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Trump fires off volley of angry tweets on Russia probe

Trump fires off volley of angry tweets on Russia probe

Hours before he was to help commission a new aircraft carrier at a patriotic ceremony on the Virginia coast, President Donald Trump fired off a volley of early morning tweets that again showed how furious he remains over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The tweets were unusual in their breadth and scope, even for Trump, given the wide variety of topics he touched on as Saturday dawned. His 10 tweets, all sent within two hours starting before 6:30 …
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Who’s in charge at Plant Food and Wine? Depends on who you ask

It’s business as usual for customers of Plant Food and Wine, a popular Wynwood restaurant dishing out fine vegan and raw cuisine. But behind the scenes, a nasty legal fight continues to brew. Matthew Kenney brought his brand of plant-based cuisine to Miami and the restaurant, but amid a $1.4 million lawsuit against him, the celebrity chef disputes who now controls Plant Food and Wine. Meanwhile, his legal troubles continue to simmer in Maine, California and even faraway Thailand. Kenney, who …
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Miami lobbyist’s business made $1 million profit on state anti-hazing contract

Already a subscriber, but don’t have a login? A business co-founded by a lobbyist pocketed $1 million profit from state anti-hazing program, made campaign donations, paid lobbyists. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Educational Management Services claims it spent $660,000 of the $1.7 million it received to produce, “Hazing Solutions,” an online course that only taught 95 students at one university. Arek Sarkissian/Naples MIAMI – A b…
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Another day, another derailment in NYC subway

Another day, another derailment. And another round of finger-pointing on who is to blame for problems with New York City’s troubled transit system. On Friday, a “B” train derailed near the end of the line in Brooklyn, causing no major injuries but briefly gumming up a subway system that has seen its share of horror shows lately. “This derailment is indicative of a creaking mass transit system that needs urgent upgrades to fit the needs of a 21st century city,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tweeted. Last month, a Harlem subway derailment tossed around riders and forced hundreds to evacuate through darkened tunnels. In another case, riders were trapped for nearly an hour on a sweltering train with no air conditioning. On Wednesday, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed. One rider tweeted Friday: “Glad no one was hurt on the derailment but the ripple effect is … can I get a note for work? Again” The subway problems aren’t even technically part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aptly named “summer of hell,” which refers instead to summer-long track work and corresponding schedule cutbacks for suburban commuter trains at Penn Station. So far, that hell hasn’t materialized, and both Cuomo and Amtrak officials have said the work to replace aging equipment and track at the nation’s busiest train station is going well. But within the five boroughs, riders haven’t been so lucky. The number of subway delays has tripled in the past five years, to 70,000 per month, and rush hour cancellations and delays on the Long Island Rail Road were at the highest level in 10 years, according to a report last month. About 5.7 million people ride the subway on an average weekday. “The summer of hell is turning into the summer of fear,” said Nick Sifuentes, Deputy Director of the Riders Alliance. And the contentious squabbling between Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on management of the crisis boiled over again this week, mostly on whether the city or state governments should be paying more. The current five-year MTA capital plan, which covers upkeep for the subways, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North, plus other pieces of the transit system, is about $29 billion. The city has pledged $2.5 billion and the state $8.3 billion, plus Cuomo recently pledged an additional $1 billion. “The state has put in more money than ever before in the history of the state, and it’s the city’s legal obligation to be funding it, even though we stepped in on a moral level,” Cuomo told reporters Thursday. His statements prompted a fast rebuke from the mayor’s office. “New Yorkers need serious leadership at a time like this,” city spokesman Austin Finan said. “The city’s unprecedented $2.5 billion commitment in the state-run MTA capital plan is far in excess of any legal obligation. Let’s stop the diversions and obfuscation and start spending the resources the MTA has on the repairs and maintenance that will keep New Yorkers moving.” Their debate prompted a history lesson by Metropolitan Transportation Authority head Joe Lhota on how the messy ownership structure came to be. He said a 1981 law was meant to help the city during a major financial crisis, when it could not pay capital costs and the subways were in much worse shape than they are now. The state picked up the tab, but it was never meant to be permanent, he said. He said the city now has a surplus of about $4 billion, and he’s going to submit an emergency plan to deal with the crisis. And he expects the city to chip in.
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Ex-Prosecutor Goes From Seeing Cases in Black and White to Adding Shades of Gray

At that time he was 33, Harvard-educated and a rising star in the legal … launch his own Miami law firm, Rivero Mestre, with partner Jorge A. Mestre.
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