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A so-called “instant” bridge collapsed in Miami early this afternoon just days after its installation, reportedly trapping pedestrians underneath.

The bridge was installed by Florida International University to give students a safer crossing over, rather than across, the busy seven-lane Tamiami Trail.

The main span is 174 feet long. Pictures from the scene show most of the span collapsed and pancaked.

CNN is reporting that multiple people have been killed. Possibly a dozen dead.


FIU bridge collapse: Multiple fatalities reported – CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/15/us/miami-bridge-collapse/index.html(CNN)Multiple people have died as a result of a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami, according to a spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol.

FIU installs new pedestrian bridge over the Trail in a few hours | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/west-Miami-dade/article204506084.htmlInstant bridge? Not quite, but in a single morning Florida International University dropped a new elevated pedestrian span into place over the Tamiami Trail to provide students a safe route over the perilous roadway for the first time.

Once it’s finished in early 2019, the new pedestrian bridge will link FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.

FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, people trapped underneath | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/West-Miami-dade/article205316174.htmlA pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.

The bridge crashed across six lanes of heavily traveled Tamiami Trail, crushing a still undetermined number of car and killing a still unclear number of people. Police on the scene said at least six people could be dead. The Florida Highway Patrol reported five or six cars were trapped under the bridge. Miami-Dade County police said at least eight cars had been crushed under the walkway, which was not yet open to student traffic.

 


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Omarosa releases recording of her firing, looks worse as a result

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Omarosa releases recording of her firing looks worse as a result

When the headline came across the wire that Omarosa Manigault-Newman released a secret recording of her firing, most expected it to have some dirt on Chief of Staff John Kelly or even President Trump. It definitely had dirt. Unfortunately for her, it was all on her.

The goal of releasing the tape was allegedly to clear her name of reports she stormed through the White House setting off alarms and had to be removed physically by the Secret Service. It was a story that most probably forgot about until now. Then, it was revealed in the tape that she was fired over serious “integrity issues.”

Here’s the important portion of the video.

Even leftist journalist Chuck Todd had to point out there’s nothing out of the ordinary with a Chief of Staff running the staff, as they’re supposed to do.

 

One portion the media is latching onto for headlines is her claim that President Trump is “mentally declined.”

This will likely help her sell more books, of course. But the cost to her own reputation is making it difficult to believe this was a good move in the long term. NY Post columnist Karol Markowicz summed the whole Omarosa ordeal up nicely in one Tweet:

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The only thing that can save Chicago’s high-crime areas is a wholesale change of leadership

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The only thing that can save Chicagos high-crime areas is a wholesale change of leadership

Oftentimes the solution to a problem is to wipe the slate clean and start over. That seems to be the case in gang-infested regions of Chicago where gun violence erupted last weekend. The result was 72 people shot, at least a dozen fatally, and zero arrests as of Wednesday with the 72-hour window of highest opportunity to catch the criminals has closed.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his office have failed from the start. They’ve tried different tactics, new police chiefs, getting tough, getting nice, and everything in between. Their failures have been well-documented for years but this weekend’s explosion of violence punctuates the need for a wholesale change.

There are other solutions proposed by other journalists and some should be noted:

Why Chicago can’t get a handle on deadly shootings

https://nypost.com/2018/08/08/why-chicago-cant-get-a-handle-on-deadly-shootings/In other words, there were six “mass shootings,” according to the increasingly common definition of that term, in Chicago in just three days. The Windy City’s weekend violence has not received anywhere near the level of national attention that would have been generated had those “mass shootings” occurred at suburban high schools, malls or movie theaters.

Calls for stricter gun-control laws follow every high-profile mass shooting; the weekend’s carnage in Chicago prompted similar demands from civic leaders and pundits. Yet the city has strict gun laws, and even when police enforce those laws diligently, the city’s liberal anti-gun caucus doesn’t always back them up.

Homicides: Why Chicago residents don’t help police solve shootings

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/07/chicago-gun-violence-homicide-clearance/925630002/At the hospital, police asked Young, 23, to tell them who shot him, but he said he declined to name the assailant. Weeks after the April incident, Young — who has a long arrest record and a felony conviction for drug possession — was charged for illegal possession of a firearm, when police said they caught him on the street with a weapon.

Young’s no-snitching outlook sheds light on the complicated dynamic in Chicago’s neighborhoods plagued by persistent gun violence, one in which few residents are willing to assist police and even fewer perpetrators are held accountable.

Chicago police solve one in every 20 shootings. Here are some reasons why that’s so low.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-violence-clearance-rate-20180807-story.htmlAt the news conference Monday, Johnson acknowledged that the department has trust issues to overcome in neighborhoods hit hardest by violence.

A report by the U.S. Department of Justice early last year found that police officers had routinely engaged in widespread civil-rights violations, particularly in the African-American community, and acknowledged that resentment had built up for decades.

More Chicago officers deployed to areas affected by…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6037303/More-Chicago-officers-deployed-areas-affected-violence.htmlHundreds of additional police officers are being deployed to Chicago city neighborhoods where 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a weekend of violence and gunfire.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where more than 70 shootings occurred. Another 200 will be added by the coming weekend.

While all of these analyses have some points of merit, nobody’s pointing to the obvious solution. Emanuel and his staff need to go. Whether the violence is their fault or not is debatable, but what’s not debatable is they’ve completely failed to contain it. Perhaps this violence would be happening regardless of who’s in the mayor’s mansion, but one thing is certain: as long as Emanuel is there, the violence will continue.

Chicago needs a tough mayor, one who is willing to dismiss his or her own political capital in order to get the job done. That means doing what may be political suicide but that makes the streets of Chicago safer for everyone. As crazy as it sounds, Chicago needs someone other than a bleeding-heart liberal to get back on track.

It’s time for Emanuel to step down or get evicted. His failures are clear. His incompetence is glaring. Chicago is becoming unlivable. As one of America’s greatest cities, it cannot be allowed to crumble the way it’s been doing for years. They need a change.

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Michael Cohen investigation for tax fraud is not a positive thing for Trump

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Michael Cohen investigation for tax fraud is not a positive thing for Trump

Several conservative publications have been chuckling and cheering as President Trump’s former lawyer and adviser, Michael Cohen, is being investigated for tax fraud with his taxi-medallion business. This is ridiculous for several reasons, but first here’s the background story:

Michael Cohen investigated for tax fraud: report

https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-investigation-tax-fraud-trump-2018-8According to the report, investigators are looking into whether Cohen underreported earnings from his taxi-medallion business over the past several years, which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The report also said investigators were probing financing of the taxi-medallion business by Sterling National Bank, with the possibility that Cohen overstated his assets in obtaining loans.

Why it’s ridiculous

The former confidant is very likely a dishonest and corrupt person. It’s clear from many of his public dealings that his values are, as Ted Cruz once called it, “New York values.” Why do conservatives cheer? Because they want to paint his allegations and potential testimony against the President as untrustworthy.

Here’s the thing. Trump hired this guy. He liked him. He trusted him. After claiming for years that he only hires the “best people,” we’ve seen time and time again that he does not. Instead, he hires people like Cohen, Paul Manafort, Corey Lewandowski, and his family, all of whom are questionable choices at best.

Stop cheering, Trump supporters. Cohen represents just another example of very poor judgment by the President.

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