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2 men were found dead inside a hotel room at the Versace mansion in Miami, nearly 24 years to the day fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered there

Two men swim in an elaborately designed swimming pool next to a wall of stone columns and a fountain at the former Versace mansion.

The swimming pool lined with 24-karat gold tiles at The Villa Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach, Fla., as seen from the hotel’s rooftop deck. The boutique hotel was once the home of slain fashion designer Gianni Versace. AP Photo/Jennifer Kay

  • Housekeeping found two dead bodies in a hotel room Wednesday at the former Versace mansion.

  • The mansion, now a hotel and event center, used to belong to iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace.

  • Versace was murdered on the steps of the mansion by a serial killer and crazed fan on July 15, 1997.

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Former Miami Beach building officials accepts plea deal

Former Miami Beach building official Mariano Fernández won’t be going to jail for illegally accepting free hotel stays and gifts from a Spanish hotel company.

In a plea deal struck with Miami-Dade prosecutors earlier this week, Fernández accepted two years of house arrest, to be followed by two years of probation. He also received a withhold of adjudication, which means he won’t technically have a felony on his record. He accepted the plea deal on a charge of unlawful compensation.

Fernández, 67, had been awaiting trial since his arrest in February 2018.

Prosecutors said Fernández blatantly traded his influence

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Miami hotel workers resist going back to low-wage normal

For 10 years, Norlando Saavedra left his house in Kendall at 4 a.m. to arrive at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach by 5 a.m. The 58-year-old worked for eight hours making omelets, bacon, waffles and pancakes for hotel guests. Then, he got back into his car and drove to the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Doral, where he worked from 2 until 10 p.m. making tacos, hamburgers, pizzas and churrascos. Most days, he arrived home at 11 p.m.

Two jobs. Sixteen hour days. Six days a week.

It took both jobs for Saavedra to earn close to the

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After ruling, Miami Beach won’t enforce 2 a.m. booze ban

South Beach bars with early-morning liquor licenses can once again serve alcohol until 5 a.m. after the city announced late Tuesday it would no longer enforce a 2 a.m. prohibition on the sale and consumption of alcohol in its South Beach entertainment district.

The announcement came a day after Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Beatrice Butchko granted the Clevelander hotel a temporary injunction blocking the city of Miami Beach from limiting the hours of alcohol service at the Ocean Drive business for the duration of the lawsuit.

The Clevelander sued the city last month over the new law, which was enacted

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