Top News Highlights: Venezuela TPS Extension, Sexual Assault Arrest, Miami-Dade Police Director’s Announcement, Florida Minimum Wage Increase, Lolita’s Return Home

2023-09-21 12:52:03

Today is Thursday, September 21 and these are the main news of the day:

1.- The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, announced this Wednesday the extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent people from returning safely. safe. This extension provides temporary protection against deportation, as well as employment authorization for people who arrived in the United States before July 31, 2023.

2. A man who was arrested on charges of sexual assault with a deadly weapon appears imprisoned and without bail. His name is Félix Rodríguez Álvarez and according to the arrest report, through an application he met with a woman to have sex for money, but once they met in West Buena Vista Park, Miami, they argued over the payment he had given. in advance and demanded it back. With a gun he subdued the woman so she could call a friend of hers and take the money. Once he received the $200, he would have raped the woman.

3.- Freddy Ramírez, Miami-Dade police director, who had left the hospital after a suicide attempt in July, reported that he will not run as a candidate for Miami-Dade sheriff. In a statement he said he looks forward to working with the mayor and stakeholders to make a successful transition. Ramírez was the second candidate with the most monetary contributions to his campaign.

4.- This coming September 30, Florida’s minimum wage will go from 11 to 12 dollars an hour. As for future increases, Amendment 2 establishes regular increases of $1, reaching $15 per hour in 2026. A study reveals that the estimated wage for a Florida family of two working parents with two children is just over $25 per hour, or $90,121 annually, after taxes.

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5.- A little more than a month after her death at the Miami Seaquarium, the orca Lolita is back home. Her remains arrived in Bellingham, Washington state, aboard a plane chartered by the aquarium. She was accompanied by envoys from The Dolphin Company, and representatives of the Lummi Nation. Now Lolita will be taken to the reservation, where she will be mourned according to the tribe’s traditions. Lolita was the last survivor of the whales captured in the 70s on Puget Island.

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