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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Paris Suspects Bad Beef

PARIS -- A French parliamentary inquiry into mad cow disease has found evidence that suspect, relabeled British feed may have been imported into France in the late 1980s through Belgium, the newspaper Le Monde said Tuesday.

Le Monde said the report seriously examined the suggestion that Belgium was a "hub for the movement of British bonemeal trying to lose its identity" from 1988 onward. she's worried this time.

The question of merging Miami with Metro-Dade county government has come up repeatedly over the past 30 years.

Metro-Dade, an umbrella government over the metropolitan area and its population of 2.1 million, was created in 1957 to offer countywide services and assume certain powers over the area.

Miami, a city of 350,000 with almost one-third of them living under the poverty line, has only 17 percent of the county's population and is one of 29 cities in the Metro-Dade.

And like so many urban areas across the country, Miami has seen its residents and tax base flee to the suburbs.

The city's worst year may have come in 1980 when it weathered the twin crises of the nation's then-most-deadly race riot and the Mariel boatlift of more than 125,000 Cuban exiles.

It emerged by the late 1980s as the "city of the future,'' as the financial hub of the interlinked Americas, with a dramatic bayfront skyline and an exotic image as America's Casablanca.

But the sentiment for dissolution is fueled by the latest political scandal, the $68 million cash shortfall discovered after the scandal broke, and the abolitionists' promises of lower taxes.

The latest crisis came to light after the FBI got wind of kickbacks in city government and taped a microphone to the chest of finance manager Manohar Surana.

The city's economic crisis and corruption scandal led Mayor Joe Carollo to appeal to Governor Lawton Chiles, who last week ordered state supervision of the city's financial affairs: a first for Florida.

The governor cautioned there would be no financial bailout and no takeover -- for now. The city commission is frantically looking for solutions and budget cuts in order to deal with the crisis before the expected vote this spring on abolition.

Carollo was worried enough about the city's ability to rebound that he has even mentioned the possibility of filing bankruptcy, though he says that's unlikely.

His statements sent shock waves around the financial community and led some of the city's vendors to demand cash on delivery.

Carollo, a 41-year-old Cuban-American, took office in July with dreams of developing Miami into an investment haven for the Americas.

Now he's fighting for the city's survival.

"Words cannot express how I feel,'' a dour Carollo said after a late-week session to search for budget savings. "This is not what I ever expected I would find. But the buck stops with me. We will get through this.''