The SoFlo Scoop: Trump meets with Haitian leaders; Miami unsafe for women; New Times: Don’t fear the Zika

2016-09-21T14:44:59+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Roundups, Uncategorized|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, Sept. 16. Miami is expected to have a partly cloudy day with high of 88 and low of 79, while Key West will also see partly cloudy skies with a high of 87 and a low of 80. Fort Lauderdale will have a mix of sunshine and clouds with a high of 88 and a low of 78, while those in Naples will experience scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and a high of 88 and a low of 76. Time to get smart fast:

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to stop in Miami on Friday to meet with leaders of the local Haitian-American community. Trump’s outreach coincides with a consensus that shows Haitians remain indifferent to either candidate this election, which may lead to low voter turnout. Miami Herald
  • Miami is the most unsafe city for women this year according to Value Penguin, a personal finance website that conducts research on a variety of topics. Other South Florida cities, including Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines and Miramar are also rated low on the safety list. Palm Beach Post
  • The University of Miami is Florida’s best college this year according to the U.S. News ratings released Monday. It was also ranked the 44th-best college in the country in a six-way tie. Miami Herald
  • Miami New Times urged its readers on Thursday not to be afraid of the Zika virus and to start going out again, noting fears of the virus are having a negative impact on the local music scene. Miami Beach and Wynwood, the epicenters of the latest Zika scare in South Florida, are also communities that depend on the revenue of nightlife-catering businesses. Miami New Times
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill on the Senate floor Thursday that would safeguard individuals classified as suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter), Rubio’s Democratic challenger in his upcoming Senate race, slammed the proposal, calling it a “sham” and “toothless.” Miami Herald
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall Thursday on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The decision came after reports of the phone catching fire while charging. Earlier this month, Samsung urged its customers to stop using the phones and are coming up with an exchange plan for customers. The notice comes around the same time a Fort Pierce man said his Note caused a car fire. Local10 / NBC Miami 

— Yaneli Gonzalez and Chris Rodriguez, South Florida News Service