Instagram user posts videos of driver following ambulance, driving on emergency lane

Instagram user Joey.gtz has more than 10,000 followers. He mostly shares selfies and pictures of a dog. His most popular posts are two videos shot in Broward County. 

In the video he posted on Thursday, the driver was following an ambulance traveling westbound on 595 from the Davie Boulevard entrance ramp.

The video had more than 9,200 views and 2,125 likes Saturday evening. As drivers moved to the side of the road, the man thanked them.

The user used the video of tailgating the ambulance as a joke. But members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue didn’t find it funny. 

“Watch out we gotta go saves these [expletive] lives. We are making moves out here — VIP,” the user says. “We are going to save these [expletive]. Pull over for us. Move! Thank you. Thank you.” 

 

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Felipe Lay said the driver was running the risk of crashing if the ambulance stopped abruptly. 

“Another vehicle can pull in front of a tailgating car causing an unnecessary accident,” Lay said. “We ask the public to be patient and heed caution when an emergency vehicle is driving through traffic.”

Some Instagram users viewed the driver’s behavior as a reckless disregard for the safety of others. When a user tagged the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Instagram user also known on Yossef, was defiant.

“How u gonna tag Miami-Dade when the location is Broward County? [laughing out loud] Snitch better my dude,” he wrote. 

The user also protested traffic on 595 in a Wednesday video showing a driver using the emergency lanes during heavy traffic. It had more than 8,300 views and some 2,000 likes Saturday evening. 

“Ha! Your boy ain’t waiting in mother [expletive] traffic. What the [expletive]! You all whack,” he said.  

The traffic violation known as failure to drive on an established lane carries a fine. 

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European officials probe claims of huge German car cartel

Storm clouds are gathering again over Germany’s biggest industry.

Antitrust officials confirmed Saturday that they are investigating claims that the country’s major carmakers may have been operating a cartel since the 1990s, colluding on everything from vehicle development and engines, to suppliers and diesel emissions systems.

“The European Commission and the Bundeskartellamt [German cartel office] have received information on this matter, which is currently being assessed by the commission,” the European Commission said in a statement.

“It is premature at this stage to speculate further.”

The automotive industry accounts for about 20 percent of total industry revenue in Germany and employs about 800,000 people in the country.

The commission is the top antitrust agency in the European Union, responsible for working with national authorities to ensure that business plays fair in the European market, which spans 500 million people.

It has the power to fine companies billions of euros and force them to change the way they do business.

News of the probe was broken by German news magazine Der Spiegel on Friday. It reported that hundreds of executives from Volkswagen (and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche); Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler; and BMW had participated in 60 industry working groups.

The motive for the meetings, the magazine reported, was to suspend competition. It cited a letter it said Volkswagen had sent to German antitrust officials last summer in which the world’s biggest carmaker admitted to possible anti-competitive behavior.

Volkswagen declined to comment on Friday. CEO Matthias Mueller was quoted by a German newspaper on Saturday saying the company would not comment on “speculation and conjecture.” None of the other carmakers have commented.

Their shares slumped when the report was first published, before steadying slightly to close 2-3 percent lower Friday.

The car industry is still struggling to repair the damage to its reputation caused by Volkswagen’s admission in 2015 that it cheated diesel emissions tests. Millions of its diesel cars pumped much more nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere than the manufacturer claimed.

That scandal has already cost the company billions in euros in fines and settlements, and the shock waves continue.

Daimler on Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of more than 3 million Mercedes vehicles in Europe amid mounting questions over its diesel engines. It is offering European owners a service upgrade to reduce emissions.

At the same time, it said it had created a new line of diesel engines with “exemplary emissions” that would be introduced rapidly across the company’s entire range.

And on Friday, Audi said it would retrofit 850,000 diesel cars to improve their emissions in “real driving conditions.”

Top executives have been invited to meet German government officials on August 2 for a “diesel summit,” local media have reported, in a bid to find ways to prevent towns and cities banning their vehicles.

— CNN’s Atika Shubert contributed to this article.

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Violinist Wuilly Arteaga injured during protest in Venezuela

Violinist Wuilly Arteaga was hospitalized Saturday in Caracas. The yellow, blue and red sections of his shirt and hat were stained with blood. His lip was swollen. Bandages covered the left side of his face. But he was still holding his violin. 

Arteaga, 23, was marching with members of the Democratic Unity Roundtable electoral coalition. They were demanding Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro step down and release political prisoners.

Witnesses said members of the National Guard injured Arteaga during the protest. He posted a video on Twitter vowing to continue playing during marches until Venezuela achieves independence. 

“Tomorrow I return to the streets,” Arteaga wrote

Rows of police officers in motorcycles blocked roads. Clouds of white gas filled the streets. Riot police officers continued to shoot tear gas canisters at protesters, as they have been doing during nearly four months of street protests. 

The reports of injuries during protests also included journalists Daniel Blanco, Luis Diaz, Alonso Moleiro and Carlos Torres

The crowd wanted to protest at the Supreme Court building. The coalition started marches from six locations in Caracas. They also wanted to show their support for the 33 justices the National Assembly appointed Friday. 

Arteaga started to play in the streets after 17-year-old violinist Armado Cañizales was fatally shot during a May 3 protest. The unarmed teen was a member of the government funded Simón Bolívar Musical Foundation, youth orchestras better known worldwide as El Sistema. 

While orchestral members played memorial concerts in Cañizales’ memory, Arteaga has put his classical training to use in the streets. The protesters, who are mostly students and unemployed young professionals, face riot police officers with shields, rocks and Molotov cocktails while he plays.  

Democrats protesting against the socialist government consider Arteaga a hero of “The Resistance.” Sometimes he plays the national anthem in the middle of the chaos. With the food shortages, he claims to have seen struggling musicians eating from the trash. 

His tears went viral on YouTube earlier this year. He said a police officer grabbed his violin by its strings and dragged him as he held on to it. He lost what was left of the violin for a moment. Another police officer returned it to him.

Donors worldwide found ways to send him a new violin. Arteaga, who traveled Europe with El Sistema in 2014, received so many violins that he started to give some away to other musicians. Even Shakira autographed a violin that the Cuban Pichy Boys and their fans in Miami gave him. 

 

 

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‘Wonder Woman’ sequel is a go

Wonder Woman will be back for another solo adventure.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced a sequel to the Gal Gadot-led superhero film during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

The studio also said it intends to do a standalone film starring Batgirl and a sequel to “Suicide Squad.”

Gadot made an appearance at the news-packed panel, along with other members of the “Justice League” cast.

Ben Affleck (Batman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) were also on hand to reveal a new trailer for the film, which is due out November 17.

The announcement of a “Wonder Woman” sequel was not a surprise.

Director Patty Jenkins, whose return for the sequel has not been officially announced, has been pitching her ideas for the followup in the weeks since “Wonder Woman’s” opening.

To date, “Wonder Woman” has grossed more than $385 million domestically and $770 million worldwide. It is expected to surpass Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” as the summer’s top grossing movie by the end of its theatrical run.

“Wonder Woman’s” surpassed expectations right out of the gate. It brought in $103.1 million in North America during its opening weekend, becoming the biggest opening for a female director, beating the record set by Sam Taylor-Johnson and “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2015.

The film has continued to soar, seeing declines much smaller than other DC/Warner Bros. superhero films — an indication of a word-of-mouth boost.

No release date for the “Wonder Woman” sequel was announced.

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At least 90 hospitalized during concert featuring Chance the Rapper

With thousands of teens and partiers in their 20s, the party was madness. Authorities reported at least 90 were hospitalized for intoxication. There were also some 50 underage drinking referrals.

The cases were all at a concert in Hartford, Connecticut featuring Chancelor Johnathan, better known as Chance the Rapper.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday the Friday night Hot 93.7′s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre was busy for police officers. Binge drinking, he said, was “extremely prevalent.” 

Kyle, PnB Rock and ANoyd were also performing.

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At least 90 hospitalized during concert featuring Chance the Rapper

With thousands of teens and partiers in their 20s, the party was madness. Authorities reported at least 90 were hospitalized for intoxication. There were also some 50 underage drinking referrals.

The cases were all at a concert in Hartford, Connecticut featuring Chancelor Johnathan, better known as Chance the Rapper.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday the Friday night Hot 93.7′s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre was busy for police officers. Binge drinking, he said, was “extremely prevalent.” 

Kyle, PnB Rock and ANoyd were also performing.

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