Traffic, sea-level rise and the Everglades are colliding after Miami-Dade commissioners voted Wednesday to advance a potential expressway extension to state regulators. The proposal to extend State Road 836 aims to reduce traffic for commuters in the West Kendall area. Driving the 20 or so miles to downtown Miami during rush hour can take an hour and a half -- or more. But some residents and many environmental advocates are worried about the proposal's implications for the Everglades. Portions of the expressway would pass through wetlands that have historically been protected from significant development by the county's Urban Development Boundary. "The history of roads in South Florida is that development follows them," said Richard Grosso, an attorney for the Hold the Line Coalition -- a group of transportation and environment organizations that oppose the project. During a more than seven hour comment period preceding Wednesday's vote, Grosso told commissioners he fears "well
Charles Krauthammer, the prominent Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and commentator for the Fox News Channel, has died. His death was confirmed by Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor for the Post, where Krauthammer had long been a writer. The cause was cancer. He was 68. A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Krauthammer turned an unsparing eye on the nation's politics, moving rightward over time. Krauthammer retained the capacity to discern the human element of political issues. He was a steadfast critic of the president despite the high regard in which many Fox viewers hold Trump. In a poignant farewell column earlier this month, Krauthammer wrote he had "no regrets" and that he had lived the life he intended. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Opportunity, phone home! NASA scientists are still holding out hope they will hear from the surprisingly long-lived Mars rover. It went into snooze mode earlier this month, thanks to a gargantuan dust storm on the Red Planet that's blocking beams from reaching the solar panels that recharge the rover's batteries. But like light on Mars, hopes of hearing from Opportunity anytime soon have dimmed. NASA says the two-week-old storm doubled in size over the weekend, and is now officially a "planet encircling" or "global" event. Opportunity's science operations have been suspended, but it is happily not the lone Mars rover. Curiosity , which landed eight years after Opportunity in 2012, continues to weather the storm well, remaining largely unaffected by the dust. Its batteries are nuclear powered , enabling it to continue studying the causes and effects of such storms. "Curiosity offers an unprecedented window to answer some questions," NASA says . "One of the biggest: Why do some Martian
A suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy, better known as the controversial and chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion (pronounced "ex-ex-ex-ten-tah-see-ohn"), has been arrested, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced this morning. The police say that Dedrick Williams, 22 years old, was arrested for the the murder of Onfroy, who was shot outside of a high-end motor sports dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fla. on June 18. Williams was arrested around 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Pompano Beach, Fla., just south of Deerfield Beach, according to police. In a follow-up statement, police say Williams was arrested during a traffic stop and that they are still searching for additional suspects. On Monday, investigators said they were searching for two suspects, at least one of whom shot at Onfroy during an "apparent robbery," before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV. In that statement, the sheriff's office also noted it would offer a $3,000 reward for information that led to an arrest. A statement
Troubled by stories of immigrant teens who say they were steered away from a traditional high school education, the Miami-Dade County School Board has directed the school district to take a hard look at how it educates newly arrived students. Board member Steve Gallon proposed an initiative to assess and evaluate programs given to these students, as well as outline guidelines and procedures for enrollment. The item requires the board to be updated on the findings by September and be provided with an annual report. It was backed by four other school board members and unanimously passed at Wednesday's school board meeting. The board also supported other items related to unaccompanied immigrant students held at a Homestead facility . Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald .
A Texas sheriff has barred his deputies from taking on additional work as off-duty security at a recently built tent encampment intended to house migrant children separated from their parents at the border. El Paso Sheriff Richard Wiles said he feared the assignment to oversee minors forcibly separated from their parents would fuel the current controversy over the practice and undermine trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. "The Sheriff's Office will not be working at these facilities, as we don't support the current administration's position of separating children simply to discourage illegal immigration," he told Texas Monthly . "Clearly, the outcry from the community would affect our ability to maintain the confidence and respect between the community we serve," Wiles told the El Paso Times . "It would impact our community policing efforts that we worked so many years to build." Wiles, an outspoken Democrat who opposed the Trump administration's now reversed
By a razor-thin margin, the House of Representatives passed its version of the farm bill Thursday as Republican leadership was able to round up just enough support from members of its conservative wing to clear passage. The GOP-backed measure, which covers farm and food policy legislation, passed 213-211. The $867 billion package renews the safety net for farmers across the country, but also includes tougher work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. Shortly after its passage, President Trump tweeted his support for the measure. "Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!" The House bill failed last month as 30 Republicans — many of the members of the House Freedom Caucus — bucked leadership and sided with Democrats to defeat the bill after failing to get concessions on spending and a vote on a conservative immigration bill. Democrats, then and now, were