FIU deputy police chief arrested after scuffle with officers
MIAMI (AP) — Florida International University's deputy police chief is facing criminal charges after he was arrested for allegedly battering police officers at a South Florida restaurant and bar.
Police officers in Coral Gables, Florida say Benjamin Guerrero faces three charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and a count of disorderly conduct following his arrest last Friday.
Report: Key design flaws in bridge that had deadly collapse
MIAMI (AP) — Designers overestimated the strength of a critical section of a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed, killing six people, and they underestimated the load on that same section, federal investigators reported Thursday.
Cracks that were observed in the bridge before it collapsed were consistent with those design errors, their report says.
Board backs 1-year extension for FIU president
MIAMI (AP) — The Board of Trustees at Florida International University is backing the school's president by approving a one-year contract extension, months after a bridge under construction collapsed and killed six people.
MIAMI (AP) — Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle.
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MIAMI (AP) — Hundreds of Florida International University students held a vigil Wednesday to remember the six victims who died in a pedestrian bridge collapse near campus.
The names of the victims were displayed on a screen inside a ballroom at the Miami-area school. Loud gasps and crying could be heard from the crowd when the name of FIU student Alexa Duran appeared on the screen.
The Latest: Rods were being adjusted when bridge fell
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the bridge collapse in Florida (all times local):
Federal investigators say they've confirmed that workers were adjusting a tension rod on a newly installed portion of a pedestrian bridge when it collapsed on a busy highway, killing six people.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday said that workers were adjusting a second tension rod on the north end of the span last week after having done the same on the south end just before.
Students Hold Vigil For Bridge Collapse Victims
Florida campus opens days after 6 die in bridge collapse
MIAMI (AP) — Students returning from spring break to Florida International University held a moment of silence Monday to honor the six people killed in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was supposed to be a campus showcase.
Some were angry that traffic had continued under the bridge while testing continued on the 950-ton structure.
"They were stress testing with cars passing under, people walking across. Why?" said marine biology sophomore Andy Distrubell.
MIAMI (AP) — As crews removed bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim's uncle raged against what he called the "complete incompetence" and "colossal failure" that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span.
Bridge collapse victim’s uncle rages at ‘incompetence’
MIAMI (AP) — As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim's uncle raged against what he called the "complete incompetence" and "colossal failure" that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span.
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride.
The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up with federal funding a few years ago to show how spans could be built faster and cheaper in the U.S.
MIAMI — Rescue teams are looking for victims among cars trapped in the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, officials said Thursday afternoon.
At least eight people have been transported to hospitals to receive medical attention, said a spokesman with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at a press conference.
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The Miami Herald on Florida International University reinstating 16 Greek organizations with new rules:
Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg is firmly and effectively cracking down on Greek life at his school. The good news is other institutions of higher learning in the state are taking a hard look at fraternity culture, too.
Florida university says no alcohol at Greek events for now
MIAMI (AP) — Florida International University has banned alcohol from all fraternity and sorority events for the rest of the school year.
President Mark Rosenberg also said in a statement Monday that the school will have zero tolerance for infractions at the school's 16 Greek chapters in the future.
Bomb threat cancels Florida Jewish museum’s celebration of Balfour Declaration anniversary: Report
A South Florida Jewish center's planned celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration Thursday was canceled over a bomb threat from a local college student, the Miami Herald reported Thursday night.
Police believe it was 21-year-old Florida International University student Oscar Aguayo who issued a threat against the Miami Beach-based Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts are helping coral grow on the ocean floor off Florida.
Marine scientists at Florida International University are studying corals growing in deep waters. The Miami-area school reported recruiting NASA astronauts to plant a coral nursery 90 feet (27 meters) below the ocean's surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Student dies after collapsing at FIU campus
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a student died after collapsing at Florida International University.
The Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/Miv9Hu ) reports that the unnamed student was playing basketball at the school's main campus in Miami Friday when he collapsed. University spokeswoman Maydel Santana says Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the student to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Donation aids FIU’s plans to open arts center in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Florida International University plans to open a $10 million arts center in Miami's gallery-filled Wynwood neighborhood thanks to a donation from a local developer.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2h8v9lJ ) reports on Monday that the donation was made by developer Moishe Mana.
The 15,000-square-foot space will feature studio space for architecture, design and communications studios.
Florida International University student shot and killed
SWEETWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old Florida International University student near the campus.
Miami-Dade Police said that Michael Nicholas Zaldua died late Friday evening from gunshot wounds.
He was found in a parking garage that adjoins a student apartment complex located a few blocks away from the main university campus.
Student found dead in FIU dorm; no foul play suspected
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a Florida International University student was found dead in his dorm room on the school's main campus.
The Miami-Herald (https://goo.gl/kkeZIe ) reports that Miami-Dade police are investigating the death, but there was no immediate evidence of foul play.
The student, who wasn't immediately named, was found dead Thursday, and his body was removed by late afternoon.
FIU extends Pete Garcia’s contract through July 2018
MIAMI (AP) — Florida International University says executive director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia's contract has been extended through July 31, 2018.
Garcia does not plan to remain at the school past that date.
Garcia says he plans on continuing to oversee renovations and upgrades to FIU's football and soccer stadiums and the completion of planned softball and golf complexes throughout the remainder of his tenure at the school.
He has led the university's athletic department since 2006.
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