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Dade Schools Best in Class

October 25, 2012

Schools sure have changed since I attended them.  Either my schools were never able/eligible to compete for National prizes, or they just didn’t exist at the time.  Well, in the case of local schools, if you’re going to be known for something, it may as well be something good.  Miami-Dade Country Public Schools, a five-time finalist for the Broad prize for Urban Education, has finally won it.  Even with all of my cynicism, I find it hard to denounce this achievement.  Bravo, Carvalho, Bravo.

Read Laura Isensee’s Miami Herald article here:

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H&M Opening on Miami Beach

October 24, 2012

Aventura Mall is making up for years of being treated like a red-headed step-child to Bal Harbor Shops.  H&M is going to open a new store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach in November.  Then, Aventura will get it’s own store following soon thereafter.  Hey, why have one H&M store when you can have two.  What recession?

Read Elaine Walker’s Miami Herald article here:

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Miami: 3 Cops out over crash coverup

October 23, 2012

I have a love/hate relationship with the police.  Many of them are fantastic human beings whose raison d’etre is to protect and serve.  Many of them, on the other hand, our petty people who are licensed to carry a gun and they hide behind it and never let you forget that they’ve got a gun.  Three bad cops in Hialeah recently proved to be of the latter ilk.  After a police car hit a civilian’s minivan, the officers allegedly pinned the blame on the other driver, falsely hauling him to the station for DUI.  Unfortunately for them, there were witnesses and surveillance evidence to disprove their tangled web of stupidity.

Read David Ovalle’s Miami Herald article here:

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Miami Art Museum Donations on Pace

October 23, 2012

Have you ever experienced that awkward moment when your mouth writes checks your pen can’t, or shouldn’t?  So far, thankfully, it hasn’t happened with the donors who have pledge to give the City of Miami a world class facility for its art museum.  They have followed up on their pledges of philanthropy.  And the folks at the Miami Art Museum are more than Halfway to their goal of raising millions for their new home.  Pretty cool stuff, that.

Read Daniel Chang’s Miami Herald article here:

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Phony Religious Group Defrauds $4 Million From Immigrants

October 21, 2012

Miami leads the nation in many unfortunate categories.  One of those, indubitably, is preying on unsophisticated and unsuspecting immigrants.  The latest scheme combined two things Americans like to keep separate:  Church and State.  Recently, four South Floridians posed as representatives of a Christian organization to rip off $4 million from vulnerable immigrants.


Seamens Harvest Ministries operated out of a storefront in a Plantation strip mall, claiming to file so-called religious worker immigration applications for undocumented residents in exchange for large cash “donations.”  Truth is, besides the occasional ethnic restaurant, few good things can be found at a strip mall.

Read Paula McMahon’s Sun Sentinel article here:

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Miami Least Affordable City

October 20, 2012

If you live here, it’s not exactly a secret.  Miami ain’t cheap!  Some people call it paradise, and paradise comes with a price.  The two biggest consumers of your monthly income?: Cribs and Whips, to use the vernacular.  Housing and Transportation costs consume 72 percent of the income of moderate income households in Miami-the heaviest cost burden of any large U.S. city, according to a study by the Center for Housing Policy.  Combined with the news that housing prices continue to creep up, it makes you wonder if we could do with a little less paradise.

Read Martha Brannigan’s Miami Herald article here:

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Citizens Insurance: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Integrity!’

October 18, 2012

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse:  The holy trinity of cost savings.  It’s always the thing politicians point to when they talk about massive budgetary savings.  Combine that with the fact that South Florida is the fraud capital of the United States, you’d think that companies would want to remain extra vigilant against the holy trinity.  Not so in the case of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.  Citizens has dismantled its corporate integrity unit, even as its workload was increasing amid rising allegations of waste, fraud and abuse at the state-run insurer.  Corporate Integrity?  What’s that?  ‘We don’t need no stinking integrity’, might be the mantra of the Citizens corporate leadership.

Read Toluse Olorunnipa’s Miami Herald article here:

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