Top News of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

Here are some of the top stories from last week from NBC 6 News:

The number of migrants coming to the US through South Florida continues to grow. The latest numbers show nearly 1,000 Cuban migrants — including 921 rescued this month in our area alone.

NBC 6 got an aerial look at the problem when it hopped on a flight from Air Station Miami. Coast Guard crews say more bans mean less time for training and more people waiting for help.

Within hours, the plane’s camera detected possible migrants on the water roughly 20 miles away. Click here for more in a report from NBC 6 Heather Walker.

The lawyer for the Cuban pilot who made headlines for his daring flight to South Florida in a small plane is speaking out. NBC 6’s Kim Wynne reports

Life of pilot behind daring flight to South Florida in danger if sent back to Cuba: Attorney

A Cuban pilot who made headlines last week with a daring flight to South Florida in a small plane fears his life will be in danger if he is sent back to the island, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Ruben Martinez Machado is being held in a detention center while he awaits a judge. Machado, 29, made his daring 200-mile journey Friday in a single-engine Antonov An-2 plane, leaving Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, and landing at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport.

The Russian-made plane was supposed to be used to fumigate the soil in Cuba, but Machado used it to escape the island. His lawyer, Eduardo Soto, said sending Machado back to Cuba could be a matter of life or death. But he said if they can create credible fear and show that his life would be in danger by going back, he will likely stay in the US.

After an hour-long emergency meeting to discuss the Broward County Public Schools superintendent’s future with the district, the board decided to grant Dr. Vickie Cartwright 90 days to address the concerns raised against her. NBC 6’s Ryan Nelson reports

The Broward School Board will reevaluate the superintendent after 90 days

After an hour-long emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the Broward County Public Schools superintendent’s future with the district, the board decided to grant Dr. Vickie Cartwright 90 days to address the concerns raised against her.

The board was considering whether Cartwright should remain in her position after only eight official months as superintendent. A simple majority is enough to remove it.

“The board demonstrated tonight that they have continued faith and confidence in my leadership, and I am very grateful to the board for that,” Cartwright said. Last week, board President Torey Alston tore into Cartwright’s job performance as part of a meeting where the board was to either accept or reject the superintendent’s performance evaluation.

The winner of the 2022 Florida Python Challenge is a 19-year-old from South Florida who wrestled 28 snakes in the Everglades. NBC 6’s Jessica Vallejo reports

Palmetto Bay Teen Wrangled 28 Snakes as Florida Python Challenge Winner

The winner of the 2022 Florida Python Challenge is a 19-year-old from South Florida who wrestled 28 snakes in the Everglades.

“Still on cloud nine,” said Matthew Concepcion. “I could not believe it.”

For 10 days, the teenager from Palmetto Bay, Florida was determined to fish from sunup to sundown. Concepcion crossed the canal and waded through the swamps using a flashlight. But it’s not that simple. Concepcion has been hunting pythons for the past five years and has been bitten five times. Click here for more in a report from NBC 6’s Jessica Vallejo.

NBC 6’s Ari Odzer has a little preview of what the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has to offer this year

Anchors Away: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens Wednesday

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show docked in South Florida again starting Wednesday.

The 63rd annual event, which will be held at seven venues including the Broward County Convention Center and the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, will feature more world and American debuts than any other boat show in the country on Sunday.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the events, with an economic impact on the area of ​​nearly $1.8 billion. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased by clicking this link.

At the immersive “Stranger Things” pop-up at Aventura Mall, fans can experience everything from Hawkins to the Upside Down. NBC 6’s Xochitl Hernandez reports

Immersive ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up experience to Aventura Mall

‘Stranger Things’ fans are treated to a new immersive pop-up experience of the fan-favorite Netflix show in Aventura just in time for Halloween.

“We work very closely with show creators to bring live experiences to life,” said Isis Arias, representative of Netflix’s Live Experience Team. “And this was our first effort to bring those experiences closer to the fans.”

In addition to watching the popular Netflix show, fans can now visit Aventura Mall starting Wednesday, where for a limited time visitors will be immersed in the adventure of “Stranger Things.”

At The Palace Arcade, you can play nostalgic video games for free and try to beat the latest high score. Click here for more in a report from NBC 6’s Xochitl Hernandez.

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