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Florida Is Second in School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

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Ninety-five school shooting have occurred in the United State in the two years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and eight of those have happened right here in Florida according to a new report by Everytown for Gun Safety.

That's the second most of any state, trailing only our neighbors to the north, Georgia.

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Miami Police Union Slams Chief For Defending Eric Garner

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Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa
In the wake of this weekend's boisterous protests that twice shut down 195 and clogged streets from Wynwood to Midtown, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa sat down with Michael Putney on Channel 10 last night. Orosa was surprisingly blunt about the Eric Garner case in New York, telling Putney that he believes the NYC cops who put Garner in a chokehold before his death will be indicted for federal civil rights violations.

Well, it didn't take long for Orosa's own union to strike back this morning. Union President Javier Ortiz slammed the chief in a letter, saying his comments have "absolutely no basis" and "do not reflect the views" of Miami cops.

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A Picasso Was Stolen From Art Miami

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One Dutch art dealer is certainly having a blue period after a plate crafted by Pablo Picasso was straight-up snatched from his booth overnight at Art Miami.

The 16.5-inch silver plate, dubbed Visage aux Mains and made in 1956, is worth around $85,000. Its small size may have made it an exceptionally easy piece to swipe.

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Graffiti Artist in Critical Condition After Cop Car Hit Him in Wynwood

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Artists at work in Wywnood during Art Basel 2013.
Update: Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez, AKA Demz, died of his injuries on Wednesday, December 10. A witness reached by New Times also disputes the police version of events. Danny Garcia, a friend who was with Demz that night, says there's no way he had time to disappear down a side street before police hit him.

Spend five minutes wandering through Wynwood this week and you'll spot more wall-tagging graffiti artists than regular pedestrians. Spray cans are everywhere during Basel week.

Which is why it's all the more perplexing that a 21-year-old tagger is now reportedly in critical condition after getting hit by a police car. The cops were chasing Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez after spotting him tagging a building at NW Fifth Avenue and 24th Street, the Miami Herald reports.

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"Worse Than Ferguson:" Travis McNeil's Family Ready To Fight City Over Police Shooting

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Sheila McNeil with a photo of her son, Travis
When Miami cop Reynoldo Goyos shot and killed an unarmed man named Travis McNeil at a traffic stop three years ago, the Miami PD left no doubt about the killing's propriety. Miami PD's chief promptly fired Goyos and called McNeil's death "unjustified." The feds later investigated the department and, based in part on McNeil's killing, found a "pattern of excessive force."

So why is the City of Miami now preparing to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting McNeil's family in court over a financial settlement?

"This case is a carbon copy of Ferguson," says Randall Berg, a lawyer representing McNeil's relatives. "In fact, it's probably worse than Ferguson."

See also: Amid Ferguson Conflict, Activists Decry Miami Cop Rehired After Killing Travis McNeil

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For-Profit College Hired Strippers to Attract Students

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A Miami-based chain of for-profits colleges that is under hot water for ripping off taxpayers is now the center of a stranger allegation: it used strippers to lure potential students to its school.

The allegations came after the U.S Attorney's Office and Florida's attorney general joined a class-action lawsuit against FastTrain colleges.

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A Dumb Joke at Miami International Airport Cost Neurosurgeon $89,000

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Keep your amateur stand-up routine for open mic night. You might bomb, but at least it's free.

Dr. Manuel Alvarado, a 60-year-old Venezuelan, decided to try his best comedy routine at Miami International Airport and now has to pay $89,000.

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Miami Men Stole Live Rock From Florida Keys Sanctuary, Feds Say

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It's a bad time to be skirting the rules about harvesting endangered coral and live rock in the Keys. A multi-year investigation called "Operation Rock Bottom" has already netted more than half a dozen indictments of businessmen accused of illegally selling the protected marine life. Two Miami men are the latest to fall into the federal dragnet.

Prosecutors say Robert Kelton and Bruce Brande snuck thousands of dollars worth of live rock out of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and then resold it in Wisconsin.

See also: Coral Reefs Are Being Decimated, All for a Few Gaudy Trinkets

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Jackson Senior High Student Shot, Killed In Beats Headphone Robbery UPDATE

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photo via @JHernandezU23's Twitter
Pedro Uriarte
On Black Friday, 18-year-old Pedro Uriarte snagged a new pair of Beats headphones. On Sunday afternoon, he tried out the new headphones while walking near Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School on NW 20th Street.

That's when someone shot the Jackson Senior High student, leaving him dead on the side of the road. Uriarte's friends tell CBS 4 that the killing was a robbery gone wrong and that his new headphones were the target.

Update: Police are now casting doubt on Uriarte's friends' claims that he was killed in a robbery over his headphones. The new Beats were left at the scene, police say, while Facebook posts suggest Uriarte's killing may have been in retaliation for a recent double-shooting in Little Haiti.

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Miami Lawyer Caught Snorting Cocaine in a Circle K Bathroom, Back in Jail For More Drug Troubles

Categories: Crime, Drugs

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A lot of addicts say they needed to hit rock bottom before being ready to accept recovery. This apparently has not yet happened for Miami lawyer Kenneth Kukec.

He was arrested in July after he was allegedly caught snorting lines of cocaine off the back of a toilet in a Circle K in the Florida Keys, but was back in jail on Monday after violating his pretrial release by testing positive for amphetamines.

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