If you have a suggestion for a staff-written obituary, please contact Elinor J. Brecher, 305-376-3631, EBrecher@MiamiHerald.com Headlines Hurricane Coverage See the full forecast and storm coverage tool goes here Construction Odebrecht USA a master at winning public contracts has run into roadblocks in its quest to build Airport City By MIMI WHITEFIELD The Miami Herald Since the 19th century, construction has been in the Odebrecht familys blood Odebrecht in the United States Odebrecht USA: Headquartered in Coral Gables with offices in Houston and New Orleans. The construction company has built many public works projects in Miami-Dade County, bridges throughout Florida, highways in Texas, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, the Seven Oaks Dam in California and new water pumping stations and fortified levees in New Orleans. Ongoing Florida projects: Miami International Airport North Terminal (Final phase the baggage handling system that will connect with North Terminal international arrivals is scheduled to be completed in February.) Wharf-strengthening at PortMiami in preparation for deepening the shipping channel. As a prelude, 185 corals were relocated to a more suitable environment. Widening of SR 8360I-385 near Biscayne Bay Embankment, wall and drainage work for new south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and development of navigational aids infrastructure. Rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee (replacement of two culverts near Moore Haven) for the Army Corps of Engineers Working on preparing bids for $2.8 billion worth of FDOT projects Braskem America: Headquartered in Philadelphia, it is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States and has five U.S. production plants. Subsidiary of Odebrechts Braskem S.A., the top thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. The parent company has 36 industrial plants in the U.S., Brazil and Germany. Odebrecht Environmental: It has offices in Coral Gables and Houston and is developing models for water re-use projects Shaping the face of Miami-Dade Odebrecht USA has been involved in the construction of some of the countys most visited and iconic public structures and venues, including these four: By MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Odebrecht USA.
Philip Morris USA Remains Committed to Defending Engle Cases Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision
There is a Senate hearing scheduled tomorrow on a subject of some importance to millions of Americans, but with the government shutdown it’s not clear that the Senate Committee on Government Affairs will be able to pay for a stenographer to record the event. The hearing involves the Federal Disability Insurance Program, which could become the first government benefits program to run out of money. When it began back in the 1950s it was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury. Today, it serves nearly 12 million people — up 20 percent in the last six years — and has a budget of $135 billion. That’s more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. It’s been called a “secret welfare system” with it’s own “disability industrial complex,” a system ravaged by waste and fraud. A lot of people want to know what’s going on. Especially Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Tom Coburn: Go read the statute. If there’s any job in the economy you can perform, you are not eligible for disability. That’s pretty clear. So, where’d all those disabled people come from?
Officially, Castro said the boy has been racing for three to four months. He just started racing, and this is his first big race that hes come to, Castro said. Clearly excited, Aidan had climbed to the top of a fence overlooking the start hill where the pros were just about to race. Wearing a blue and black bodysuit that identified him as a rider, when Aidan was asked if he liked to race because it was crazy and gave him a good rush, he said, Yup thats exactly what he likes about BMX. I just like riding, he said. Something Adams said is a valid reason to ride. Its gonna be different for everybody, Adams said. For some of them, the points are what theyre chasing; theyre trying to get the most points to win their regional, to win their district, or whatever the case may be. For some, its, I get to get out on my two wheels and go out and have fun. Walking up to the track, people of all ages could be seen sitting under tents, chatting, drinking soda and tinkering with their bikes. Adams said the atmosphere is what makes BMX a very family oriented sport. In many cases, you have brothers and sisters racing, Adams said. You have moms and dads racing, and if theyre not racing, theyre part of the pit crew or part of the team helping out. Very few sports that you can participate in where the whole family can participate at one venue. Because of this, Adams said its not uncommon to see children as young as 3 years old kicking along on the track.
Supreme Court Decision * Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release. Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:47am EDT Philip Morris USA Remains Committed to Defending Engle Cases Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision The United States Supreme Court today in the Douglas case denied a request from Philip Morris USA (PM USA) and other tobacco companies to review the constitutionality of the trial structure being used in the Engle progeny cases in Florida. Todays decision does not diminish our ability to put forth a vigorous defense, said Murray Garnick, senior vice president and associate general counsel, Altria Client Services, speaking on behalf of PM USA. We have strong legal and factual defenses and remain committed to defending ourselves in each of these cases. Although we are disappointed by the decision, we will continue to challenge the constitutionality of these trials as appropriate, added Garnick. Even under the current rulings, we have demonstrated our ability to manage these cases over the last five years. Not only has a substantial number of cases been dismissed or otherwise resolved before trial, but juries have returned verdicts in favor of PM USA in approximately half of its cases tried to verdict. The so-called Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits and rely on general findings from the first class action. The case is Douglas v. Philip Morris USA et al. Philip Morris USA