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Miami isn’t just the so-called capital of Latin America. It’s also a top dance floor for Latin American hypocrisies, right-footed or left-footed. And we’ve watched a dazzling performance of that South Florida fandango during the anti-racism protests – by folks who want to dance around the truth about Christopher Columbus and Che Guevara.

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In response to the economic downturn due to COVID-19, the state budget for this fiscal year included over $1 billion in cuts. That's including nearly 30 projects and programs in Palm Beach County. 

 

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Florida police officers can be heard laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality, according to newly released body camera footage.

This post will be updated today, Thursday, July 2, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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In a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, a federal appeals court on Wednesday agreed to the state’s request for a rare full-court initial review of a voting rights ruling that could open the door for hundreds of thousands of Florida felons to participate in this year’s elections.

Miami Herald

A Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after body-camera footage surfaced Wednesday night of him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport.

The video, obtained by the Miami Herald, shows a masked officer speaking to a Black woman in a terminal on Wednesday, when she becomes irate and begins taunting him. “You acting like you white when you really Black...what you want to do?” the woman says.

South Florida Lawmaker Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jul 2, 2020
News Service of Florida

Rep. Shevrin Jones announced Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first state lawmaker to have a publicly confirmed case of the disease.

“Transparent moment: For those who think it’s a game, it’s not. I have tested positive for Covid. I feel awful, and I don’t wish this on anyone,” Jones, D-West Park, wrote on Twitter.

Alison Geisler

Alison Geissler pulled out of the driveway of her suburban home on the outskirts of Tampa, with tears streaming down her eyes. For six years, she drove the 30 miles from her home in the quiet community of Lithia to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Northwest Tampa, where she was a nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit. But this Saturday in late May it would be her final shift at the hospital.

TALLAHASSEE --- Amid pushback from law-school deans, graduates and lawmakers, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners on Wednesday canceled in-person exams scheduled for late this month and announced the tests will be administered online in August.

The decision to nix in-person Bar exams in Tampa and Orlando on July 28 and July 29 came as the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida continues to skyrocket, with state officials reporting an increase of more than 6,500 new cases on Wednesday.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The new school year in the Keys could happen three different ways, depending on what's happening with the coronavirus.

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

America’s birthday celebration in the Florida Keys this year won’t include any public displays of fireworks.

The last remaining fireworks show set to go off in Monroe County on the Fourth of July was canceled Wednesday by Marathon city leaders in an emergency meeting called to discuss the issue.

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TALLAHASSEE --- Pointing to a failure to call a “Code Red” that could have locked down the school, an appeals court Wednesday refused to dismiss a case against a campus security monitor who spotted and followed accused gunman Nikolas Cruz before the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

DeSantis Extends Ban On Evictions And Foreclosures Until Aug. 1

Jul 1, 2020
Miami Herald

Florida renters and homeowners with mortgages will get another reprieve from evictions and foreclosures in July after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new extension Tuesday.

For the second straight month, DeSantis waited until the 11th hour to announce an extension. The moratorium was scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, and the new order extending it until Aug. 1 wasn’t released until about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Miami’s Public Hospital Is Once Again Halting Non-Urgent Surgeries Due To COVID Spike

Jul 1, 2020
Courtesy Miami Herald

Slammed with a surge of COVID patients, Miami’s Jackson Health System announced on Tuesday it would be limiting non-emergency surgeries starting next week.

The decision, effective Monday, follows a two-week period in which the number of COVID patients at the public hospital network and in the ICUs has doubled, according to Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health’s CEO. As of Monday, the hospital system had about 265 COVID patients — roughly 80 of them in the ICU.

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A group of Broward County parents held a demonstration at the KC Wright Administration building in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning. They want the school board to give families the option of sending their children back to school with full-time in-person instruction.

Broward Parents for the Return to School, a local Facebook group, organized the protest. Parents created the group when they felt the school board wasn't considering full-time classes. The group now has over 4,000 members.

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