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A Florida International University assistant professor of psychology is working to find ways to combat non-consensual porn, or sexually graphic images that are shared without consent.

Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations.

Five Florida Public Universities Crack Top 100

Sep 10, 2018
Miami Herald

Florida universities continued their academic climb in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings, placing five schools in the country’s top 100 public universities for the first time.

The 2019 rankings, which were released Monday, included:

--- The University of Florida moved from No. 9 to No. 8 on the list, continuing its quest to become one of the top five public research universities.

--- Florida State University jumped seven spots to No. 26, just outside its goal of reaching the top 25 public universities.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The Florida Department of Transportation must release public records that could shed light on a deadly bridge collapse outside Miami, a judge ruled Tuesday.

In an order, Leon County state court judge Kevin Carroll said the documents were public records under Florida law and could not be withheld, as FDOT argued, because of an ongoing federal investigation into the March 15 collapse of the Florida International University bridge. It’s not yet clear if FDOT will appeal.

Barbara P. Hernandez / For the Miami Herald

On the first day of classes at Florida International University, the school’s provost, general counsel and nearly half its trustees met in a conference room at the Coral Gables Biltmore hotel to discuss the naming of a campus. Or rather the unnaming.

The name in question, that of former university president Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, has graced the university’s main campus in West Miami-Dade for the past nine years.

Monday, a board of trustees committee voted to recommend stripping his name off the campus. The full board will consider the matter in two weeks.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

During a Liberty City summer camp in Thena Crowder Early Childhood and Diagnostic Center, 15 pre-Kindergarten children lined up for a game: Red Light, Green Light, Safari.


Miami Herald

It started as an idea for a footbridge to get college students safely over the busy Tamiami Trail.

But fueled by millions of dollars in available federal stimulus grants, Florida International University's doomed pedestrian bridge morphed into something far more ambitious: A gleaming testament to FIU's lofty institutional aspirations and the linchpin in a grand plan to create a true college town in the neighboring working-class suburb of Sweetwater.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sun Sentinel reporter Megan O’Matz recently reported on new public information that the Broward Sheriff's office delayed the entrance of fire department medics into Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school during the February Parkland shooting.

Florida International University

Federal transportation safety investigators are looking into cracks that appeared in a critical structural support piece in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge days before it collapsed, according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday.

John Sparks and David Gruber

Miami Herald reporters Andres Viglucci and Nicholas Nehamas recently reported on significant cracks that were found in the Florida International University bridge’s foundation 10 days before its collapse. They spoke on Sundial about their story, “Cracks where FIU bridge buckled may have signaled 'imminent failure.’”

A Crane Operator Working On The FIU Bridge Left The Deadly Scene — In His Crane

May 14, 2018
Pedro Portal

No one seemed to notice when a large white crane that had been working at the doomed Florida International University bridge lurched away down Tamiami Trail shortly after the span collapsed. There was a disaster to respond to: Mountains of concrete. Horribly mangled cars. Dead and injured people.

It wasn't until some time later that authorities began wondering what happened to the crane and its operator, a close eyewitness who might help the investigation into the collapse. But he, and the crane, were gone.

Cracks Where FIU Bridge Buckled May Have Signaled 'Imminent Failure'

May 7, 2018
Florida International University

A key concrete support truss in the doomed Florida International University pedestrian bridge developed worrisome cracks 10 days before the structure was lifted into place over the Tamiami Trail, photographs and an internal email unintentionally released by the school show.

The documents, released in response to public records requests from the Miami Herald, show that FIU's construction and engineering team discovered potentially problematic cracks in the bridge earlier than officials have previously acknowledged.

Jose Iglesias / Miami Herald

On the drive home from his parents’ home on Easter Sunday, Richard Humble had to pull over.

He was panicking. It was like it was happening all over again. One moment he was riding shotgun with his best friend Alexa Duran, and the next he was trapped under a twisted hunk of car crushed by Florida International University’s brand new 950-ton pedestrian bridge. He was able to escape the car. Duran did not. At 18, she was the youngest of the six victims of the collapse.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

The busy Graham Center building at Florida International University fell still and silent at 1:47 p.m. on Monday to honor the victims of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed on March 15. 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Two days after the last victim’s body was removed from a collapsed bridge near Florida International University, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed — and it claims reckless negligence on the part of the companies who oversaw the bridge’s design and construction.

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