Lots of Young, Educated People Are Moving to Miami, and They're Living Near Downtown

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For years, a prevailing knock on Miami has been that the young and educated move away in a perpetual brain drain to towns with more diverse, tech-driven economies. Sure, the Magic City is lovely, they said, if you want to work in real estate or restaurants.

Well, a new study throws cold water on that idea. In fact, its authors found, Miami's share of 25 to 34 year-olds with a college degree has leapt by nearly 25 percent in the past decade. And a huge percentage of those new residents are living near the urban core.

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Is Miami to Blame for the Adult Film Industry's Latest HIV Scare?

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Could Miami's porn industry be responsible for the adult film industry's latest HIV scare?

On Wednesday, the American adult film industry ground to a halt after reports that an actor might have contracted the virus. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade association based in California, announced it had "received notification from a public health department official of HIV exposure on an out-of-state set."

That leaves Las Vegas and Miami as the two likely sources of the scare.

See also: Is Filming Porn Illegal in Florida? Some Experts Say Yes

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A Miami Airport Tram Broke Down and One Man Vined It All

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The Skytrain at MIA is supposed to make airport travel less hectic for Miamians and visitors alike. Of course, if something goes wrong, they can go very wrong.

One of the system's trams broke down today, leaving passengers inside for over two hours. Luckily author, singer, and life coach Carlos Whittaker was there to document the entire experience on Vine and Twitter to his 31,900-plus followers.

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City Backs Off Plans to Bury Toxic Soil at Merrie Christmas Park After Public Outcy

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Courtesy of Mark Russell
Last September, county officials discovered that soil in Coconut Grove's Merrie Christmas Park was holding toxic waste leftover from a long-gone incinerator, including harmful toxins such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, and lead.

The contaminated section of the park was closed, but just a couple of weeks ago the city revealed it had a clean-up plan so the park could be reopened: Instead of removing the toxic soil, the city would redistribute it throughout the park and cover it with a couple of feet of new soil.

Neighbors, unaware of the plan until a bulldozer showed up at the site, were outraged. "We all just flipped out," Ken Russell, who lives across the street from Merrie Christmas, tells Riptide.

See also: City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks "Brownfield Sites," Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup

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Another Bloody Boat Crash Brings Biscayne Bay Death Count to Seven So Far in 2014

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Another holiday weekend. Another boating death on Biscayne Bay.

In what is becoming a sick refrain in this city, a young woman was killed on Saturday when one boat struck another in Biscayne Bay. The Columbus Day weekend collision follows several other similar accidents, including a brutal July 4 crash that killed four, and raises to seven the number of people killed this year on Biscayne Bay.

See also: DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths

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Local Temple's Website Hacked With Anti-Semitic Messages, "I Love You ISIS"

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Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El's website was hacked last night by a group calling itself "Team System DZ."

The site was made to read, "I love you Isis" and "F*** you Israel" with a crossed-out Star of David.

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Miami-Dade Politicians Have Grave Concerns About Ebola, Bat Meat, and Central AC

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As a hub of international shipping and travel, it stands to reason that Miami might be at a higher risk to report a case of Ebola. It also stands to reason that since Miami's economy is dependent on tourism a reported case of Ebola could have serious consequences.

So it's not surprising that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county commission are taking extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of Ebola.

Come to think of it actually, it's not that surprising that they seem to have no idea what they're talking about either.

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West African Boy Visiting Miami Beach Tests Negative for Ebola, Mayor Says

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Miami's viral disease specialists went on high alert yesterday after a boy visiting from West Africa showed up at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach with flu-like symptoms. Was it Ebola? The boy was quickly taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where nearby streets were blocked, hazmat crews were assembled, and the hospital was locked down, the Miami Herald reports. Special Ebola-testing kits were flown in from the Department of Health.

This morning, the results from those tests came back: The boy has tested negative for Ebola, according to Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

See also: Possible Ebola Case Being Treated in Miami Hospital

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Miami Beach Man's Epic Four-Year Battle Against TSA's Airport Scanners Continues Despite Court Loss

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Opinion polls generally show the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) falling somewhere between Kim Il-sung, herpes, and getting hit in the face with a bag full of rancid fish. People cannot stand America's airport security force.

But not too many among the grumbling masses have the commitment to wage a four-year battle against the agency in court to try to reform its pat-down procedures and force it away from body scanners. Part-time Miami Beach resident Jonathan Corbett is about the only activist who fits that description. He's been battling the TSA in federal court since 2010 on two separate lawsuits.

See also: Miami Beach's Jonathan Corbett Stands Up to TSA's Airport Molestation

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City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks "Brownfield Sites," Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup

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With little notice and no public input, the City of Miami Commission has labeled six city parks contaminated with toxic soil as so-called "Brownfield sites" -- a designation under Florida law that can limit the rights of abutting property owners to challenge clean-up plans and can prevent them from seeking damages for reduced property values.

The City Commission approved the resolution at a public hearing last July, naming Merrie Christmas Park, Blanche Park, Douglas Park, Billy Rolle Park, Southside Park, and the future Regatta Park at Dinner Key as Brownfields. Meeting minutes show no public input and no discussion from commission members, who passed the item unanimously. The resolution named the properties by address but not by name.

See also: City Ignores Reports of Toxic Soil in Residences, Sidewalks in Coconut Grove, Reports Show

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