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Top Stories From the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

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

Pitbull, Gloria Estefan react to Cuba protests and stand in solidarity with the #SOSCuba hashtag

A harrowing economic crisis in Cuba, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, is spurring local celebrities and artists to speak up and call for an end to the food shortages and high prices that plague the island.

Thousands of demonstrators have been protesting against Cuba’s communist dictatorship since Sunday, calling for the removal of President Miguel Díaz-Canel amid a severe resource shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re fed up with the queues, the bottlenecks. That’s why I’m here, “a middle-aged protester told The Associated Press. He refused to provide identification for fear of being arrested later.

Rallies were held from the Malecon promenade in Havana to the streets of Little Havana, South Florida. Several public figures and celebrities have expressed their support for Cuba on social media using the hashtag #SOSCuba.

Here are some of the celebrities and public figures who have spoken.

Interactive: What happened before the collapse at Champlain Towers South?

Three weeks after the Champlain Towers South collapsed, several agencies and engineers are trying to find out why the 40-year-old building collapsed.

NBC 6 investigators discovered that years before the tragedy began, there were concerns about the building – from leaking pipes in the garage to costly repairs.

These are some of the problems identified earlier.

Here’s what happened in the Champlain Towers before the collapse.

NBC 6’s Amanda Plasencia spoke to Miami-born Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota Lynx about getting back to the Olympic stage

Born in Miami, she “hooped” for more glory in women’s basketball at the Tokyo Olympics

For WNBA legend Sylvia Fowles, it’s nothing but the network. The center with the Minnesota Lynx is on the way to the Olympic Games in Tokyo with USA Basketball.

“When I was called to the team, I was still in disbelief. Not that I haven’t put in a lot of work over the years, but not everyone has the chance to say they can fight for their fourth gold medal, so that’s special, “said Fowles.

Dressing up number 13, Fowles dominates the field. The six-foot-six star aimed high and quickly rose to the top in her career. She became the reigning WNBA career rebound leader in 2020 and was named league MVP in 2017.

Fowles began playing ball in small Miami courts. She is from Liberty City and attended Gulliver Prep for high school and then Louisiana State University before turning professional.

100 days until the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the athletes from Miami are looking forward to bringing home the gold after a year-long delay. NBC 6’s Amanda Plasencia reports

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Three-time Olympic champion Sylvia Fowles will represent Team USA – and Team Miami – on the basketball court in Tokyo.

The 6 ‘6 ”native of Miamier previously won gold medals for basketball in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Fowles was inducted into the first round of the WNBA in 2008, and in the same year she also took part in her first Olympic Games. Fowles, nicknamed “Baby Shaq”, made history as the first woman to perform a slam dunk in an international competition.

Will she take home a fourth gold medal at the Tokyo Games? We can’t wait to watch and find out!

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The new NBC 6 South Florida Local News and Weather app is live!

The NBC 6 South Florida apps for iOS and Android have been redesigned from the ground up to make it easier for you to stay up to date and find important local news and weather quickly.

Developed in-house by the NBCUniversal Local team, the app has new features that focus on freshness, usability, and readability to better highlight NBC 6 South Florida’s award-winning storytelling.

New features include a feed of the latest published stories to make sure readers know what’s happening as soon as possible; an improved notification inbox to make it easier for readers to catch up on important news; a new video hub to easily find videos by time or topic. You can now also sign up for Olympic Alerts for the most urgent news notifications from the Tokyo Olympics.

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