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Athletes with disabilities kicked off the Miami Marathon, flying past PortMiami in the pre-dawn dark.

GET ON THIS TRAIN

Remember Transit Alliance Miami? Last year it led the charge against transit cuts in the county budget, and managed to fend off a big chunk of the planned $25 million in cuts in a major win for civic activism. 💪

Some of that money was supposed to go specifically to getting the forever late Metrorail trains to run on time. A train every five minutes was promised.

But that’s still not happening, so Transit Alliance Miami got back together and audited the system. The result is this nifty little tool that shows how many trains come on time, how many come late – and just how late they come.

The less nifty thing is the discovery that more than half the trains run late on any given day. The Transit Alliance’s hope is that by using the county’s open source data for this easy to understand tool, it can push Miami-Dade Transit to fix one of the key reasons why so few Miamians actually use transit.

Props to Transit Alliance Miami for keeping the heat on this critical issue.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Dale. After literally YEARS of hearing about it, David Beckham is formally announcing his Miami Major League Soccer team today. The name guessing is already beginning. (Miami Herald, Miami.com)

The calvary is coming. The NAACP is suing the Trump administration over its decision to end Haitians’ protected immigration status (aka TPS). The NAACP says that it’s an “egregious departure” from what TPS is all about and the decision discriminates based on race and ethnicity. Plus, Haiti isn’t ready to take all those TPS recipients back. (WLRN)

Taking matters into their own hands. The Facebook group “Clean Up Miami Beach” began as a way to tackle crime and homelessness, but groups like the ACLU warn that it’s basically morphed into a vigilante group. Despite that, the Miami Beach government honored the founders of the group last week, saying they were making the city a safer place. (Miami New Times)

SMH. Federal immigration agents hauled another undocumented immigrant off a Greyhound bus in Ft. Lauderdale last week at the same stop where they discovered a woman without papers last week. This time it was a man from Trinidad who has been in the U.S. 12 years. For those who are undocumented, here’s a rundown of what you should or shouldn’t do if you’re stopped. Share widely. (Miami New Times, Miami Herald)

Justice. Six years ago, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic prison inmate in Florida, died while locked in a  scalding shower for two hours. The Miami Herald investigated his death two years later, prompted reforms throughout the prison system. Last week, his family settled a lawsuit with the Florida Department of Corrections for $4.5 million, ending a painful saga that revealed official abuse throughout the system. (Miami Herald)

An ode to Pub Subs. Because the world is an amazing place, a musical about Publix debuted in Lakeland, where the Florida fave got its start. (Tampa Bay Times)

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EVENTS

PARTNER EVENTS

👩‍🎨 1/30: Miami Arts Marketing Project (Downtown)

🙏 1/31: Let (Yoga) Love Rule! (South Beach)

👩🏾‍💻 2/6-2/10: #BlackTechWeek18


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AROUND TOWN

👜 1/29: Phantom Thread: Fashion and Film Discussion (Coral Gables)

🕰️ 1/30: Fireside Chat with Jason Calacanis (Downtown)

🎞️ 1/31: Freedom Flicks Presents: I Am Not Your Negro (Downtown)

🌱 1/31: Vizcaya Gardens by Moonlight / Make your own terrarium (Coconut Grove)

👙 1/31: Disco Frisbee (South Beach)

🌕 1/31: Full Moon Meditation (South Beach)

👸 2/1: Movies on the Mile: The Princess Bride (Coral Gables)

🎙️ 2/1: Jolt Radio’s Vinyl Delight (Downtown)

🗳️ 2/1: South Miami Mayoral Debate (South Miami)

🎵 2/2: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

🎥 2/2: DWNTWN Movie Nights: Boss Baby (Downtown)

🌊 2/3: Surfrider and Friends Night at Oleta River State Park (North Miami Beach)

🚲 2/3: Historic Bicycle Tour of Coconut Grove (Coconut Grove)

🗺️ 2/3-2/4: Miami International Map Fair (Downtown)

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

We’ll catch you tomorrow.


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