Rookie Chet Holmgren Criticizes Miami Heat Fans and Arena Environment

Chet Holmgren named Miami as one of his favorite road arenas. He said it is empty and quiet for away teams. He implied Heat fans are not very loud or passionate. Holmgren criticized Heat fans and their arena indirectly.


Former Beverly Hills Café Employees Open New Hialeah Hills Cafe

The legendary Beverly Hills Café in Miami Lakes closed in 2022 after serving the community for 43 years. A longtime employee, Hillary Fayth, worked there for 21 years. She will open Hills Cafe in Hialeah in 2024 with new menu items and familiar favorites inspired by the former neighborhood haunt. News of the restaurant’s impending opening went viral on social media, with fans expressing excitement to have the beloved café’s goodness back.


Matt Gaetz’s Face Sparks Plastic Surgery Speculation From Expert

Matt Gaetz’s altered facial appearance raised speculation about plastic surgery. An expert suggested Gaetz may have had Botox, an eyebrow threading, or a “thread lift” procedure. The expert stated Gaetz has a large forehead and the eyebrow position looked unnatural. The changes in Gaetz’s face prompted widespread discussion online.


Miami Weekend Events: Reggae Concert, Rave Party, Spritz Festival, Short Film Festival

Steel Pulse, a reggae band, performed at the Miami Beach Bandshell on Friday as part of its summer 2024 North American tour. Stamina, a party collective, hosted an all-night rave at an undisclosed warehouse in Little River on Friday. Regatta Grove in Coconut Grove hosted a Spritz Festival on Saturday, offering cocktails, live music, and waterfront views. The Sun Pass Film Festival, showcasing short films about Florida, took place at the Villain Theater on Saturday.


Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot: Man Hires Two Crews, Fatally Shoots Self

Fausto Rafael Villar was arrested for alleged involvement in Sergio Pino’s plot to murder his estranged wife Tatiana. Villar had previously served prison time for robbing gambling winnings with his cousin, an ex-police officer. The FBI alleges Pino hired two crews and offered payment for murdering Tatiana during their divorce proceedings. Pino fatally shot himself as agents attempted to arrest him.


2024 Dine Out Lauderdale Lineup Announced with Over 140 Restaurants

Dine Out Lauderdale is a summer event lasting from August 1 to September 30, featuring over 140 restaurants in Greater Fort Lauderdale area offering specially crafted menus priced between $35 to $75. New restaurants like Maass, Even Keel Fish & Oyster, Vitolo, and Rock & Brews joined the event. The event offers various culinary experiences, including food tours, cooking classes, and food halls. Participating restaurants are located in various neighborhoods, including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Plantation, serving diverse cuisines.


Former Pastor Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography

Former pastor Jonathan Elwing was arrested on child sex abuse and pornography charges. He allegedly sexually abused a 2-year-old infant and recorded the act. Police found depraved images on his phone after receiving a tip. He faces life imprisonment if convicted of sexually assaulting a child.


Le Creuset Factory to Table Sale Event in Miami, September 12-15

Le Creuset cookware brand will hold a Factory to Table sale event in Miami from September 12-15. The event will offer discounts on premium cookware, including limited-edition colors and rare shapes. VIP sessions with early access and mystery boxes will be available on September 12. General admission tickets are required for other days. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels America.


Filmmaker Spotlights Threat of Coral Disease in Florida Documentary

Florida filmmaker Derick Walker made a documentary called “With & Without: A Coral Story” about stony coral tissue loss disease. He highlighted the issue after noticing dead coral during his scuba diving trips in Florida. The documentary features experts explaining the human impact on coral reefs and the consequences of their decline. It warns that the death of coral reefs could lead to problems like beach erosion, flooding, and fish dying within ten years if no action is taken.


Dolphins’ Phillips Progressing from Achilles Injury Ahead of Camp

Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins linebacker, suffered a torn Achilles injury in November 2023. He is recovering for the 2024 season. Phillips shared videos of agility drills on Instagram, showcasing his progress ahead of training camp starting July 23. The injury kept Phillips out for the Dolphins’ playoff run which ended in the Wild Card round.


Capriotti’s Award-Winning Sandwich Chain Expands to Plantation, Florida

Capriotti’s, an award-winning sandwich chain, is opening a new location in Plantation, Florida. The chain is known for its slow-roasted turkeys cooked in-house every night and shredded each morning for sandwiches like “The Bobbie”. This sandwich won “Greatest Sandwich in America” and is made with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayonnaise. The Plantation location is Capriotti’s second in Florida and is owned by Marco Roca Jr., an immigrant living the American dream.


Fraudulent Disabled Parking Permit Scheme Leads to Deferred Prosecution

Nicole Cardona, 28, was arrested in 2022 for selling fraudulent disabled-parking permit paperwork with forged doctors’ signatures. She was charged with felonies including organized scheme to defraud, criminal use of public record, forgery, and false official statements. Cardona avoided jail time by entering a deferred prosecution agreement and completing a pretrial diversion program. All charges against her were dropped after she successfully completed the program’s requirements.


Miami Events: Sick Child’s Dream Fulfilled, Historian Enid Pinkney Dies, Two Door Cinema Club Concert

Six-year-old Franco Bernal, battling leukemia, had his wish to become a police officer and visit Disney World granted by Make-A-Wish Foundation. Miami police officers paraded outside his home to surprise him with gifts and announce his Disney trip. Enid Pinkney, a Miami historian and preservationist, died at age 92. She fought to save landmarks like Hampton House and Lemon City Cemetery. Two Door Cinema Club, a Northern Irish band, performed their first Miami concert after 17 years.


Swift’s Eras Tour Prompts Southwest Airlines to Increase Flights for Fans

Southwest Airlines added new flights from Nashville to Miami and Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale to accommodate Taylor Swift fans traveling for her Eras Tour concerts in Miami Gardens on October 19-20. The airline also increased flights to New Orleans for Swift’s shows there on October 25-27. Southwest cited Swift’s massive impact and fans’ willingness to spend significant amounts on travel, hotels, food, and merchandise for her tours.


Miami Mayor’s Out-of-State Travel with Police Escorts Raises Cost Concerns

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez traveled to Milwaukee during Republican National Convention. He was accompanied by a security detail of Miami Police Department officers. Mayor Suarez has taken numerous out-of-state trips with police escorts, incurring costs for taxpayers. His travels have sparked questions about the expenditures funded by public money.


New Coral Gables Restaurant Impresses Visually but Fails to Deliver on Authentic Cuisine

Maíz y Agave is a new restaurant located in Coral Gables with a three-floor structure. The restaurant claims to offer authentic Oaxacan cuisine and culture, with intricate decor and staff dressed in traditional Mexican garb. However, the food itself was underwhelming and did not live up to the restaurant’s claims of authenticity. The service was also lacking, with staff seeming disorganized and inattentive to customers. While the dessert and rooftop ambiance were highlights, the overall dining experience was disappointing and fell short of expectations.


Miami Attractions: Viral Sushi Review and Youth Emergency Responder Program

Viral TikToker Keith Lee raved about Omakai Sushi restaurant chain in Miami for its high-quality omakase boxes and nigiri varieties. Miami Fire Rescue is recruiting at-risk youth aged 18-25 for its Maurice L. Kemp EMS Cadet Program from July 15-29 to train the next generation of emergency responders. The program requires a valid Florida driver’s license, high school diploma, and SAT/ACT scores for application.


Copa America final marred by chaos and injuries as fans rush stadium gates

Thousands of fans rushed the gates at Hard Rock Stadium before the Copa America final between Argentina and Colombia, resulting in chaos and injuries. Valid ticketholders were denied entry and trampled by the unruly crowd. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the stadium and event organizers for inadequate security measures, lack of safety protocols, and failure to provide aid to injured fans. The incidents marred what should have been a highly anticipated soccer match.


Bicyclist killed after car loses control in Miami Gardens

Bicyclist killed after car lost control in Miami Gardens. Driver of black Nissan veered off road, hitting bicyclist. Accident occurred near Miami Gardens Drive and U.S. 441 around 6:15 AM. Driver remained at scene, bicyclist died from injuries.


Saharan Dust Plume and Heat Advisory Affect South Florida

A large plume of Saharan dust is heading towards South Florida this weekend. The dust can reduce air quality, cause hazy skies, and irritate respiratory issues. However, it can also minimize hurricanes and lead to beautiful sunsets. A heat advisory is in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, with heat index values of 105 to 110 expected. The dry conditions will continue with partly cloudy skies and a few scattered downpours far inland.


Investigation into Alleged Illegal Billing Practices by Miami Surgeons

A University of Miami hospital surgeon was among three doctors accused of illegally billing Medicare by claiming they performed multiple heart procedures simultaneously with unqualified residents assisting. The surgeons, including Dr. Joseph Lamelas of Miami, were named in Baylor College of Medicine’s $15 million settlement with the Justice Department. The practice involves a surgeon conducting operations on multiple patients at the same time, with staff performing procedures without the surgeon present. The Miami Herald is investigating how prevalent this practice is in South Florida hospitals.


Miami developer hired hitmen to kill estranged wife during divorce

Sergio Pino, a Miami developer and political donor, allegedly hired two separate groups to kill his estranged wife Tatiana during their contentious divorce proceedings. Initially, Pino tried poisoning Tatiana with fentanyl, but later hired “murder crews” to carry out the killing, offering $300,000. One crew tried killing Tatiana and her daughter at gunpoint in June 2024 but failed. The FBI raided Pino’s home, leading him to commit suicide before his arrest.


Ex-Trump Advisor Released from Prison, Set to Speak at Republican Convention

Peter Navarro, a former Trump advisor, was released from prison in Miami on Wednesday. He was convicted of contempt for refusing to cooperate with the January 6 investigation. Navarro is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention. His release comes just in time for his appearance at the convention.


Debate Over Miami-Dade Policy of Jailing People for Unpaid Traffic Fines

People are being jailed for not paying traffic fines or appearing in court for traffic violations, a policy criticized as unfair to the poor. A group called PACT is campaigning for changes to make such offenses civil citations rather than criminal charges subject to arrest and jail. The Miami-Dade State Attorney supports issuing civil citations for certain driver’s license offenses. License suspensions for unpaid fees negatively impact the economy and don’t improve public safety.


2024 Miami-Dade School Board Elections: 10 Candidates Vie for 3 Seats

Ten candidates are running for Miami-Dade School Board seats in the August 20 primary. For District 3, candidates include Joseph Geller, Martin Karp, Brent Latham, Gustavo Ortega, and Hayley Ross. In District 7, candidates are Maxeme Tuchman, Mary Blanco, and Javier Perez. For District 9, incumbent Luisa Santos faces Kimberly Beltran. Key issues discussed include curriculum, books, school choice, and teacher pay.


South Florida HBCU Picnic Awards Scholarships for the First Time

The South Florida HBCU Picnic event awarded scholarships to eight students for the first time this year. The picnic brings together alumni and students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from South Florida. It has become an important event for networking and supporting alumni-owned businesses. The goal of awarding scholarships is to build a community of HBCU students and alumni in South Florida and help students financially to attend these institutions.


Hialeah Appoints Interim Councilwoman Following Pacheco’s Arrest

Hialeah appointed Melinda De La Vega as interim council member after Angelica Pacheco’s removal. De La Vega is vice president of Hialeah Lions Club. Some residents questioned her independence and lack of representation in east and northwest Hialeah. Eduardo Lavin applied to advocate for Hialeah Heights annex but was allegedly discouraged.


Police Investigate Miami Beach Assault and Fatal Bicycle Accident

Miami Beach police search for man after late-night assault on woman. Woman was rollerblading when attacked from behind. Suspect described as man in 20s-30s, 5’8″-5’9″, arm tattoos, short twists in hair. Separately, bicyclist killed after being struck by car in Miami Gardens. Incident occurred around 6:15 AM on NW 182nd Street. Driver lost control, hit bicyclist who died at scene.


Coworker Kills Man, Wife Seeks Answers After Workplace Tragedy

Andre White was killed by his coworker Maurice Williams at their workplace in Opa-locka. His wife Dashaquan Jefferies is searching for answers after his tragic death. The two men had a fight the week prior, but Williams was still allowed back at work. Williams has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond.


Fiery Tractor-Trailer Crash Claims Driver’s Life, Closes I-75 in Miami-Dade

Tractor-trailer caught fire after hitting guardrail and pillars, killing driver. Large fire and debris covered highway. All southbound express lanes closed, causing traffic delays. Department of Transportation assessed damage to overpass pillars.


College Students Shocked by Abrupt Closure of For-Profit Institution

City College, a for-profit institution with campuses in Hollywood and Altamonte Springs, abruptly announced its closure. Students were blindsided by this decision and demand answers. The college stated it will remain open for the Fall and Winter terms to allow some students to complete their education, while others might transfer credits to neighboring institutions. However, students expressed anger, confusion, and concerns about wasted time and money due to the lack of communication from the administration.


Florida Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty for Four Charged in 2021 Miami Mass Shooting

Four men were charged with murders and attempted murders from a 2021 mass shooting at a banquet hall in Miami-Dade. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for these four men. Three people were killed and twenty others injured in the shooting. The shooting was allegedly targeted against a rival gang during an album release party.


Inmate Dies from Fentanyl Overdose in Broward Jail, Family Seeks Answers

Corbin Moberg, 25, died from fentanyl overdose at Broward County jail in January 2023. His family wants answers on how powerful drug entered jail. Attorney says Broward Sheriff’s Office not providing details. Case involves questions about inmate safety and accountability in jail system.


New Extremely Potent Opioid Detected in West Palm Beach Drug Bust

A new lethal opioid called N-Desethyl isotonitazene (ISO), 50 times more potent than fentanyl, was found in West Palm Beach during a months-long investigation. ISO is a mixture of fentanyl and other opioids, sometimes resistant to Narcan. An undercover operation led to an arrest and seizure of $1.6 million worth of ammunition and drugs. Officials warn that even two pills of ISO can be fatal.


Mom Avoids Charges After Leaving Child in Hot Car at Walmart

A mother was arrested for leaving her 4-year-old daughter inside a hot car while shopping at a Walmart in Hollywood, Florida. Witnesses heard the child screaming and firefighters rescued her without injuries. The mother was initially charged with child neglect, but prosecutors later dropped the charges, saying the incident did not rise to the level of egregious conduct required. The mother will receive services and child safety education instead.


Man shot dead in Plantation apartment complex

A 25-year-old man was shot and killed in Plantation. The victim was identified as Charles “CJ” Jenkins. The shooting occurred at around 8 p.m. at an apartment complex. Preliminary reports indicate the shooting was related to drugs. Jenkins was a family man and the only man in his family, leaving behind grieving sisters.


Experts: No Significant Increase in Shark Attacks Despite Recent Incidents

There is no evidence of an increase in shark attacks this year compared to previous years. Ten attacks have been reported so far, which experts believe is on par with the usual rate. Florida typically sees around 16 shark attacks annually. Most attacks in Florida involve smaller blacktip sharks and result in less severe injuries. More shark sightings may be occurring due to increased reporting rather than a spike in shark populations. Experts recommend following safety guidelines to minimize the already low risk of shark encounters.


18-Year-Old Woman Killed in North Lauderdale Shooting, Mother Seeks Justice

An 18-year-old woman named Bryanna Nina was shot and killed in North Lauderdale earlier this week. Nina was described as a ray of sunshine by her mother Marisol Rivas. She was waiting for an Uber with her sister when people got out of a car and started shooting. Nina was not the intended target, but was shot several times and died at the hospital. Rivas wants justice for her daughter and investigators are working to find who is responsible.


Broward Schools to Implement Metal Detectors, Face Teacher Vacancies and Possible Closures

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Howard Hepburn discussed changes for the upcoming school year. Metal detectors will be implemented in all high schools to enhance safety. The district currently has about 300 teacher vacancies, a 2% vacancy rate. Hepburn does not view dissent on the school board as an issue and focuses on providing quality education. The district is considering closing at least five schools due to declining enrollment.


Crane Piece Falls on Car in Fort Lauderdale, Killing One

A crane piece fell from a high-rise construction site, crashing onto a bridge in Fort Lauderdale. Construction worker Jorge De La Torre was killed, and three others were injured. Gemmalyn Castillo, a rideshare passenger, suffered severe head and facial trauma and filed a $50 million negligence lawsuit. Fort Lauderdale Police found no criminal activity, deeming it an accident, while OSHA is still investigating.


Single-Vehicle Crash in Opa-locka Leaves One Injured

One person was airlifted to the hospital after a crash in Opa-locka on Wednesday. The crash occurred near 145th Street and 27th Avenue. It is unclear if the victim was a pedestrian or in a motorized vehicle. Police and paramedics responded to the scene.


Man arrested after multi-county pursuit involving crashes through Broward and Miami-Dade

Authorities attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man. He fled, hitting two vehicles. A chase ensued through Miami-Dade and Broward counties along I-95 and Hallandale Beach Boulevard. It ended with his arrest at Northwest 123rd Avenue and Northwest First Court in North Miami. Multiple agencies responded as the suspect drove through multiple jurisdictions.


Opa-locka Supermarket Robbery Leads to Murder Conviction After 11 Years

A man was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and attempted robbery after killing one man and injuring another in a robbery gone wrong outside an Opa-locka supermarket in 2013. The victim’s family expressed gratitude for the verdict. The crucial tip that led to the arrest came from a viewer after a news report on the unsolved case. After deliberating for over six hours, the jury found the man guilty on all counts.