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A massive search and rescue operation is underway at the site of a partial building collapse in South Florida.

Officials have confirmed at least one death and 35 people injured when a section of the oceanfront Champlain Towers condominium fell around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Surfside, Florida.

Surfside is located about 6 miles north of Miami Beach, Florida.

Officials said the 12-story condominium, built in 1981, was undergoing renovations on the roof. They do not believe the renovations caused the disaster.

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Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue sent 113 units to the site of the collapse. Rescue teams and K9 dogs continue to search the rubble for survivors.

At least 99 people are still unaccounted for, while 102 people have been accounted for and are safe.

Residents in nearby buildings describe hearing a loud cracking sound before part of the building fell.

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Section of the building that collapsed. View is from 88th Street and Collins Avenue.

Security camera footage shows the middle section of the L-shaped building crumble to the ground. Seconds later the rest of the structure fell in a cloud of debris.

The rising sun revealed the total devastation of the pre-dawn collapse. Furniture, carpets and bunk beds can be seen on one floor.

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A child was rescued by a passerby who heard him screaming and saw his hand sticking up from the rubble.

A Twitter user shared video from her home surveillance camera that shows a shower of debris falling before the walls begin to shake and the camera loses connection. The woman was not at home at the time of the collapse (watch video here).

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Engineers will determine the cause of the building collapse when the search and rescue phase is completed. One building expert called it “an oddity of biblical proportions” for the 40-year-old structure to fall unexpectedly.

“Buildings just don’t fall down,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said. “There’s no reason for this building to go down like that unless someone literally pulls the supports out from underneath.”
 

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End of An Era: Twitter Reacts to Atlanta Hawks Replacing Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger as Announcer

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron’s fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: “I love Big Tigg but what’s up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does.”

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.



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Outrage Over Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday BBQ with 500 Guests Amid COVID Surge

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Barack Obama sparked outrage over his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people at his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion amid a surge in Delta variant cases.

The former U.S. President hired 200 workers for the huge bash next weekend to celebrate turning 60 on Aug. 4.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

Politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the bash. But the White House dismissed the criticism.

READ ALSO: Barack Obama Urges Black Americans to Get Vaccines Because ‘Wealthy and Powerful’ Are Taking It

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Others pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Mark R. Jacobsen, an Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University tweeted:

“Sorry Mr President @BarackObama – my kid would like a big birthday bash too – but this is tone deaf and we need some more leadership from influencers like you.”

Greg Pollowitz, Twitchy.com editor, said: “Obama must cancel his birthday party.” Pollowitz cited a recent Covid-19 outbreak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the reason.

Mediate Senior Columnist John Ziegler tweeted:

“Elite Liberals: The two greatest threats we face are the COVID pandemic and global warming!! Also Elite Liberals: Let’s have a huge party on super-expensive beach front property we own, even though we claim to believe it will be soon overrun by the rising ocean!!”

Twitter also dragged Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett who asked the public for donations for Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago.

“My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow. For his birthday gift, I’m asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago. Donate at http://obama.org/60-for-60/ #HappyBdayObama.”

Candace Owens tweeted in response:

“LOL.
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha’s Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we’re all in this together!”



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DaBaby Reportedly Lost Lollapalooza Gig After Failing to Deliver Apology Video

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was “canceled” after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the “Suge” rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his “sincere and heartfelt” apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was “touched” by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

READ ALSO: Elton John Drives the Final Nail Into DaBaby’s Rap Career

As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby’s publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper’s Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.
 

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