June 22, 2004 |
The Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center, originally scheduled to open this year at a cost of $344 million, is running 20 months behind schedule and $67 million over budget, according to a government report quoted in the Miami Herald. And that still doesn't include funds for furniture, telephones, security systems and computers.
May 8, 2004 |
A spotlight technician fell to his death during final preparations for a David Bowie concert in Miami on Thursday night, prompting the performance to be canceled. The worker, whose identity was not immediately released, fell about 50 feet from a ladder and landed on the side of the stage at the James L. Knight Center, said Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll. The worker was pronounced dead at Ryder Trauma Center.
March 19, 2004 |
Doctors said they had transplanted eight organs into an Italian baby, who was in good condition six weeks after the operation. Alessia Di Matteo, now 7 1/2 months old, received a new liver, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, spleen and two kidneys during a 12-hour operation on Jan. 31. Doctors at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center said it was the world's first eight-organ transplant. Alessia was born with congenital smooth muscle disorder.
March 12, 2004 |
Police in Miami and Miami Beach have acknowledged that they follow, photograph and otherwise track rap stars who visit their communities, an admission that has intensified protests from the music sector that it is unfairly harassed by law enforcement. In a report this week in the Miami Herald, law enforcement officials in South Florida were quoted as saying that they have proactive operations to track rappers who visit, work or vacation in the area, which has become a hub for the genre's stars.
November 17, 2003 |
Cruise ships have been diverted, courthouses cleared and a large-scale police response plotted. This week, Florida's largest city is bracing not for a hurricane, but an international trade conference.
October 30, 2003 |
Four Miami police officers were given federal prison sentences ranging from about a year to three years Wednesday for planting guns after questionable police shootings or lying to cover them up. Prosecutors asked for sentences as long as 11 years in the city's biggest police corruption scandal in nearly two decades, which was blamed on anticrime units under pressure to halt a rash of deadly tourist robberies in the mid-1990s.
September 3, 2003 |
The unrelenting political static between South Florida and Cuba has interfered again with the musical message of the Latin Grammys, which will be staged tonight in Miami. The BBC on Tuesday reported accusations from Cuban government officials who claim their Washington counterparts have deliberately stalled the visas for nominees who hail from the island nation. The British news agency also reported the return fire from U.S. diplomats, who blame delays on Havana.
April 2, 2003 |
After years of conflicts over Cuban politics, the fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will be held for the first time this year in Miami, the often contentious city that has vied to host the event from its inception. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is expected to announce today that the show, to be telecast nationally by CBS, is scheduled to take place Sept. 3 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.
March 2, 2003 |
The city has restricted the use of all its vehicles on beaches in response to an accident that killed a sunbathing French tourist. The Miami Beach Police Department had no official policy for beach driving before the city decided to place all city vehicles under a policy previously followed only by the Beach Patrol. City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez said he decided to extend the policy temporarily while Miami Beach conducts a comprehensive review of beach driving policies.
January 6, 2003 |
Eleven Miami police officers facing federal charges of planting guns, manipulating evidence or covering up crimes go on trial today in a series of questionable shootings that left three men dead. Two other officers who pleaded guilty to conspiracy last year are the prosecution's star witnesses. The case is the city's worst police scandal since the 1980s, when the so-called "Miami River Cops" stole cocaine from drug traffickers and sold the drug themselves.