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Police: Driver fatally shot at SW Miami-Dade intersection, gunman at large

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman who, they said, shot at a car with an infant and a child inside at an intersection in Southwest Miami-Dade, killing the driver.

7SkyForce HD hovered above police units blocking the intersection of Southwest 152nd Street and 127th Avenue, north of Zoo Miami, just after 6 p.m., Friday.

A driver’s dashcam captured the sound of gunfire.

A vehicle was seen partially covered with a yellow tarp and with bullet holes in the driver’s side door.

Investigators said the victim was driving when someone pulled up next to the vehicle and discharged a firearm at around 5:30 p.m., striking the victim.

“An unknown subject in a four-door Lexus, a gray Lexus, approached him from the driver’s side, opened fire and then fled westbound on 152nd Street,” said Miami-Dade Police detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and pronounced the driver dead.

Inside the victim’s car, police said, was a 1-year-old in a car seat, a 5-year-old and another adult. None of the other occupants were injured.

“On the front seat, there was a 1-year-old child in a car seat that easily could have been struck by gunfire and taken his life,” said Zabaleta, “and as a matter of fact, his birthday is today.”

7SkyForce shows a woman holding the infant at the scene.

Police are searching for a gray four-door Lexus that fled the scene.

Officers shut down Southwest 152nd Street, from 122nd to 133rd avenues, while they investigate. Traffic was seen backed up near the scene of the shooting.

Area residents stuck in traffic home reached the neighborhood to find flashing lights and crime scene tape.

“It’s very alarming, because I’ve been here for 12 years, and this has never happened,” said a woman.

“I have no words for that, no words. I’m speechless,” said another woman. “Like, seriously, this is such a calm neighborhood. Something like this has never, ever happened here.”

Just after 8 p.m., Miami-Dade County officials confirmed the COVID-19 testing site at Zoo Miami has been closed due to police activity in the area. It is scheduled to reopen Saturday at 7 a.m.

Just after 10 p.m., 7News cameras captured the intersection filled with at least 50 evidence markers where the shots were fired.

As of 11 p.m., police have not identified the victim, and the intersection remained shut down.

If you have any information on this drive-by shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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Disney, Universal visitors suffered heart issues, seizures after rides, report shows

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Visitors at Walt Disney World and Universal experienced cardiac issues, seizures and other conditions after riding attractions at the parks over the past three months, the state’s latest theme park injury report reveals.

The report, made publicly available Thursday, lists all guest injuries between October and December that required at least 24 hours of hospitalization, as reported by the theme park companies themselves.

The parks avoid state inspections by self-reporting injuries through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, but descriptions of these injuries can be vague and omit important details.

Thursday’s report shows visitors experienced a couple of heart-related issues after riding Disney attractions, and guests at Disney and Universal had seizures after various rides.

SeaWorld, Legoland and Busch Gardens Tampa had no reported injuries over the same timeframe.

Walt Disney World reported nine injuries over the three months. Universal Orlando reported one.

Disney reported seven of those incidents in October alone.

On Oct. 6, a 58-year-old woman felt dizzy and fell while leaving Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At the Magic Kingdom, a 39-year-old man had a seizure on Oct. 9 after riding Splash Mountain.

Two days later, an 81-year-old man with an undisclosed pre-existing condition had “stroke-like symptoms” after leaving Pirates of the Caribbean. A 20-year-old woman had a seizure after riding The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at the same park later that month.

On Oct. 13, an 82-year-old man passed out on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. A day earlier, a 57-year-old woman had “cardiac symptoms” after riding the Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain roller coaster at the park.

On Oct. 27, an 18-year-old man lost consciousness and fell after leaving Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios.

Two guests reported injuries after riding Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in December. On Dec. 18, a 69-year-old man felt “unwell” after riding the attraction, and three days later a 69-year-old woman felt “disoriented.”

At Universal Orlando, a 27-year-old woman had a seizure after riding the Fast & Furious — Supercharged simulator at the Universal Studios park.

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FKA Twigs’ ‘Caprisongs’ highlights English singer’s vocal prowess and master production

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Following up 2019’s “Magdalene” is a tough ask for FKA Twigs. With two albums since 2014, both garnering massive acclaim, Twigs’ album releases are a musical event. The latest project from the Grammy winner, “Caprisongs,” breaks from Twigs’ artistic past and thrives by not continuing “Magdalene,” but separating itself entirely.

The first track, “ride the dragon” is more than an intro — it’s an incredibly meta acknowledgement of what the project will be. The closest track to “LP1” sonically, its opening lyrics, “Hey, I Made you a mixtape…/I’m still that mysterious b*tch/no one does it like I do” couldn’t give a clearer mission statement for a fun side project.

No Twigs project is complete without magnificent vocals and stellar production. Twigs is one of the best vocalists in modern music and “Caprisongs” delivers some of her more unique performances. Tracks like “minds of men” and “thank you song” show this, as her vocals shine despite bouncing between genres.

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“Caprisongs” production matches this vocal excellence. While longtime collaborator Arca returns and Kendrick Lamar’s go-to producer Sounwave provides production help, “Caprisongs” deviates from Twigs’ formula.

Previous projects double as a collection of the producing worlds A-List, but Twigs’ first mixtape takes the production work into its creators own hands, along with help from underground producers.

Twigs’ first mixtape also dabbles in a more accessible sound than previous albums. The project’s lead single “tears in the club” is an incredible collection of talent, featuring The Weeknd with Arca’s one-of-a-kind electropop production that makes it an incredible hit.

Normally a curator of her own style, Twig’s influences are the driving force instead. An England native, the British music scene is a key inspiration for the project. Charli XCX-inspired hyperpop and the booming British rap scene are among the most notable influences.

Charli’s influence can be extremely noticeable at times and not for the better —“meta angel” is just too on the nose. The added rap elements were stronger and Shygirl and Pa Salieu were great features.

Far from the only influences, Ariana Grande style ad-libs are noticeable throughout and some of the slower moments have Pharrell Williams production influence. With so many outside styles seemingly influencing “Caprisongs,” the tape does unfortunately dilute some of Twigs’ signature art pop sound.

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Features can dictate song styles more than they should. It is a testament to Twigs’ talent just how easily she can outdo artists at the sounds they’ve spent years creating.

The interludes on “Caprisongs” commit a common slip that most artists who drift into mixtape territory make.

There’s no need to force three interludes and several spoken word intros/outros on the world. Just put the various “the universe is so powerful,” astrology stuff on one track.

With a much looser and poppier approach than Twigs’ past releases, “Caprisongs” does not meet its creators high bar, but that’s the point. Twigs’ first mixtape is still a delight and enjoyable enough to hold audiences over until a third album is ready and few will make a better project than this in 2022.

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‘The Great Resignation’, A Look At Where Workers Are Going

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s being called “The Great Resignation,” but the ongoing question is where are the workers?

Where did they go? Here’s a clue on how to navigate the issue.

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“It is the vowels we learned in elementary school, A-E-I-O-U. These five letters stand for the five things that explain what’s going on,” said entrepreneur and author on branding Bruce Turkel

For example, “A” stands for assets. Workers who have money and or property income can live off that while shifting priorities or just live off their portfolios.

“They can use their assets to help them change their lives,” said Turkel.

“E” stands for expectations. Workers today have far different hopes for the future.

“They do not expect to have a job, keep a job and retire after 20 years. They want to live life now, not wait 20-30 years for a gold watch,” said Turkel.

“I” stands for investment. There are many new ways to make money besides traditional work.

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“People have seen enormous growth in cryptocurrency. I don’t understand it but that doesn’t mean lots of people have made lots of money,” said Turkel.

The vowel “O” represents opportunity. All kinds of jobs are out there that are non-traditional and flexible.

“People are driving for Uber, Door Dash, selling crafts on Etsy, selling video of themselves and partners on Only Fans, Turkel pointed out. 

Finally, “U” stands for URLs – yep, the internet. People are selling services and seeking gig jobs online. Think Angi or Nextdoor. Need a plumber or electrician, go online, there’s no need to call a plumbing or electrical company.

“There are so many new ways to generate income that the idea of going to the traditional 9 to 5 job no longer makes sense,” said Turkel.

He said today’s younger workers are not bound by loyalty and want flexibility.

“Because of lower expectations they are happy to leave,” said Turkel 

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The bottom line answer to the question “Where are the workers?” Many of those so-called “disappeared workers” are working, just not in the jobs they previously held.      

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