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The Opa-locka Three

19 years ago by Kathy Glasgow
The news, coming as it did just days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, outraged the nation: Three Miami-Dade County firefighters -- Muslims -- refused, because of their political beliefs, to fly the flag of the United States on their fire truck. This item was first aired on...
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Opa-locka Anthem

19 years ago by Emonde Prosper
Hunting autographs at CB Smith Park in Opa-locka, neighborhood kids hurry past the unguarded gate backstage where hip-hop act Iconz waits to perform. With their debut album Street Money, Volume 1 approaching gold, the performers headline the ninth annual Janet's Youth Talent Showcase, sponsored by Jah-Net's Jamaican Cuisine, and return...
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Cordoba Courts in Opa-locka Criticized as a Slum

2 years ago by Molly Minta
On a Saturday morning in 2013, Shalonda Rivers woke up early, ate a breakfast of microwaved oatmeal, and put a mop to her linoleum floor. It was the first step in her weekend cleaning routine, an ongoing battle against grime, pests, and mold that began when she moved into the...
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Opa-locka Boots the Boss

13 years ago by Calvin Godfrey
On December 12, three days after her brother caught a stray bullet during a drug turf war in one of Opa-locka's notorious HUD apartment complexes, Natasha Irving unleashed her wrath at city commission meeting. She took police Chief James Wright to task for the sorrowful state of the long-problematic apartments...
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Opa-locka Three: The Sequel

18 years ago by Kathy Glasgow
Less than a week after the horrors of September 11, 2001, three Miami-Dade County firefighters in an Opa-locka station became national pariahs after they reportedly refused to ride on trucks bearing the United States flag. Miami-Dade Fire Department spokesmen at first confirmed accounts of three fire rescue workers who were...
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Crime in Opa-locka Is Up 403 Percent This Year, Report Says

2 years ago by Jessica Lipscomb
Conditions at the Opa-locka Police Department are so bad the city can barely keep its officers employed. After a debilitating citywide budget cut of 20 percent, ten police positions were eliminated and every officer on the payroll took a 10 percent salary reduction. As the Miami Herald reported in September, some cops are wearing ripped uniforms and driving donated cars with over 100,000 miles on them. The police headquarters building is so rife with leaks and mold that officers have moved their operations to City Hall.
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Photos Show Scores of Uncounted Ballots in Opa-locka Mail Center

2 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
Miami-Dade County announced today it has finished counting votes for the 2018 election. But photos obtained by New Times show scores of mail-in ballots sitting inside an Opa-locka mail distribution center — the same center that was evacuated last month after alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc's pipe bombs passed through the facility.
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Opa-locka Police accused of massive corruption

9 years ago by Chuck Strouse
Opa-locka Police accused of massive corruption
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Opa-locka Cops Accused of Massive Corruption

9 years ago by Chuck Strouse
State authorities are probing what could be the most significant police corruption in years in perpetually troubled Opa-locka.According to city memos obtained by Miami New Times and confirmed by manager Clarance Patterson, officers have told internal investigators that city cops: 1. had sex with arrested offenders rather than prosecute them.2...
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News Roundup: Two Shot in Opa-locka

11 years ago by Kyle Munzenrieder
A shooting injured two people in Opa-locka yesterday. Police have a person of interest in custody. [CBS4]A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed after a disagreement over a dice game in Miami Gardens Saturday. [CBS4]Even the crappy economy can't stop South Beach's hotel industry from expanding. [Herald]The man who killed...

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