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Updated: (The original version of this story said that Apeiron at The Jockey Club would be only 40 stories high. In fact, it will be 45 stories high.
Apeiron at The Jockey Club, a planned 45 story luxury tower has just been given an important go ahead, paving the way for the long awaited development to be built.
According to Curbed Miami, the Biscayne Shores Community Council voted 5-0 to approve the project.
While coming in at an impressive 45 stories, it will include 120 residences, a 90-room boutique hotel, a five-acre health and wellness facility, a deep-water marina, and several upgrades to the preexisting Jockey Club site according to Curbed Miami.
The official address for the site is 11111 Biscayne Boulevard.
It is being designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo.
Apeiron at the Jockey Club is Moneo’s first South Florida project.
It will still need additional approvals before construction can begin.
Sales are expected to open in 2018.
According to The Real Deal Miami, the project has been bogged down in litigation over the past few years because of disagreements over whether the developers of Apeiron at the Jockey Club had the right to build on the land.
The Jockey Club currently consists of three buildings built between 1971 and 1982.
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Hyperbole is the flavor of the month in politics right now.
And Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) was happy to tap into that feeling during a Congressional hearing to make a point about the leadership of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during the Flint water crisis.
Cartwright compared Snyder to a domestic abuser who makes excuses about his actions because of wider systemic issues.
“Governor Snyder, plausible deniability only works when it’s deniable, and I’m not buying that you didn’t know about any of this until October 2015,” Cartwright said in a minute long tirade against Snyder.
“I’ve had about enough of your false contrition and your phony apologies,” Cartwright said. “Pretty soon we will have men who strike their wives saying, ‘I’m sorry dear, but there were failures on all levels.”
“I’ve had about enough of your false contrition and your phony apologies … Pretty soon we will have men who strike their wives saying, ‘I’m sorry dear, but there were failures on all levels.'”- Congressman Matt Cartwright challenges Governor Rick SnyderWatch more: http://on.msnbc.com/1R0qNrp
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The comments came during a Congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis.
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I’m From The UK And Spent My College Years Fighting The NRA To Keep Guns Off Campus. Here’s What I’ve Learned
I was born in Sweden and grew up in the United Kingdom, a part of the world that conservatives in America denounce for their “cradle to the grave” welfare policies while also being a place that liberals think of as a utopia.
Europeans look at America and are mystified by it’s enduring racism and strange gun laws, but are also drawn to the promise of the American dream.
I was drawn to it too.
In 2013, I moved to Tallahassee, Florida for university.
Unbeknown to me, I had stepped into a National Rifle Association (NRA) battleground state, which would ultimately set the course of the rest of my college career.
Before I stumbled onto the campus carry debate, I had no idea what the term meant. I didn’t pay much attention to Florida politics, so learning that lawmakers wanted to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their firearms on to campus, with no restrictions, was bewildering.
Which is why I decided to join the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus as their Director of Communications.
The UK has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I’m a fan of those laws. They helped keep me safe.
But I’m not here to force them on my fellow students. I simply want international students like me to have a say when such a dangerous bill could impact us, because my college campus is my home.
Europeans find America’s gun obsession both fascinating and disturbing. We question how a country, a leader in the modern world, struggles with doing anything about their gun violence problem.
It’s an issue unique to the US, when even the majority of police officers in the UK don’t have access to a gun, unless they join a special armed police unit.
In a country of 70 million people, only 6,000 police officers are armed. And the strategy seems to work.
Which is why the concept of arming everyone in society is just absurd to me. Especially on a college campus, where controversial ideas are discussed, students are failed by professors, and alcohol and drugs are frequently used.
I know some proponents of campus carry personally, and in no way am I suggesting that they would harm anyone. On a whole, our political leanings don’t impact how we behave in our day-to-day lives.
But as students, in an environment that essentially promotes, to quote Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, “living young and wild and free” that is no place for a deadly weapon that can kill people.
To get into the nitty gritty of this, why do lawmakers, some constituents and even some students feel that the only way they’ll be safe is if they have a gun all the time?
The NRA has peddled the “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” theory to push the narrative that a gun will provide you security because everyone else has one.
And it turns into this never-ending cycle of everyone wanting a gun to protect themselves from each other. The problem is, a “good guy with a gun” only stops a “bad guy with a gun” 3 percent of the time.
But that doesn’t stop the gun lobby. They further push their message out there, grasping on to the national conversation on campus sexual assault, and attempt to use it to their advantage.
Their argument is that a woman should be able to defend herself with a gun on campus if she feels her life is threatened. On its face, that may sound reasonable. The problem is: facts and variables. Every assault is different, and proclaiming that a gun is the answer to all of them is simplistic and ignoring real solutions.
Every time there’s a mass shooting, America is again forced to confront its addiction to guns.
As gun control activists and gun rights proponents face off in the national arena of public opinion, the British watch on in a perplexed manner.
Seeing this over and over again, I’ve come to realize trying to apply a British ideology on guns in the US is useless.
Of course, the statistics speak for themselves, higher rates of gun ownership in the US does equal in higher rates of gun violence. Clearly there is a problem. But the Second Amendment has to make us Europeans take into account the cultural significance of firearms in the US, so we understand why they are so voraciously defended.
For many, the Constitution is their bible (apart from, you know, the Bible). Who am I to dismiss that so casually?
But even when I put that in my pile of things to think about over my morning tea, I also know that the majority of American voters do want more gun regulation.
Even the majority of NRA members want universal background checks. So what is holding the US back?
Again, it’s the gun lobby. The NRA has stopped representing their members, and instead represents gun manufacturers, and with their financial muscle, most politicians cower in their presence.
How does this relate to campus carry? Allowing guns on campus is the NRA’s new mission, and although the political will for it isn’t as readily available even in red states, their campaigns are slowly gaining ground.
In Florida, we’ve managed to beat it two years in a row, but next year is looking to be our toughest yet because the NRA will put this on the top of their priority list and they’ll pour their resources into the Sunshine State.
Marion Hammer, the NRA’s former president turned lobbyist, comes back every session with a determined glint in her eye that admittedly I find a little scary. She’s such an effective lobbyist that Florida is sometimes referred to as the Gunshine State.
One interesting part of this whole conversation has been the NRA’s and Students for Concealed Carry’s manipulation of data.
They’ve compared US and UK violent crime rates, using the numbers as a justification for campus carry, and guns everywhere in general.
It is a completely misleading comparison.
Yes, violent crime rates in the UK are higher per capita. But they forget to mention that the violent crime definitions in the two countries are very different. In the UK, the definition is “all crimes against the person”. This includes bicycle theft, all domestic violence offences, all sexual offences, all assault offences and many more. And even the definitions of those crimes are broader in the UK.
In the US, the FBI definition is much narrower; “violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” So there is no real way to compare the rates.
Florida House Rep. Julio Gonzalez, (R) made a similar argument, citing a ‘study’, that I later found and read. Two Harvard students who were gun rights activists, not researchers, wrote it. On top of that, the paper was severely criticized by the Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Dr. David Hemenway.
How does the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus, a group that just doesn’t have access to resources like the gun lobby, beat them again?
I’ll be honest, I’m concerned.
Our continued efforts to combat their problematic ‘solution’ to sexual assault and mass shootings in an educational environment resonates with the majority of students, but will it resonate with legislators in 2017?
It’s certainly interesting that legislators are so ready to consider and pass guns on campus, when every university stakeholder that has spoken out has said they don’t want it. But a bill that would have allowed guns in legislative meetings hasn’t moved forward since last year. A little hypocritical, no? If Florida legislators really believe guns lead to greater safety, then they’d want to flood legislative chambers with them.
As of now, this issue isn’t going away.
Florida is on the NRA’s priority list. Students, staff and faculty need to pull together for the 2017 legislative session.
And what am I doing? I graduate this semester, so I get to go back to my cozy gun-free London, and watch this whole situation unfold from afar.
But now that I’ve gotten to know all these amazing people during our fight against these farcical bills, I know I’ll be somberly watching as they do it again without me.Post Views: 86
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Rise News live blog: Here’s our snarky take on what is happening in the debate.
RR: Rich Robinson
CB: Chris Beacham
CB 10:53PM: @RR I agree, another solid night for Clinton.
CB 10:52PM: Instead of watching Clinton’s closing remarks referencing Star Wars, America was actually watching Star Wars.
RR 10:50PM: Hillary has a real chance to position herself as a sort of “America’s grandmother” type of figure. Very solid closing.
RR 10:48PM: A bit meandering from O’Malley in the closing. A bit of family history, student loans, climate change. A hot mess as far as closing statements go.
RR 10:45PM: Solid closing from Sanders. Bringing the family history into it really helped soften him and make him more three-dimentional.
RR 10:42PM: Sorry @CB: I literally fell asleep there for a second.
CB 10:39PM: ABC is the biggest fail of the night. Just awful. Questions, moderation, not allowing candidates to respond to remarks made about them, moving on without Clinton for a minute, etc. CNN looks really good next to this.
RR 10:33PM: I don’t like this question about the President’s spouse. Seriously could not care less.
RR 10:30PM:Hillary is the only one that has come across as presidential tonight. O’Malley sounds like he is still Governor of Maryland and Bernie is trying to be everything to all people.
CB 10:27PM: It is an important issue-Clinton’s stance is just more reasonable.
CB 10:25PM: O’Malley wants to put 12 billion dollars towards the drug epidemic. Let’s talk about reducing the national debt.
CB 10:23PM: Sanders says he wants to legalize marijuana and in the same breath says we need to get strict on opiates that are gateways to heroin. One can make the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug, and some doctors believe pot works like an opiate despite not technically being one.
CB 10:17PM: This debate just feels so unimportant despite the important issues.
CB 10:14PM: ……..zzzzzzzzz
RR 10:07PM: Back to Maryland for ole Martin. Is Maryland a utopian state? Sounds like it by the way he talks it up.
RR 10:03PM: Hillary questioning Sanders’ plan on healthcare and education.
CB 9:59PM: I agree with Sanders on colleges too. Spend a lot of money on unnecessary things that should be towards education or scholarships.
RR 9:59PM: Bernie sounds like he really doesn’t have a plan to pay for his universal healthcare plan.
CB 9:53PM: Obamacare does need a lot of fixing. But getting rid of the idea of universal healthcare shouldn’t be the answer.
CB 9:51PM: @RR Lol yeah, those had been there for awhile.
RR 9:49PM: Hillary finally gets to dust off those O’Malley opposition research reports sitting on the nightstand.
CB 9:48PM: We need some Trump to liven this up. Somebody needs to say something totally ridiculous.
CB 9:47PM: @RR Yeah, and that’s the DNC’s fault. It annoys me how rigged this is.
RR 9:45PM: “The greed of the billionaire class and the greed of Wall Street is destroying this economy,” Sanders.
CB 9:45PM: Sanders nails it on Wall Street
RR: 9:44PM: The problem for O’Malley is that he doesn’t have a lot of cash and the cash he does have, he is spending at a pretty high rate. He could have made a splash if these debates were higher profile but they really don’t mean anything.
CB 9:40PM: I think this is O’Malley’s worst debate. May be his last.
RR 9:39PM: I just don’t think that O’Malley constantly pivoting to his record in Maryland really works. People aren’t that interested. They want to hear about the future.
CB 9:38PM: Just wait for Clinton, ABC. This is a shitshow
RR 9:37PM: Hillary comes back late to the podium after ABC was on air for over a minute.
CB 9:36PM: Uh, where’s Hillary?
CB 9:30PM: Clinton wants to take out Assad? News to me.
RR 9:29PM: His name is Sanders, not Saunders. David Muir is having a hard time with that one.
RR 9:28PM: @CB: Interesting that O’Malley is using that tact. There are a whole lot of older folks in early states who will not appreciate it. (And many of them are activists who make a whole bunch of phone calls.)
CB 9:27PM: Audible gasps at O’Malley generation remark.
RR 9:26PM: Is O’Malley not a big NATO fan? Not really understanding his point in terms of how the US pivots to a new system of alliances.
CB 9:24PM: ABC is doing a terrible time. CNN has mastered the “let the person that was referenced respond” tactic
RR 9:23PM: Yeah, if we leave now then we can make the 10 PM showing.
CB 9:23PM: Wanna go see Star Wars?
CB 9:22PM: LOL @RR yeah this sucks
CB 9:22PM: Clinton actually is knowledgeable about foreign policy. No fear-mongering
RR 9:21PM: Oh wait a minute… Bernie is starting to go after Hillary on her penchant to support regime change. But he is not really being forceful about it.
RR 9:21PM: This is without a doubt, one of the most boring things I have ever watched in my entire life.
CB 9:18PM: Oh, so they’re letting Clinton break the rules…
RR 9:16PM: Hillary is getting pressed on foreign policy this evening. It is actually interesting to see her present a plan about how to engage with the Arab world.
RR 9:08PM: Hillary just went all grandma up in that answer. I don’t know the internets too good.
CB 9:04PM: Yes, it is okay to profile if there is suspicious behavior. Although I wouldn’t emphasize it excessively like the GOP, I agree political correctness shouldn’t be a primary motive.
RR 9:03PM: Meanwhile…
RR 8:56PM: O’Malley knows this is one of his last moments to make a difference and wants to drag it in the mud.
CB 8:56PM: O’Malley did some coke before the debate.
CB 8:54PM: Although I don’t know that they were moving on to something entirely different.CB 8:54PM: O’Malley deserved to speak on that topic.RR 8:54PM: MARTIN SMASH RULES OF DEBATECB 8:50PM: “Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism.”-Clinton.CB 8:48PM: I agree about O’Malley. Rehearsed for a fight and went with it even when there wasn’t one.RR 8:46PM: O’Malley having a hard time finding his footing in the early going. I think he hoped for a Sanders/ Clinton fight about the DNC.CB 8:45PM: Haha I like “snarky”.
CB 8:45PM: (Insert Star Wars Spoiler)
CB 8:42PM: Nicely handled by Bernie. O’Malley is overboard here.
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