Ross lived in the house for nearly 50 years, and officers saw that she could use the help. “This was a home that was in need of a paint job, of landscaping,” Perez said. “We partnered up with awesome community partners in the community that donate certain items for Mrs. Ross and her beautiful home. We put it all together.”This effort is part of the Northside District’s Home Beautification Project. Four times a year, officials select a family to assist and help.Her home now is a little brighter after these officers went above and beyond the call of duty. “I love the house! I say ‘wooo!’” Ross said. “Praise God! Yes, I really enjoyed that.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police are helping an 80-year-old woman spruce up her South Florida home.Officers worked to paint her house and plant flowers in Catherine Ross’ front lawn, Friday.“This is from the heart,” said Miami-Dade Police Maj. George Perez. “What you see here is officers taking action to beautify this home.”Ross raised five children as a single mother after her husband died, all while working for Miami-Dade Schools as a custodian for decades.Despite her challenges, Ross became known in her community as someone who always helped others.“Whenever someone would get sick, she would be the one, out of all the neighbors, to come to where they were,” said Ross’ daughter, Marcella Robinson.Now Ross is on the receiving end of generosity. “We felt we could serve her at a time of need,” Perez said.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski today failed to land her first counterpunch at the Obama administration’s new Arctic conservation policies. The Senate rejected an amendment that would’ve put a time limit on wilderness study areas. Only Congress can permanently designate land as wilderness. But as Murkowski explained on the Senate floor, once the president recommends wilderness status, the government manages the land as wilderness anyway.“In fact many areas have been managed as de facto wilderness for decades, because the Congress has not acted,” she said.The amendment she proposed for the Keystone pipeline bill would’ve removed that protection if Congress didn’t approve a request within a year. The amendment would’ve started the clock on the 12 million acre wilderness area President Obama proposes for the Arctic Refuge. It also would’ve affected a wilderness study area inside the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and other areas in a dozen Western states. Fifty senators voted for it, but it needed 60 to pass.