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Hot sun
WLRN archives

To fight dangerous heat waves expected to drive up the number of days with extreme temperatures in Miami and across the planet, the Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Resilience Center has a novel plan: classify them like hurricanes.

Teacher doing distance learning
MATIAS J. OCNER / MIAMI HERALD

As South Florida remains a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, all students in public schools — from Palm Beach to Monroe — will start the school year remotely. 

A national poll conducted by EdWeek last month found nearly 75% of parents believed their children learned less during remote school than they would have in the classroom. 

Alex Saab passport
Government of Cape Verde

The man the U.S. calls the top corruption henchman for Venezuela’s authoritarian regime is one step closer to being flown to Miami in handcuffs. Tiny Cape Verde has all but approved Alex Saab’s extradition to the U.S.

Superintendent Robert Runcie
Screenshot / WLRN

Broward County Public Schools is considering a controversial pilot to reopen school buildings for in-person classes for some students with disabilities while all other students continue learning virtually.

Three candidates are running for mayor of Key West. It's a nonpartisan seat so all registered voters in the city can vote in the Aug. 18 race.

If one candidate does not emerge with a majority, there will be a runoff in November.

Mosquito bite
Creative Commons

Four more cases of Dengue fever have been confirmed in the Upper Florida Keys.

This makes 26 cases reported this year by the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Nine candidates vying to be elected the next Broward County Sheriff gathered on Zoom Monday night to face off on some of the issues affecting voters including: police brutality, reallocating law enforcement funding, and the county's 9-1-1 communications system.

It was also a tense evening full of personal attacks as former Sheriff Scott Israel sparred with his rival, incumbent Sheriff Gregory Tony. 

David Santiago / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Tuesday, August 4, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Alex Brandon / AP

California Rep. Karen Bass, who is on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list, said she now realizes that referring to Fidel Castro as “ comandante en jefe ,” or commander in chief, after his death in 2016 was a mistake.

But her explanation — and longstanding ties to Cuba — are concerning to Biden’s Miami supporters as he enters the final phase of choosing a running mate. Biden said he will choose a vice president around August 8.

State Rep. Geraldine Thompson
News Service of Florida

A panel that nominates potential members of the Florida Supreme Court on Monday defended its choice to include Renatha Francis, one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest picks to serve as a justice, on a list of nine nominees sent to the governor in January.

State Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, filed a lawsuit last month alleging that Francis, a Palm Beach County circuit judge, is unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

West Palm Beach protest
Wilkine Brutus / WLRN

The nationwide protests for racial justice impacted several local cities in Palm Beach County. The tension is still there; it’s a movement, not a moment, says activists, members of various communities, and elected officials. A task force formed to help solve racial inequities might be a potential huge step within the proverbial movement.

voting at a polling place
Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- In the latest twist in a legal battle over voting rights in Florida, three dozen former Department of Justice attorneys are asking a federal appeals court to side with plaintiffs in a case that could determine whether hundreds of thousands of felons can cast ballots in the November presidential election.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

On this Monday, August 3, episode of Sundial:

Tropical Storm Isaias Headed Towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias stayed mostly off the east coast of Florida and is now heading toward the Carolinas. Although Palm Beach County experienced heavy rain and winds and thousands were left without power, emergency managers said this was an important dry run for hurricane procedures. 

Five Test Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Sheriffs Meeting

Aug 3, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- Five people who attended a Florida Sheriffs Association meeting last week have tested positive for COVID-19, and top state elected officials who appeared at the meeting have received a warning about their potential exposure to the virus.

Yellow Green Market
Courtesy of Elizabeth Becker / WLRN

Editor’s Note: Two days after the publication of this story — on Thursday Aug. 6 — the owners of Chillbar told WLRN they have been kicked out of the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market by the market's board, via a phone call. 

Frank and Elizabeth Becker were told their space was no longer available because they were not paying the optional half-rent payments during the pandemic closure, and that the management decided to reconfigure the back of the market. The market's management previously indicated, in a statement to WLRN, that that under the half-rent policy vendors "will not lose their booths if they don’t pay anything."

 

When asked about the Beckers' claims, Mark Menagh, the market's general manager, responded in an email statement: "I cannot comment on a particular vendor details with the market. There are some vendors whose situation before the market closed means there were extenuating circumstances to their remaining at the market. Yes, the Chillbar is no longer able to maintain their space at the market."

 

Before the pandemic, the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in Hollywood was a favorite spot for locals and for tourists. At its peak last year up to 10,000 people would come through to eat and buy produce any given Saturday or Sunday. 

The last day it was open was March 15 and it almost reopened for Fourth of July weekend — then the spike in coronavirus cases stopped that from happening.

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