Top Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

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

Hotel executives meet as ‘Big Resignation’ unfolds ahead of Spring Break

Hotel executives from across the country gathered in Miami to talk about the changes and best practices for dealing with the “Great Resignation” in their industry. A lot has changed in two years.

The American Hotel and Lodging Association’s first in-person conference since the pandemic began was held at the Hyatt Regency. It comes as labor turnover tips the industry ahead of what is expected to be a historic travel and tourism season.

NBC 6 investigators earlier reported how hundreds of thousands of Floridians quit their jobs every month during the “big quit.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures quit rates for specific industries. The latest data shows that more than 6% of hotel and restaurant workers quit their current job every month.

“The dropout rate is worrying. They come into the industry. They are leaving the industry,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Kelly Curtis is the first black skeleton athlete to compete for Team USA at the Olympics. She is also the only member of the US Air Force at this year’s Winter Games.

Kelly Curtis’ Miami family ‘proud’ of Skeleton’s first black athlete at Winter Olympics

When you hear the skeleton you probably think of Halloween, but this spooky sport is not for the faint-hearted.

Believe it or not, a local athlete is putting Miami on the map for the 2022 Winter Olympics while making history along the way.

“It is beyond anything we thought. We never thought she would be into a winter sport,” said Debbie Curtis, whose daughter Kelly competes. “She hates the cold like us, but it went well. We had to keep a set of winter clothes on just to get up there and see her compete.

The Miami transplant hit the track Thursday to compete in skeleton – the sliding sport where athletes roll headfirst down a twisty track on a sled entirely controlled by their bodies.

The officer who shot a man and paralyzed him intended to use his taser, the Hollywood Police Department said of the shooting last summer. NBC 6’s Willard Shepard reports

Officer who shot a man, paralyzing him, intended to use the Taser: Hollywood Police

The officer who shot a man – who had called 911 for help – and paralyzed him intended to use his taser, the Hollywood Police Department said of the incident. shooting last summer.

Michael Ortiz had a panic attack at his Hollywood home on July 3, 2021 and called 911 for help. Hollywood police responded and instead of helping him when he was already lying on the ground and handcuffed, an officer shot him in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.

“It’s almost like going back to birth because I have to learn how to go to the bathroom. I have to learn how to get out of bed,” Ortiz said at a press conference on Monday.

The Ortiz family and their attorneys announced they were going to court in an effort to obtain surveillance video from the building’s cameras. They believe the footage could show the police response and the video will show if the police used excessive and unnecessary force.

If you lost money to a rogue contractor, there are programs to help you recover some of what you lost, but a new law could impact who gets that money.

Help for homeowners losing money to rogue contractors may be harder to come by

Owner Betty Chenet says after handing over thousands of dollars to a contractor, she found herself with an eyesore in her garden.

“No other company wants to do this job, nobody wants to do it,” Chenet said.

She says she contracted with Villa Pavers and Pools in 2019 to build a swimming pool in her garden. She is among nearly 100 owners who donated money to the business, according to state investigators.

Company owner Ricardo Villarroel and others are accused of setting up a $1 million statewide fraud scheme.

A teenager who was badly burned last year has reunited with the Kendall Regional staff who saved his life. Reporting by Victor Jorges of NBC 6

Severely burned boy reunites with hospital staff who helped him recover

A 12-year-old returned to a South Florida hospital on Tuesday to thank the doctors and nurses who saved his life after he suffered severe burns after attempting a TikTok challenge.

Nick Howell spent more than two months at Kendall Regional last year, where he underwent multiple surgeries and procedures to recover from burns all over his body. On Tuesday, he received a medal from the hospital to honor his bravery throughout his time there.

Apart from the support of the medical staff at the hospital, her parents were also there every step of the way.

“They pushed me, enough to believe in me to finish…and that’s where I am now,” Howell said.

Dr. Haaris Mir of Kendall Regional says Howell’s treatment was complex and filled with complicated surgeries.

Join hip-hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on Sunday.

How to Watch Bengals Vs. Super Bowl LVI Rams

It all boils down to this.

The Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will square off in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday with the Lombardi Trophy on the line.

Cincinnati is making its first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988 season and its third appearance overall. Joe Burrow and Co. will be looking to win the franchise’s first-ever championship.

Los Angeles’ last Super Bowl appearance came in the 2018 season, a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The Rams’ only Super Bowl victory was in the 1999 season, when the St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl 34. The Rams have an all-time Super Bowl record of 1-3.

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