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ICYMI: Ex-UM Player Gets Kidney From Teammate, Miami Among Least Affordable in World and More

It's been another week of big news across South Florida, and NBC 6 has you covered with what you may have missed.

Former UM Football Player Gets Kidney From Teammate

A former Miami Hurricanes player is recovering a year after he received a kidney from an unexpected donor: his teammate from back in the day.

Gerard Daphnis was one of the many people who celebrated their one-year anniversary Wednesday in receiving their new organs thanks to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

"It’s great to see them a year later and how they're doing with their families and getting their life back," said Dr. Rodrigo Vianna of the Miami Transplant Institute. "It's a special day for our patients and a special day for us."

Daphnis and his donor, Jermaine Chambers, both came to the University of Miami in 1992 as freshman football players.

Former Miami Hurricanes players Gerard Daphnis and Jermaine Chambers are now bound for life — and not only because of football. NBC 6’s Darryl Forges reports.

More Possible Graves Found at Shuttered Florida Reform School

A report says a company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Geosyntec told the Florida Department of Environmental Protection last month that a subcontractor using ground-penetrating radar found 27 so-called anomalies that could be unmarked graves near the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

University of South Florida researchers have previously documented 55 graves near the school, though they estimate nearly 100 boys died there between 1900 and 1973. Permanently closed since 2011, the school is near Marianna, some 60 miles west of Tallahassee.

A report says a company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Geosyntec told the Florida Department of Environmental Protection last month that a subcontractor using ground-penetrating radar found 27 so-called anomalies that could be unmarked graves...

Miami is 7th Least Affordable City in World: Report

A new report says Miami is the seventh least-affordable large metro area in the world.

The recent report by urban researchers Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo says the Miami region's housing unaffordability crisis reinforces its high levels of inequality.

"Miami has a very high end economy, attracting people from around the world. And an incredible influx of north easterners are streaming in here with high incomes," Florida said. "On the other hand, we have another economy, which is entirely filled with people who may not be working or working in very low skilled insecure jobs. And they’re sinking."

The report says only Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and New York are more expensive than the Miami area.

A new report says Miami is the seventh least-affordable large metro area in the world.

Man With Autism Learns to Code at Miami-Based School

Victor Fitchhorn, who has autism, is learning how to code at Miami-based 4Geeks Academy, a coding bootcamp.

Victor is 20 years old and autism has made him a young man of few words. He's not good at expressing his feelings and he mostly answers questions with simple responses, but don't confuse that with a lack of intelligence.

"He taught himself to read at three years old, amazing," said Victor's mom, Carmen Borsani.

Victor Fitchhorn, who has autism, is learning how to code at Miami-based 4Geeks Academy, a coding bootcamp. NBC 6’s Ari Odzer reports.

Women Spotted Naked at Rest Area, Lead FHP on Wild Chase

Three women were arrested after leading troopers on a chase north of Tampa – after initially being spotted naked at a rest area.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrived at the location in Wesley Chapel around 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, after a custodian called and said he saw the woman putting on suntan lotion in the nude.

The women told troopers they had just showered and were “air drying” before jumping in their car and taking off, initially going the wrong way before turning northbound on I-75. FHP officials say troopers eventually caught up with the car at a gas station in Pasco County after receiving calls from other motorists.

Three women were arrested after leading troopers on a chase north of Tampa – after initially being spotted naked at a rest area. Oasis Mcleod, Jeniyah Mcleod and Cecilia Young were arrested.
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