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15 Years After Murder of 'Canes Star, Teammate Is Arrested

Rashaun Jones pleads not guilty in 2006 slaying of University of Miami player Bryan Pata

(Newser) - Update: A former player on the University of Miami football team has pleaded not guilty to killing a teammate in 2006. Raushan Jones, 35, is currently charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Bryan Pata, 22, though that could eventually be bumped up to a first-degree count. Our original...

Nearing Retirement? This State Looks Tempting

4 Fla. cities, including Orlando, make WalletHub's top 10 list for the best places to retire

(Newser) - Whether you're decades away from retirement or right around the corner, where you head after you clock out for the last time may already be percolating. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of America's cities, analyzing metrics in four main categories: affordability (cost of living, taxpayer friendliness, and...

Residents of 8-Story Miami Condo Ordered to Evacuate
8-Story Miami Condo
Deemed Unsafe

8-Story Miami Condo Deemed Unsafe

All residents ordered to evacuate in wake of deadly collapse in Surfside

(Newser) - Residents of an eight-story condo building in Miami were ordered to evacuate after the building was deemed unsafe by city officials, per the AP . On Monday night, some six weeks after 98 people died in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside, residents of the 138-unit building...

For Cuba, Miami Protesters Block a Highway
Cuba Protests
Boil Over Into Miami

Cuba Protests Boil Over Into Miami

Protesters also blocked a road in Orlando on Tuesday

(Newser) - Florida protesters marching in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Cuba blocked major roads for about an hour on Tuesday. Traffic was halted in both directions along Miami's Palmetto Expressway, also known as State Road 826, near Coral Way at 1:35pm local time Tuesday, as dozens of marchers failed...

Binx the Cat Found 16 Days After Surfside Condo Collapse

'A small piece of good news': Kitty has been reunited with family

(Newser) - In what WSVN calls a "miracle" for one of the families affected by the tragedy in Surfside, Fla., a cat that lived in Champlain Towers South has been found alive, more than two weeks after the condo collapsed. "After 16 long and extremely difficult days, I'm happy...

Florida's Waterfront May Change After Condo Collapse

Developers may buy up older buildings and put up new ones for richer residents

(Newser) - It could take some time to play out, but the collapse of the Surfside condo could fundamentally change the waterfront real estate market not only in the Miami area but throughout Florida and perhaps elsewhere in the country. This is a "real come to Jesus moment," Ana Bozovic,...

Impromptu Decision Saved Condo Resident&#39;s Life
Girlfriend's Request Saved
Life of Miami Condo Resident
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Girlfriend's Request Saved Life of Miami Condo Resident

Erick De Moura stayed the night at his girlfriend's place, though it wasn't planned

(Newser) - As the days go by, media outlets are providing snapshots of some of those missing or confirmed dead in the Florida condo collapse. The Miami Herald , for example, has a comprehensive list, as well as separate profiles that include a missing family of five and a couple married 59 years...

New Wrench at Condo Scene: a COVID Outbreak

At least 6 firefighters helping search and rescue efforts at Surfside collapse site have tested positive

(Newser) - As people get ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with barbecues and other get-togethers, a COVID outbreak at the site of the South Florida condo collapse reminds us that the pandemic isn't over just yet. Six firefighters helping out at the scene in Surfside have tested positive, Miami-Dade Fire...

Condo Inspector Under Microscope for What He Knew, and When

Surfside's ex-head building inspector told residents in 2018 the condo seemed to be 'in very good shape'

(Newser) - The difficult work continues for search and rescue teams sifting through the rubble where a Florida condominium complex collapsed last week, which has left at least 20 dead and 128 missing as of Friday morning, per the AP . Now, records show that the former chief building inspector in the city...

Rescue Work Is Halted at Florida Condo

Fears mounting that remaining part of complex could fall

(Newser) - Rescue work at the collapsed Florida condo came to a halt on Thursday amid fears that another collapse is imminent. There was no immediate word on how long the delay might last. The Miami Herald reports that search and rescue teams began hearing ominous sounds overnight from the section of...

Most Condo Board Members Quit After 2019 Repairs Dispute

Plus, a chilling video, taken moments before Surfside building's collapse

(Newser) - As the search for survivors continues in Surfside, Fla., now with the help of robots , records show that five out of the seven members of the Champlain Towers South condo's board quit in the fall of 2019 after infighting over a report indicating structural damage. After that 2018 report...

Surfside Resident on Close Call: 'I Should Have Been There'

Jay Miller, who traveled to Philly before Florida condo collapse, talks about his survivor's guilt

(Newser) - As a risky search for 150 missing people continues in Surfside, Fla., where the Champlain Towers South condo building collapsed Thursday, killing at least 11, one of the complex's residents is 1,200 miles away in Pennsylvania, grateful he left for his annual trip up north before the building...

Video of Florida Building Collapse Points to Possible Origin

Experts weigh in on a possible 'failure point' in Surfside tragedy

(Newser) - Engineers who have watched surveillance footage of last week's building collapse in Surfside, Fla., are pointing to the possibility of a "progressive collapse" starting in the lowest part of the condominium complex and setting off a chain reaction that led to half of the 13-story building pancaking onto...

Before Collapse, Condo Had 'Major Structural Damage'

Concrete structural slab below building's pool deck was said to need extensive repairs

(Newser) - The oceanfront condominium building that collapsed near Miami had "major structural damage" to a concrete structural slab below its pool deck that needed to be extensively repaired, according to a 2018 engineering report on the building. The report was among a series of documents released by the city of...

With 'Remarkable Strength,' Injured Surfside Mom Saves Daughter

Angela Gonzalez plummeted 4 floors, broke pelvis in condo collapse, then yanked teen out of rubble

(Newser) - As the search for survivors continues after a deadly condo collapse near Miami that has left at least four dead and more than 150 missing, one story in particular is standing out for a resident's "remarkable strength and determination," per CBS Miami . That resident is Angela Gonzalez,...

Father of Miami Mass Shooting Victim Interrupts Press Conference

As $130K in rewards is offered for still-at-large suspects

(Newser) - An "ongoing rivalry" between two groups may have been behind the mass shooting that left two dead and 21 injured early Sunday, and $130,000 in rewards are now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the as-yet-unidentified gunmen. The three suspects waited outside a...

Memorial Day Travelers Can Expect Airport Lines

Numbers are back up around pre-pandemic levels

(Newser) - Americans hit the road in near-record numbers at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, as their eagerness to break free from coronavirus confinement overcame higher prices for flights, gasoline and hotels, per the AP . More than 1.8 million people went through US airports on Thursday, and the number...

School Again in News Over Anti-Vaccine Sentiment

Teacher told students not to embrace vaccinated parents for more than 5 seconds

(Newser) - The Centner Academy was already in the news this week after reports that the Miami private school warned its teachers not to get the COVID vaccine, citing a debunked vaccination theory. Now, a new headline: A math and science teacher at the school told her fifth-grade students the vaccine is...

Private School Warns Its Teachers Not to Get Vaccine

Citing debunked theory, Fla.'s Centner Academy says staff will be kept from students if they do so

(Newser) - While many schools are encouraging staff to get the COVID vaccine, one private school in Miami is doing the opposite. Per CBS4 , the Centner Academy, which charges up to $30,000 per year for students in pre-K through eighth grade, emailed a letter to employees Monday citing debunked anti-vaccination theories,...

Boy's First Beach Trip Ends in 'Horror Film Gore'

Family says 9-year-old Jay Weiskopf was attacked by shark off Miami Beach

(Newser) - "A shark tried to eat me at the ocean." That's 9-year-old Jay Weiskopf's description of what happened over the weekend during a family vacation in South Florida. Fox News reports that Jay, who has autism, was swimming in shallow water on the Miami Beach shoreline when...

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