Here's your regular review of this morning's mainstream media. Enjoy.
A- Herald: Now here's what really happened...at least for today.
A day after Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito said the city brass offered him $400,000 to resign, the mayor said it was only $200,000, and law enforcement authorities say there is no ongoing investigation.B- Herald: Take 'em down.
Commissioner Francis Suarez summed up the drama of the past two days, along with Crapp and Spring’s recent departures, stalled union negotiations and a looming $54 million budget deficit, as “a Spanish telenovela.’’
The controversial 2007 Miami ordinance that allowed 35 giant advertising banners to be draped over buildings in and around downtown violates federal regulations and requires an overhaul, U.S. officials have concluded.C- Herald: Life in South Florida.
The unexpected decision could upset a lucrative arrangement for the cash-strapped city, ad companies that sell and install the murals, and property owners who rent wall space to them.
“It could have a pretty widespread financial impact," Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes the mural zone and who championed the ordinance, said of the federal decision. Sarnoff estimates the murals bring in between $3 million and $4 million in fees annually into municipal coffers, substantial income for a city facing a $54 million deficit.
What began as an investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Robbery Bureau ended with the death of four men Thursday evening in Southwest Miami-Dade.D- Sun-Sentinel: Video, the $600K art project for the new Broward County art project.
While detectives were conducting their investigation, they identified several subjects and the possibility of criminal activity in the area of Southwest 216th Street and 189th Avenue, said Alvaro Zabaleta, detective with Miami-Dade Police. The area is northwest of the Redlands.
Due to the identified subjects’ violent criminal history, the Special Response Team came to aid detectives. Once the identified subjects arrived, they exited a vehicle wearing ski masks and armed with firearms.
A confrontation between the officers and the subjects occurred and shots were fired, resulting in the death of the four subjects. None of the police officers were injured.
E- TC Palm: Make sure you know what door you're knocking on at 2:30 AM.
WABASSO BEACH — Jack Newstedt had been having a good day — before being fatally shot as an intruder in a Summer Place subdivision home early Sunday, according to his older sister.F- WPTV: Never get married.
He was celebrating his 21st birthday. He and his friends went bar-hopping before returning to a home in the subdivision at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Sheriff Deryl Loar said Thursday.
Everyone went inside, except Newstedt. Apparently he became disoriented and wandered off, Loar said.
And he banged on the wrong door.
At 2:36 a.m. he was shot in the 9400 Block of Periwinkle Drive by an older unidentified man who was apprehensive about the banging at his front door.
"Not knowing the subject's intentions, the resident removed his handgun from a safe and opened the front door to address the subject," according to a sheriff's report.
Newstedt "lunged at the (home) owner standing inside the doorway. The resident advised that he staggered back and fired one shot," killing Newstedt, the report shows. Sheriff's officials said the homeowner didn't know Newstedt.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Hypoluxo man is facing aggravated battery charges, after police say an argument with his wife ended when he threw a butter knife at her that got stuck in her head.