Police: Driver fatally shot at SW Miami-Dade intersection, gunman at large – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

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 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 on the driver’s side and discharged a firearm, striking the victim.

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.

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.

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.

As of 9:30 p.m., police have not identified the victim.

If you have any information on this 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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Uncertain Times Driving Up Demand Of Trip And Health Travel Insurance – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Americans are on the move, traveling, despite the pandemic, by air and by cruise ship. Many of the trips are high-priced vacations.

Kyle Bruening from CruiseFinders, a Broward County travel agency says “health Insurance is only a part of travel protection insurance.”

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Health insurance and travel insurance may be the last thing on your mind when you are dreaming of that deserted beach in the Bahamas, but more and more travelers are requesting their travel agents hook them up with travel insurance.

“Travel insurance is always a good idea anytime you go out the county regardless of a global pandemic being in play or not,” said travel agent Kelly Lord.

Lord, who runs the “Vacation Ever After” travel agency, says the pandemic has driven up the demand for travel and health insurance in the uncertain world of travel where flights and cruises are interrupted, canceled and travelers are getting sick.

“You can definitely have travel insurance to cover cancellation, interruption, any kind of medical. Medical evacuation is where it gets expensive,” Lord told CBS4.

A basic fact: Most American health insurance policies nor Medicare covers you if issues arise while vacationing outside the U.S. And then there are the cancellations or need to cancel.

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“You need to take ‘cancel for any reason,’ ‘CFAR,’ insurance out,” said Bruening, who sells high-end travel packages.

That type of policy protects your investment in a cruise or overseas vacation.

Travel agents warn without insurance the cruise line will likely not refund you money and if you are sick or injured on board. And what’s little known, according to maritime attorney Jim Walker, “The ship board medical treatment sometimes costs the cruise guest money. There is no question, your health insurance does not insure your medical expenses you incur on a cruise ship. It clearly excludes that.”

Walker says you really need to talk to an insurance specialist or even a lawyer to make sure you are covered especially if on the trip you are going to be zip lining or scuba diving, which are often excluded in travel insurance packages.

“Insurance companies have many exclusions, limitations, you have to make it clear to your insurance broker that they sell something that covers all the risks,” said Walker.

This reminder from a major travel insurance provider: “If you have to pay for a medical evacuation, it can be costly. The average emergency medical evacuation costs can set you back $25,000 within North America and up to $100,000 from Europe.  In more remote locations, a medical air evacuation can cost as much as $250,000.”

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Rule of thumb experts say is you should expect an adequate insurance plan will cost anywhere from 4%-10% of your trip cost.

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Duke at Miami Women’s Basketball Contest Cancelled

DURHAM — The ACC announced Friday that the Duke at Miami women’s basketball game scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 19, has been canceled.
Miami is in COVID protocols, resulting in the cancelation. The program is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com (full report).
As stated in the ACC’s 2021-22 COVID-19 Game Rescheduling Policy, if a game cannot be played on its originally scheduled date by a team unable to play due to an insufficient number of available players related to COVID-19, that team shall be deemed to have forfeited, with a loss assigned to the team unable to play and a win assigned to its scheduled opponent, with both the loss and win, respectively, applied to the conference standings.

Duke (8-1, 1-0 ACC) will next travel to Charleston Southern on Tuesday, Dec. 21 for a 12 p.m., tip live on ESPN+.



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What pandemic? Miami airport sets Thanksgiving travel record

People walk outside of the Miami Beach Convention Center after being cleared by a COVID-19 health check during the VIP preview of Art Basel Miami Beach, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

People walk outside of the Miami Beach Convention Center after being cleared by a COVID-19 health check during the VIP preview of Art Basel Miami Beach, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Miami International Airport is finally seeing more passengers than it served before the pandemic, and set new records for Thanksgiving holiday travel despite growing concerns about the spread of the omicron variant.

About 3.9 million passengers passed through security last month, a 6% rise from 3.7 million ticketed passengers in November 2019, airport officials said Monday.

It’s a clear indicator that tourism is rebounding despite mounting worries of a new surge in hospitalizations from COVID-19, which has already killed about 800,000 people in the U.S. alone, the Miami Herald reported.

“The airport data is certainly a positive sign, but there’s a fair amount of apprehension among travelers who are scientifically literate,” said Gary Deel, a travel industry consultant based in the Orlando area, told the Herald. “Until we reach a level of hard immunity in the U.S., with the newest wave of news coverage of each variant, you’re going to see dips in travel that correlate with the rises of new variants.”

Some travelers could potentially be discouraged by public health requirements, such as the recent U.S. requirement for international travelers presenting negative COVID-19 tests within one day of their flights, Deel said.

Miami is one of the top search destinations on travel websites and statewide, Florida had 32.5 million travelers from July to September of this year, exceeding the number of visitors during that period in pre-pandemic 2019, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said recently.

His anti-lockdown and pro-business stance enabled one of Florida’s main economic engines to flourish even as tourism dropped in other parts of the country.

Thanksgiving holiday travel, the full return of Miami Art Week and the end of U.S. travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens coming from 33 countries helped boost November numbers. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the airport recorded its busiest day on record with 164,000 passengers. And during the entire 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 1.7 million passengers passed through the airport, 14% more than the same period in 2019.

The airport expects record-high passenger volume to continue through December, the Herald reported. The average number of daily departing flights is up almost 12% compared to December 2019. And the airport recorded its second-busiest day on Sunday, with 163,000 passengers, officials said.

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AAA releases holiday travel forecast amid Christmas season – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – AAA released their holiday travel forecast amid the Christmas season.

The forecast predicts there will be a total of 109.5 million travellers. This number is about 90% of travellers recorded in 2019.

An estimated 6.4 million people will travel by air which will result in airlines seeing a 184% increase.

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, AAA predicted 4 million Americans across the country would be travelling.

That number was reached on just day two of travelling.

A record-breaking number of close to six million people travelled through Miami International Airport for Thanksgiving.

The forecast also predicts 100 million Americans plan to reach their holiday destination by driving, despite gas costing 25 times more per gallon compared to 2020.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Miami International airports are ranked as the top destination for Christmas and New Years travel.

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EKU Women’s Basketball Starts Three-Game Road Swing On Sunday Against Miami (OH)

EKU Women’s Basketball Starts Three-Game Road Swing On Sunday Against Miami (OH)

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Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team starts its three-game road swing on Sunday when the Colonels travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami (OH).
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
You can follow along with the game on live stats or watch live on ESPN3.
– This is the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams.
– Miami (OH) beat the Colonels the last time the two teams met in 2019, 75-57.
– EKU leads the all-time series, 9-7.
–  The Colonels (3-4) knocked of Chattanooga, 60-55, on Thursday afternoon in Richmond.
–  Alice Recanati led the way for the Colonels posting a game-best and season-best 20 points and two assists against the Mocs. Recanati was 8-for-15 from the field and 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
–  Jayla Johnson picked up her first double-double as a Colonel posting 17 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga. Johnson is averaging a team-best 15.9 points per game on the season.  
–  Recanati ranks first in the conference in steals and steals per game in the ASUN.
–  The Colonels rank sixth in the country in offensive rebounding.
–  Miami comes in at 3-3 after knocking off Evansville, 81-73, on Saturday Dec. 4.
–  The RedHawks are led offensively by Peyton Scott. Scott is averaging 20.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game on the season.      
–  Miami (OH) ranks 19th in the country in offensive rebounds per game.
–  Scott ranks 15th in the country in points per game on the season.
Eastern Kentucky continues its road swing on Wednesday when the Colonels travel to take on long-time rival Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.

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What Was on Trend During Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 – ARTnews.com

Art Basel, NADA, Untitled, high-profile parties, runway shows, concerts, gallery dinners, performance art—there’s been a whole lot to see and do this week in Miami. Although the mood may have been slightly dampened by continued travel restrictions and the prospect of continued Covid spread, activity largely progressed as planned. But what did it all mean? And what might we stand to learn about the state of the market and art world at large? Below, six trends that could be gleaned by shuttling around Miami this week.

NFTs in Hiding

NFTs, which over the past year have sold for prices rising to millions of dollars, might seem to be dominating the art market. But it is telling where NFTs have appeared this week and where they have not. Within Art Basel itself, there were some works made in the medium. Pace Gallery said it sold an NFT by the artist duo DRIFT for $550,000, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, of Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, dedicated a portion of its booth to new NFT works by Kenny Schachter. But in general there weren’t many NFTs to be seen in the confines of the fair—which makes sense, given the medium’s digital form. Instead, most NFT-related events took place outside the fair in ritzy surroundings.

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The sustainable NFT initiative Aorist, for example, sold a Refik Anadol work for a whopping $851,130 at an auction held at the Faena Hotel, with the proceeds headed toward ReefLine, which will help build environmental habitats off the coast of South Beach. If the Anadol piece had sold at Art Basel, it would have been among the most expensive works at the fair. That it was bought outside Art Basel may be another sign that there is still a gap between what could be called the traditional art world and the world of NFTs. Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director, seemed to speak for a lot of people in the former category when he called NFTs “confusing” at the fair’s VIP opening on Tuesday.

The Mask Comes Off, But the Covid Wristband Stays On

With the Omicron variant having now been located in the U.S., there are reasons to be worried about the spread of Covid. But pandemic anxiety seems to have been checked at the door of the fairs this week—literally. Art Basel, NADA, and Untitled all required visitors to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative Covid test, or documentation of recovery from the virus, and at Art Basel, attendees weren’t allowed in without a wristband to indicate that they had done as much. The fairs said in advance that people would still need to wear masks inside, and most people adhered. Yet as long-separated colleagues reconnected, the masks started to come off. (Florida itself does not have a state-wide mask mandate.) At certain events, such as an opening at the Rubell Collection packed with crowds that threatened to tip over a Yayoi Kusama sculpture, the situation was even more extreme—it was a rarity to see anyone with a mask at all.

Diversity Becomes a Priority at Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach’s selection committee relaxed its requirements for galleries this year in an attempt to allow in newer spaces and diversify the exhibitor list. Doing so brought in more Black-owned spaces, such as Housing and Kendra Jayne Patrick, as well as a few more galleries from Africa, including Zimbabwe’s First Floor Harare and Nigeria’s Rele Gallery. Generally, however, the exhibitor list looked familiar to those who follow fairs. But what many galleries brought to the fair looked different than in the past—there was a greater emphasis on work by young Black artists than ever before and strong showings of art by artists of all generations from Latin America. One could be optimistic and say that it’s good that artists of color are finally being showcased more frequently at fairs of Art Basel’s scale. One could also be cynical and consider it a market-driven attempt by blue-chip galleries to cash in on the effects of a larger systemic grappling with racism. The question is whether this diversity will continue going forward.

Virgil Abloh’s Memory Lingers Around Miami

Just before Art Basel opened, Spiegler took time during a press conference to sound an elegiac note for one of his colleagues, the fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died at 41 at on Sunday. Spiegler recalled texting with Abloh as late as Saturday about Rammellzee, the late street artist whose work, as it happens, is featured at the booth of Jeffrey Deitch gallery, which just started representing his estate. “Then he stopped texting back,” Spiegler said with evident melancholy. As creative director of Louis Vuitton and, before that, as founder of the brand Off-White, Abloh touched the hearts and minds of many in the art world. And while his work wasn’t seen at the fair itself, it could be spotted in a Louis Vuitton runway show where models wore oversized garments in rainbow colors. Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and Joe Jonas were among those reportedly in attendance.

Galleries Bring Out Understated Art for Darker Times

At the last Art Basel Miami Beach, in 2019, Perrotin made a big bid for attention with Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian (2019), a banana duct-taped to a wall. That piece irked those who couldn’t believe it was art and amused others who are fans of Cattelan’s pesky readymades. Cattelan returned to the fair this year, showing taxidermically preserved pigeons at Marian Goodman Gallery’s booth. Even an artist who usually resorts to shock tactics seemed to have watered down his provocations this time. And in general, there was few stunts mounted at the fair—no one seemed to be trying for the Page Six headlines that the Cattelan banana piece generated. Still, mirror pieces, which tend to act as selfie fodder at art fairs, were present. One at Galerie Frank Elbaz’s booth by Mungo Thomson resembles a Time magazine cover bearing the words “Democracy Under Attack.” When viewers stand before it, they can see themselves reflected in place of an unseen cover star. During the opening hours of the fair, it went largely ignored.

A New Sculptural Style Emerges at Art Basel

The craze for figurative painting seems to be here to stay for a while, but there also appears to be a new desire for a very specific kind of sculpture in which human bodies morph into furniture-like forms. The style is not entirely new—Sarah Lucas, who had one such work made in 2021 at Gladstone Gallery’s booth, has been crafting lumpy abstract female bodies that loll against chairs since the ’90s. But other younger artists also appear to be picking up on the trend. At Simone Subal’s booth, Cameron Clayborn is showing a sculpture featuring grey-toned, fleshy limbs that appear to sprout from a divan. At Central gallery’s showcase, Marlena Manhães has a series of floorbound works in which bodily forms are placed beneath fabrics and accompanied by light bulbs, as though they are kinky design objects. They screeched with sound, too, as though they were living.

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Pack Your Patience As Holiday Travel Rush Officially Gets Underway – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — If you’re traveling over the holiday weekend, airport officials have three words for you “get there early.”

According to AAA, airports across the country, including here in South Florida, will see near pre-pandemic levels of travelers.

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AAA predicts more than 53 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, pointing to a sharp rebound in Thanksgiving travel.

The busy holiday travel season kicks off Friday, November 19, and runs until the weekend after Thanksgiving.

At Miami International Airport, longs lines began to form as early 5:30 a.m. Friday, the first day of the expected holiday travel rush.

“This was a surprise, I think everybody is surprised for this long [line],” said Melanie Noreaga, traveling to Puerto Rico.

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Anxious passengers at MIA expressed confusion at the long lines, telling CBS4 News they were directed to go to TSA checkpoint three to check-in for all gates. At the time, two other available check-in points had not opened yet.

Travelers who arrived at least two hours early that were stuck in long lines before TSA opened additional screening areas, told CBS4 News they were nervous about getting to their flights on time despite their early arrival.

“We did, but it’s ridiculous,” said Ralph Hernandez, who was headed to Cancun. “It’s ridiculous because they have two other checkpoints that they are not using and they’re sending everybody here. It doesn’t make sense” added Hernandez.

Just before 6:30 am TSA officials at MIA opened up another checkpoint for general passengers for all gates, creating less congestion at checkpoint three.

Travelers that spoke to CBS4 News say prior to the opening of other TSA checkpoints, the lines they saw were the longest they’ve ever since while traveling.

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“Yeah, I’ve never seen it like this before this is a first for me,” said Noreaga.

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