Miami woman under police investigation, being sued by people who thought they were buying discounted airline vouchers
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by Hans Morgenstern
6h ago
They “thought” they were getting a good deal on airline flights but instead got a ticket to trouble. Now, some are suing and police are investigating. The Night team’s Karen Hensel has tonight’s 7 Investigates. Dozens of people thought they were going on fabulous vacations, including all four women at this table. Kristen Umanzor: “I was going to travel to Greece.” They say they bought discounted vouchers for round-trip airline tickets. The woman they paid is Lissy K. Irarrazabal of Miami who, they say, claimed to get airline vouchers from an employee of American Express Travel. Kristen Umanzor ..read more
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Charges filed against 15-year-old boy for beating 9-year-old girl on school bus
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by Erika Jimenez
6h ago
The state attorney is moving forward with filing criminal charges against a 15-year-old boy, accusing him of beating up a 9-year-old girl on a school bus in Homestead. “It’s just sad what violence does to children nowadays, and it feels like an epidemic,” said the victim’s mother. Cell phone video shows the attack that occurred Feb. 1. Pictures give a glimpse into the girl’s bruises on her head, back and shoulders. “It’s just very hard to watch, even to this day,” said the mother of the victim. Authorities said, initially, a school police officer investigated the incident and gave the teen a c ..read more
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Biden in State of Union promises to ‘finish the job’
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by Hans Morgenstern
6h ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden exhorted Republicans over and over Tuesday night to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation as he delivered a State of the Union address meant to reassure to a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions. The backdrop for the annual address was markedly different from the previous two years, with a Republican speaker sitting expressionless behind Biden and GOP lawmakers in the audience preparing to scrutinize both his administration and his policies. But Biden sought to portray a nation dramatically ..read more
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Have a ‘galentine’s day’ at Leaf Spa in Brickell
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by Erika Jimenez
8h ago
The dating scene in SoFlo can be so hit or miss. If cupid missed your person again this year, no problem. Why not focus on yourself? You do you. At “Leaf Spa” inside Brickell’s AKA hotel, self love is as romantic as ever. Every year no matter what we do, we can’t get away from Valentine’s Day. For all the single people, who think they need a date to celebrate love, Leaf Spa is coming to the rescue. No plans ? No problem. At this nature inspired spa inside Brickell’s AKA hotel it’s OK to be selfish. Francesca Padron: “So we’re having a special it’s called galentine’s day. It’s for women who wan ..read more
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South Beach Wine and Food festival is bringing a taste of ‘Overtown EatUp’
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by Erika Jimenez
8h ago
Trying something new keeps life spicy. So don’t be boring, push your taste buds to the limit. SoBe wine and food festival understands the assignment. New this year is a party at Red Rooster restaurant, where they will bring local foods and culture to you. New York has the Harlem EatUp. Marcus Samuelsson: “From Harlem EatUp we hosted our own festival focusing on African American entrepreneurship, chefs, and people in the beverage space for the last eight years.” And Miami’s getting the “Overtown EatUp” thanks to celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Marcus Samuelsson: “Overtown Eatup which really h ..read more
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Cuban man who was part of international custody battle in South Florida goes into politics
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by Erika Jimenez
10h ago
Elian Gonzalez who spent a year in South Florida at the center of an international custody battle is going into politics. The 29-year-old was nominated to serve on Cuba’s national assembly. Gonzalez was just 5 years old when he was rescued in the waters off Fort Lauderdale on Thanksgiving in 1999. He was the only survivor on a boat that capsized on its way from Cuba. His mother and nine other people drowned. He went to live with family in Miami but agents raided the home in April 2000 to reunite him with his father in cuba ..read more
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Miami-Dade school district raises $1.2 million for United Way
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by Erika Jimenez
10h ago
A celebration of giving was made possible by hundreds of educators and students after the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district raised more than $1.2 million for the United Way. They are at the top when it comes to donations to the charity. Students, teachers and administrators were honored for their generosity in a ceremony at Jungle Island. The funds raised will help children and families across Miami-Dade. “That money goes directly to help support 60 agency partners in the community through 100 quality programs,” said Symeria Hudson, United Way Miami President & CEO. “The United Way ..read more
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Former Dunkin Donuts employee goes on antisemitic rant against man in Miami Beach
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by Erika Jimenez
10h ago
A customer says he went inside a donut shop and was hit by hate. Yeshaya Diveroli said he went inside the Dunkin Donuts in Miami Beach when a now former employee hurled racist and antisemitic insults at him. “I don’t give [expletive] stinking ass jew,” said the Dunkin employee. “It made me feel beneath myself,” said Diveroli. “Yes, I’m [expletive] following you,” said the employee. An antisemitic statement was just part of a rant caught on camera outside the Dunkin Donuts at 1606 Alton Road in Miami Beach. This video was recorded Feb. 1. “Antisemitism should never be tolerated,” said Diveroli ..read more
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Family confirms missing 74-year-old Florida Lyft driver dead
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by Hans Morgenstern
11h ago
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida Lyft driver who went missing more than a week ago has died, his daughter confirmed Tuesday. Lindsay DiBetta posted on Facebook that the family would be announcing information on services for her father, Gary Levin, in the next few days. “My dad was truly a one of kind person, if you knew him or even met him once you know exactly what I mean when I say that,” DiBetta wrote. “The stories I have received about him from friends, family and complete strangers over the last week have lifted me up more than you can ever realize.” Levin, 74, went missing Jan. 30 after drop ..read more
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Broward College offering free education to convicts via diversion program
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by Hans Morgenstern
11h ago
Non-violent, first time offenders are off to college for free thanks to a special program at Broward College. Mark is a student of the Court to College program at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus in Pembroke Pines. “I’m overwhelmed because the only thing I’m overwhelmed about is just the anxiety of like, OK, am I gonna make it?” he said. “Like, is everything going to be smooth? Like what am I going to face?” The 24-year-old is like any other college student, except he’s been given a chance to get an education instead of face jail time. “This program is like– it’s free,” he said. “It’s litera ..read more
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