Florida bridge collapses ‘killing several people and trapping others’ just days after it opened

AT LEAST four people were killed after a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto traffic near a Florida university. "Multiple patients" were badly injured by the 950-ton structure, the main span of which was installed in just six-hours on Saturday to give students a safe route over the busy highway, according to Miami-Dade Fire Department. There is still some confusion about the number of fatalities, with a Miami fire chief saying four people were found in the rubble and nine taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center - two in critical condition. Among the four people killed was a FIU student, police sources told the Miami Herald. Pictures and video posted to social media show the devastation seconds after it collapsed with rubble crushing cars. TV helicopters were ordered to back away from the scene so rescuers could listen out for voices underneath the debris, Florida's WSVN station reported. Footage showed rescue workers scrambling under the wreckage to look for survivors as witnesses claim workers were on top of the bridge when it came down, "squashing" cars. Local man Franky Rivera said: "Workers fell and got hit as well. People started rushing to help the workers. Cars completely flattened. Florida bridge collapses ‘killing up to ten people and trapping others’ just days after it was built Timelapse of doomed Florida bridge being installed in just six-hours Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey says his crew is used high-tech listening devices, trained sniffing dogs, search cameras and other equipment in the frantic race to find survivors. The £10million bridge came down just one week after construction crews dropped the elevated throughway in place, the Miami Herald reports. A  FIU spokesperson said: "The bridge connecting the university with the city of Sweetwater was installed Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway." Structural testing firm BDI had tweeted: "We are thrilled to have performed structural monitoring during a Continue Reading

Pedestrian bridge collapses at South Florida university; injuries unclear

MIAMI — A newly-installed pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in the Miami area and it’s not immediately clear if anyone is hurt. The 950-ton span fell Thursday afternoon at the university’s main Miami-area campus. Video shows vehicles underneath the bridge were hit. BREAKING: A pedestrian bridge has collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, according to a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department https://t.co/8FrALFZpM0 pic.twitter.com/jG9kwJTgrV — The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 15, 2018 This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Continue Reading

Filming locations of The Assassination of Gianni Versace are as glam as the man

THE ASSASSINATION of Gianni Versace is the second in the BBC American Crime Story series. The backdrops are just as lush as the fashion legend’s designs, taking in the hottest spot in Miami Beach, Florida – Versace’s actual home. Where was The Assassination of Gianni Versace filmed? Versace was shot and killed on the front steps of his Miami mansion. The mansion still exists but is now a luxury hotel rather than a private residence. The hotel is called The Villa Casa Casuarina and retains many features that Versace used to personalise his home. It’s reported that the TV series filmed in Versace’s former home, with people spotting Edgar Ramirez who plays Versace standing on a balcony in a pink dressing gown. MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZSCRUBBED DOWN Courtney Stodden shares x-rated shower video after filing for divorce TOO FAR, SCAR? Scarlett Moffatt's boyfriend 'begs her not to have more surgery on her face' I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Beatles image has 'world's greatest photobomb'... can you spot it? horsing around Jeremy Kyle stuns Cheltenham Race goers with naughty sex joke about fiancée DON'T MESS WITH DAD Emmerdale's Cain will murder Joseph Tate after he blackmails Debbie SHEER FRONT Rita Ora flashes knickers in daring see-through bridal style dress at LA bash Can I visit Gianni Versace's house today? Yes. Chancery Copeland, general manager of The Villa Casa Casuarina, told Money magazine: “We actually have preserved what Versace created here and just augmented it with some modern touches for the convenience of our hotel guests and restaurant patrons.” Guests can swim in a pool lined with 24-carot gold tiles, eat in a restaurant in the designer’s former dining room, and sleep on beds so big they need custom-made sheets. A Friday night in a superior suite could set you back £1151 ($1599). Versace spent $33 million renovating the three-story building he purchased in 1992. After his death, his family sold the Continue Reading

St. Bonaventure vs. Florida: NCAA breakdown and prediction

No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 6 Florida Tipoff: Approx. 9:57 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas TV: TruTV Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude St. Bonaventure is on to the first round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating UCLA in Dayton, Ohio, for the program's first tourney win since 1970. The Bonnies earned a date in Dallas with the sixth-seeded Florida Gators, a team that made a run to the Elite 8 last season. Florida went 20-12 overall and 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference this year, beating eventual SEC Tournament champion Kentucky twice in the regular season. St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt's squad will need to best another storied program if it hopes to enter the round of 32 for the first time since the bracket expanded. It wouldn't be a crazy feat, as 11 seeds are 17-15 against six seeds in the past eight years. The Bonnies Courtney Stockard was a game-time decision in the First Four due to a hamstring issue but he didn't show any signs of an injury holding him back. The 6-foot-5 forward/guard led the team with 26 points in addition to four rebounds and four steals. That made up for unusually inefficient nights from the Bonnies' top two scorers, Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. Adams shot 2 for 16 from the field for eight points, while Mobley shot 4 for 12 for 14 points. St. Bonaventure was highly successful with their zone defense against UCLA, forcing the Bruins into 20 turnovers. That turned out to be the difference maker in the game, as the Bonnies scored 30 points off turnovers compared to UCLA's three. Don't be surprised to see that again, as Arkansas used a zone in the SEC quarterfinals to shut out Florida in the final 4:54 of the first half. The Bonnies were solid on the boards against the Bruins as well, led by Idris Taqqee with 11 rebounds. The Gators pose less of a challenge there, as they rank 278th in the country in rebound margin. Numbers game: St. Bonaventure 1,371 miles from Dallas Continue Reading

White House Releases ‘Immediate Actions to Secure Our Schools’

The White House released four top-line action items for securing America’s schools on Monday after many discussions over how to prevent future school shootings like the one last month in Florida. The four major action items were: hardening our schools, strengthening background checks and prevention, mental health reform, and investigation through establishment of a Federal Commission on School Safety.“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope,” read a quote from President Donald Trump in a release of the action items. What followed were a host of bullet points laying out a framework for the four action items:HARDENING OUR SCHOOLS: President Donald J. Trump is making sure our schools are safe and secure, just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings. ·        President Trump’s Administration will assist States to train specially qualified school personnel on a voluntary basis. o   Department of Justice (DOJ) assistance programs will be leveraged to enable schools to partner with State and local law enforcement to provide firearms training for school personnel. o   The Administration will support the transition of military veterans and retired law enforcement into new careers in education. ·        The Administration will encourage States’ Attorneys General to audit school district compliance with State emergency preparedness activities. ·        Federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, will partner with States and localities to support a public awareness campaign modeled on “See Something, Say Something” to encourage awareness and reporting of suspicious activity. STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PREVENTION: President Trump supports legislation and Continue Reading

Death row witness reveals the true horror of gruesome prison executions

JOURNALIST Ron Word has been on hand to witness the final haunting moments of dozens of Death Row killers. He has revealed how he has watched in horror as TWICE flames shot out of inmates' heads as they sat in the electric chair Other chilling Death Row memories include the time blood suddenly covered one prisoner's shirt after the switch was  flicked on "Old Sparky". Particularly memorable was the execution of US serial killer Ted Bundy - and the celebratory fireworks which followed news of his death. The 67-year-old had the unenviable role of being an official witness to 60 state executions while working for the Associated Press in America. And it's those that went horribly wrong which have stuck in his mind - and have proved the inspiration for a new novel he is writing. One was the particularly gruesome execution of cop killer Jesse Tafero, 43,  in May 1990. Things went horribly wrong as soon as the masked executioner pulled the switch. Mr Word told Mirror Online: "Flames several feet high occurred from the top of his head during the electric chair execution. "Smoke hovered at the top of the execution chamber and horrified looks were exchanged between prison guards and witnesses to the execution." It later turned out "Old Sparky" had suffered a rare malfunction and eventually three jolts were needed to finish off Tafero. Death row prisoner takes two hours to die Then there was the execution of Cuban refugee Pedro Medina, 39, who was accused of a killing a neighbour. Medina uttered his last words - "I am still innocent" - moments before flames also shot from the top of his head. Father-of-three Mr Word started his career at a small newspaper in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1972, before joining AP. Covering the executions at Florida State Prison, near Starke, soon became one of his regular duties. The most famous prisoner he saw die was the notorious serial killer and rapist Bundy. The fiend was executed after admitting Continue Reading

Mum’s outrage after being kicked off flight ‘because her baby threw up’

A MUM travelling alone with her six-month-old son was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight because a flight attendant told crew the baby was sick. Shortly before boarding the Orlando to Boston flight, Evelyn Circeo said her baby spit up on her in the rest room, prompting her to request an aisle seat from the attendant. She said: "I asked one of the flight attendants, if possible, if I could have an aisle seat because he had spit up,” she said. "It’s just more convenient to be on the outside with a baby." Evelyn said another flight attendant told her she needed to exit the aircraft because her baby was too sick to fly, News 6 reported. "I said: 'What are you talking about?'" The flight attendant responded that someone had said her baby was too sick to fly. "I said: ‘What is wrong with my baby? Nothing’s wrong with my baby. He spit up. He’s a baby being a baby.’” Other passengers tried to intervene, urging the flight attendant to let the mum and her baby remain on board. Once Evelyn deplaned she said she went to the ticket counter and discovered her luggage was still on its way to Boston. “I let them know I only had two bottles on me and three diapers, which I needed for the duration of the flight. I wasn’t planning for anything more." Spirit offered to place her on the next flight, but Evelyn refused the flight and ended up not returning home until early Monday morning. Spirit Airlines said the decision to remove Evelyn from the flight was based on the safety of other passengers. MOST READ IN NEWSFLU OUR BIGGEST THREAT Killer flu pandemic 'could hit any time' - wiping out 300 MILLION IT COULD BE TWO Shop told dad he'd won big on the Lotto… but he'd actually won just £2 SHE SAVED LIVES Tributes pour in for Sun's inspirational Christina Earle, who died aged 31 RUNAWAY HELL Girl, 17, who vanished with man, 45, tried to slash her throat in police van PERI-PERI BAD Nando's restaurant in London forced to Continue Reading

Brutal injuries of girl, 5, after two raging pit bulls left her with a shattered jaw and her eyeball hanging out of its socket

A LITTLE girl was left with a smashed in jaw and horrific scarring after dogs badly mauled her face. Zoey Woody, six, was attacked by a pair of pit bulls who grabbed her by the face, ripped open her skin and left eye ball dangling from its socket. Paige Woody, 41, threw herself over daughter, as the dogs continued to ferociously snap, gnawing the back of the mum-of-three’s head, damaging her knee and tearing part of her ear off. After rushing to hospital, Zoey was airlifted to a specialist unit to undergo ten hours of extensive procedures to repair her jaw - which had been “shattered into hundreds of pieces”. Surgeons also battled to stitch her face back together again. The girl was lucky to survive and went on to have extensive facial surgery. Dissolvable plates were also fitted into her jaw and her upper and lower eye have been reconstructed. Zoey, now six, is set to undergo her third skin graft next month and is learning to accept the life-altering damage to her face thanks to taking up to 30 selfies a day. Her mum believes the photos, which range from smiles to silly and serious faces, as well as her pulling at her scarring, are helping her to appreciate her differences and track her monthly progress. MOST READ IN NEWSDISABLED BY DARE Rugby player, 19, left paralysed after swallowing garden SLUG for a dare ‘HOW COULD SHE’ Evil mum arranged for total stranger to rape her daughter, 16, in a hotel CHILLING MESSAGE Blood-spattered dad's Facebook Live warning to women 'after killing wife' AIR SCARE Panic on EgyptAir flight as passenger tries to storm cabin and attacks crew FREE LOVE Blogger, 19, JAILED after 1,000s stormed hotel where she offering sex with anyone LIFE’S A BEACH Russian spy Anna Chapman taunts West on holiday as agent's 'poisoned' Paige, a full-time parent, said: “I think the selfies are positive as it’s helping her to understand and appreciate the healing process too. “She constantly takes Continue Reading

Fort Collins comfort dog helps at Florida school after shooting

When students and teachers returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week after a Feb. 14 school  shooting that left 17 dead, a team of golden retrievers were there to offer comfort and hope. Cubby, a comfort dog from Fort Collins, was among the furry, four-legged counselors, gently placing her paw on the hands and arms of the traumatized students and teachers, lying alongside teenagers in classrooms with glaringly empty seats and offering pure, plain comfort. Bonnie Fear, one of Cubby’s ministry team, described how students and teachers, in a time of stress and tragedy, smiled when they saw the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs, how they would drop to the floor to pet Cubby or stretch out next to her and just relax. “You saw that relief of forgetting what happened when they see the dog,” said Fear, who along with Carol Salander, both volunteer handlers, traveled to in Parkland, Fla., with Cubby. “She’s called a comfort dog, and that’s exactly what she did, bring comfort to people who were hurting.” The national Lutheran organization sent 30 dogs from around the United States to Florida, in the aftermath of the shooting, with teams visiting elementary and middle schools, memorial services and vigils before the high school reopened. Cubby was one of 11 dogs in the second round, visiting last week to be at the school when teachers and students returned. Read the full story at ReporterHerald.com. Continue Reading

Huge Florida crowd presses for gun control

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded yesterday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met. The rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Authorities say a former student, who had been expelled, had mental health issues and been reported to law enforcement, used a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle to kill students and staff. “Because of these gun laws, people that I know, people that I love, have died, and I will never be able to see them again,” Delaney Tarr, a student at the school, told the crowd swamping the steps and courtyard at the federal courthouse. The crowd chanted: “Vote them out!” and held signs calling for action. Some read: “#Never Again,” “#Do something now” and “Don’t Let My Friends Die.” Student Emma Gonzalez told the crowd politicians should stop taking donations from the National Rifle Association. “A lot of people are saying that these kids are activists, these kids need to be politicians,” she later told a reporter. “But a lot of us are just other students who figured there’s strength in numbers.” Laurie Woodward Garcia, the mother of a 14-year-old girl, echoed many in the crowd who said they believed that this shooting would lead to change, though so many others had not. “If there’s something that we can unite on as Democrats and Republicans and Independents, it’s our children. So it will happen,” she said. The rally came as new ­details emerged about the suspect, Nikolas Cruz. From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears Cruz was unstable and violent to Continue Reading