<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 22 Aug 2017 09:24:50 -0400Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:24:50 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 Things to Know - VP Pence in Miami This Week]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_VP_Pence_in_Miami_This_Week.jpg

Before you head out the door for work or school, NBC 6 has the top six stories for your Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Marlins Spanish Language Announcer Felo Ramirez Dies]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/felo11.jpg

Felo Ramirez, one of the most legendary Spanish language play by play announcers who covered the Miami Marlins since the team’s inaugural season, has died.

Ramirez had been hospitalized following an accident this April while covering the team in Philadelphia. He was 94 years old.

During his career that spanned over seven decades, Ramirez called some of the biggest moments in sports – from the matches of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali to great baseball moments, including the 715th home run by Hank Aaron.

The Cuban native joined the Marlins in 1993 and was behind the mic for both of the team’s World Series championships as well as other monumental moments in the team’s history.

The team issued a statement saying they are "deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon."

"Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans," the statement read. "A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten."

He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

<![CDATA[Two Arrested in Alleged Hialeah Grow House With Child Inside]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:33:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Two_Arrested_in_Alleged_Hialeah_Grow_House_With_Child.jpg

A suspected marijuana grow house in Hialeah has two people in custody and a child found inside in the hands of the Department of Children and Families.

The raid happened at an apartment complex on West 25th Court and West 60th Street.

Police say they found a 10 plant marijuana operation inside and that the suspects, a man and woman, were reportedly squatting in the apartment along with a four-year-old child.

Officials have not released the name of the two people arrested.

<![CDATA[Bag With $30K in Cash, Jewelry Stolen From Car in Lauderhill]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:05:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+lauderhill+gas+station+thief.jpg

Authorities are searching for a burglar who who stole a bag filled with $30,000 in jewelry and cash from the car of a man who was pumping gas at a filling station in Lauderhill.

The theft happened back on Aug. 15 at the Chevron station in the 7100 block of North University Drive and was caught on a surveillance camera, Lauderhill Police officials said Monday.

Police said the victim was pumping gas when the suspect silently opened his passenger door and grabbed the bag from the front seat. The video showed the suspect take off in a white Nissan Murano.

Police said the victim had about $30,000 worth of jewelry and cash in the bag, which he was taking to the Jewelry Exchange. He said he didn't get a good look at the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lauderhill Police at 954-497-4700.

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<![CDATA[Tale of 2 Monuments: Signs of Confederacy Etched Into Miami]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+confederate+monument+union+monument+miami.jpg

While Confederate monuments are being protested and debated around the country, there remains a tall symbol of the Confederacy standing in Miami.

A Confederate war memorial stands in the center of a Miami cemetery just north of downtown. The Confederate flag is etched in stone along with the words "our heroes."

The monument was constructed in 1913 and used to be located outside of the old Dade County Courthouse until it was moved in the 1920s to make way for the current courthouse.

"It doesn't offend me, it reminds me of what's possible from humanity," said Miami resident Ray Henry, who uses the monument as a teaching tool for his children. "Sometimes I go around the circle three times just to envision what it was like, that's what these statues are to me, memorials."

Doctor Paul George, a historian with HistoryMiami Museum, said history can be painful but it needs to be preserved.

"I think of how deep south this community was and how many people had southern roots in this community when this cemetery opened in 1897," said Dr. George.

Confederate monuments like the one in Miami are not uncommon in big cities. However, a Union war moment depicting a Union captain at a nearby cemetery is rare.

"To see a Union monument for me shows, there was a type of healing going on," said Dr. George, referring to the time the Union monument was erected in the 1930s.

It's healing that continues today, still standing and teaching decades later.

"There's a certain healing and overcoming big differences that I think these monuments represent," he said.

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<![CDATA[Healthy Tips For Packing School Lunches for Students]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:49:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Healthy_School_Lunch_Options_For_Students.jpg

With the school year in full effect now across South Florida, parents are always looking for the best way to make a healthy meal for their kids. Of course, with the constant coming and going associated with getting your kids out the door, quick and simple is usually the way parents go.

“Planning is so important, because sometimes we get so hungry and we kind of put things together that are not necessarily healthy,” said Dr. Mayrene Hernandez from United HealthCare. “I think that component, and preparing a menu, is so important.”

Those young, vibrant souls can also be the pickiest eaters. A lot of kids won’t eat a meal, just because it doesn’t look good. Dr. Hernandez says add a little color to the meal - like tomatoes, red peppers, and even guacamole.

“They're wonderfully healthy for you,” Hernandez says. “They have great fats. The good kind of fats in them.”

Hernandez also says don’t just prepare the meals for your kids - get them involved. The more you get them involved, the more they'll look forward to eating what you prepared - and it will also give you some quality bonding time.

For more recipes and information, click on this link.

<![CDATA[South Fla. Public, Charter Schools Battle For Top Students]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:07:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/248*120/082217+public+charter+school+battle+south+florida.JPG

There are more than 200 public charter schools in South Florida. Many of them are high-performing, excellent alternatives to traditional public schools. In fact, driven by competition from charters, we’ve seen an explosion of innovation in the Miami-Dade and Broward public school district classrooms over the past few years. The superintendents from both counties say, bring it on, we’ve got the goods.

“This is a district driven by choice, driven by innovation, driven by parent demand,” said Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent. “I think choice competition is a good thing, let parents make a choice, I think we have a superior product for them to choose from.”

“I no longer refer to Broward County public schools as traditional, all of our schools are innovative schools,” said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the Broward County School District. “There are opportunities for every kid.”

The local school districts are practically in a race to create more options available to students. They’ve added hundreds of magnet and choice programs over the past five or six years. In just one example of many, Broward went all-in on debate, expanding it to every high school, every middle schools, and now even into some elementary schools. The county now leads the nation in access to debate programs.

“Debate is one of those great skills that our students need to have in terms of looking at information, analyzing facts, being able to communicate effectively,” Runcie said, explaining the reasoning behind the emphasis on debate.

Both districts have International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, arts magnet programs and STEM magnets. With specialized schools such as Design and Architecture Senior High, iPrep Academy, the New World School of the Arts, and MAST Academy, Miami-Dade has a unique smorgasbord of possibilities.

“We’re the fourth largest school system in America but we have the strongest choice portfolio of any school system of any size in the United States, not just in numbers but in terms of quality, we have the highest rated magnet programs anywhere in the country,” boasted Carvalho.

Both districts strategically place choice options at schools which face the most competition from charter schools. Broward has reversed a trend which saw it losing thousands of students. Their enrollment numbers are going up now.

“We’re glad to see that trend and I think that trend is an example of the fact that we’re working very hard to meet the needs of our students in our communities,” Runcie said.

“We are extremely competitive and to a certain extent, the choice movement forced us to become better, but i think now we out-perform it,” said Carvalho.

Parents, if you’re not sure what to do, investigate your options on the web sites of the Miami-Dade and Broward school districts. You will find public school programs for every interest. In fact, a new state law allows students to cross county lines to go to school.

The days of having to live in a particular district to attend school there are over. So as the superintendents say, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re not looking hard enough.

<![CDATA[Police Searching for Suspects in Hialeah ATM Robbery]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:14:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/082217+hialeah+ATM+robbery+DAY+PIC.jpg

Police in Hialeah are searching for the people involved in the robbery of an ATM machine overnight from a bank in the city.

Officers responded to the Bank of America branch located near 10th Avenue and East 9th Street early Tuesday morning shortly after 3 a.m. A piece of construction equipment could be seen next to the spot where the drive-up machine was once located.

Police have set up a perimeter near SE 10th Court and 5th Street and confirmed they are looking for two suspects for the burglary.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 on air and online for updates

<![CDATA[1 Killed, 1 Injured in Fiery Davie Crash]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:03:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+davie+fatal+crash.jpg

One person was killed and another hospitalized after a fiery head-on crash in Davie Monday.

The crash happened near the 3000 block of Nob Hill Road, Davie Police said.

One person was killed at the scene and another was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where their condition was unknown.

Police haven't released the victims' names or said what may have caused the crash.

The crash had Nob Hill Road closed in both directions for hours before it opened back up Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Sex Offenders Set Up Camp in NW Miami-Dade]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+sex+offender+camp+nw+miami-dade.jpg

A tent community in northwest Miami-Dade is a place people call home but it's not a place most of them would want to live.

The community is the last resort for people like Bret, who would only give his first name.

"Absolutely not, I wouldn't even come into this part of town if I didn't have to be here," he told NBC 6 Monday. "I was released from state prison on February 21. I am a registered sex offender"

County restrictions on where registered sex offenders are allowed to live has many of them at the industrial area near Northwest 71st Street and Northwest 36th Avenue.

"This situation is unconscionable and needs to be closed down," said Ron Book, the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

Book said he and others are working to relocate those who call the place home. Miami-Dade County officials say the businesses there have said enough is enough."

"These folks that have businesses here, they've put up with this for several years, people eating out here, throwing their garbage, people urinating and defecating in public, it creates a health hazard for them and the businesses and property owners," Book said.

"Yes, we do have definitely concerns but we are working on mitigating those concerns as we speak but the main issue here is to try to relocate," said Lillian Rivera, with the Florida Department of Health.

County workers will be out explaining the resources that are available and working to encourage this community to break down in coming days.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Wave Could Drench South Florida This Week]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:12:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+invest+92l+tropical+system.jpg

A tropical wave is approaching South Florida and could bring several days of rain to the area this week.

This is the storm we have been referring to as "Invest 92L" and was once a possibility to become Tropical Storm Irma. While a tropical storm is not looking as likely, we will absolutely get the rain.

A few scattered showers could arrive as early as 9 p.m. Monday evening, but there’s a better chance of scattered showers overnight into Tuesday morning. The heaviest rain is expected Tuesday afternoon with downpours looking like a good bet.

The storm is a slow mover and might actually stall out. That means on and off rain every day through the weekend with each afternoon having the best chance for widespread downpours.

Early estimates are for two to four inches of rain, but that will be determined by where and for how long that storm stalls out.

Officials with South Florida Water Management District said they've been preparing for the anticipated rainfall.

"Our system has been prepped ahead of time and is ready to accept the incoming rainfall stemming from this latest tropical disturbance," SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik said in a statement. "We urge all residents to make sure their own properties are free of obstructions that would block water from exiting through local drains and swales."

In an email Monday, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine urged residents and business owners to take appropriate measures, including using flood panels and avoiding parking in low lying areas.

Download the free NBC6 app to check First Alert Doppler 6000 anytime.

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<![CDATA[Man Injured in Personal Watercraft Crash Near Star Island]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:01:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+jet+ski+crash+star+island+miami+beach.jpg

A person was hospitalized after a crash involving a personal watercraft near Star Island Monday, Miami Beach Fire officials said.

Officials said the man was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he was in stable condition. The cause of the crash was unknown.

Miami Beach Police said the crash was causing some delays on I-395 westbound.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Judge Grants Injunction Against Miami Beach Patent Firm]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:57:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/scott+cooper+court+departure.JPG

After the Federal Trade Commission in March obtained a court order shutting down his patent marketing business and freezing his assets, Scott Cooper and his attorneys argued it was a "legal ambush" – that once the judge heard the facts, the court should allow Cooper to get back to work and regain access to his assets.

Now, after hearing testimony and arguments over two days in April, that federal judge has sided with the FTC.

Citing evidence Cooper and his company "devised a fraudulent scheme to use consumer funds to enrich themselves," U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles last week imposed a preliminary injunction on the Miami Beach patent marketing operation that the FTC claims was a $26 million scam.

That means World Patent Marketing remains shut down and Cooper continues to be barred from accessing cash, taking out loans or selling property until the case is resolved.

Meanwhile, a court-appointed receiver will continue trying to locate assets that could be used to repay victims, if the judge ultimately finds Cooper and his company liable. So far, only about $2.5 million in assets and cash have been identified, while potential damages to victims total $26 million.

Cooper’s attorney declined to comment on the judge’s decisions, including one denying a defense motion to dismiss a crucial count in the complaint against Cooper and WPM.

Customers who found WPM on the internet or through other advertising were told their invention ideas would be reviewed by a board or review team before being accepted by WPM. A few days later, salespeople would call back to "'congratulate' the customers, because the (non-existent) board had approved their ideas," Gayles wrote.

The company would then misrepresent the inventor’s likelihood of financial gain, the judge found.

That would lead thousands of customers to spend many thousands of dollars seeking WPM’s help in obtaining patents and marketing their products – something the judge has so far found did not happen in a significant way.

Cooper lives in a waterfront Miami Beach mansion he bought for $3.2 million in April 2016 and owns a 70-foot yacht, worth more than $1 million. He owes lenders some money on both of those assets, according to court filings.

While the court previously gave Cooper access to $75,000 from Swiss bank accounts he had created prior to beginning the patent marketing opreration, the judge last week did not release any more money from those or other accounts. "Cooper is able to seek lawful employment to cover his legal defense and living expenses during the pendency of this FTC action," the judge noted.

Neither Cooper nor his attorney would comment on whether he currently has a job.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[6 Kids Hurt in Crash Involving School Van in SW Miami-Dade]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:31:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082117+school+van+crash+sw+miami-dade.jpg

Six children were injured when a private school van was involved in a rollover crash in southwest Miami-Dade Monday afternoon.

The crash happened in the 18100 block of Southwest 105th Avenue. Footage showed the white van on its side and several rescue trucks on the scene.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said six minors, including pre-teens and teens, were taken to the Jackson Memorial South Hospital with minor injuries. A total of 13 people were in the van, and 11 were minors.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the van, which was coming from Terra Environmental Research School, was involved in a crash with a Nissan Sentra.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - VP Pence in Miami This Week]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:40:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_VP_Pence_in_Miami.jpg

Before you start your Tuesday, NBC 6 has the top six stories we are working on for you.

<![CDATA[Federal Judge in Fla. Denies Witness Chance to View Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:37:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/220*120/Philly+Solar+Eclipse+258p.JPG

A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn't be postponed just because one of the key witnesses — a federal agent — had travel plans to see the solar eclipse.

In a droll, three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney.

Recalling popular dialogue from the TV classic Star Trek, the judge wrote that the prosecutor "boldy moves (where no AUSA has moved before)."

"The solar eclipse is no longer mysterious, supernatural, foreboding or ominous," wrote Merryday. "An eclipse is just another astral event, precisely predictable since the day the Babylonians discovered the governing formula."

Prosecutors wanted Monday's trial postponed because an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent had booked a trip to see the eclipse on a day when defendant Joseph Bishop was to stand trial for unlawfully transporting firearms.

Merryday chalked it up to a "cruel fate" that allowed the trial and the eclipse to happen on the same day. The prosecutor's motion "proposes to subordinate the time and resources of the court, of the opposing counsel, of the witnesses and of the jurors to one person's aspiration to view a 'total' solar eclipse for no more than two minutes and forty-two seconds."

A large chunk of the ruling cited lyrics from singer Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," which contains a line about flying to witness an eclipse.

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<![CDATA['Canes, UF, USF Ranked in Top 20 of AP Poll; FSU in Top Five]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081911+university+of+miami+um+football+helmet+generic.jpg

With the college football season less than two weeks away, the state of Florida is well represented in the first AP Top 25 rankings of the 2017 season released Monday.

The Miami Hurricanes checked in at No. 18 – the same spot they were ranked in the first Coaches Poll of the year earlier this month. Head coach Mark Richt and the Canes are projected by many to win the ACC Coastal Division this season and build off of a 9-4 record in 2016, which included the program’s first bowl win in over a decade.

Miami opens the season September 2nd against Bethune Cookman.

The highest rated team in the state is the Florida State Seminoles, who were ranked No. 3 in the first poll to match their coaches’ poll ranking. The Noles, projected by many to win the ACC and make the College Football Playoff, will face top ranked Alabama on September 2nd in Atlanta in an opening week game that will feature the highest ranked teams to start the season since 1950.

The Florida Gators were ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll (down one spot from their No. 16 ranking by the coaches) and open the year against Michigan in Arlington, Texas. The USF Bulls will start off the year ranked No. 19 by the writers (up from No. 21 by the coaches) and open their season this Saturday at San Jose State.

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<![CDATA[9-Foot Gator Kills Family Dog in Florida Canal]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:28:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nueva+portada+caimanes+cocodrilos.jpg

A dog swimming home toward its owner was attacked and killed by a 9-foot, 400-pound alligator in a canal near St. Petersburg.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Report of Shots Fired at Dolphin Mall a 'Hoax': Police Chief]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:44:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081917+dolphin+mall+police+response.jpg

Miami-Dade Police say they still are investigating

Sweetwater's police chief called an incident over the weekend at Dolphin Mall that sent customers into a panic amid reports of shots being fired a "hoax."

Chief Placido Diaz held a news conference with reporters to give an update on Saturday's incident.

"The call came in as shots fired, potentially people injured, and potentially an active shooter," Diaz said. "As we all know now, it was a hoax, thank God, nobody was injured, there was no active shooter."

Diaz said officers treated the incident at the mall as an "active fluid scene" but they still don't know what triggered the panic.

"There is nothing that would support anything other than a hoax at this point, there were no shots, no casings, no shooter, nobody injured, nothing found to indicate that there was any shooting whatsoever within the facility," Diaz said. "There was a mad running if you will, at some point, as a result of something but we haven't been able to establish any credible fact that there were any type of outstanding noises that triggered it."

An update released by Miami-Dade Police Monday said no victims or witnesses have come forward to speak to officials about what took place in the mall.

Crews from the city of Sweetwater and later MDPD responded to the mall just after 9 p.m. after unconfirmed reports of shots being heard. Some shoppers and employees were trapped inside stores before the mall was evacuated and officers searched the entire mall.

Officers were unable to locate a scene or anyone involved and the mall reopened on Sunday.

"I'm very glad to say nobody was injured," Diaz said.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed anything to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Gets Creative to Watch Rare Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/South+Florida+Watches+Solar+Eclipse+2017.jpg Solar glasses seemed to be sold out everywhere as a rare total solar eclipse dimmed the U.S. from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. Although South Florida wasn't in the path of totality, the eclipse was still a sight to see. Here's how local eclipse-gazers watched the "soul-searing" moment: ]]> <![CDATA[Worker Rescued From Scaffold of SW Miami-Dade Building]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:39:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000001213074_1200x675_1028992067781.jpg

Crews were able to rescue the man from the Miami Dade College location off SW 27th Avenue as he dangled 40 feet above the ground (Courtesy Miami Fire Rescue)

<![CDATA[Girl Killed in Miramar Crash Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt: Police]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:26:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/255*120/082117+miramar+major+crash.PNG

An 8-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash in Miramar Monday morning was not wearing a seatbelt when she was thrown from the vehicle driven by her mother, police say.

The crash took place around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Miramar Boulevard and Red Road. Fire rescue crews from the city of Miramar tweeted that two people were involved.

According to police, witnesses say the mother ran a red light in her minivan going westbound on Miramar Boulevard when the vehicle was struck by a pickup truck. The eight-year-old girl was ejected from the van, which ended up rolling over on her, officials said.

The child was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she later died. The mother was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck stayed on the scene and police did not say if they had any injuries. An investigation continues into the crash.

Police later identified the girl as Sumaiya Zahin. She was on her way to school at Somerset Academy.

"Unfortunately it was a tragic first day back to school for this family," Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said.

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<![CDATA[Education on 6: Impact of HB7069 on South Florida Schools]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:40:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic+school+desk+books+student+pencil.jpg

When Florida governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 7069 into law, he did so at a private school. The symbolism was notable to critics, who say the new law is an attack on public school education.

“It’s really a shift to create a parallel, shadow school system that is not accountable to the public,” said Robert Runcie, superintendent of the Broward County Public School District.

HB-7069 will indeed shift millions of taxpayer dollars from public schools to charter schools, which are public but usually owned by private companies.

“There’s no accountability, so you effectively are moving public dollars into the private space,” Runcie said.

The law also restricts how school districts can use federal dollars earmarked for the most economically disadvantaged schools.

“It chokes the utilization of our own federal money, particularly title one dollars that we have used strategically, district-wide, to improve the performance of the most fragile, academically fragile, lowest socio-economic schools in Miami-Dade,” explained Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

That’s why Broward field a lawsuit against the state of Florida, a lawsuit which Miami-Dade and several other districts around the state have joined.

“We’re going to pursue legal means to see if we can challenge some of those provisions, in the meantime we’re going to continue to work with our school principals, our teachers, we’re going to stay focused on doing what we know works,” Runcie said.

That’s the thing, staying focused on maintaining and building on last year’s successes, which each superintendent says will be a challenge because of HB-7069’s restrictions.

Broward went from 10 “F” rated schools to just two, dramatically raised its graduation rate and its number of “A” and “B” rated schools. Miami-Dade now has zero “F” schools, a crowning achievement.

“Knowing where we were 10 years ago, knowing where we are today, the rate of evolution, the rate of improvement, being considered today the highest performing urban district in the country, then having to fight and beg for fair funding or policies that empower our teachers, empower our kids, and empower our community, I think that’s shameful,” Carvalho said.

“This is a time when the revenues in the state are at a record high, we should be investing more in public education,” Runcie added.

The superintendents are vowing to keep funding cuts out of the classroom.

“I think we’re entering dangerous territory,” Carvalho said, pointing out that his district received a huge amount of grant money from private sources and corporate contributions. “So we believe corporate investment has to a certain extent mitigated the impact of HB-7069, but that’s a short-term solution that cannot be relied upon for the long haul.”

As it stands now, per-pupil spending in Florida is about $7,300. Compare that to the national average, which is over $11,000. It puts Florida in the bottom five or six states in the nation.

“I’m amazed that we’re able to accomplish the things that we have done here in Broward and districts throughout Florida, but it’s not a sustainable situation, we’ve got to get serious about investing in human capital and the future of our children,” Runcie said.

In the near future, the task is staying on task, no matter what Tallahassee throws at South Florida.

<![CDATA[Miami-Dade, Broward Head Back to Class For First School Day]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:47:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/082117+miami+dade+first+day+of+school.JPG

The day thousands of students and parents across Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been waiting for arrived Monday with the first day of school.

Over 350,000 students were expected in classrooms across Miami-Dade for the first day – a day that will also be the start of a school year where no school in the county received an “F” grade from the state of Florida.

The school district is also opening three new schools and unveiling several new programs aimed at giving students a head start in their education.

Things started early for bus drivers, hitting the road shortly after 6 a.m. 

"I'm always excited on the first day. Going back, a new school year, you meet different students," said driver Sharon Lewis. "Sometime you meet the same, and it's a really good feeling."

District superintendent Alberto Carvalho went across the county to greet students and teachers for the first day, provding supplies and a healthy breakfast for all - while being met at Jesse McCrary Elementary School in Northwest Miami-Dade with members of the Miami Heat.

"They look at me as a role model so they're going follow their role model," said the team's first round pick, Bam Adebayo.  "If I give them a good impression, I feel like they'll live with that for the rest of their life."

In Broward County, school superintendent Robert Runcie also made his way across the county in an effort to get everyone excited and ready for the upcoming year.

“We see continued improvement and academic outcome in the district. The number of “F” schools in our district have fallen from 20 to 2,” Runcie said.

Runcie visited schools at all levels, including Piper High School in Sunrise.

“The kids are already excited because they know they are a part of an academy and it actually makes the school a little smaller for them,” said the school’s principal, Angel Gomez. “We have a school of 2600 and we're now making the school more manageable and giving the students a little more sense of belonging.”

At Broadview Elementary School in North Lauderdale, students were surprised on the first day of school with a treat from the Florida Panthers

Stanley is out here having a little fun, Sean Thornton is here as well as a former player just to reinforce that hard work and determination are really valued to us,” said Sean McCaffrey, the team’s Chief of Staff.

While plenty of students were ready for the day, some of the parents were quite ready to let go.

“We're looking forward to seeing how kindergarten goes - this is our first year, so we're a little nervous,” said mother Sophia Allen. “It's a new experience. He didn't cry, so we did good.”

<![CDATA[Back to School: South Florida Students Resume Classes]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:23:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Back+to+school+2017+South+florida+cover.jpg Summer has ended and students across South Florida head back to class this week. Here's a look at local students as they file back into the classroom. ]]> <![CDATA[South Floridians Get a Great View of the Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:45:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-836337964.jpg

The day many have been waiting for finally arrived as the Great American Eclipse made its way across the country and many in South Florida saw a part of the rare event.

While Miami-Dade and Broward counties were nowhere close to the "Path of Totality" – an area starting in Oregon and moving across the Midwest to South Carolina – many saw a partial eclipse with nearly 50 percent of the sun being covered.

In Miami, the action started at 1:26 p.m. with the best time for viewing the eclipse coming at 2:58 p.m. and ending at 4:20 p.m.

It was virtually the same times in Fort Lauderdale, with the best time for viewing being one minute earlier at 2:57 p.m. In Key West, the eclipse times were all one minute sooner than Miami.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the event without risking being outdoors were at watch parties across the area, including one at Florida International University and one at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami.

"It's as impressive as I thought, it's pretty cool," said Carlos Ruiz, who attended the FIU event. "Just glad I got a chance to do this, it's pretty fun."

At the Frost Museum, solar telescopes were setup at several spots so guests had a unique chance to check out the phenomenon in the sky. Those telescopes have special filters to protect their eyes from the sun.

The museum was also broadcasting NASA's live feed of the eclipse from different huge screens in the museum.

"I have been a science lover since I can remember and to see everyone else excited about science right now is really so exciting," said museum employee Lindsey Bartholomew. "I think people should remember this is really cool, we're going to be in the moon's shadow, how cool is that? We'll be in the moon's shadow."

The museum had 5,000 of the approved glasses that were handed out on a first come, first serve basis to anyone that purchased a ticket.

"I think if the United States public sees that science works and sees that we can predict these things, it might broaden their minds to embrace science again as we used to do back in the 60s and 70s," said Dr. James Webb, the director of FIU's Astro Science Center.

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<![CDATA[Man Rushed to Hospital After Assault at Opa-Locka Store]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/082117+opalocka+burglary+beating.JPG

An Opa-Locka man was rushed to the hospital after police say he was attacked entering a local business Monday morning.

Police say the 60-year-old victim was opening the Northwest Seafood Outlet on NW 27th Avenue and 140th Street when a man who had been hiding inside attacked him.

Rescue crews found the victim, who was hit over the head with an unknown object, in a pool of blood and rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

The 48-year-old suspect was taken into custody. Police have not released his name or the name of the victim.

<![CDATA[Driving Tips During Great American Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:09:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Driving_Tips_During_Great_American_Eclipse.jpg

NBC 6's Kelly Blanco tells you what to do and not do if you are on the road Monday afternoon during the event.

<![CDATA[Dolphin Mall Reopens After Reported Shooting Incident]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081917+dolphin+mall+police+response.jpg

Dolphin Mall is expected to reopen Sunday after dozens of police officers and rescue workers responded to the mall Saturday night amid reports of gunshots.

The mall on Northwest 12th Street was evacuated after witnesses reported hearing gunshots and video posted on social media showed frantic shoppers running through the mall.

"At first I thought it was like some kind of event but then people started running inside the store and then the air conditioning suddenly turned off, and were like yelling, crying, it was very scary," mall worker Edward Nunez said. "We saw the SWAT moving through the hallways and screaming like 'move, move, and 'get out, get out' and it was very scary."

One video posted on Twitter showed an officer walking through the mall with what looked like a rifle. Witnesses said they saw shoppers hiding in stores.

Sweetwater Police officials called for back up from Miami-Dade and all local authorities as they responded, prepared to encounter an active shooter scenario.

"If anyone is in the mall or any situation where a crime is occurring or something isn't right- just call us right away," Miami-Dade Police Department detective Argemis Colome said. "Alert the authorities so we can get to the scene faster, render aid quicker and we can make sure everyone is safe."

Officials said there were no victims or injuries reported.

Miami Dade County Police continue their investigation as to what sparked that initial call of people running out of Dolphin Mall yelling that shots were fired.

The mall is expected to reopen Sunday.

The busy mall is Miami-Dade County's largest shopping center.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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<![CDATA[24-Year-Old Killed in Traffic Accident in Miami]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:52:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/082017+fatal+accident+new+pic.jpg

Police are currently investigating a fatal traffic accident that happened Sunday afternoon in Miami.

According to police, a Ford Mustang hit a Toyota Corrola, causing a major wreck.

"(It was) very very high impact. The car loses control, goes into the westbound lanes and splits in half," said Officer Argemis Colome of Miami-Dade Police Department, "It's definitely something that speed may have been a factor here."

Police said 24-year-old Luisdan Menendez was behind the wheel of the Mustang. Investigators believe Menendez lost control of his car and then slammed into a Miami-Dade Transit bus.

Carlos Manuel Viera, a local resident, said he was sitting outside of his home around 5 p.m., when two cars sped down the street. Seconds later, he heard the impact and saw the man was dead.

According to officials, about 40 passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash. Some remained on scene and provided information to police.

"Nobody on the bus had any injuries. The third vehicle involved, there were no injuries there either," said Officer Colome.

<![CDATA[Woman Allegedly Points Gun at Family in Road Rage Incident]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Christina+Bonner.jpg

A 29-year-old Miami woman is behind bars Sunday after she reportedly pointed a gun at a family during an apparent road rage incident, police said.

Christina Bonner was arrested Saturday night and charged with improper exhibition of a firearm and possession of the two illegal substances.

The other driver, a 44-year-old North Miami resident, called the authorities just after 11 p.m. to report a woman had pointed a handgun at him, his wife and child, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office information report.

The victim said he and his family were traveling north on U.S. 1 in Key Largo when Bonner began tailgating and flashing her headlights at him. He said when Bonner finally passed his vehicle, she pointed a black handgun at him.

A deputy pulled over Bonner's vehicle at the 99 mile marker. There was another woman and a child in the vehicle with Bonner. There was another woman and a child in the vehicle with Bonner, according to MCSO.

A search of the vehicle turned up two handguns, according to the report. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found in the vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Solar Eclipse: Best Viewing Times in South Florida]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/TLMD-eclipse-solar-sol-lentes-GettyImages-467000048.jpg

The excitement over Monday’s solar eclipse is reaching sky high levels.

Floridians will experience a partial eclipse, which means the moon will cover about 85% of the sun.

The celestial event will last a total of two hours and 54 minutes.

In Miami, the eclipse begins at 1:26 p.m. and will be at its maximum at 2:58 p.m. It will end at 4:20 p.m.

In Ft. Lauderdale, maximum coverage will take place at 2:57 p.m.

The eclipse will begin at 1:25 p.m. in Monroe county and will end at 4:19 p.m.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Students Head Back to School on Monday]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:12:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Generic+School+Hallway+022217.jpg

For thousands of students across South Florida, the day is finally here as they pick up their book bags and make the return to school for the 2017-18 year.

Three new Miami-Dade County Public Schools will open for students this school year. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took a tour of one of the facilities in Doral, Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy.

“It’s opening as a Pre-K 2, expanding to fifth grade,” said Carvalho. “Then the second phase will actually be to expand it to eighth grade.”

The $15 million school welcomes 200 students and 30 faculty members when it opens its doors on Monday.

Breakfast and lunch are free for every student for the first 20 days of school throughout the entire county.

“No questions asked. And then fill out the form. Guarantee your child great nutrition every single day,” said Carvalho.

Also on the menu this school year, a whole lot of technology. New features include interactive boards in every classroom. Ninth graders will have smart phones, telemedicine clinics and an app for parents.

“Technology meeting kids and parents where they are and making the life of a teacher actually easier and more productive,” said Carvalho.

Broward County Public Schools is also unveiling more digital classrooms. Parents say they are excited and optimistic about what this new school year will bring.

“I’m sure all those expectations are going to be met,” said Roman Gomez.

The first day of school also coincides with the solar eclipse. Superintendents in both counties says this will be a great educational opportunity for students as some classes will take part in viewing the eclipse as part of the curriculum.

<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Barcelona Terrorist Attack Memorial]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_Barcelona_Terrorist_Attack_Memorial.jpg

Before you head out the door for work or the first day of school, NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for Monday.

<![CDATA[Prepare Your Pet For the Solar Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467008102.jpg

Solar eclipse checklist: Perfect viewing spot? Check. Viewing glasses? If you shopped early, check. Homemade viewing box? Got it! Safety lectures for the kids? Done, done and done! Plan for the family pet? Ummm ...

Over the past few days, several pet parents have expressed concern for the safety of their four-legged family members. Some pets spend a great deal of time outdoors, and their eyes are just as vulnerable to sun damage as ours. We’ve heard the litany of precautions we must take to safeguard our vision. So what about our pets?

In theory, pets can develop solar retinopathy by staring directly at a solar eclipse. And like their human companions, they can suffer permanent vision damage or blindness as a result. Since it’s unreasonable to expect pet owners to control what their pets may look at, most animal care professionals are suggesting taking various precautions. Some are even advising pets be fitted with eclipse viewing glasses. But is that really necessary?

Staring at the sun is not something animals instinctively feel compelled to do. They do not posses the same intrinsic curiosity about the cosmos as we do, and they learn early in life that looking at the sun is painful. It is therefore a safe bet that our pets will not have enough interest in the eclipse to look at it. My own dogs will not be wearing eclipse-friendly glasses. Statistically, they are more likely to scratch their corneas and damage their eyes by trying to claw the glasses from their heads. And if you’ve got one of those dogs who eats anything and everything (like mine!), glasses are likely to end up in his stomach. The simplest and most effective way to protect your pets from eye damage is to bring them inside until the celestial show is over.

Unlike a storm or tornado, an eclipse is not preceded by a drop in barometric pressure. While this shift is imperceptible to most humans, dogs and cats sense it long before anything noticeable happens in the sky. Since there are no recognized sensory precursors to an eclipse, a pet who spends most of his time indoors, may not even realize one is taking place.

What you may notice however, is a behavioral shift toward nighttime behaviors. This might mean settling down and sleeping right through the eclipse, or it may involve anticipating the usual evening activities. I suspect our older dog will stand by her food bowl and bark — in her world, dusk equals dinner. Our less food-driven, younger dog will probably camp near his leash. For him, it’s all about exercise, and darkness equals going for a walk. There may a few hours of slight confusion as their sense of the passing of the day gets disrupted. Anxious pets may seem uneasy or frightened. If your pet is prone to anxiety, and will be spending the day alone, he may be happier in a darkened room where the windows are covered and the lights are turned off. This will make the effect of the eclipse less dramatic. You can also try using a Thundershirt. Species-specific pheromones such as Adaptyl for dogs or Feliway for cats may help pets who appear to be stressed. If they are having an especially tough time, ask your veterinarian if prescription anti-anxiety medications are appropriate. Do not administer any medications intended for human use unless specifically instructed to do so by your veterinarian.

If your nonhuman family includes chickens or other birds, they may settle down to roost, or launch into typically evening vocalizations. Horses, goats, and other farm animals may start walking toward the barn or feeding station, as if expecting the evening routine to begin. Wild animals may be faked out as well, so don’t be surprised to hear crickets in the afternoon.

As with most other unusual events, our pets take their behavioral cues from us. So stay calm and enjoy the show. Or just take a nap. That will suit our four-legged friends just fine.

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.

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<![CDATA[Preview of The Week Ahead: 8/20 - 8/26]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/the+week+ahead.jpg

From the solar eclipse to the biggest party on television, there’s plenty happening in South Florida this week. Let’s get you primed for The Week Ahead:

Back to School on Monday: More than 600,000 students are going back to the classroom Mondya morning. That includes all public schools, most private schools and parochial schools in Broward and Miami-Dade. NBC 6 will have special coverage on Back to School beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Solar Eclipse: Don’t forget to look up on Monday – safely, of course. South Florida will see 80 percent coverage of Monday’s solar eclipse. If you did score a pair of Eclipse glasses, make sure they are approved prior to looking directly at the sun.

President Trump to Speak in Phoenix: On Tuesday, President Trump is scheduled to be in Phoenix, AZ for a campaign-style rally. The Mayor of Phoenix has asked Trump to delay his visit amidst the controversy of his recent statements.

Broward County to Hold Opioid Forum: Broward County officials will host an opioid epidemic town hall meeting on Thursday. The meeting will bring together government leaders, healthcare professionals, substance abuse specialists, law enforcement officials and educators, as well as other interested parties, for an open discussion on the ongoing epidemic.

25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew: Thursday marks a poignant anniversary for South Florida. It will be 25 years to the day since Hurricane Andrew slammed South Florida. NBC 6 will have special programming Thursday evening with the experts who covered one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history.

Premios tu Mundo: Premios to Mundo will be live Thursday night on our sister station, Telemundo 51. The award show celebrates the best of Latin culture, music and TV at the American Airlines Arena. NBC 6 in the Mix host Roxanne Vargas will be on the red carpet talking all things wardrobe, gossip and big wins. 

For more information on all of these stories and much more, including up-to-the-minute breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, be sure to download the NBC 6 News and Weather App. You can download it by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Shooting Along Collins Avenue]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:06:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/218*120/south+beach+shooting1.JPG

Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.

Police responded calls of shots fired along the 1200 block of Collins Avenue at 12:44 p.m., according to Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez.

When officers arrived, they found 23-year-old Ozzy Jorge of Miami Gardens suffering from a gunshot wound. Jorge was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died.

The investigation is ongoing. No additional information has been made available.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305)-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Trade Tom Koehler to Blue Jays]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:10:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821303466.jpg

The Miami Marlins traded Tom Koehler to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez on Saturday.

Koehler had been pitching for AAA New Orleans recently, following a disappointing season in Miami. The right-hander had a 7.92 E.R.A to go along with a 1-5 record, between two big-league stints. Koehler had some mixed results while pitching for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

Gutierrez is a 22-year old Single-A pitcher and he has also had a rough season. While pitching for the Lansing Lugnuts, Gutierrez posted a 7.85 E.R.A in 78 innings. The right-hander will head to Greensboro, when he joins Miami's organization.

Miami is also including some cash in the deal, to off-set Koehler's 2017 salary. Koehler is earning $5,750,000 this season and will arbitration eligible in 2018. Koehler is under team control until 2019, but he could be a non-tender candidate for Toronto.

Koehler ended up pitching in parts of six seasons for the Marlins, with his best year coming in 2014. The right-hander had some moments of productivity, but was often inefficient. Koehler's lack of success this season, was magnified by his short outings. When Koehler pitched, manager Don Mattingly often had to go to his bullpen early. That usage had an effect on the remainder of a series.

With a doubleheader coming up for Miami this week, Koehler was considered a candidate to return. The Marlins will now have to look elsewhere for that spot start. It is possible that Miami could go with a bullpen game, if none of the minor-league options stand out.

The Marlins are playing the New York Mets this weekend and will next head to Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[6 Things to Know - Coral Gables Cop in Court]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:37:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/6_Things_to_Know_-_Coral_Gables_Cop_in_Court.jpg

Before you get your day started on Monday, NBC 6 has the top six stories we are working on for you.