Sunday, October 30, 2011

How to stay on top of the news in Miami

Here's how English-speaking Miami Herald readers can stay on top of the latest news in Miami: Learn how to speak and read Spanish.

One of the most popular stories on the Miami Herald's website Saturday was the tale of Fausto Lopez, a lead-footed City of Miami cop who was arrested at gunpoint by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper earlier this month after he was spotted zipping along a darkened stretch of the Florida Turnpike in his patrol car at 120 mph.

However, for some unexplained reason the story wasn't available to readers of the print edition of Saturday's Herald.

But, the story did make it into print and was displayed on page one of the Saturday edition of El Nuevo Herald.

(The story finally appears - 24 hours late - in Sunday's Miami Herald...on page 1B.)

Meanwhile, readers of Sunday's El Nuevo Herald are learning new details related to this story that aren't available to readers of the Miami Herald.

In a page one, above-the-fold story, in today's paper headlined, "Regalado: ‘Nadie debe manejar a 120 mph’ ", ("Regalado: 'No one should drive at 120 mph' "), El Nuevo's Juan Carlos Chavez advances story by getting comments from Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami police chief Manuel Orosa and three Miami commissioners.
"A police officer can not do what any citizen can not do," said Regalado. "No one should drive 120 miles per hour. Obviously, the FHP and saw him. "

Manuel Orosa, acting chief of police, told El Nuevo Herald that any person driving at that speed is seriously endangering public safety. He said he has ordered an investigation to find out more.

"We learned that night and immediately sent to our Internal Affairs agents to contact the Highway Patrol Florida (FHP)," said Orosa. "About two days ago we were sent a copy of the video and now we are investigating administratively."

-translation via Google Translate.
Regalado also told El Nuevo's Chavez that cops who live outside Miami city limits are charged 40 cents per mile to drive their police cars home. Regalado also revealed that only about 10 percent of Miami's 1,100 officers live in the city of Miami.

I'm guessing that all of this will eventually show up in the Herald. And then again, maybe not.

Until then, I'm brushing up on my Spanish.

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