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Miami's Top 5 stories for Jan. 29

Miami's Top 5

In case you missed the news, a quick roundup of Miami's Top 5:

1.Taxis will once again be the center of attention at Miami-Dade County Hall on Wednesday, with a handful of proposals intended to improve passenger service on the agenda for a vote. The most comprehensive legislation would require all cabs to eventually take credit cards and install SunPass responders, GPS devices and digital security cameras. Drivers would have to follow a dress code, and cab owners would have to upgrade to new vehicles more frequently.
2. A familiar name is looking to fly from Miami again. Eastern Air Lines Group said that it had taken an initial step to launching a new airline in Miami, albeit one that carries a lot of history.
3. Miami-Dade County officials closed part of a park that once sat in the shadow of a Coral Gables municipal incinerator after finding debris linked to toxic ash. Early soil tests at Brothers to the Rescue Park, just off Coral Way and Southwest 72nd Avenue, showed levels of dangerous heavy metals below thresholds for hazardous chemicals, said Luis Espinoza, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County’s Division of Environmental Resources Management. But county officials still decided to fence off areas with debris until further testing can be done, he said.
4. Ongoing construction and the opening of a new ramp on South Florida roadways may cause some traffic headaches for commuters through the rest of the week. Drivers are being asked to pay close attention and follow flashing message boards and fluorescent signs for information.
5. In pairing new Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey with incumbent coach Joe Philbin, owner Stephen Ross hopes he has found not only a winning formula, but a harmonious one.


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