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FIU Bridge Update, Opioid Hospital Lawsuit, Body Painting At Fantasy Fest & NBA Season Starts

Daniel A. Varela
Heat small forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the first quarter of a preseason basketball game against Atlanta at American Airlines Arena on Oct. 14, 2019.

On this Wednesday, Oct. 23, episode of Sundial: 

FIU Bridge Update

The National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) released new findings from their investigation of the Florida International University pedestrian footbridge collapse. They said the bridge’s design-build team and inspectors overlooked systemic failures in design, oversight and construction. Last year’s bridge collapse killed 6 people and injured 10. The Miami Herald’s investigative reporter Nicholas Nehamas has been following the story and joins Sundial for an update. 

Read more: ‘Screaming Something Was Wrong’: Feds Fault FIU, State And Contractors For Deadly Bridge Collapse

Opioid Hospital Lawsuit 

Three hospitals in Palm Beach County recently joined over two dozen hospitals across the state of Florida in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. Bill Sherer, an attorney representing Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center, joins Sundial. He explains why the lawsuits were filed, the damages that are being sought and the impact of Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company owned by the Sackler family, declaring bankruptcy.

Body Painting At Fantasy Fest

Wacky costumes and body paint have become important part of Key West's Fantasy Fest. Florida native Ron Wolek or “Captain Ron Wolek”  is a professional body painter and make-up artist in the island. He joins Sundial to talk about the magic behind body painting, growing up in a make-up household and his creations for Fantasy Fest. 

NBA Season Starts

The Miami Heat opens its NBA season tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Heat acquired Jimmy Butler in the off-season, a four-time All-Star player. The Sun Sentinel’s sports columnist Dave Hyde joins Sundial to give a preview of the new season.