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‘No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe’: Leaders Of South Florida Universities Discuss COVID-19 Crisis

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava met with the presidents of several South Florida universities and colleges on Wednesday to discuss the summer surge of COVID-19 cases ahead of the start of the fall semester. The group was a united force with a goal to vaccinate younger, college-aged people in what Mayor Levine Cava called “the urgent and escalating COVID crisis.” Presidents from Florida International University, Florida Memorial, University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Fortis College each spoke and encouraged students to get vaccinated. “In a pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe,” said UM President Julio Frenk. Come the fall...
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2 Florida Counties Lead All of US in New COVID Hospitalizations

Two Florida counties now lead the nation in terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state has seen a surge of new cases and deaths. During a recent press conference, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said "Unfortunately, Dade and Broward County lead the nation in hospitalizations." Geller continued, "The numbers are...
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DaBaby 'Levitating' Remix Yanked by Radio Programmers After Homophobic Remarks

On Aug. 2, just 49.5% of the radio audience for Dua Lipa's "Levitating" was for the remix featuring DaBaby - down from 70.2% a week earlier. Dua Lipa wasn't the only one "horrified" by DaBaby's remarks about people with HIV and AIDS at last week's Rolling Loud festival in Miami. Radio programmers who play the pop star's music have stripped the rapper from the air over the past 10 days, shifting to Lipa's solo version of top five smash "Levitating" that was released in March 2020 with her Future Nostalgia album rather than the DaBaby remix that dropped last October and has become a smash hit.
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Florida Republican spreads COVID-19 conspiracies, calls vaccines ‘mark of the beast,’ report says

Florida’s Republican national committeeman, Peter Feaman of Palm Beach County, has compared Biden administration vaccine efforts to Nazi-era “brown shirts,” according to CNN, and called vaccines “the mark of the beast.” With COVID-19 surging in Florida, CNN reported Monday night that Feaman was spreading anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Feaman denied the report. “Fake news,” he said in a text ...
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Family Of Parkland Victim Joaquin Oliver Celebrating Son With 21-Hour ‘Guac-a-Thon’

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The family of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student is remembering their loved one, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday Wednesday. The family is celebrating him regardless by bringing attention to a cause they are fighting for after losing their son. “Thinking about today that we can be celebrating, sharing, and toasting and I imagined all of his friends coming and having a party,” says Patricia Oliver. For many years August 4 was full of excitement for the Oliver family but especially this year it’s only the thoughts of what could have been. Patricia’s son, Joaquin would have turned...
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5 Miami Beach Police Officers Charged With Battery After Violent Arrest of Two Black Men Caught on Video

Five Miami Beach police officers are facing battery charges after the rough arrests of two Black men last week were caught on camera. The Associated Press reports Sgt. Jose Perez, Officer Kevin Perez, Officer Robert Sabater, Officer David Rivas and Officer Steven Serrano have been charged with first-degree battery after allegedly using excessive force during an arrest that took place on July 26 at the Royal Palm Hotel.
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Broward Teachers Concerned As COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Increase

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – COVID cases are climbing in Broward County, and with school classrooms reopening to full capacity in about two weeks, some teachers are concerned. “The numbers are higher than when we closed the schools last year on March 13th,” says Anna Fusco, an elementary teacher and head of the Broward Teachers Union. “It’s mind-blowing that, when we want to put in protocols and procedures, we’ve got certain elected officials that want to come in and override what’s for the good of all in our own particular school district and our own county.” Just last week, Broward County Schools voted to...
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5 Miami Beach police officers charged after rough arrests of scooter operator, bystander

Florida prosecutors on Monday filed charges against five Miami Beach police officers for allegedly using excessive force in arrests made in a hotel lobby, officials said. The five law enforcement officers were charged with misdemeanor battery in the incident that was caught in hotel surveillance footage and body-worn cameras, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told reporters.
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Charges Expected Monday Against Miami Beach Officers Following Rough Arrest

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five Miami Beach police officers are expected to be charged on Monday following accusations they kicked and beat a man during an arrest at a Miami Beach hotel. The officers also allegedly assaulted an eyewitness who was recording the July 26 arrest on his phone. Sources familiar with the investigation tell CBSMiami the five officers are expected to be charged with misdemeanor battery. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday afternoon and release police body camera video and cell phone video showing the officers allegedly committing the assault. A source who watched the videos...