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The Aviators

13 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
The sun shone bright and hot just before noon on a perfect July 4 when 35-year-old Samuel Sax took off from Tamiami Airport in his 1946 Globe Swift. There wasn't a dreary storm cloud in the sky. He made his way north in the nimble single-engine two-seater, cruising over Key...

Video: To Passengers' Cheers, Cruise Ship Rescues Two People From Plane Crash at Sea

19 days ago by Jessica Lipscomb
Sometime after noon today, a plane went down 23 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. The Federal Aviation Administration immediately received a notification and quickly orchestrated a rescue mission. Luckily, the Regal Princess cruise ship was in the area on its way to St. Thomas.

The Trump Administration Let Florida Make It Harder to Pay for Health Care

4 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
Florida currently ranks 45th of the 50 states when it comes to the number of residents living without health insurance. It's 48th in health performance Now the Trump administration yesterday agreed to cut Medicaid benefits. The weird rationale: to see if that "helps" people sign up for Medicaid. The logic is...

Miami Police Chief Slams Florida's Anti-Sanctuary City Bill in Radio Interview

2 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
Some Florida lawmakers claim SB 168, which forces towns to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is pro-law-enforcement. But today, one of the state's most prominent cops, City of Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, sharply criticized portions of the measure. Colina said if he were asked to check a crime...

ICE Issued False Deportation Requests for 420 U.S. Citizens in Miami-Dade, ACLU Reports

4 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
Two American citizens who live in South Florida— Miamian Garland Creedle and Keys resident Peter Sean Brown — sued Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties after being wrongly held in jail and nearly deported thanks to mistaken paperwork from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Frighteningly, those two people are not alone. According...

Miami-Dade Police Reported Undocumented Crime Victim to ICE

7 days ago by Jessica Lipscomb
In December, 38-year-old Mabel Perez-Ordonez received good news. A letter from Miami-Dade Police stated she'd been the victim of indecent exposure. That meant the Nicaraguan native would be eligible for a U visa — a path to legal status for undocumented crime victims who cooperate with cops. The Hialeah mother...

Five Recent Stories That Show MDPD Needs a Civilian Police Review Board

7 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
The City of Miami currently operates a Civilian Investigative Panel, a group of everyday citizens who investigate complaints against Miami Police Department officers. The panel provides basic levels of accountability for the department, which has been regularly accused of committing civil-rights violations for decades. Naturally, the city's police union has fought...

Miami Developer Charged in Bribery Case Wants to Funnel Magic City Money to His Kids Too

10 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
On Tuesday, Miami developer Robert Zangrillo was charged with crimes as part of a sprawling, national FBI investigation into rich Americans who bribe colleges into admitting their spoiled, less-than-intelligent kids. Zangrillo allegedly paid an intermediary to make it look as if his daughter, who'd failed an art history class among...

Florida GOP Chair Tells Undocumented Immigrants to "Use Public Transportation" or Risk Arrest Under New Bill

11 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
Joe Gruters, the Florida senator, ex-Trump campaign chair in the Sunshine State, and current state Republican Party leader, has a pretty transparent message to undocumented immigrants: Don't bother driving. As part of the deeply racist and controversial "anti-sanctuary city" bill he's proposing, SB 168,...

Ex-Venezuelan Vice President and Five Others, Some With South Florida Connections, Indicted

16 days ago by Mario Ariza
A former Venezuelan vice president and five others, including three men with South Florida connections, were charged today with moving tens of thousands of dollars in cash from Venezuela to the United States in violation of federal sanctions and a drug-smuggling law. Tareck Zaidan El Aissami served as vice president...

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