Here Are the Roads That Will Be Closed For Sunday's Miami Marathon

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Granted, we don't need to give Miamians much of an excuse to stay out late on Saturday and sleep in on Sunday morning. But if you're not running the Miami Marathon and live around the affected area, it might be the best to stay in.

The annual marathon will close some of Miami and Miami Beach's busiest roadways for hours from Sunday morning until early afternoon.

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Miami Bus Driver Nearly Plowed Into a Family and Then Drove Away

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In October, New Times published an investigation chronicling a rash of passenger injuries on Miami-Dade County's public bus system -- and worse, the county's habit of retaining bad drivers. Through the first eight months of 2014, we found, county buses hit pedestrians and bicyclists seven times in "preventable" accidents; 97 passengers fell while riding, boarding, or exiting buses; and 56 passengers were reported otherwise injured.

That report caught the eye of County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who paid particularly close attention because of a recent experience with another bus collision caused by a driver with a bad record -- one he witnessed himself. "The looks on their faces when this happened," the commissioner says of a visiting family he says was nearly killed, "I'll never forget it."

Now, Suarez has gotten the background on that driver and -- surprise! -- it's less than stellar.

See also: Dozens Are Injured Every Year on Miami-Dade Buses, Often by Drivers With Bad Records

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Would You Pay $1 to Ride Metromover? Commissioners Considering Fares

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Riding Metromover is a bargain. It's absolutely free.

Well, county commissioners are toying with the idea of adding a $1 charge to the service, that's if they ever get around to it.

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The Ferrari From Miami Vice is on eBay for $1.75 Million

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We're very tempted to make a "looking for a last minute Christmas gift" joke in the lede, but, whoops we just did.

But really, if you've got $1.75 million, you could drive into the New Year in the very same white Ferrari that Sonny Crockett used to on Miami Vice.


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Miami is the Fourth Most Dangerous City for Pedestrians in America

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The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area is the fourth most dangerous area for pedestrians in the nation.

The catch: By Florida standards, it's actually pretty safe. Yes, the only metro areas more dangerous for walkers than our own are Jacksonville, Tampa, and, in first place, Orlando.


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Police Warn Protesters May Block Traffic on the MacArthur Causeway This Afternoon

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Last weekend's protest in Wynwood.
Miami Beach police are warning motorists to expect more protests on a major causeway connecting the mainland to the beach this afternoon. Though, this time police expect the protests may go down on the MacArthur Causeway as opposed to the Julia Tuttle.

However, Facebook event pages affiliated with the planned protest make no mention of trekking to the MacArthur.

See also: Police Brutality Protesters Shut Down 195, March Through Wynwood

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Brandon Berry, General Manager of the Fillmore, Victim of Basel Hit-and-Run

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Saturday night, on his way home from a Phil Collins-hosted gala at the Fillmore Miami Beach, the venue's general manager, Brandon Berry, was the victim of a hit-and-run that left him severely injured.

Friends and family hope to find the driver of the black SUV that rammed into Berry's car, causing him to lose control.

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Uber Launches in Keys, Southwest Florida: Now Servicing 82 Percent of Floridians

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A map shows which Florida markets Uber is now available in.
Five months to the day after launching in Miami-Dade County, Uber will now cover the vast majority of South Florida after launching in the Keys and Southwest Florida today. That means the UberX service reaches 82 percent of the population of Florida despite its legality still remaining somewhat murky in many areas.

Uber's launch today will now bring its on-demand taxi-like services to the Florida Keys, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Ocala markets.

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Critical Mass Heads West Into Coral Gables Tonight

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Critical Mass, the monthly bike ride that takes over entire roads, happens to occur on Black Friday this month. At least fewer people are working today. Which is a good thing, unless, of course, you're coming home with a car loaded with shopping bags sometime after 7:15 tonight.

Tonight's ride, like all Critical Masses, will start at Government Center in downtown before taking a route through the southwest portions of the city and heading as far west as Ponce de Leon Avenue in Coral Gables. Take a look at the map below, and, drivers, plan to avoid the areas beforehand.

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Parking Authority: No More Pay By Phone Service Fees For Customers

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Happy Thanksgiving, Miamians.

And here's something to legitimately be thankful for: No more Pay By Phone parking service fees. Seriously. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) announced this week, the authority will absorb the $.35 fee that accompanies each Pay By Phone transaction.

"As a measure to try to give back to the community that we serve, but also to incentivize people," Rolando Tapanes, MPA's director of planning and development, told Riptide. "We did the numbers and we decided that it would be worthwhile for us to absorb the transaction fee."

See also: Parking Authority Announces New Plan for Wynwood

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