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Cyclist films his escape from attempted armed robbery in Argentina

GoPro footage shows man escaping a gunman attempting to rob him

Published On: Sep 18 2014 01:14:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2014 01:24:03 PM EDT

By Thomas Johnson
Washington Post News Service

It's a bike ride Alex Hennessy won't soon forget.

And he's not alone — his video footage has already amassed more than a million views on the Web. Hennessy was cycling down a dusky street in Buenos Aires with a tour group when a motorcyclist aggressively cut across two lanes of traffic — narrowly dodging a honking minivan — to block his bike path.

The 33-year-old videographer was filming an episode of "Global Degree," a Web travel series for 20-somethings, and his expensive camera protruded from his backpack.

After averting the motorcycle, Hennessy let out an exasperated, "Jesus Christ," before nervously laughing to himself. Seconds later, the motorcyclist reappeared next to him and hastily pulled a handgun from his waistband, an action that transcends language barriers.

Hennessy dismounted from the bike and tried to move away, but the robber followed him, and the two became locked in a struggle over his bag, while Hennessy frantically pleaded, "Amigo, amigo," to no avail.

Eventually his travel companion, Michael Grazino, pulled Hennessy away, and he sprinted down the street, losing the scarf-wearing robber. The robber jumped back onto his bike and rode away.

"I didn't have time to think about it," Graziano said. "My first reaction was to get Alex out of there. I grabbed him by the bag and pulled him out of there."

Grazino and Hennessy were part of a larger group in the middle of the South and Central American leg of a lengthy travel plan that will span 195 countries. So far, they have visited 17 countries on this leg of the trip as part of Grazino's ambitious goal to see the world before he turns 30.

They raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund the trip and filmed a video trailer.

During the trailer, Hennessy foreshadowed such an incident, looking into the camera and saying: "Obviously, traveling into foreign countries with $10,000 worth of camera gear strapped to your back is going to be posing a bit of an issue. ... We need some level of insurance, just to make sure these episodes don't get jeopardized by any vandalism, theft, damage, water damage. These cameras are going to take a beating."

836/826 interchange project slated to be done by late 2015

Drivers will have to wait another year before there's any relief

Author: Roger Lohse, Reporter, rlohse@Local10.com
Published On: Sep 17 2014 06:32:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2014 06:35:00 PM EDT

836/826 interchange project about 80 percent done

TAKEN TO MAKE SURE THAT PARK IS SAFE BEFORE THEY REPOINT CORRECTIVE ACTION. Calvin Hughes: IT'S ABOUT AN A CONCERN FOR DRIVERS. THE 836 ENTERTAINING IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO CREATE TRAFFIC TROUBLE FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR. ROGER LOHSE EXPLAINS. IT'S A NIGHTMARE. Reporter: FROM THE AIR, THE 836-826 EXCHANGE LOOKS LIKE A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI, BUT DESPITE YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION, LANE SHIFTS AND DETOURS, IT'S STILL ONLY HALF-COOKED. NEVER FINISHED. IT'S ONLY BRIDGE, BRIDGE AND EVERYTHING. IT'S VERY BAD. I UNDERSTAND THAT IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING DRIVING THROUGH HERE AT TIMES. Reporter: PROJECT SPOKESMAN OSCAR GONZALEZ SAID ONE DAY THE INTERCHANGE WILL LOOK LIKE THIS, A I MAZE OF RAMPS AND BRIDGES THAT WILL ALLOW DRIVERS TO MOVE IN ANY DIRECTION BETWEEN THESE MAJOR HIGHWAYS, BUT DRIVERS WANT TO KNOW WHEN WILL IT BE BE DONE. CONSTRUCTION STARTED IN 2009. SINCE THEN THE COUNTY BUILT MARLINS PARK, THE ENTIRE STRETCH OF 595 WAS EXPANDED. THEY BUILT A TUNNEL UNDER GOVERNMENT CUT TO MIAMI. AND THURSDAY THE NEW 9,000-FOOT RUNWAY WILL OPEN AT FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL. THERE'S 430,000 VEHICLES THAT TRAVEL THROUGH THISY INTERCHANGE EVERY DAY. Reporter: GONZALEZ EXPLAINS IT'S TAKING SO LONG BECAUSE CREWS ARE DOING THEIR BESS BOAST KEEP COMMUTERS MOVING IN AN AREA WHERE 45 NEW BRIDGES ARE BEING BUILD. IF WE WERE ABLE TO CLOSE THREE OR FOUR LANES OR CLOSE LANES DURING THE DAY, YEAH, THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY SPEED UP THE PROJECT, BUT THAT WOULDN'T DO OUR COMMUTERS ANY GOOD. Reporter: GONZALEZ EXPLAINS THAT CREWS ARE TAKING WHAT WAS A TWO-LEVEL INTERSECTION AND BUILDING A FIVE-LEVEL INTERSECTION. AT THE TOP WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW, DRIVERS WILL BE ABOUT 100 FEET IN THE AIR. YOU FEEL LOOK YOU'RE ON FINAL APPROACH TO M.I.A. FOR NOW, DRIVERS ARE STUCK IN A HOLDING PATTERN BUT GONZALEZ SAYS THE $560 MILLION PROJECT IS ABOUT 80% COMPLETE AND STILL ON

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Drivers will have to wait another year before there's any relief from the construction that's plagued traffic at the 836/826 interchange for nearly five years.

"It's a nightmare to tell you the truth," one driver said of the project that never seems to end.

"Never finish, it's only (the) bridge, bridge and everything else, very bad," said commuter Patricia Ramos.

From the air the 836/826 interchange looks like a bowl of spaghetti but despite years of construction, lane shifts and detours, it's still only half-cooked.

"I understand that it can be frustrating driving through here at times," said project spokesman Oscar Gonzalez.

One day the interchange will be a smooth-flowing maze of new bridges and ramps that will allow drivers to move freely in any direction between these major highways. But drivers want to know -- when will it be done?

"Like a hundred years maybe?" commented a frustrated woman pumping gas near the interchange.

Construction started in 2009. Since then Miami-Dade County built Marlins Park, the entire stretch of Interstate 595 was expanded, crews built a tunnel under Government Cut to PortMiami and Thursday the new 9,000-foot runway will open at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International.

"There's 430,000 vehicles that travel through this interchange every day," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez explained it's taking so long because crews are doing their best to keep commuters moving in an area where 45 new bridges are being built.

"Now if we were able to close three or four lanes during the day, that would obviously speed up the project, but that wouldn't do our commuters or our business people, the people that move cargo, that wouldn't do them any good," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said crews are taking a two-level intersection and making it five-level intersection. At the top, drivers will be about 100 feet in the air and the view from up there feels like you're on final approach to Miami International Airport.

For now, motorists are stuck in a holding pattern but Gonzalez said the $560 million project is about 80 percent complete and still on schedule. It's slated to be done by late 2015.

"And by the time they're done, they're going to have to do construction again," said Gonzalez.

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Aviation director faces backlash over airport traffic plan

Residents, business owners say they weren't told of plan to demolish exit ramp

Author: Roger Lohse, Reporter, rlohse@Local10.com
Published On: Sep 02 2014 05:50:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2014 11:31:00 PM EDT

Residents, passengers outraged over loss of FLL exit

AND RIGHT NOW AT 5:30, BIG CHANGES HAPPENING AT FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ARE AFFECTING THE WAY THAT DRIVERS GET OUT OF THE AIRPORT. THE LENGTHENING OF ONE OF THE RUNWAYS HAS LED TO A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS AND PASSENGERS USING THE AIRPORT, MAINLY ABOUT THE LOSS OF AN EXIT. BUT WHO IS TO BLAME FOR ALL OF THE CONFUSION? LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER ROGER LOHSE HAS THE ALITO ON THIS AIRPORT FIGHT. Reporter: WE HAVE HAD THIS ON OUR PLANS SINCE THE BEGINNING. Reporter: BROWARD COUNTY AVIATION DIRECTOR KENT GEORGE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE BACKLASH OVER THE PLAN TO DO AWAY WITH THE AIRPORT EXIT RAMP THAT FUNNELED DRIVERS FROM TOURISTS DIRECTLY ONTO SOUTHBOUND US-1 INTO DANIA BEACH IN HOLLYWOOD. THERE IS A PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS THAT THE AIRPORT PULLED A FAST ONE ON THIS. YOU SAY WHAT? NO, THERE'S NO -- THAT'S A ERRONEOUS PERCEPTION. Reporter: AT A PUBLIC HEARING LAST WEEK FURIOUS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS COMPLAINED THAT THEY WERE NEVER TOLD ABOUT THE NEW PLAN TO DIVERT THOSE SOUTHBOUND DRIVERS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE EAST END OF THE NEW RUNWAY AND DUMP THEM ONTO US-1 AT GRIFFIN ROAD. WE REALLY RELY ON OUR PARTNERS TO TELL US WHAT THEY'RE DOING. Reporter: GREG STEWART HEADS UP THE BROWARD MAPPING PLANNING ORGANIZATION -- METROPOLITAN P METROPOLITAN, THAT THAT PROVED HOW FEDERAL DOLLARS SPENT. HE SAID THE AIRPORT DIDN'T DULL ITS FINAL EXIT PLAN AT THE. TWO YEARS AGO. THIS MAP OF THE AREA SHOWED THE NEW ROAD BUT THERE'S NOTHING TORNADO KATE WHAT IT IS. AND IF YOU LOOK, THE SOUTHBOUND RAMP IS ACTUALLY STILL SHOWN HERE WITHOUT ACTUALLY ANY TYPE OF "X" OVER IT OR ANY REAL REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS GOING TO GO AWAY. IT WASN'T BROUGHT OUT. IT WASN'T AT THE FOCAL POINT. Reporter: GEORGE SAYS THE ONLY CONCERNS WERE THE HEIGHT OF NEW RUNWAY AND THE NOISE FROM ALL THE NEW FLIGHTS, AND HE DENIED ANY CLANDESTINE EFFORT TO AVOID THIS EXIT ISSUE DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING PROCESS. WE DID NOT SAY, BY THE WAY, SOUTH EXIT IS' CHANGED AND THE NORTH EXIT'S CHANGED. DID YOU NOT DO THAT BECAUSE WHAT IS CONTROVERSIAL SH. NO, WE DID NOT DO IT BECAUSE NO ONE SAID A THING TO US ABOUT IT. WE DIDN'T SEE A PROBLEM WITH IT. Reporter: AND THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS, RIGHT? AND APPARENTLY THIS IS ONE DETAIL THAT ALMOST EVERYBODY OVERLOOKED IN THIS MASSIVE PLAN. GEORGE SAYS THERE WAS NEVER ANY OBLIGATION TO HOLDA PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE. AS FOR THE ROAD THAT'S GOING TO GO AROUND THE RUNWAY, HE SAYS IT'S GOING TO BE WELL-LIGHTED, IT'S HAVE PLENTY OF SIGNAGE, AND THAT AS SOON AS IT'S NEEDED THEY WILL ADD A SECOND LANE TO THAT ROAD TO MAKE TRAFFIC FLOW EVEN

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Broward County's aviation director is defending the plan to demolish an exit ramp at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that funneled drivers onto southbound U.S. Highway 1 into Dania Beach and Hollywood.

"We've had this on our plan about this since the beginning," Broward County Aviation Director Kent George told Local 10's Roger Lohse.

"There is the public perception that the airport pulled a fast one on this. You say what?" Lohse asked George.

"No, that is an erroneous perception," George said.

At a public hearing last week, furious residents and business owners complained they were never told about the new plan to divert those southbound drivers all the way around the east end of the new runway and dump them onto U.S. 1 at Griffin Road.

Greg Stuart, who heads up the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, a panel of local elected officials that approves how federal dollars are spent, said the airport didn't divulge its southbound exit plans at its final presentation on the project two years ago.

"If you look, the southbound ramp is actually still shown here without any type of X over it or any real reason to believe it was going to go away," Stuart said. "It wasn't brought out."

George said the only concerns were the height of the new runway and noise from the new flights and he denies a clandestine effort to avoid this exit issue during the public hearing process.

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