Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Miami Beach Sand

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Courtesy of Miami Beach PD
For the second time in just three days, a small plane has had to make an emergency landing on the sands of Florida's beaches.

Following Sunday's deadly crash landing involving a Piper in Venice, a small Cessna made an emergency landing on Miami Beach at 58th Street today. Luckily, no one was injured in this episode.

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Plane Crash-Lands on Florida Beach, Killing Man and Critically Injuring His Daughter

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via Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, were strolling along the sand just outside the surf in Venice, Florida, yesterday afternoon when a small aircraft plummeted from the sky. The Piper, which had lost power midflight, slammed to a stop on the sand without seriously injuring the pilot or his passenger, but it careened into the father and daughter before they could react.

Ommy Irizarry was killed, and Oceana remains in critical condition this morning.

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Family's Epic Dinner Reservation Fight Leads to Lawsuit Against Royal Caribbean

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The Freedom of the Seas
All the Goldberg family wanted was to sit down for dinner on their Royal Caribbean cruise last summer. Gail and Joshua Goldberg had booked the cruise on the Freedom of the Seas to celebrate their grandmother's 81st birthday and were looking forward to starting the trip with a nice meal in the ship's restaurant.

Those plans went overboard in a hurry, the Goldbergs say, when the ship's crew claimed they couldn't find the family's dinner reservation. The disagreement quickly devolved into a hostess calling the Goldbergs "liars," ominous confrontations with security guards, and the ship's captain kicking the whole family off in St. Thomas and demanding their arrest. That's according to a new lawsuit from the Goldbergs, at least.

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Miami Seaquarium Fined $7,000 for Letting Trainers Work With Lolita Unprotected

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Animal activists are claiming a victory today after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit Miami Seaquarium with a pretty hefty fine for letting trainers work with Lolita the orca without proper safety precautions.

In 2010, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau died while she was swimming in a pool with an orca. Since the incident, OSHA has required there be physical barriers or a safe amount of distance between orcas and trainers during performances.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund caught trainers breaking those requirements on video, and OSHA has responded by fining the Seaquarium a "serious" $7,000.

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Was Mariela Castro, Fidel's Niece and LGBT Activist, on Board Crashed Algerian Flight?

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Rumors swirled online this morning after Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban president Raúl Castro and niece of Fidel, was listed on the passenger list of a plane that went missing earlier today in north Africa. The Air Algerie flight encountered rough weather and is believed to have crashed near the border of Mali and Algeria, likely killing 116 passengers and crew.

Castro's name appeared on an initial passenger list posted by the Burkina Faso airport where the plane took off. But NBC News now reports that Castro is alive and well in Havana.

Update: CNN is also reporting that Mariela is alive and well in Havana.

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North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin Warns About Fraud Scheme in Upcoming Election

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North Miami's MOCA.
Just two months after Gov. Rick Scott announced the suspension of North Miami's mayor on suspicion of a mortgage-fraud scheme and a year after her campaign treasurer was wrapped up in a ballot fraud probe, North Miami politicians are gearing up for a new round of shenanigans in next month's elections.

North Miami councilman Scott Galvin is asking his constituents to be on the lookout for ballot fraud after receiving an anonymous letter claiming that political operatives are already trying to game the system again in Dade's sixth-largest town.

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Meet the Cab Drivers Who Want Uber and Lyft in Miami

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Courtesy of Uber
In the months since Uber and Lyft have set up shop in Miami and sparked a war of fines and impounded cars with the county commission, the battle lines have seemed fairly obvious. Commissioners -- backed by a powerful union of cab owners and medallion-holders -- oppose changing regulations to let in the app-based ride-sharing companies in. Taxi owners have lined up at commission meetings to argue that Uber and Lyft would put a stranglehold on their highly regulated and taxed industry.

But that doesn't mean all cab drivers feel the same. The New Vision Taxi Drivers Association of Miami, a group of 1,200 cabbies, has taken an official stance in favor of Uber and Lyft. Its president tells Riptide his members believe the competition would help everyone.

See also: Uber Car Service App Versus Miami Taxis

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Dawg Fight Star Dada 5000's Latest Backyard Brawl Hit With State Cease-and-Desist Letter

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Courtesy of Dhafir Harris
Dada 5000, right, started as protege to Kimbo Slice, center
Dada 5000 -- the Mohawked, muscled monolith born Dhafir Harris but better known as the P.T. Barnum of Miami's backyard fisticuffs -- spotted them through the window.

It was July 5, and the promoter was chilling at home, the same "Famous Green House" where thousands of knuckle-busters and bloody noses have been recorded. The lawn out back was scheduled for another of Dada's blowouts, a seven-card fight. But then two men from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) came bearing a cease-and-desist letter, ordering him to stop staging his popular -- but unlicensed -- brawls.

See also: Can a Kimbo Slice Protégé Become a Ghetto Superstar?

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Chikungunya Fever Is Now Spreading Via Florida's Mosquitoes

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Until this week, chikungunya fever was a difficult-to-pronounce, extremely painful mosquito-borne disease that dozens of Floridians had contracted abroad -- particularly in the Caribbean, where the illness has spread like wildfire through Haiti and other island nations.

Now, chikungunya is a difficult-to-pronounce, extremely painful illness that's spreading all on its own through Florida's very own sizable horde of mosquitoes. A Miami-Dade woman and a Palm Beach man have become the first two Floridians health officials have confirmed caught the bug in the Sunshine State. Grab your repellent, people!

See also: We're All Going To Get Chikungunya and Dengue and It's Going To Be Terrible

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Miami-Dade County Commission Wants To Crack Down on Puppy Mills

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The "puppy mill" regulation wave continues. Last week, in a move that mirrors several other recent initiatives, Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on unethical commercial pet sales.

"We're going as far as we legally can to regulate an industry that is currently unregulated," said Alex Fernandez, an aide to Commissioner Lynda Bell, who is sponsoring the ordinance.

See also: North Miami Beach Votes to Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Stores

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