Weekly News update from KB Independent

February 12, 2024

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By John Pacenti

Key Biscayne Mayor Joe Rasco said he added to the agenda for Tuesday’s Council meeting a discussion on the demand by a growing number of residents for a town hall on how the Village police investigate sex abuse allegations.

“People will be able to voice their concerns,” Rasco said.

The Change.org petition circulated on Nextdoor and WhatsApp social media platforms following the Miami Herald’s investigation into gymnastic coach Oscar Olea….

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By John Pacenti

The Miami Herald reporters who broke the story about allegations of sexual abuse by a Key Biscayne gymnastic coach say multiple parents told them how they decided to stay to monitor their child’s gymnastic lessons out of concern.

“Because of the rumors, (they) decided to stay during their children’s gymnastics lessons to watch with their own eyes and make sure that he wasn’t doing anything they felt uncomfortable with,” investigative reporter Clara-Sophia Daly said.

Daly and Ana Claudia Chacin spoke on the Anti-Social podcast about what motivated them to dig into Olea’s past. 

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By John Pacenti

Former property manager Tony Rodriguez claims in a lawsuit he was unfairly fired from his position of 25 years at the Botanica condominium by an abusive board for a $105,000 email fraud that was not his fault.

Mr. Rodriguez was wrongfully terminated and/or used as a scapegoat as a result of the phishing incident,” the suit claims. …

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By Associated Press

That assertion is in play now for the Chiefs, who have reached four Super Bowls in five years and won three of them. And then there is the Taylor Swift story, which may make it the most-watched game ever. 

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By John Pacenti

The flamingo may be the logo of the Florida Lottery — but not the state itself. And though previous efforts to make the pink feathered creature the official state bird have failed, a new proposal from Sen. Alexis Calatayud to change the ornithological mascot looks closer to taking flight. 

“Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice are popping champagne bottles as we speak,” said Mayor Joe Rasco, name dropping the 1980s detective series with the opening sequence of flamingos at the Hialeah Park Race Track.




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Troubles keep mounting  for Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key. The latest is that the marine park is down to one certification to handle its animals, a violation of its lease with Miami-Dade County.

The Miami-Dade Parks Department has reached out to the Seaquarium asking to send evidence of the certifications required in the lease agreement by early next week, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s office said Friday.

“The safety and well-being of all the animals that are currently under the care of the Miami Seaquarium continue to be of utmost importance for my administration,” Levine Cava said.

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University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program, says it discovered a probable great hammerhead nursery in Biscayne Bay.

Dr. Catherine Macdonald, director of the program, told Forbes magazine her team stumbled upon the first baby hammerhead in 2018 during a recent routine coastal shark survey.


SPORTS

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With pop star Taylor Swift watching boyfriend Kelce from a suite, the Chiefs captured their third title in five years and firmly established themselves as a dynasty.

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TOKYO — It’s all been very messy. We’re talking about Lionel Messi and Inter Miami’s global tour of exhibition games where the main show has been Argentina’s 2022 World Cup-winning…


ELECTION 2024

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NATO’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a statement Sunday that “any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the U.S.

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President Joe Biden “willfully” retained and disclosed highly classified materials when he was a private citizen, including documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan and other sensitive national security…

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A federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, sharply rejecting the former president’s claims…


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


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SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to dealing with a Florida college student who uses public data and social media to track the private jets of billionaires, politicians and other…

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VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile  — Sebastián Piñera, the two-time former president of Chile who faced social upheaval followed by a pandemic in his second term, died Tuesday in a helicopter…

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NAPLES, Fla. — Moments before a private jet slammed into a Florida highway, the pilot calmly told an airport controller that the aircraft “was not going to make the runway”…


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