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Bridge Was Delayed, Over Budget After Design Change

It's not clear whether change contributed to collapse in Florida

(Newser) - Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers. Documents obtained by the AP through a public-records request show... More »

Voicemail About Cracks in Collapsed Bridge Went Unheard

But engineer with FIGG Bridge Group didn't think the cracks were an issue

(Newser) - On Thursday, the 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed in deadly fashion; on Friday, a Florida Department of Transportation employee finally heard the voicemail an engineer left on a landline three days prior, reports the AP . In the message, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group noted cracking had... More »

Florida Bridge Collapse May Lead to Criminal Charges

Death toll is confirmed at 6, expected to rise

(Newser) - “It’s obviously an accident," the Miami Herald quotes Juan Perez as saying of Thursday's deadly pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University. "We have to look to see if somebody contributed to that accident.” The Miami-Dade police chief says criminal charges are possible... More »

Cables Were Being Tightened Before Bridge's Deadly Collapse

Brand-new FIU bridge flattened cars

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a "signature project" that people would identify with Florida International University. Instead, it's the scene of a still unexplained tragedy that left at least six people dead. At least nine injured people were pulled from the rubble Thursday after a pedestrian bridge collapsed... More »

Bridge Collapses 5 Days After Installation; Multiple Fatalities

Pedestrian bridge was installed near Florida International University on Saturday

(Newser) - Officials say several people are dead after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road near the Florida International University campus Thursday in Miami, CBS Miami reports. According to the Miami Herald , the 950-ton bridge was installed Saturday to provide pedestrian access between FIU's main campus and an area... More »

Drug-Seeking Facebook Posts Sink Florida Frat

Pi Kappa Alpha suspended as campus police investigate

(Newser) - Florida International University's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity apparently didn't get the memo that social media isn't the place to go shopping for drugs. The frat has been suspended after its private Facebook page was made public via an anonymous email that included screenshots of 70 posts—some... More »

Dalai Lama Offers $100K to Save Florida Religion Dept.

Religious understanding 'critical' in our world, he says

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama has ponied up $100,000 to help save a Florida college's religion department  from being closed in a round of budget cutting, the Miami Herald reports. “In our deeply interconnected world, understanding and appreciation of diversity of religions is critical in fostering a culture of genuine... More »

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