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Harriet Tubman Highway sign unveiled, marking replacements around South Florida

MIAMI — Harriet Tubman Highway finally saw the light of day in South Florida on Saturday after years of local voices calling for the removal of the name Dixie Highway, one of the state’s most well-known roads. At the renaming ceremony near Vizcaya Metrorail Station, Florida members of Congress and local commissioners and council members spoke about the weight that comes with the change of a name. “Some have said, ‘Get over it.’ If there was a Fidel Castro Highway in Miami-Dade, would we say ‘Get over it’?” Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss said at the ceremony. “It would not ju...

‘Where is Gabby?’ What we know about the Florida woman who went missing on a road trip

MIAMI — The nationwide search continues for Gabrielle Petito — a 22-year-old who went missing during a cross country road trip with her fiancé. “What I need from everyone here is help,” Petito’s father said during a news conference Thursday afternoon. “The goal is to bring Gabby home safely. I’m asking for help from everyone here. I’m asking for help from everyone at home ... Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter can come home, I’m asking for that help.” Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie left North Port, Florida, in June to travel across the country, with plans to visit state nationa...

2 Atlantic disturbances could be tropical depressions soon; there's another wave, too

MIAMI — Forecasters are monitoring three disturbances Thursday and two have a high chance of turning into tropical depressions soon as they move across the Atlantic. None of the systems is currently a threat to Florida. The disturbance closest to the United States is several hundred miles to the south-southeast of the outer Banks of North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect the system will turn into a tropical depression in the next day or two as it moves north-northwest to northward off the southeast U.S. coast. It has a 70% chance of formation in the next...

Detroit couple with 7 children die one day apart after falling ill with COVID-19

DETROIT — The family of a Detroit couple with seven children are grieving after both parents were infected with COVID-19 and died less than a day apart. Troy and Charletta Green, married for 22 years, had plans to go to Florida with their seven children in August, Troy's sister Tiki Green said. Charletta's mother died from COVID-19 in May and the Detroit couple had planned an August vacation with their kids, ages 10 to 23, to spend time together and grieve the loss of their loved one, Tiki Green said. Troy and Charletta Green of Detroit both fell ill with COVID-19 in late August. Charletta die...

A look at the updated Jungle Cruise at Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. — Yes, they’ve monkeyed around with Jungle Cruise, one of the original rides at Walt Disney World. But the spirit of the Magic Kingdom attraction remains on board with skippers punning the show. Disney World posted on its Twitter account that work is complete on the Jungle Cruise makeover, which had not forced the ride to close for day guests. New scenes were plopped in over several weeks, and some affected areas were tarped over during the transition. Unless you’re a headhunter fanatic or someone steadfastly against change, the enjoyment level for Jungle Cruise should be similar...

Déjà vu? Consumers scramble for Covid tests in hard-hit areas

Andrea Mosterman, an associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans, was already dismayed that she had to wait three days to secure a covid-19 test at a Walgreens near her home after being in contact with someone who had tested positive. But on Sunday, when she showed up at the pharmacy drive-thru, she was told the store had run out of test kits and none was available anywhere in the city. “I told them I had a reservation, but they said it didn’t matter,” she said. On Monday, eager to know her status and get back to work, she waited at an urgent care center for four hours to g...

‘Have him die somewhere else,’ Florida homeowners yell at man trying to save neighbor’s life on their lawn

A Florida man was introduced to two very different kinds of neighbors this week. One of them is being hailed a hero for possibly saving his life as he convulsed inside a car — which rolled down into the lawn of a family who, instead of helping, yelled at them to get off their property, authorities said Thursday. “Get off our lawn,” the homeowners reportedly said. “Get the man out of here, have him die somewhere else.” The shocking incident happened Monday as a lawn worker identified only as “Tony” was walking to work in a Palm Beach County community, according to the local sheriff’s office. Th...

A father’s ring, faith objects and the handling of Surfside condo collapse possessions

SURFSIDE, Fla. – On Sunday, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett held up a cellphone photo of a search commander holding a ring they believe belongs to still-missing Champlain Towers South resident Dr. Brad Cohen. A bracelet made by Cohen’s 12-year-old daughter, whom Burkett saw praying by herself days after the collapse, adorns Burkett’s left wrist. But the ring is being kept in a Miami-Dade Police property and evidence section at the site of the collapsed tower, which demonstrates the dual significance of belongings found in the rubble — possessions of varying personal spiritual, sentimental and i...

Fall of Surfside condo unleashes frenzy of enforcement action by building departments

MIAMI — The collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside introduced a new term to the non-condo dweller’s lexicon: 40-year recertification. Now, after the disaster in Surfside, everyone’s heard of them. And cities throughout Miami-Dade are in a frenzied rush to see which condo buildings within their boundaries are in line for the critical 40-year structural checkup that Champlain Towers South was about to undergo when it shockingly without warning fell — and which other Miami-area buildings are overdue. The Champlain collapse has raised questions about whether municipal authorit...

After demolition of Surfside condo, more of the dead are being found in original rubble

SURFSIDE, Fla. — The demolition of the rest of the Surfside condo tower that partially collapsed nearly two weeks ago seems to be helping rescue workers uncover more deceased victims in the original rubble, with officials reporting Tuesday that four more bodies have been found. The death toll is now at 32. Of those, 26 have been identified. Another 113 are unaccounted for since the partial collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo on June 24, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Tuesday morning at a news briefing. But of those still missing, Levine Cava also said there are “a...

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