It’s Wednesday November 3rd – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
# 1 – The Democratic primary to replace late Democratic United States Rep. Alcee Hastings was too close to call Tuesday night after most votes were counted in the South Florida District.
With nearly 99% of the votes counted, less than 100 votes separate the two leaders in a field of 11 Democrats. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and healthcare company CEO Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick led the overcrowded primary, each with nearly 24% of the vote. Businessman Jason Mariner won the Republican primary, beating Greg Musselwhite, but is being considered a feature film to win the general election in the predominantly Democratic district which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. The participation rate was around 16%. The district is over 61% Democrat and about 13% Republican.
# 2 – A South Florida dad speaks out after saying his son was attacked during a big brawl at a high school in Coconut Creek.
The incident happened about three weeks ago at Monarch High School. Mario Gomez’s son went to the hospital with minor injuries. Gomez’s son – who asked to remain anonymous – said he was sitting in the cafeteria with his phone when a boy approached him and told him they were going to fight. The family say that at first administrators told them they could file a complaint, but were later told they couldn’t because the school believed Gomez’s son had started the fight. In a statement, Broward County Public Schools said Monarch High administrators discipline students accused of fighting under the code of conduct – and administrators and security respond quickly if they see an incident.
# 3 – The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has charged Medley advisor Ana Lilia Stefano with two crimes, accusing her of defrauding a nonprofit food bank over $ 24,000.
The announcement came Tuesday in a joint statement with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Confidence that investigated, reprimanded and fined the city councilor. Prosecutors accuse Stefano of using his role as director of the Santana Moss Foundation, named after the former NFL star, to profit from the sale of food donated to local religious organizations and health clinics in and around the town of Medley. Moss himself cooperated with investigators. They said he had no part in the scheme and “was surprised that the Foundation still exists as a legal entity.”
# 4 – Vaccines are finally available for American children as young as 5, much to the relief of some parents even as others have questions or fears.
Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final clearance for young people between the ages of 5 and 11 to obtain pediatric doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. Pediatricians and other medical groups have welcomed the move and are preparing to help families decide whether or not to vaccinate their children. The injections could be available as early as Wednesday and will be offered in pediatrician offices, clinics and pharmacies. Like COVID-19 vaccines for adults, they are free.
# 5 – Exactly a week after a South Florida man was killed in a construction accident in North Miami, his wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy who will carry on his father’s legacy.
Gabriel Alvarez, 44, was killed on October 25 after a large machine fell on him at a construction site where he worked as a principal in North Miami, near the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University, according to a family friend. His wife, Grace, gave birth to Gabriel Tomas on Monday at 1:05 p.m. – the exact time Alvarez took his last breath a week before. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the incident and said it could not discuss details of an investigation – but confirmed it had launched site inspections. Click here to read more about this moving story from NBC 6 reporter Cristian Benavides.
# 6 – In the age of COVID-19, parenting can get hectic.
For Elisa Trucco, juggling 3-year-old twins in the midst of the pandemic keeps her on her guard. Trucco, a working mother, often takes her son and daughter outside to burn off energy. Sometimes she feels overwhelmed. So what can parents do to help manage daily activities without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted? Moms With A Mic spoke to Dr. Sara Rivero-Conil, psychologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, about a few simple steps to help you stay sanity. Click here for the story of Julia and Marissa Bagg, reporter for NBC 6.