Today’s Best Stories – NBC 6 South Florida
It’s Wednesday, December 29e – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
# 1 – Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested the driver responsible for the hit-and-run crash that hit six young children, killing two of them in Wilton Manors, according to BSO on Tuesday.
The driver, Sean Charles Greer, 27, crashed into six children and fled the scene after killing two young girls and injuring four others. Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene Monday afternoon outside an apartment building near Powerline Road, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. They also announced on Tuesday that they had found the hit-and-run vehicle in Wilton Manors. Greer confessed to his involvement in the crash.
# 2 – Florida recorded more than 29,000 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, and the state hospital association resumed daily hospitalization reports as omicron variant infections rise.
The 29,059 cases reported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday brought Florida’s total to 3,965,229 cases since the start of the pandemic. Cases in the state have risen sharply since the rise of the omicron variant during the holidays. Florida reported a record high of nearly 33,000 new infections on Christmas Eve and 29,000 combined cases last weekend. The researchers said that while the queues to get a COVID-19 test in South Florida are dramatic and show the desire for as many tests as possible, overall the number of cases is not is not as important as the one who goes to the hospital.
# 3 – In response to growing demand for COVID-19 testing in South Florida, Miami-Dade County is opening two new testing sites and increasing the hours of operation for the Miami Zoo test site.
The Miami Zoo test site will now be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a press release. The two new test sites will be located at Youth Fairgrounds in Tamiami Park and Dolphin Station Park & Ride in Miami. Click here for a full list of places you can visit.
# 4 – As COVID-19 concerns spread across the country and bad weather spreads north, flight cancellations and delays have been reported at airports in South Florida.
On Monday, less than half of the country’s passengers reached their destination within four hours of the scheduled arrival time. As of late Tuesday afternoon, 44 flights were canceled at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, with 117 flights delayed. At Miami International Airport, there were 23 cancellations and 164 delays, compared to 236 delays and 45 cancellations on Monday. But if it’s your flight that’s canceled, the scramble to reorganize plans is immediate and stressful. Click here for more in a report from NBC 6’s Ari Odzer.
# 5 – Artist Kyle Holbrook pays tribute to pioneering fashion designer Virgil Abloh in Wynwood.
Abloh died a month ago from a rare form of heart cancer at the age of 41. With his passing, he left behind a legacy of creativity and inspiration. Abloh was Louis Vuitton Menswear’s first black art director and went on to create his own street wear line called “Off White,” Holbrook told NBC 6. In the mural, Holbrook used the company’s acrylic paints. PPG and used a yellow shade called “visionary”. . “Click here to view the mural in a report by NBC 6’s Claudia DoCampo.
# 6 – For the second year in a row, the annual Big Orange Drop in downtown Miami to celebrate the New Year will not take place.
City Commissioner Joe Carollo confirmed to NBC 6 that the drop – which is actually where the Orange in question rises from the side of the Intercontinental Hotel – will not take place after staff behind the the event tested positive for COVID-19. Carollo added that the event, including the midnight fireworks, will continue as planned and a virtual orange drop will take place. The entire event was canceled in 2020, the first time in three decades Miami has rung the new year without the big orange.