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#BREAKING: @FIU's new pedestrian bridge just collapsed onto SW 8th Street. This company proudly "performed structural monitoring."
#BREAKING: Multiple fatalities reported in @FIU pedestrian bridge collapse. @BDITest just deleted this tweet from 3 days ago in which they said they were "thrilled to have performed structural monitoring" on the project.
#BREAKING: 2 days ago @FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in story about new pedestrian bridge now deleted from the school's website “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully."
#BREAKING: Rep. @MarioDB on @FIU bridge now deleted from school website: "This project represents a true collaboration at local, state, and federal levels, and in both the public and private sectors...I will continue to support and incentivize these new ideas..."
#BREAKING: Another view of the immediate aftermath of @FIU pedestrian bridge collapse. You can see what appear to be the first emergency responders arriving and hear what sounds like the horn of a car stuck on under the rubble
#BREAKING: Miami construction firm @WeAreMCM who was building the collapsed @FIU pedestrian bridge is "tangled up in Paul Manafort saga"…
#BREAKING: Florida construction companies behind collapsed @FIU pedestrian bridge @WeAreMCM and @FIGGBridge both had other bridge collapses in recent years…
#BREAKING: Here is the video from @BDITest's deleted tweet of collapsed @FIU pedestrian bridge 3 days ago.
More info on collapsed @FIU bridge from an article deleted from the school's website: it is "the largest pedestrian bridge moved via Self-Propelled Modular Transportation in U.S. history. It is also the first in the world to be constructed entirely of self-cleaning concrete."
#BREAKING: @FIUPOLICE threatening to arrest students "for trespassing if they don’t leave the university’s parking garage" and stop video recording the collapsed @FIU pedestrian bridge
Miami-Dade @MayorGimenez's son worked at @WeAreMCM, the construction company behind collapsed @FIU bridge, and his other son was their lobbyist:…
#BREAKING: 4 confirmed dead in @FIU bridge collapse, 9 in the hospital and more possibly still trapped in rubble
#BREAKING: @FLGovScott says collapsed bridge is "an @FIU project, not an FDOT project," but @MyFDOT is listed as a partner (see bottom right of pic) h/t @FrankieJRMD
Yesterday @BarnhartCrane proudly tweeted about their involvement in the @FIU pedestrian bridge; today, after it collapsed, they deleted it (via @davidmackau)
The political clout of @WeAreMCM, the construction company behind the @FIU bridge collapse, cannot be overstated: the family has donated nearly $1 million to Florida politicians…
Perspective: Senator @MarcoRubio showed up on the scene of the @FIU bridge collapse and basically acted as a spokesman for @WeAreMCM. THAT'S clout.
As @MarcACaputo points out, @WeAreMCM was able to get Miami-Dade's powerful GOP legislative delegation to fight for them in a bidding dispute (SPOILER ALERT: because they're on MCM's payroll)
Surveillance video of the moment @FIU pedestrian bridge collapsed
Miami @RepMannyDiazJr was accused of "malicious lobbying" on behalf of @WeAreMCM, the construction company behind the collapsed @FIU bridge:…
Rep. @CarlosLCurbelo used to be a lobbyist and still keeps his client list secret; it allegedly contains his major campaign contributors @WeAreMCM, the construction company behind @FIU bridge collapse…
Since @RepMannyDiazJr tweeted this and deleted it, I'm happy to correct his spelling (City*) and the record: you work for a charter school while serving as House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chair. You are the ultimate lobbyist with the ultimate conflict of interest.
Florida ranks near the bottom for education spending while you siphon money from public schools into for-profit charters -- all while making a six-figure salary from one of the nation's largest charter school companies @AcademicaTweets:…
Miami @RepMannyDiazJr colluded with Ex-Rep. @ErikFresenFL (brother-in-law of Academica founder) to give charters more public money with less accountability. Fresen went to jail for not filing a tax return during his entire 8 years in office. Because Miami.…
These charter schools @RepMannyDiazJr gets paid to pimp while supposedly "serving his constituents" are just another Florida hustle: we top the nation in charter school closures…
While @RepMannyDiazJr took money from public schools and put it in his own pocket, educators BEGGED for more school-safety funds, which Manny and his fellow GOP lawmakers slashed by $11.2 million for years before the #Parkland massacre:…
Then @RepMannyDiazJr votes against hearing the assault weapons ban and LIKES an article by a sexist homophobe accusing #Parkland survivors of lying:…
This twisted ideology of PRIVATIZE, SUBSIDIZE and BRUTALIZE without accountability has resulted in tragic “public-private partnership” disasters like the @FIU bridge collapse -- all thanks to pay to play politicians.
Por ejemplo: here's Miami-Dade @MayorGimenez with the Munilla family, founders of @WeAreMCM, the company behind collapsed @FIU bridge. Gimenez is reportedly related to them by marriage and MCM has secured 100s OF MILLIONS in county contracts while paying both the mayor's sons.
#BREAKING: @MyFDOT and @WeAreMCM "made the call" to allow cars to drive under @FIU bridge during "stress testing" when it collapsed, says City of Sweetwater…
#BREAKING: Engineer of @FIU bridge from @FIGGBridge reported cracks to @MyFDOT days before collapse…
#BREAKING: Bodies are still trapped beneath the rubble and Miami-Dade State Attorney @KathyFndzRundle has already announced there won’t be criminal charges BEFORE THE INVESTIGATION HAS EVEN STARTED into the @FIU bridge collapse
If there is any rule of law left in @MiamiDadeCounty a grand jury should be convened ASAP, not only to investigate the FIU bridge collapse but possible bribery and corruption involving the company who built the bridge @WeAreMCM and public officials in the gov’t contract process.
This would be a significant scandal, a miscarriage of justice and possible cover up in real time that @KathyFndzRundle is trying to bury in a Friday night news dump 33 hours after the FIU bridge collapsed and while BODIES ARE STILL TRAPPED. But it is not going away.
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