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MIAMI-DADE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
A passion for the past Scott admits
to misstep in
Bailey ouster
■ In a rare apologetic moment, Gov. Rick Scott
said he takes ‘responsibility’ for the way FDLE
Commissioner Gerald Bailey was made to resign.
BY STEVE BOUSQUET
AND JOSH SOLOMON
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
Scott said in
a rare mea
culpa in prepared remarks at a
Cabinet
meeting inside a horse
BAILEY
pavilion on
the state fairgrounds. “The
buck stops here, and that
means I take responsibility.”
Scott has not disputed
that his former lawyer, Pete
Antonacci, ordered Gerald
Bailey to resign as commis-
TAMPA — Florida Gov.
Rick Scott admitted for the
first time Thursday that he
botched the removal of a top
state law enforcement official as he and the Cabinet
swung into full damage control mode to avoid future
controversy.
“While I wanted to bring
in new leadership at FDLE
as we transitioned to a second term in office, it is clear,
in hindsight, that I could
have handled it better,” • TURN TO SCOTT, 11A
CARL JUSTE/
PROUD MOMENT: Geoffrey Aladro celebrates after being named Teacher of the Year. ‘Mr. Aladro views
his job as an exciting daily adventure,’ said Joyce Matthews, region selection committee chair.
Geoffrey Aladro, an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at Frank
C. Martin International K-8 Center, recognized for his passion.
BY CHRISTINA VEIGA
cveiga@MiamiHerald.com
Even before entering middle
school, students at Frank C. Martin
International K-8 Center have heard
all about Mr. Aladro. He’s got a reputation for history lessons so engaging that many kids want to keep
working past the school bell.
On Thursday, the Miami-Dade
school district officially recognized
what his students already knew: Geoffrey Aladro is a great teacher, the
2016 winner of the county’s Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year
Homestead.
Aladro’s supporters were ecstatic.
They rang cowbells.
Someone waved a handmade sign
that read: “#1 teacher” as Aladro
made his way to the stage at the Dou— Geoffrey Aladro, Miami-Dade bletree by Hilton Miami Airport &
County’s Teacher of the Year Convention Center.
He was swamped with well-wishers.
“I’ve got to get up there!” he said,
laughing.
award.
He thanked everyone from his
The district’s Rookie Teacher of
the Year was also named: Desiree
Amber Chase of MAST @ • TURN TO AWARD, 2A
“We are more than just a
number, and our students
are more than just a
collection of data points.’
CHRIS O'MEARA/AP
‘THE BUCK STOPS HERE’: Gov. Rick Scott told Cabinet
leaders that he wanted new leadership at FDLE as
his office ‘transitioned to a second term.’
HAITI
New PM a familiar
face in Haiti politics
■ Once considered heir-apparent to former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Evans Paul is at
the height of power, but how long will it last?
NEWS MEDIA
CRITICS SHRED WILLIAMS AFTER APOLOGY
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES
jcharles@MiamiHerald.com
■ As Brian Williams apologized for falsely
claiming that he had been in a helicopter hit by a
grenade, NBC would not say whether he would be
punished.
BY DAVID BAUDER
Associated Press
NEW YORK — NBC
News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility
seriously threatened because he claimed — falsely
— that he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.
NBC News officials
would not say whether their
top on-air personality
would face disciplinary action. The Nightly News anchor for just over a decade,
Williams had become an on-
PORT-AU-PRINCE —
He is one of the country’s
most well-known politicians, but newly installed
Prime Minister Evans Paul
is seen by many as little
more than a figurehead for a
government that appears to
be drowning in a sea of political and economic troubles.
On a political radio talk
show on Radio Caraibes, a
Haitian journalist recently
called him a lifeless “rag
doll,” demanding that he
“shakes himself off and man
up.”
“I don’t sense there is a
prime minister in the country,” Jean Monard Metellus
line punching bag overnight.
Tweets with the hashtag
#BrianWilliamsMemories
joked that he blew up the
Death Star, saved someone
from a polar bear and flew
with Wonder Woman in her
invisible helicopter. Photoshopped pictures showed
Williams reporting from the
moon, and riding shotgun
with O.J. Simpson in his
Ford Bronco.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
“How could you expect
anyone who served in the UPSET: ‘I remember every time I was under fire in
Iraq,’ said retired Col. Pete Mansoor in chastising
• TURN TO WILLIAMS, 11A
Brian Williams, above, over his recollections.
• TURN TO PRIME MINISTER, 2A
DIEU NALIO CHERY/AP
NEW BOSS: ‘I’ve always
carried out difficult
battles. I’ve never had it
easy,’ said Haiti’s newly
appointed Prime
Minister Evans Paul.
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