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–The Miami Urban Future Initiative is a think tank that is 100% devoted to researching how to make South Florida better.
–A joint venture between FIU, the Knight Foundation and the Creative Class Group, it is connected to well known urbanist Richard Florida.
–The group produces white papers on topics relating to growth and development in the region.
–They consider “Miami” to be Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
–Operating under the theory that politicians don’t have a longterm view of the future, the group is trying to create data that can lead to better policy outcomes.
–It is run by Chris Caines- a former interim director of the Knight Foundation’s Miami Program and Michael Aquino, a Miami native who grew up in Wynwood before it was gentrified.
–The group hosts live events that are free to attend.
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Update: 3:00 PM EST
The Republican governors of 13 American states have announced their intention to refuse to have refugees fleeing from the Syrian Civil War relocated in their states. The moves come as result of the news that one of the suspected Paris terror attack suspects slipped into Europe with a group of refugees and then made his way to western Europe.
“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote according to Fox News. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
In addition to Texas; Illinois, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama, and Arkansas have all also decided to refuse the admittance of refugees from Syria.
Gov. Robert Bentley announced his decision in a strident statement.
“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” Bentley said. “As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination. He is also the children of immigrants from India.
It is unclear if the action of these governors is even allowed due to federal supremacy over matter of foreign policy.
Rise News is continuing to work on this developing story and will update this piece as new information comes to us.
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For most in South Florida, Hurricane Irma will be remembered as a dodged bullet.
A storm that devastated other parts of the world and state managed to miss us on the mainland.
But for select pockets of people, Irma is the worst hurricane they’ve ever experienced.
One of those unlucky few is Mark Weiss.
Weiss is a Miami native who is no stranger to hurricanes.
A dentist, he lives on the inter-coastal waterway in the Keystone Point neighborhood of North Miami.
During Irma, he and his family evacuated about 20 minutes north to Davie, FL where they rode out the storm at his sister’s house.
When he finally was able to get home a few days after Irma hit Florida, Weiss was shocked by what he found.
The seawall that protects his home from eroding away into the water was completely destroyed. His dock was destroyed and a large piece of concrete-painted like a basketball court, had buckled up into the air.
“It looks like someone dropped a bomb on my backyard,” a still stunned Weiss told RISE NEWS, a little over an hour after returning home. “I expected to lose the dock, but I did not expect this.”
His boat was still secured the way he had left and it had no damage.
But the destroyed seawall was what had his attention.
“This is the pice you pay for living here”, Weiss said. “We plan and God laughs and see’s how resilient we are.
Weiss said that the seawall is not covered by his insurance because it is technically not on his property.
He estimates that to rebuild the seawall, it will cost him around $100,000.
And if he doesn’t rebuild the seawall then the house would be in danger of eroding into the water.
In terms of personal cost, Irma will be the worst hurricane his family has ever faced.
A few blocks away from Weiss in the same area of Keystone Point, Edwin Birotte surveyed the damage to his property.
He and his wife Maria stayed at their home during Irma.
They regret staying.
“If I had a second opportunity, I would leave,” Birotte said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a few tornadoes came through here just because of the amount of damage.”
One of the more common damaged pieces of property in South Florida were wooden fences.
But Birotte’s fence damage was to an extreme level.
At over 100 feet long and six feet high, his fence was totally leveled in the storm.
Birotte was born in New Jersey and spent many years in Queens so Irma was a very strange experience.
“It’s fear for your life for about 20 hours in a row,” Birotte said. “Every 15 minutes or so, we ran to the bathroom to hide during the tornado warnings.”
He expects his insurance to cover the cost of the fence.
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Ronda Rousey might have just outed herself as a socialist, and what are you going to do about it punk?
In an interview with Maxim Magazine, Rousey said that she was pulling for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to be the next president.
“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” Rousey said to Maxim. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”
But just because Rousey, the current UFC world bantamweight champion supports Sanders, don’t expect her to be there for Hillary if she wins the primary.
Rousey said that she is not a fan of Clinton and that she would only support Sanders or a third party candidate.
“I voted for Roseanne last time,” Rousey told Maxim. “Mostly I went in to vote for all the state and local things. I was so unimpressed with the whole presidential campaign that I picked whatever third party I saw, and I saw Roseanne and thought, ‘That’s awesome.’ But I’m really pulling for Sanders this time. I hope it works out.”
Sanders also picked up the endorsement of well known civil rights activist and author Cornell West, who is planning to stump for the candidate in Iowa this weekend.
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