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Miami daily roundup: Fall's hottest new restaurants, Zoo Miami orangutan dies, overpriced homes, and more

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Miami Herald

(MIAMI, Fla.) Today, Miami is celebrating the return of fall with a number of new restaurant openings; the Miami Police chief is still in hot water with city commissioners; an orangutan at Zoo Miami has died; and a former Cuban political prisoner is saved from homelessness by an anonymous donor.

The following list contains Miami's biggest stories for Monday, September 27. Read on for details:

Miami's most anticipated restaurant openings this fall

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Shoma Bazaar

As fall arrives in Miami, so has a slew of new restaurants.

In no particular order, this list highlights the ten top newcomers to the South Florida dining scene to get excited about, from a celeb-loved London import to a nostalgic waterfront restaurant, and a new food hall.

Miami police chief criticizes city commissioners, likens their actions to Communist regime

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CBS Miami

Miami police chief Art Acevedo penned a scathing eight-page memo to the Miami commissioners who continue to scrutinize his actions. Sworn in only last April, the chief has been under fire for his controversial tactics. He wrote that the majority of commissioners were interfering with an internal investigation.

While they don't have the authority to remove the chief from his position, their possible vote of no-confidence or removal can go a long way toward determining his future.

Miami's favorite ventanita turns 50

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Miami Herald

Miami's favorite ventanita for sipping Cuban coffee and snacking on pastelitos turns 50 this year.

Today, the Cafe Versailles family has over 2,000 employees and owns a number of establishments across South Florida including nine La Carretas, MesaMar in Coral Gables, Casa Cuba in South Miami, and Casa Juancho, a longtime Spanish restaurant, in Little Havana.

Florida's real estate market is out of control with overpriced homes

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Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

South Florida homes sales have been through the roof, but some sellers are getting greedy. Many are setting prices far over market value in an attempt to squeeze every last dollar from buyers who find themselves in bidding wars, paying over asking price, and often with cash.

Some 9.4% of homes on the market in August had reduced prices, up from 8.6% in July, according to Zillow, an online listing service. In May and June, price cuts stood at 7.8% and 7.7% respectively, indicating the overeagerness has spread.

Zoo Miami orangutan dies following surgery

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Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami

Kumang, an orangutan at Zoo Miami, has died

The 44-year-old great ape passed away Thursday following a dental surgery, according to a statement from the South Florida zoo. She was anesthetized for the removal of two damaged teeth, which were causing an infection in her gums.

Ex-Cuban political prisoner in Miami won't be homeless thanks to anonymous donor

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WPLG Local 10

Former Cuban political prisoner, Ana Rodriguez, was facing eviction this week, facing being homeless at 82-years of age.

Rodriguez was preparing to sleep in her car at Versailles Cuban Bakery in Miami’s Little Havana after packing her belongings from the house she had lived in for decades when news came that she wouldn't have to leave, after all.

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