Lots of news this morning but make sure you watch the video of the woman talking the robber out of robbing her store (B).
A- Herald: It's a done deal.
Miami commissioners passed one of the most controversial zoning issues in years Thursday, giving developer Mark Siffin the green light to build a pair of towering electronic signs that will hover almost 500 feet over downtown.B- Herald: Video, woman talks religion to a Broward robber who then changes his mind and leaves.
The two-hour discussion was filled with speeches from unemployed union members in favor of the project -- and residents concerned about the visual pollution they say it will bring.
In the end, the commission's decision came down to money.
It voted 4-1 to allow the twin electronic towers, a parking garage they will sit on, and, ultimately, a retail center with outdoor cafes on Biscayne Boulevard next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts and facing The Miami Herald. That influx will mean millions of dollars in new revenue for the cash-strapped city.
Commissioners Marc Sarnoff, Wifredo ``Willy'' Gort, Richard P. Dunn II and Francis Suarez voted in favor. Commissioner Frank Carollo, concerned the city was rushing the measure, voted against.
C- Herald: Morin.
D- Sun-Sentinel: Dodged a bullet.
The top federal official on the BP oil spill said Thursday there's now very little chance any of the oil will reach South Florida.E- Sun-Sentinel: Chan Lowe.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said at a news conference in New Orleans that recent events, including the arrival of remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie, have sharply diminished the oil threat to South Florida. And if an attempt by BP to permanently plug the well succeeds, he said, that danger will end for good.
F- Palm Beach Post: Winn Dixie v. Publix in a nutshell.
When Consumer Reports magazine rated national and regional grocery store chains in 2009, Publix ranked third in overall satisfaction among 59 companies. Winn-Dixie ranked 55th, in part because of low marks for cleanliness, and Walmart Supercenters ranked 56th.G- Palm Beach Post: Crist still leading in the polls.
Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist leads the general election race for U.S. Senate with 37 percent to 32 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 17 percent for leading Democrat Jeff Greene, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds.H- South Florida Business Journal: Like a rock.
Second quarter profits for The McClatchy Co. fell 83 percent from last year’s results, which were lifted by a gain from debt restructuring.I- South Florida Business Journal: Can you hear me now?
McClatchy, parent company of The Miami Herald, earned $7.3 million in the second quarter, or 9 cents a share, down from $42.2 million, or 50 cents a share, in the same three-month period in 2009.
AT&T said it has activated two new cell sites with 3G-speed capability in Miami-Dade County.J- CBS4: Video, chip your dog.
The sites expand coverage in a residential area centered at S.W. 127th Avenue and Killian Parkway (S.W. 104th Street); in the Flagler business park and neighboring residential areas in northwestern Doral; and along a stretch of the Florida Turnpike between Okeechobee Road and Northwest 74th Street.