📸 A Miami photographer returns from war

📸 A Miami photographer returns from war

This creature is just one of a whole host of animals that live at the Muffler Zoo.

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Going mad for mufflers. We received a plea from a reader, Arlene, to come visit the Muffler Zoo. The Mad Hatter Muffler Shop up in Northwest Miami-Dade is a quiet and small repair shop, with a scruffy owner who has a passion for sculpting a zoo out of muffler parts. We had to go see for ourselves, and you can too. Scroll through our gallery and hear the Mad Hatter Mufflers’ story, here.

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What's New In The 305

Tweetstorm. Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lethinen, is not okay with President Trump’s announcement of a military ban on transgender people. The retiring Miami Republican, and mom to a transgender son, Tweeted her support for LGBTQ people to be able to serve. Other SoFlo Reps., Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch, blasted President Trump’s move too. (Tampa Bay Times)

From Westchester to war. Freelance photographer, Jose Argueta, was hoping to document the humanitarian crisis going on in Mosul, but he became one of the few Americans to go to the front lines of the fighting there, and came home to Miami with a collection of pictures that show the continuing violence. Plus, enough stories to worry his mother. (Miami New Times)  

Click refresh. Miami-Dade’s top prosecutor admits that it takes too long to investigate police-involved shootings. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced she wants to speed things up with more updates online, after finally closing the Lawrence McCoy case this week, eight years after it happened. (Miami Herald)

Ultra warriors. Downtown Miamians want Bayfront Park to ditch the loud and crowded festivals. The Downtown Neighbors Alliance delivered a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to the Bayfront Park Management Trust, as a plea to not renew Ultra’s contract, and to make Rolling Loud find a new venue too. (Miami Herald)

Busted. An IT staffer working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — who’s been at the center of a criminal investigation for months — was quickly fired after he tried to leave the country with a bank fraud charge pending. (Politico)

Gooooooooooooal … If you can’t swing a ticket, but you’re still looking for El Clasico events and parties, here’s a full guide of where to watch and party — and when the entire Barcelona team will be in Miami at a free festival for fans. We see you, Gerard Pique. (Miami New Times, Sun Sentinel)  

Sportball of the future? If fútbol is too mainstream for you and your hipster crew, South Beach is hosting this year’s World Classic of footvolley this week. The soccer-volleyball hybrid sport started in Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian team is expected to dominate the tournament. But, the U.S. has two teams of SoFlo locals playing who you can cheer on too. (WLRN)

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