Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She joined New Times in 2016.
4 days ago | Politics
To Miami-Dade County insiders, it was no shock when Munilla Construction Management (MCM) beat out three other competitors to win a $14.2 million bid to build a high-tech pedestrian bridge at Florida International University. That's because Munill...
5 days ago | News
Two of the biggest firms that built the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed today have recently been accused of unsafe practices. In one of those cases, another bridge project toppled onto workers.
5 days ago | Crime
Cheryn Smilen seemed like someone who cared deeply about South Florida's stray cat population. She helped the Cat Network with its sterilization efforts, fed cats for friends while they were out of town, and ran her own rescue where she listed doz...
7 days ago | Longform
Victor Díaz de León slices through Biscayne Bay in a craft that looks more insect than boat, with a small sail and a pair of wings extending from a narrow carbon-fiber hull. As he glides at breakneck speed past downtown Miami's skyline on a gray F...
14 days ago | Crime
Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio stood on the Senate floor and announced a plan he said could prevent mass shootings like the Parkland massacre that left 17 dead. Despite weeks of pleas from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High survivors, his pitch had nothin...
19 days ago | Sports
Skateboarding came to Cuba in the early '80s, when Soviet soldiers, doctors, and students brought boards to the communist island. Intrigued, kids in Havana soon began riding, using boards handmade from plywood or smuggled in from abroad. Though th...