Report details eye-popping amount of undeclared cash seized at airports
MIAMI — If you’re traveling with more than $10,000 in cash into or out of the United States, you’d better declare the money or you’re likely to lose it.Especially if you’re flying through Miami International Airport — ranked right up there with New York’s John F. Kennedy and Chicago’s O’Hare airports, according to a new report on federal seizures of funds from travelers who don’t fill our the right customs form.The Miami airport ranks among the top five in the United States for federal seizures of money from travelers who don’t legally declare it — a sum totaling $91.5 million at MIA between 2...
Advocates rally to tear down highways that bulldozed Black neighborhoods
WASHINGTON — As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst “racist monument.”For much of her life, Stelly, who is Black, has lived in the shadow of the Claiborne expressway, an elevated freeway built through the Tremé, Tulane/Gravier and 7th Ward neighborhoods. She has fought to tear down the highway and restore this commercial corridor at the heart of Black New Orleans, but faced skepticism, indifference and inertia.Now, as the nation reckons with oth...
Trump touts plan to speed infrastructure projects in Atlanta
ATLANTA — President Donald Trump used a brief trip to Atlanta on Wednesday to tout changes to the federal environmental review process, an overhaul he said would speed the permitting of infrastructure projects nationwide.In a 41-minute address at UPS’ airport hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Trump said his administration’s move would have a major effect on the construction of new highways, pipelines and power plants. Developers often wait years for approval as they navigate the byzantine regulatory process, he said.“For decades, the single biggest obstacle to building a modern ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Coronavirus: Black and Latinx women in California have lost work at three times the rate of white men
OAKLAND, Calif. — Leah Taylor loved her job as a bartender at Oakland International Airport. The pay was great, and she got to be a counselor and confidant for travelers scared of flying or heading to family funerals. But now, almost four months after the COVID-19 pandemic obliterated air travel and Taylor was laid off, she’s focused on trying to stay afloat.“It was super hard to afford living here when people had jobs,” she said. “It’s a whole other level now.”Taylor highlights a troubling trend among Black, Latinx and immigrant women, who have seen their jobs vanish at much higher rates duri...
The Mercury News
NY airports to enforce quarantine for travelers from COVID hot spots
NEW YORK — People coming into New York’s airports from 19 states where coronavirus cases are rapidly rising will be met by “peace officers” upon arrival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.The potentially infectious travelers will be required to fill out a state Department of Health form that provides information on where they are coming from, going to, how to contact them — as well as a guarantee to self-quarantine for two weeks. The forms will be distributed on flights before they land, and can also be filled out electronically.Those who decline to fill out a form will face a fine of up to $...
New York Daily News
Vahe Gregorian: It's time for the Chiefs to defuse the cultural offenses they enable and reflect
When Lamar Hunt and an entourage of his Dallas Texans staff and players arrived at Municipal Airport on April 15, 1963, to spark a ticket drive to assure their proposed move to Kansas City, the small group that greeted them included Shawnee Mission East students holding a banner that read, “Welcome Home, K.C. Somethings.”The move became a reality weeks later, and so it was time for a more specific name. And for all the genius and vision that defined owner Hunt and coach Hank Stram, their first instinct was myopic.“Lamar and Hank, they wanted to call it the Kansas City Texans,” longtime Chiefs ...
The Kansas City Star
Federal agents seize more than 80 luxury cars at Port Everglades bound for Venezuela
MIAMI — Port Everglades is looking like an auto dealership these days, with rows of high-end vehicles on display, including a Mercedes Biturbo SUV worth a whopping $150,000, and even a few low-end cars, such as a Toyota Corolla valued at a meager $20,000.There are 81 cars lined up, with a collective retail price of $3.2 million. And the feds have confiscated them all, with plans to seize a lot more.Homeland Security Investigations says the new vehicles have been seized because a ring backed by a notorious Venezuelan billionaire tried to smuggle them out of South Florida to Venezuela, in violat...
COVID-19: As Miami shuts down, American Airlines resumes Caribbean travel from MIA
MIAMI — Outside the doors of Miami International Airport, life is shutting down as restaurants in Miami-Dade County prepare to close their indoor dining rooms — once again — in the face of spiking COVID-19 infections.But inside the airport, things are beginning to look closer to normal. On Tuesday, anxious travelers, wearing masks and face shields, checked themselves in at kiosks, waited in long security lines and rushed to make flights, as American Airlines relaunched service to eight previously suspended Caribbean destinations.“Today is a moment of great satisfaction for me to be able to ret...
Carnival delays new ship Mardi Gras, revamped Radiance from Port Canaveral debuts
ORLANDO, Fla. — Carnival Cruise Line has announced it is delaying the fall debuts at Port Canaveral of its newest, biggest ship Mardi Gras as well as the transformed Carnival Victory, which was set to get the new name Carnival Radiance.With the delays, the line has also decided to keep Carnival Breeze at Port Canaveral, pulling it from plans to sail out of Port Everglade.Carnival’s Mardi Gras had already seen delays while under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland before the coronavirus pandemic, which has both halted sailings across the entire cruise industry, but also slowed c...
Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty for hitting woman taunting him for 'acting like you white'
MIAMI — A Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duty after body-camera footage surfaced Wednesday night of him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport.The video, obtained by the Miami Herald, shows a masked officer speaking to a Black woman in a terminal on Wednesday, when she becomes irate and begins taunting him. “You acting like you white when you really Black … what you want to do?” the woman says.The unmasked woman steps up to the man, putting her face right in his before he strikes her in the face. “She headbutted me,” he says as the officers rush in to ...