Matias Delacroix / AP

The U.S. on March 26 indicted authoritarian Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on narco-terrorism charges. Just days later the Trump Administration has laid out a "transition plan" for finally getting rid of Maduro.

Ramon Espinosa / AP via Miami Herald

Last week, we asked if the U.S. should loosen economic sanctions against countries during grave crises like the new coronavirus. We considered Venezuela; this week we look at Cuba — and U.S. sanctions against its communist regime.


A new University of Florida poll has found Americans increasingly understand the severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus and, more suprisingly, 80 percent would get vaccinated to stop the pandemic.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald File

To help stop transmission of the coronavirus, many federal immigration facilities have closed as of Tuesday night. But many are staying open in South Florida.

Showering Love

It looks like a tour bus in the middle of a gated parking lot in downtown Miami. 

It’s Sunday morning and a line is starting to form. Seven people so far. 

The bus was converted to house two two-shower stalls inside — one is accessible for people in wheelchairs.

One-Woman Show 'Pretty Fire' Delivers Multitude Of Messages For Women's History Month

Mar 10, 2020
Courtesy of African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

When the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center wanted to select a play for its Women's History Month celebration, Charlayne Woodard's NAACP award-winning, one-woman show, "Pretty Fire," was top of mind.

"Pretty Fire" is a five-part story that moves through the discrimination and oppression experienced by African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. The play, which Woodard performed in its 1992 premiere in Los Angeles, is autobiographical.

Miami Cancels Calle Ocho Festival Over Coronavirus Fears

Mar 6, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Miami elected officials and administrators are announcing that this year’s the annual Calle Ocho Festival, part of Carnaval Miami and sponsored by Kiwanis of Little Havana, will be canceled over the potential spread of coronavirus.

Multiple sources confirmed with the Miami Herald that the decision is expected to be announced at a Friday morning news conference at Miami City Hall, where city leaders will also announce the cancellation of this month’s Ultra Music Festival.

Miami-Dade Political Activist Patrick Hidalgo, An Obama Appointee, Dies At 41

Mar 5, 2020
Hidalgo family photo

Patrick Hidalgo, a Miami-Dade political organizer and former President Obama appointee whose loved ones say he was dedicated to bridging the gap between the United States and Cuba, died this week in Miami.

Hidalgo, 41, died Monday of heart failure, his sister said on Facebook. Two days before, he spoke at an Elizabeth Warren campaign event in Miami.

U.S. Immigration Deports 119 Cubans Back To Havana On Miami Flight

Mar 4, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Immigration officials deported 119 Cubans back to Havana on Friday, in a flight that departed from Miami International Airport.

The Cuba repatriation flight is at least the third in the past six months. The Trump administration’s efforts to detain and send undocumented Cubans back to the island got a boost in September, when the agency announced it successfully completed what it called one of the “largest” Cuba repatriation missions in recent history.

Miami Film Festival: Homegrown Talent Dedicated To Telling South Florida Stories

Mar 4, 2020
Courtesy of Miami Film Festival

There's a community of filmmakers that is evolving and has put a stake in the ground in Miami - dedicated to staying put rather than leaving South Florida for New York or Los Angeles.

It’s a definite talking point this year surrounding Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, said Jaie Laplante, executive director and director of programming for the annual event, which will run from March 6-15.

"There are changes that have been happening in Miami," said Laplante, who is in his 10th year as director and is an integral part of this Miami movement.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

Florida joined the ranks of states battling the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two cases on the state’s west coast and directed his surgeon general to declare a public health emergency.

Review: Arsht Center's 'Hamilton' Lives Up To Its Reputation, In Every Way

Feb 21, 2020
Joan Marcus

Last season, undisputed honors for the hottest theater ticket in town went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” in its regional debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

This season, the “Hamilton” love continues unabated, albeit with a different touring company of the same show. Fresh from three weeks at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the “Angelica” cast has begun a four-week run at Miami’s Arsht Center.

Chopin Competition: The 'Super Bowl Of Piano' Comes To Miami Beginning Saturday

Feb 20, 2020
Courtesy of Chopin Foundation of the United States

The repertoire of Frédéric Chopin is widely considered among the most challenging for pianists to tackle. And for nine days, beginning Feb. 22, young hopefuls from across the country will do just that, taking on the works of the great Polish composer for the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition.

The 26 contestants will perform at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium — half on Saturday and the other half on Sunday — for the preliminary sessions. They must be U.S. citizens between 16 and 30 years old.

Questions From Pension Agency Might Slow Down McClatchy's Bankruptcy Process

Feb 17, 2020
KEVIN G. HALL / McClatchy

Bankruptcy proceedings for McClatchy Co. began Friday with a key government agency saying it opposed quick resolution of pension matters because of concerns about a 2018 transaction between the company and its largest creditor, Chatham Asset Management.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which takes over pensions in the event of company distress, argued against a request by McClatchy and Chatham to move immediately to mediation. The judge delayed a decision on the mediation request until Tuesday.

Review: 'Miami Motel Stories: North Beach' Tries Something Different

Feb 13, 2020
Pedro Portal

“Miami Motel Stories,” Juggerknot Theatre Co.’s immersive gift to a theatrically diverse South Florida, is back for another round. This time, resident playwright Juan C. Sanchez has interwoven historically inspired short plays with an overarching concept, pushing boundaries yet remaining true to the immersive style that has won Juggerknot so many loyal fans.

Titled “Miami Motel Stories: North Beach,” the show begins in the inviting lobby of The Broadmoor Hotel on Miami Beach’s Ocean Terrace.