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Zika test urged for pregnant women throughout Miami-Dade

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The government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. The county is the only area in the continental U.S. where mosquitoes have been spreading the virus since the summer. Testing is recommended for pregnant women who lived in — or visited — Miami-Dade since August 1, whether or not they have symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously urged testing for pregnant women who had been…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen? (Part III)

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Now that the ink is dry on a federal criminal plea deal that put an end to a $36 million housing fraud, what will legislators do now to make sure it doesn’t happen again? To recap, federal prosecutors had alleged 70-year-old developer Lloyd Boggio of Carlisle Development Group and others defrauded the government out of millions. They did so by padding South Florida affordable-housing projects to get federal tax credits and grants, then keeping the excess. Last month, Boggio pleaded…

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Barack Obama postpones Miami Gardens campaign event because of Hurricane Matthew

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President Barack Obama won’t be visiting Florida this week. The Hillary Clinton campaign announced it was postponing a campaign stop in Miami Gardens scheduled for Wednesday because of Hurricane Matthew. The event was scheduled to take place at Florida Memorial University, and Obama was expected to rally supporters and encourage Floridians to register to vote. The cancellation comes at a critical point in the campaign. Clinton holds a slim margin over Donald Trump in Florida. A recent Quinnipiac University Poll showed…

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Growers: Bromeliads aren’t to blame for Zika in Miami Beach

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Just over a month ago, Miami Beach Botanical Garden was home to over 2,000 colorful, water-trapping bromeliads, some featuring red flowers that burst like fireworks from dark green spirals. Identified as breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry Zika, they’ve all been pulled out, leaving shallow depressions in flower beds and exposing irrigation lines. Walking through the quiet haven in South Beach recently, executive director Sandy Shapiro pointed to where spiky yellow leaves once topped a block of stone at the…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen? (Part II)

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Earlier this week, I wrote about “a South Florida swindle” that resulted in 70-year-old developer Lloyd Boggio copping a plea and agreeing to spend his golden years in a federal pokey. Federal prosecutors allege Boggio, Matthew Greer and others defrauded the government out of as much as $36 million by padding affordable-housing projects to get federal tax credits and grant monies, then keeping the excess. Boggio, co-founder of Carlisle Development Group, also agreed to turn over an initial $2 million in…

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Who watches the low-income housing watchmen?

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A South Florida swindle that involved stealing money intended to put roofs over poor folk’s heads is spinning to an ignominious close. Lloyd Boggio, once head of the affordable-housing developer Carlisle Development Group in Miami, copped a plea Monday rather than face the full extent of the accusations against him. Those accusations are that he was one of several people who schemed to “pad construction costs of rental apartments (for lower-income residents) to generate higher government-issued tax credits for (the company) and…

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Florida residents outside Zika zones express pesticide fears

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Backlash over aerial spraying of the insecticide naled in South Beach is prompting other Florida residents to question how it’s used. Miami-Dade County plans another spraying of naled early Sunday over South Beach, the first place on the U.S. mainland where the Zika virus was isolated in mosquito samples. The first round of aerial spraying in Miami Beach was completed early Friday. The Naples Daily News reports that the Collier Mosquito Control District is receiving an increasing number of calls from…

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