The SoFlo Scoop: Ben Carson rescued from elevator; Senate votes in favor of SB 10; Marlins defeat Braves

2017-04-13T08:43:15+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, April 13. Miami is expected to have a high of 80 and low of 69 with partly cloudy skies, while Key West could have morning thunderstorms with a high of 79 and a low of 71. Fort Lauderdale will be partly cloudy with a high of 79 and a low of 69, and Naples will be mostly sunny with a high of 85 and a low of 63. Time to get smart fast:

  • The Miami Marlins won their first home game of the season on Tuesday night, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 8-4. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna led the way with two home runs and six runs batted in. A stray cat running onto the field caused a short delay in the game, and prompted many on social media to call the “Rally Cat” a good luck charm for the team. Sun-Sentinel
  • Florida senators voted 36-3 in favor of SB 10, a proposal to use state and federal funds to build a deep-water storage reservoir that clean water will go to before it’s released into the Everglades. The proposal will reportedly hold up to 78 billion gallons, and give the Everglades, as well as the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, a new source of clean water. Miami Herald
  • Dr. Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary and former presidential candidate, was trapped in an elevator with his wife during a visit to Miami on Wednesday. Carson was on his way to meet with residents at the Courtside Apartments in Overtown before the elevator got stuck. Firefighters freed Carson, and everyone else that was in the elevator, after about 15 minutes. Nobody was harmed. NBC Miami
  • Taxi companies faced yet another hurdle in their fight to compete with popular ridesharing app Uber this week, as a judge dismissed the $1 billion lawsuit that taxicab operators targeted Miami-Dade County with last year. The lawsuit came after the county legalized apps like Uber and Lyft in May of 2016, claiming that’s what the ordinance would cost the taxi industry in damages. Miami Herald
  • A celebrated HIV/AIDS scientist from Canada unexepectedly died on Tuesday when he drowned off the Bal Harbour coast. Dr. Mark Wainberg, a 71 year old that’s credited with being one of the first scientists to discover the Lamivudine drug, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after swimming in rough water with his family. 7 News Miami

— Jacob Spiwak, South Florida News Service