Top Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

Here are some of the best stories from last week from NBC 6 News:

Chris Rock is coming to the Hard Rock – and ticket sales are increasing

After falling victim to the slap in the face heard around the world, Chris Rock is having no trouble selling tickets for his comedy tour.

Rock is set to perform several shows at the Wilbur Theater in Boston before launching his Ego Death World Tour on April 2 with 38 dates scheduled in major cities like Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and – of course – right here in Hollywood, Florida.

After the infamous slap in the face, Rock’s upcoming shows in Boston sold out almost instantly, leaving more than a dozen tickets for resale on StubHub with prices ranging from $444 per ticket to $1,705.

The surge in sales follows chaos on the Oscars stage last week when Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith in ‘GI Jane 2’ because of her shaved head. Will Smith could then be seen walking towards the stage, where he appeared to slap Rock with an open hand.

Billions earmarked for struggling small businesses during the pandemic have ended up in the hands of fraudsters. NBC 6 investigators uncover apparent problems in federal loans to three companies with a connection to South Florida.

First the PPP loan, then $410,000 for a house – Part of actor’s role in $1.2M Bonanza

He caught the eye of casting directors playing TV roles as a cop, coroner and cartel member, according to his online filmography.

But now Jose Alfredo Fernandez’s role in $1.2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans has caught the attention of NBC 6 investigators.

And, he says, from the FBI.

Fernandez, 35, who grew up in Miami-Dade and previously ran a tax preparation business here, moved to Georgia in 2017.

NBC 6’s Marissa Bagg shares more about what this means for those who need another round of vaccines.

COVID Second Booster: Here’s what to know about who’s eligible, who can wait

Many Americans can now get a second COVID-19 booster, but it’s hard to tell who really needs another vaccine right now and who might be waiting.

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized additional injections of Pfizer or Moderna for anyone 50 or older and for some younger people with severely weakened immune systems. It’s an effort to get ahead of a possible next coronavirus outbreak.

With the low number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, it’s easy to ignore calls for another dose — or for those not yet vaccinated or boosted to get up to speed, Dr. Erica said. Johnson, an infectious disease specialist with the American Board of Internal Medicine.

His advice: If you’re on the fence, use this lull to talk to your doctor about the protection you really are — and need to be.

Although cryptocurrency has become popular all over the world, many are still confused about it. In the first episode of “Crypto Decoded”. NBC 6’s Jose Sepulveda delves into the cryptoverse for better understanding.

What are NFTs and how do they work? Crypto experts and artists explain

NFTs are becoming increasingly popular and some have even sold for a premium.

A 5,000 NFT collage by an artist known as Beeple sold for $69 million at a virtual auction last March. It became the third-highest price ever achieved by a living artist at Christie’s, a world-renowned auction house.

The buyer, Vignesh Sundaresen, who also goes by the nickname Metakovan, claims he would have even paid more for it.

“It’s an important piece of art history and sometimes these things take a while for everyone to recognize, but I’m okay with that,” Sundaresen said in an interview with CNBC.

A woman is speaking out after she and her dog were attacked by another dog outside her apartment building in North Miami in a chilling encounter that was caught on camera. Reporting by Nicole Lauren of NBC 6

Chilling footage shows woman and dog being attacked by another dog in North Miami

A woman is speaking out after she and her dog were attacked by another dog outside her apartment building in North Miami in a chilling encounter that was caught on camera.

Lauren Wion said she was taking her dachshund Louie to the dog park at her resort on Sunday when she was warned by another dog owner that her pet was “bipolar”.

The other dog, who was tied to the fence, suddenly unclipped his collar and charged at Wion and Louie.

Wion said the 30 seconds she spent fighting the other dog and clinging to Louie lasted five minutes.

Monkeys near South Florida airport delight visitors

As departing airliners roared overhead, an aging vervet monkey moped up a mangrove branch on a recent afternoon in the woods he calls home near a South Florida airport, his bruised ego.

Mikey, as his human watchers call him, has long been the laid-back alpha male of a troop of monkeys ruling this stretch of land, nestled on a busy runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. But that day he lost when he was challenged by a fiery youngster named Spike. Mikey ran away screaming and was now staring sullenly at the humans watching him from 4 meters away.

“Did you have a bad day? asks Deborah “Missy” Williams, a science professor at Lynn University who has been studying the troop and others nearby since 2014. She’s also the founder of the Dania Beach Vervet Project, which seeks to preserve this unique colony. “We’ll leave you alone so you can think.”

The United States has no native monkeys, but little vervet monkeys have roamed Dania Beach since the late 1940s after a dozen brought from West Africa fled a breeding center and a zoo on the edge road now closed for a long time. Today, 40 descendants are divided into four troupes living in the 1,500 acres (600 hectares) around the airport. Florida also has a few colonies of escaped macaques and squirrel monkeys.