Best Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida
Here are some of the best stories from last week from NBC 6 News:
PolitiFact: Why Haitians Enter the United States in Texas, and Not Somewhere Nearer
Images and reports of migrants gathered under a border bridge are the latest immigration challenge facing the Biden administration. The reports also prompted some social media users to ask questions about how Haitians ended up entering Texas, rather than Florida, which is much closer to Haiti.
“Am I the only one who wonders how 14,000 Haitians traveled 2,000 miles to find themselves under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas?” said a Facebook post showing a straight red line from Haiti, across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico to Texas. “I doubt they worked.
This post was reported as part of Facebook’s efforts to tackle fake news and disinformation on its news feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The short answer is that the Haitians did not come directly from Haiti to Texas. These migrants came from South America, where they had lived in recent years.
“That’s why they ended up in Texas, not Florida. They come from countries in South America, through Central America and Mexico, and finally to the US-Mexico border,” he said. said Jessica Bolter, policy analyst at the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute. . “They walk this road, take buses and sometimes other means of ground transportation.”
The state has not applied for postgraduate funding from the American Rescue Plan, but South Florida’s largest school district said it already has plans for that money. NBC’s Ari Odzer Reports 6
Miami-Dade Schools Change Quarantine Policy; Superintendent complains about missing money
Miami-Dade County Public Schools on Wednesday announced a change in their quarantine policy. Starting Monday, October 11, middle school students will be subject to the same rule currently used for high school students, but despite pressure from the state, the district will not relax its mandatory mask mandate.
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said on Wednesday that the data shows the district’s COVID prevention protocols are working, and school administrators tell us they have received almost no refusals from parents.
“Families feel safer sending children to school with their masks on,” said Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, deputy director of iPrep Academy. “They told me and expressed their sincere appreciation for the mask’s mandate.”
Carvalho held a press conference in which he displayed a series of charts showing how COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates have dramatically declined in Miami-Dade County.
That data led him to announce that asymptomatic middle school students would now only have to quarantine five days after direct exposure with an infected person instead of the previous 10-day quarantine standard. This still does not meet the state’s demand that parents should be able to decide whether to keep their children exposed to COVD at home.
EXPLANATION: Why King Tides shouldn’t be this bad in 2021 in South Florida
It’s an annual event that worries coastal towns in Miami-Dade and Broward counties: the annual King Tide flood that sends water to the city streets.
The weeklong window begins on Tuesday, and some cities are asking residents to prepare.
But, forecasters say the tides in 2021 may end up not being as bad as in previous years.
Florida Current transport is relatively high at this time as the lunar node cycle (the lunar orbit is on a different plane from the Earth’s orbit around the Sun) is currently suppressing gravitational pull.
“During the fastest descending phase of the lunar node cycle – as we are right now – we have some breathing space in the observed rate of sea level rise, all other things being equal,” Brian said. McNoldy of the University of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric School in Miami.
So unless we get a strong flow ashore, I don’t think we’ll see much more than the usual boat launch and docks flooding. Getting water to the streets like in other years is going to be more difficult in 2021.
King Tide will return on October 20 and 21 as well as November 3 and 9.
Some South Florida law enforcement officers are off the streets, and federal agents are examining their possible involvement in loans to help workers affected by the pandemic. NBC 6’s Willard Shepard reports
FBI investigates potential involvement of Doral officers in PPP loan money
Four South Florida law enforcement officers are off the streets as federal agents examine their potential involvement in loans to help workers affected by the pandemic.
The police have not been on the streets since the beginning of June. Although the FBI will not comment on NBC 6, we have learned that the investigation involved the Paycheck Protection Program – or PPP – which helps workers and company employees who have suffered a financial blow as a result of COVID-19. .
Meanwhile, payroll records for the town of Opa-locka show her deputy boss Nikeya Jenkins applied for a PPP loan and saw a cut of more than $ 20,000 in off-duty pay. in 2019 to $ 10,000 in 2020, and $ 7,500 so far this year.
Jenkins did not respond to our multiple attempts to speak to him on Thursday. A spokesperson for Opa-locka said she had repaid the full amount.
Opa-locka also said Jenkins didn’t break any of her rules by asking for money.
The city said it had no knowledge of Jenkins being investigated by a law enforcement agency. A check of state records showed several businesses in North Miami-Dade under the Nikeya Jenkins name, which the city said is something an employee is permitted to do.
Joint operation in Miami Beach curbs illegal trade in South Florida. Reporting by Jamie Guirola from NBC 6
Miami Beach police crack down on companies that illegally rent slingshots
Joint operation in Miami Beach curbs illegal trade in South Florida. In the center of the busts? Scooters and those three-wheeled “slingshots”.
Tourists love them and locals hate them. But police say it’s illegal for businesses to rent them out in Miami Beach. And, this week, they found a place where some of them are stored.
Police found 23 slingshots, at least 80 scooters and seven golf carts, all in storage at the Ocean Steps Condo garage on the 15th and Collins. Police said a makeshift repair area was also inside.
“We have seen videos over the last few months, countless videos, of these types of slingshots working recklessly,” Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said.
In March, a driver in a slingshot struck four cyclists on a sidewalk on the McArthur Causeway side. A woman was rushed to hospital with a head injury – and the causeway was closed for hours.
“It’s a balance because we’re a tourist destination, but we want to be a responsible tourist destination, and we want to have responsible operators here who hire out these tourists here to have a good time,” Rodriguez said.
Police said this week’s crackdown revealed how much of a problem leasing slingshots is. They issued 22 offenses and fined seven companies for illegal logging in Miami Beach.
Miguel Hernandez was a pioneer for Hispanics in the field of nursing. NBC 6’s Amanda Plasencia has her story.
‘It takes courage’: Colombian nurse tackles pandemic head-on in South Florida
Miguel Hernandez has always had a passion to help others and was a pioneer for Hispanics in the field of nursing.
“Nursing is something that has been nurtured in me,” said Hernandez, nurse responsible for medical telemetry with Memorial Healthcare System.
Hernandez is leading the way as a nurse, but he sacrificed a lot when he left his native Colombia to come to the United States.
He’s been in the country for over 16 years, and since he was just 19 he has started running, juggling multiple jobs and school. He says his Abuela, who has since passed away, was the driving force that motivated him every step of the way.
“I was able to get my nursing degree while I was also working full time. Sometimes I had to do two jobs, but it was doable and with God’s help it was always possible,” said Hernandez.
The dedicated nurse has risen through the ranks and has been a part of Memorial Healthcare System for seven years. Over the past year and a half, he has seen the realities of the COVID-19 crisis head-on as he treated patients on his floor, which has been temporarily converted to a COVID unit.