MIAMI — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors kept up their round-the-clock inspections without pay just as the pre-holiday rush of flower imports started to peak. About 90 percent of cut flowers imported into the U.S. every year come through the Miami airport. Border Protection agriculture specialists check those goods by hand, stem by stem, for stowaways that could threaten U.S. crops. "Chances are, if you buy a loved one flowers this Valentine's season, they came through this port of entry," said Christopher Maston, the agency's port director at Miami's airport. Valentine's Day is the No. 1 holiday for most florists, and the industry cautiously monitored the shutdown for any delays in getting their flowers through customs. A bigger concern was the weather … [Read more...] about Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn’t stop during shutdown
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Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle Published 1:31 pm CDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 PHOTOS: Houston woman helping with hurricane relief shot dead in Florida Aija Hunter, 24, of Houston, was murdered in Florida on Oct. 31, 2018 when she was allegedly shot by a fellow hurricane relief worker, authorities said. less PHOTOS: Houston woman helping with hurricane relief shot dead in Florida Aija Hunter, 24, of Houston, was murdered in Florida on Oct. 31, 2018 when she was allegedly shot by a fellow hurricane relief worker, ... more Photo: Michelle Anderson/Northwest Florida Daily News A Houston woman was fatally shot at a Greyhound bus station on Wednesday in Florida, where she was with a larger group of Houston residents helping with the Hurricane Michael relief effort. A Houston woman was fatally shot at a Greyhound bus station on Wednesday in Florida, where she was with a larger group of Houston residents helping … [Read more...] about Houston woman killed in Florida was not the gunman’s first target, police report states
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at viral chef Salt Bae’s restaurant in Istanbul on Monday. Food at Nusr Et, the restaurant, is very expensive. Meanwhile, Venezuela is struggling through hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages. Florida Senator Marco Rubio slammed Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – for serving Maduro. Venezuela’s president feasted on expensive steak at celebrity chef Salt Bae’s restaurant while millions of people back home are starving. Nícolas Maduro was seen dining with his wife on Monday at an Istanbul branch of Nusr Et, the international chain of restaurants by to Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as “Salt Bae.” Maduro was in Istanbul for a stop-off on his way from China, where he went to ask for more loans for his economically-stricken country. Recent polls of Venezuelans show that many struggle to afford food, and the country often sees mass protests because of … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s president ate steak at Salt Bae’s restaurant while people in his country are starving
Scars still linger from the powerful hurricane but important lessons have been learned By Craig Hlavaty Updated 8:38 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos from this traumatic hurricane event... less PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos ... more Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff / Houston Chronicle See some of the most powerful images from Hurricane Ike, collected by Houston Chronicle photographers Painful task | Vicky Dearman, left, gets a hug from her friend, Sandra Ysassi, as Dearman sifts through the rubble of her … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ike hit the Houston and Galveston areas a decade ago this week
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico on December 5, 2017. (David Swanson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS) After a New Jersey couple raised more than $400,000 for a homeless veteran, and after allegations that they refused to give it all to him, a judge has ordered the couple to turn over the remaining money. A judge ruled Thursday that Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, must give the man, Johnny Bobbitt, whatever remains from the more than 14,000 donations that poured in from across the country after the couple set up a GoFundMe for him, according to the Associated Press. ADVERTISEMENT Bobbitt has alleged that McClure and D’Amico withheld the money and spent at least some of it on themselves – a claim the couple largely denies. Instead, the couple … [Read more...] about A homeless man says a couple spent donations meant for him. A judge ordered them to give him the rest.