FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Dozens of people came together Saturday morning to support Bans Off Our Bodies, an effort to defend access to safe and legal abortion.
One rally was organized by Broward for Progress with the support of Planned Parenthood, Ultraviolet, and MoveOn. It was held at the federal courthouse on Broward Boulevard.
Another rally was held at Ives Estates Park in Miami.
One of the rally participants said she was wearing the same shirt her mother wore to a rally in favor of abortion rights 50 years ago.
“It’s part of our public health. It’s part of making sure that everyone is able to control their bodies and their choices. And it’s better for society overall,” said Kelly Feintech.
The rallies were part of a number of events that took place Saturday across the country in support of abortion rights. The protests are in response to the leaked draft opinion by the Supreme Court that showed the high court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 ruling that affirmed abortion access as a constitutional right.
Coral Gables: A Sham Before Our Very Eyes and How Lies, Politics, and Irresponsibility Led to the Demise of Burger Bob’s and the Coral Gables Country Club
At a recent Coral Gables City Commission meeting, we watched as city manager Peter Iglesias recommended to the mayor and commissioners that they negotiate with Rita Tennyson on a “concession agreement” for the old Burger Bob’s space.
You read that right. And then, in swooped Commissioner Rhonda Anderson (of all people), who moved the commission to accept the manager’s recommendation. That’s right, Commissioner “Straight and Narrow” moved the commission to allow the city to negotiate with a person who defrauded the city, and they all fell in line.
Truth is painfully unpopular these days. And let’s face it, it is painful to think that the city is going to give the Burger Bob’s deal to an individual who ran a shadow catering business out of the old Burger Bob’s, without any of the catering business licenses required under Florida law, and without ever remitting a single cent to the city. And it’s not like the old Burger Bob’s was “paid in full” at the time of its all-too-predictable closure. Nope, they owed the city money that will never be paid.
But wait, there’s more…
Not only did Burger Bob’s owe the city money at the time it closed, and not only is the city going to “give” the project to a person who knowingly disregarded state law and took advantage of the city’s naiveté for years, but they are going to make the residents pay for it too. That’s right! If you live in Coral Gables, the “new and improved” Burger Bob’s is going to cost you at least $550,000. Aren’t you excited?
The city has completed an amazing hat trick of bad government for the books. And this is only Burger Bob’s…
Let’s talk about the city’s “crown jewel,” the country club.
When it became clear that the Liberty Group’s days in Coral Gables were numbered, the city put out a public bid for the lease and administration of the country club. Among the long list of commitments that any interested bidder needed to make was a capital commitment of at least $4. million for the building. That means that whoever wanted to operate the club was promising to spend millions of dollars of their own money to renovate and improve the club. Only one proposal was received.
So, the city put the club out to bid again. And again, only one proposal was received. So there was “someone” out there willing to put their money where their mouth was (and there were a lot of mouths). But alas, the city got shouted down by a small group of people who peddled lies, threats, and misinformation to successfully chase away the only private operator who was willing to invest millions of their own money to bring Coral Gables the city-owned country club it deserves.
“Be careful what you wish for” …right? Here’s what’s in store Coral Gables residents:
- You will spend at least $550,000 to hand Burger Bob’s over to Rita and her blatant disregard for the law and the city. It was embarrassing to watch coach-Commissioner Menendez try and draw a distinction between a lease and concession agreement. This is a wonderful message to other tenants of the city who were run out for not paying rent, ahem Ortanique…
- You will spend at least $4.5 million moreto renovate the country club. More because this is on top of the close to $1.5 million the city has already spent on the club’s new roof, and
- You will have substandard facilities run by people who are way out of their leagues.
And why? Because small cities have small, petty politics. The manager and the city’s elected officials bent the knee to lies and misinformation. They let their one prospect get chased away because, let’s face it, who wants to spend $4.5 million in a place where vitriol runs the day?
It is said that to know the right thing and not do it is to lack courage. Courage was severely lacking throughout this entire fiasco and now you, the residents, will pay for it. Quite literally.
White House Says Deal Near to Reopen Abbott Baby Formula Plant in Michigan
Under fire from parents and politicians, President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday is expected to announce an agreement to reopen the largest domestic manufacturing plant of infant formula and to ease import rules to allow supplies in from overseas, amid a nationwide shortage spurred by the Michigan plant’s shutdown earlier this year over safety issues.
A consent decree between the producer, Abbott, and the Food and Drug Administration that would pave the way for reopening the plant is “forthcoming,” said Brian Deese, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council. He added the agency would also take steps Monday to allow more foreign imports into the U.S. to address the urgent supply constraints.
It comes as the Biden administration has come under intense pressure over the last week to do more to ease the shortage of formula that has forced parents of infants to go to significant lengths to feed their children.
Over the weekend, the White House offered formula manufacturers and retailers transportation and logistics support, and working with all major formula producers to boost production, including reaching out to their suppliers to encourage them to prioritize production and delivery of formula ingredients.
President Biden talked about the steps his administration is taking to ease the pain for families struggling with a nationwide baby formula shortage
Deese said the administration “made clear to all of them that federal resources, including transportation and logistics resources, are available and on call and we are prepared to move assets in coordination with them as and when we identify need.”
The shortage stems from a February recall by Abbott, the nation’s largest formula maker, that shuttered the company’s Michigan plant and exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions among formula makers, leaving fewer options on stores shelves across much of the country. The shortage has led retailers like CVS and Target to limit how many containers customers can purchase per visit and forced some parents to swap and sell formula online.
On Monday, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf told NBC’s “TODAY” show that the federal agency is “working closely with Abbott” to reopen the closed Michigan factory and he expects “by the end of the day today, we’re likely to have an announcement about that path forward.”
Califf said an announcement is forthcoming about importing baby formula from abroad, noting that the key is making sure the instructions for the formula are in languages that mothers and caregivers can understand.
The FDA warned families against making their own baby formula because it has 30 distinct constituents that have to be in the right amount, otherwise the formula can possibly be dangerous to consume.
There was already a supply chain issue impacting baby formula, and then a recall impacted the supply even further. But it’s a bad idea to dilute formula to make it last longer, says Dr. Michael Anderson. He’s a pediatric critical care physician at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C.
Abbott’s voluntary recall was triggered by four illnesses reported in babies who had consumed powdered formula from the Michigan plant. All four infants were hospitalized with a rare type of bacterial infection and two died.
Abbott is one of just four companies that produce roughly 90% of U.S. formula, so its shutdown squeezed already tight supplies.
After a six-week inspection, FDA investigators published a list of problems in March, including lax safety and sanitary standards and a history of bacterial contamination in several parts of the plant.
But Chicago-based Abbott has emphasized that its products have not been directly linked to the bacterial infections in children. Samples of the bacteria found at its plant did not match the strains collected from the babies by federal investigators. The company has repeatedly stated it is ready to resume manufacturing, pending an FDA decision.
The terms of the consent decree were not immediately clear, including what steps Abbott was taking to remediate issues raised by the FDA or how quickly production at the plant would be restarted.
Former FDA officials say fixing the type of problems uncovered at Abbott’s plant takes time, and infant formula facilities receive more scrutiny than other food facilities. Companies need to exhaustively clean the facility and equipment, retrain staff, repeatedly test and document there is no contamination.
Even if the facility reopens soon, the FDA will still face scrutiny for its handling of the issues at the plant.
FDA inspectors visited the factory in September for a routine inspection, around the time that the first bacterial infection was reported in an infant. Although inspectors uncovered several violations— including standing water and unsanitary conditions— the FDA did not shut down the plant or issue any formal warning.
Only after several more illnesses were reported did the FDA return to the plant in January, this time finding a history of bacterial contamination in several parts of the plant. Abbott then shut down the facility and recalled several powdered formulas in mid-February.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro reported last month that a whistleblower had contacted the FDA in October about unsafe conditions and practices at the plant, including falsifying plant records and failing to properly test formula for contamination.
She and other lawmakers are set to question FDA Commissioner Califf about that issue and others at a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Miami women’s track and field win ACC Outdoor Championships for fourth time in program history
After two hard-fought days, Miami women’s track and field began Saturday in sixth place at the 2022 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Durham, N.C., and finished as champions. The Canes won the ACC title for the fourth time in program history, their first since 2018.
The Miami men’s team also had a good showing, finishing in fifth place.
“I’m proud of all of our teams, but especially proud of [the women’s team] … they just really, really wanted it,” track and field director Amy Deem said. “We had to work really hard to get to this point. I don’t think anybody coming into the championships, except us, expected us to do this. From the first day to the end, they just kept fighting and kept fighting. I’m just very, very proud of this group.”
Debbie Ajagbe, who won ACC Field MVP, started the Hurricanes’ comeback on Day 3 by taking gold in the discus throw (54.85m). Two days earlier, she broke a 17-year-old program record in the hammer throw with a 63.32m mark, good enough for fourth place.
Moriah Oliveria then blazed past her competition in the 400m (51.85 seconds) to give the Canes another gold medal, boosting them further up the scoreboard.
Kennedy Brace’s bronze medal in the 400m (53.19) and Jacious Spears’ silver in the 100m (11.28) gave Miami more points. Kayla Johnson and Alfreda Steele added a pair of bronze medals in the 800m (2:04.90) and 100m (11.28), respectively, to push Miami to the brink of victory.
Steele secured the last medal of the evening for the women, taking silver in the 200m (23.01). The Canes finished the final day of the ACC Championships with 108 team points – 7.5 more than runner-up Duke.
“We’ve had some adversity this season, but I knew it was in there,” Deem said. “The coaching staff and I, we knew we had a good group. We just had to finally get them understand how good they can be, and now that they did, it’s really rewarding.”
Several Canes helped keep Miami within striking distance on Thursday and Friday, setting up the Day 3 comeback.
Erikka Hill had a strong performance in the hammer throw (55.10m) and javelin (45.33m), finishing in seventh place for both events.
Redshirt Sophomore Daphnee Lavassas capped off Day 1 by scoring in the women’s 10,000 meter with a time of 34:27.73.
The following day, Ajagbe and Hannah Hill shined, taking third (16.54m) and fourth place (16.52m) in the shot put, respectively. Selina Dantzler (15.59m) finished seventh in the same event, with Hill (15.14m) right behind in eighth place.
On the men’s side, three Canes brought home gold medals en route to a fifth-place team finish.
First, Decio Andrade won the hammer throw with a 70.88m mark on Thursday.
Russell Robinson highlighted Day 2, taking the triple jump with a 16.36m leap. Teammate Jeffrey Williams excelled too – his 18.49m mark in the shot put was good enough for both fifth place in the ACC Championships and third-best in program history.
On the final day of competition, Ayman Zahafi ran a personal best in the 800m, giving the Canes another gold medal with a time of 1:46.79.
After a storybook weekend, Miami gets back to business on May 25-28, when the NCAA East Preliminary takes place in Bloomington, Ind.
“We’re going to enjoy this for a little bit, go back and get a little rest and get ready,” Deem said. “I think we have great momentum going into the NCAA preliminaries. They’re always tough, but I think the confidence that we got this weekend is going to go a long way in getting a lot of people to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Oregon.”
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