaks during watch party on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

Jungle Island wants to build a hotel on city-owned land. Miami voters just said yes.

Miami voters approved allowing Jungle Island's owners to build a 300-room hotel on city-owned Watson Island, clearing a path for a major project proposed for a place where big plans have historically run into trouble. Jungle Island's owners have proposed building a 13-story hotel with eco-adventure themed attractions, but to even pursue such a project, they needed voters to agree to waive competitive bidding in order to extend Jungle Island's lease to 2099 and allow for a hotel.

Miami city budget to add few jobs but two new departments

The proposed budget for the City of Miami's next fiscal year adds a few new jobs while eliminating others that have remained vacant for some time. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 also creates two new departments for the growing municipal government.

Michael Grieco se vio obligado a renunciar a la comisi n de Miami...

Michael Grieco se vio obligado a renunciar a la comisiA3n de Miami Beach en el 2017 luego de un escA ndalo de financiamiento de campaA a que lo llevA3 a un acuerdo con los fiscales estatales. Ahora, se postula para la CA mara de Representantes de Florida.

Video shows homeless man being stunned by a police Taser. He died an hour later

Video from these body-worn police cameras show the moments before, during and after Luis Alberto Luna, 38, was stunned by an electronic Taser. He died in the hospital about an hour later.

Miami Heats up With These Seven Taquerias

Sip on a succulent margarita and pass the guacamole, as we unroll the magic city's top destinations for all things tacos. Between hand pressed tortillas made to order and twists on authentic ingredients, there's endless flavor to enjoy.

Miami Cops Needlessly Arrest Thousands of Pot Smokers

Two more blocks and Polini Sanon would have made it home. The 31-year-old father of five had just left his job as a Wells Fargo banker on a Friday night in 2017 when his life took an unexpected turn.

Swetboxx Is Bringing Together Queer Artists From Miami and Beyond

If you've been paying even an ounce of attention, you've noticed Miami's queer scene has taken over the city. These sunny climes are home to a beautiful and thriving alternative community grounded in performance art and music that'll make you understand there's more to this town than uhntz-uhntz.

Miami's Five Best Gourmet Popsicles

The popsicles you enjoyed as a kid have been revamped. Miami purveyors are offering elevated versions of the favorite childhood treat.

Car-sharing startup Getaround expands to Miami

Vehicle-sharing company Getaround has entered the Florida market by launching an office in Coral Gables.

Little Haiti is caught between an immigration crackdown and climate gentrification

On the streets of Little Haiti, resentment is brewing in the air. The bright, cheerful neighborhood booms with friendly banter and greetings between neighbors, even early in the morning on a Monday.

Millionaire gets 2 years in South Florida corruption case Source: AP

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UM students unite for the first service day of the year

More than 200 University of Miami students boarded buses Saturday Aug. 25 and headed to Comstock Elementary School in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood. Sebastian the Ibis and UM student paint a pole at Comstock Elementary School as a part of the Orientation Outreach Day of Service.

Canes in Congress

Carlos Curbelo, Republican, District 26, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2002 and a Master of Public Administration in 2011. Curbelo, who was elected to Congress in 2014 and re-elected in 2016, is up for re-election in November.

Ono Poke Opening Location at Aventura ParkSquare

Ono Poke , a popular Wynwood eatery specializing in the trendy Hawaiian dish, is coming to the City of Excellence. The shop will open inside Aventura ParkSquare, a mixed-use development with a health and wellness spin in north Aventura.

Rising seas will drown Matheson Hammock Park. It could cost $55 million to save it.

As manager of the Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock park, Chris Klaic has some tricks: never take Chilean sea bass off the menu, always remember it's a neighborhood restaurant, and keep an eye on the tide tables to know when Biscayne Bay might flood the parking lot. "Probably 350 days out of the year, it's great," he says of the low-lying restaurant just off the Matheson beach, facing Biscayne Bay.

2-year-old Isabella Alada and her mother, Russell Alada. Photo from the Miami Police Department

When seen Wednesday at Milagro, which is actually just inside Miami city limits at 2263 SW 37th Ave., Isabella was in a blue dress with a yellow hair bow. She is believed to be with her mother, Russell Alada, who was last seen wearing gray shorts and a pink shirt.

Meet the gringo who wants to abolish ICE, establish Medicare For All, and represent Little Havana

In a strip mall two blocks from Calle Ocho in Little Havana, a gringo is preparing to flip a seat held by a Republican for nearly 30 years. David Richardson has represented parts of the district since 2012, when he made history by becoming the first elected openly gay member to serve in the state legislature.

Former Hialeah Teacher Posts Worrisome Videos on YouTube

A former Hialeah teacher posted some alarming remarks on YouTube and now police are on the lookout for that man. The man who identifies himself as David Givens posted a series of videos on YouTube.

Wet weekend: Heavy storms forecast through Sunday afternoon

Expect numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms across South Florida this weekend, with frequent lightning, torrential downpours, and strong wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service . Heavy rainfall from slow-moving storms could cause minor flooding of streets, parking lots and other areas with poor drainage.

In Miami, you can buy teque os, ceviche and Cuban bread without getting out of your car

Miami takes its food seriously, and the evidence of a changing neighborhood comes when supermarkets and shops start to stock their shelves with the favorite products of the most recent wave of immigrant arrivals. The Farm Stores, a chain that opened in Florida in 1957 to offer drive-through sales, especially of milk products, became known as La Vaquita - The Little Cow - when Cuban immigrants started arriving in South Florida.

That Snarky Email May Show Up in Discovery: Attorney Harley Tropin on Stress

Coral Gables attorney Harley Tropin has carved a niche in high-caliber complex and class action litigation with a national profile, and many of his cases are enveloped in messy fraud claims. The president of the 25-attorney Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton serves on the board of the International Academy of Lawyers, is a member of Florida's Federal Judicial Nominating Commission and has lectured on trial advocacy for 25 years at the University of Miami School of Law.

Key Biscayne Community Center's Mind & Melody program brings the joy of music to active adults

It's no secret that music has the power to set the right mood: an upbeat song during a workout, a romantic ballad on a first date, a soothing lullaby to put a baby to sleep. But the power of music goes even deeper, experts say, and that's the theory behind the Mind & Melody Program at the Key Biscayne Community Center, where it is geared toward helping people stay active and sharp as they age.

Nitza Villapol explains recipe for Cuban boniatillo

Miami Herald Food Editor Carlos Frias and Miami.com editor Amy Reyes take you on the must go to croqueta spots around Miami. What are they? Jason Shoendorfer, co-owner of Babe's Meat & Counter, shares the origin and recipe for the French Canadian treat called "Poutine" inside his deli and butcher shop in Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Critically-Needed Affordable Senior Housing Coming to South Miami...

MIAMI: The public/private collaboration involving Miami-Dade County, Pinnacle Housing Group and the South Miami Heights Community Development Corporation has led to the commencement of construction for "Caribbean Village." The participants will hold at Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday September 7th at 10:00 a.m. at 19755 S.W. 110th Court in South Miami Heights.

The 2018 Creative Time Summit Lands in Miami this November

Join Creative Time's convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers at the intersection of art and politics. Three days of talks, performances, and more.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

You can never have too many croquetas in Miami. It's one of the many perks of living in a melting pot like our Magic City.

Five Best Cooking Classes in Miami

Grab an apron, Miami. It's time to learn how to make your favorite recipes from some of the city's best chefs.

Ex-cabinet secretary, university head Shalala bids for House

In this March 7, 2018 file photo, former Health and Human Services secretary Donna Shalala speaks during an interview in Miami. Shalala is embarking on a new adventure: a Democratic run for the U.S. House.

Mudslinging in Dade race means tolls, trains and helicopters with giant magnets

With days to go in an increasingly rough reelection campaign, Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz on Thursday held a press conference to defend himself from a rare public attack from a fellow commissioner. launched a mail and television campaign criticizing Diaz for his support of extending the 836 toll expressway into the western reaches of Miami-Dade.

Just the Funny Theatre

If audience participation makes you uncomfortable, you might not be a fit for Just the Funny. But if you're less than uptight and love to laugh - this hidden gem in Coral Gables will keep those belly laughs coming.

The Ten Best Recent Music Videos Shot in Miami

Biscayne Bay, boats, and bottles are the three b 's musicians use when filming videos in Miami. And though we've seen that formula time and time again, we can't deny the beauty the Magic City provides as a backdrop, regardless of how worn the Miami might may be.

A Guide to Northeast Miami and North Beach Nightlife

Miami's Upper Eastside might be best known for its distinctive MiMo hotels and pockets of charming, historic single-family homes, but lately, the area - along with the north end of Miami Beach - has followed Wynwood and South Beach with a nightlife revival of its own. From the fringes of Little Haiti to the 79th Street Causeway and the less noticed shores of Miami Beach, a passel of new bars, clubs, and late-night restaurants has opened, and a few old staples have been propped up by the recent growth.

Amid influx of Puerto Ricans, should bilingual ballots be a must for Florida counties?

Florida's red tide has produced 1,700 tons of dead marine life and cost the state more than $8 million Five counties in Florida remain at the mercy of the weather and water currents as a "red tide" algae bloom continues to choke their waters, marine life and economies. Red tide has spread to roughly 130 miles of coastline in Florida's Manatee, Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

Florida candidate doesn't want to be defined by alien abduction

U.S. House candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has a long list of accomplishments to bolster her campaign in Florida. But she is perhaps best known for claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child.

Taste of Key Biscayne: Island icon Geno Marron makes guests smile with excellent service, cocktails

If you haven't relaxed beachside on Key Biscayne and enjoyed a drink crafted by Geno Marron, you haven't really experienced Key Biscayne. Marron, who became a local legend as the bartender at the Sonesta Beach Resort and continues his legacy of fabulous service and mixology at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Miami, is one of the best known and most beloved faces in the Island Paradise.

South Florida's Best Russian Imperial Stouts

Of course there was the Russian national Ksenia Khodukina and her husband Yevgen Risanov, who were arrested and accused of running a high-end prostitution ring out of Sunny Isles' Trump Tower III . But there is also a large population of Russians immigrants who have brought their food, culture, and hearty lifestyles to our shores.

Brightline Tracks Ship Possibly Dangerous Natural Gas by Rail Through Miami

Most of Florida East Coast Railway's train tracks in Miami-Dade County pass through highly populated urban areas. If a gigantic tanker of liquid natural gas were to spill, ignite, or explode, it's fair to assume a lot of homes or innocent people would stand in harm's way.

Feds freeze millions in assets linked to stolen Venezuelan oil funds laundered in South Florida

The Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach was mentioned in a recent federal indictment when prosecutors alleged a Venezuelan official bought a $5.3 million condo there as part of a money-laundering scheme. The developer was not implicated in wrongdoing.

St. Thomas University is selling vacant lot in Miami Gardens a " and is open to offers

This map shows the boundaries of the 28-acre lot adjacent to St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. The school is putting the vacant lot up for sale.

Joe & the Juice Opens at Aventura Mall

This marks the chain's sixth location in Miami-Dade , with a seventh expected to open in Sunny Isles Beach. The popular Denmark-based juice and coffee concept, which operates more than 200 locations around the world, is located on the first floor of the mall's 315,000-square-foot expansion wing - which includes neighboring restaurants such Pubbelly Sushi, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Le Pain Quotidien.

Don't forget to vote! The power of music is bringing joy to...

Don't forget to vote! The power of music is bringing joy to Alzheimer's patients at the KBCC - and you can help support their work It's no secret that music has the power to set the right mood: an upbeat song during a workout, a romantic ballad on a first date, a soothing lullaby to put a baby to sleep. But the power of music goes even deeper, experts say, and that's the theory behind the Mind & Melody Program that is helping Alzheimer's patients at the Key Biscayne Community Center.

3 More Party Boats Busted for Operating Illegal Charters

One of the boats, called the Golden Touch II, was stopped Tuesday after the Coast Guard found it was carrying more passengers than its capacity. Last week, Seth Gissen, the owner of a party yacht No Rules II, was hit with federal charges for operating an illegal charter.

Night Young Brings Left-Field Electronic Music to the City Beautiful

Coral Gables isn't known for its underground electronic music scene, but now the City Beautiful is home to Night Young , one of the newest electronic record labels in South Florida. Founded by Eduardo Rivadeneira in January 2017, the label already has two vinyl releases under its belt - Muning's Orden and Sohn Jamal's Suzy - and is working on two more.

DB Cooper Is a Natural Fit in Miami

In 1972, a man known as D.B. Cooper hijacked an airplane, stole the 2018 equivalent of $1.2 million, and parachuted out midflight. In present-day Miami, DB Cooper is a Miami booty bass- and Florida breaks-influenced DJ.

Six Things to Do in Miami When It's Insanely Hot Outside

Summer in Miami can be a real bummer. It's sticky, it's sweaty, and some days it's downright sweltering.

Miami Chefs Embrace Their Dogs

A few years before Danny Serfer opened the famed restaurant Blue Collar on Biscayne Boulevard, he was just a single guy looking to meet someone. "There was this girl I wanted to talk to.

Allapattah's Knight-Funded Venue the Bridge to Hold Splashy Fundraiser

Nicole Martinez is a musician and owner of the Bridge, a venue and studio hive located on Allapattah's growing NW Seventh Avenue near Wynwood. To celebrate winning a two-year 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Grant, Martinez is hosting Wet, a summer-survival party and fundraiser with water slides, "There's not a lot of normalcy here," Martinez says with a smile as she contemplates the past two years of heavy remodeling the Bridge has endured.

'Internet of beers' event Thursday in Boca Raton

Tasty beer combined with a thirst for knowledge is the recipe for South Florida Technology Alliance's summer social, "Internet of Beers," from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Boca Raton . The networking event is being held at Florida Atlantic University's Tech Runway business incubator at 901 NW 35th St., on the FAU campus in Boca Raton.

Miami-Dade County schools welcome back students, teachers a " and police officers

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho speaks with Dr. Nelmay Silva, who teaches a class on intensive reading at Miami Jackson Senior High School on the first day back to school after Hurricane Irma on Monday, September 18, 2017. On Monday, August 20, 2018, Carvalho will visit several schools in Hialeah, Miami Gardens and Miami on the first day of the new school year.