Just a few things for you in this morning's mainstream media.
A- Herald: All hail #33.
CBS4 has the video.
Slowly, the banner bearing Mourning's now-hallowed number rose to the rafters of the downtown bayside arena, and as it rose, Zo's brave facade fell. Tears began to stream down his cheeks, a huge hand engulfing his mouth and chin to hide his emotion.
Never before in the Heat's 21-year NBA history had the club retired a player's jersey until Monday, and it was as if the honor waited for the man who had to be first after announcing his retirement in January.
No one has played more games for the club, or played with more passion, from the angry scowling and biceps-flexing that marked his on-court demeanor to the courage and will he displayed in resuming his career following a 2003 kidney transplant, to the work ethic that led the Heat to reveal the club's weight room is hereby named in Mourning's honor.
The halftime ceremony honoring him stretched some 35 minutes, longer than a Super Bowl halftime. But never mind. Zo is worth it.
B- Herald: Editorial, downtown Miami needs to get with the program.
C- Sun-Sentinel: TGIF, baby.
Through the ensuing years, there have been many plans and promises, but downtown revitalization has come in dribs and drabs, without much cohesion. It is time to redesign downtown, keeping and enhancing what works and getting rid of or improving what doesn't.
Yes, city officials can point to all the sleek new high-rise condos downtown. Their occupancy rates, however, are less than ideal -- and that slowdown began before the recession. The rest of downtown? Outside of the office buildings, Macy's and Gusman Theater, it's mostly populated by luggage and electronic shops; and restaurants that cater to the lunch crowd.
This is not going to bring the kind of vitality that can be found these days in Brickell Village, where a Publix and other retail stores cater to condo residents and are complemented nicely with restaurants and clubs. In that little stretch of Miami, urban design -- combining high-density population with pedestrian-friendly streets, shops and restaurants -- works.The city likes to point to various programs that have improved the streets, particularly Flagler Street, where Macy's is located; but much more is needed.
FORT LAUDERDALE - A city employee is accused of stripping down to his socks and exposing himself to a female co-worker earlier this year. The co-worker said he flashed a sign that said "It's Friday" on one side, and "Let's get naked" on the other.D- NBC6: Thank goodness for foreigners.
And then, she said, he did.
Now he's a former city employee.
David Daley resigned last month as Fort Lauderdale's safety coordinator. His co-worker, Daniela Metz, told police Daley took his clothes off — everything but the socks.
Thanks to declining hotel rates - 11 percent in Miami this winter - international tourists can afford to stay in better digs on a modest budget. Hotels are giving more rooms to foreign travel wholesalers because Americans aren't shelling out.E- WSVN: Death by Metrorail.
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Police and Homicide Detectives are investigating a fatal accident involving a pedestrian that occurred on the tracks at the South Miami Metrorail station.
According to Police, just before 8 a.m. Monday, a man jumped from the platform and into an oncoming northbound train. As a result, the South Miami Station was closed into the late afternoon as detectives investigated.