Miami’s Top 5: What you should know Monday

Blanche Park in Coconut Grove
Blanche Park in Coconut Grove
Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald Staff

1. The complex salvage mission to upright and float the capsized Costa Concordia has begun after a brief delay because of a storm. The Concordia, which crashed into a reef in January 2012, has been described as the largest cruise ship to require the rotation.

2. The judge in the Guantánamo war crimes court is to decide this week whether to halt pretrial hearings in the Sept. 11 case until next year so technicians can fix computer problems that defense lawyers say are harming their work.

3. More public discussion on contaminated soil in Coconut Grove is scheduled at Virrick Park. Last week, Miami and the county began collecting soil samples at Blanche Park for sampling after dirt was discovered contaminated with dangerous dioxins, arsenic and other toxic substances near the site that once housed a city incinerator.

4. More than a dozen local, state and federal agencies are participating in a homeland-security exercise in Key West led by the U.S. Coast Guard. The exercises will be used to see if the agencies, including the FBI and TSA, are prepared to respond to a homeland-security-related incident.

5. If you’re not soaked yet, you will be. Forecasters put Monday’s rain chance at 60 to 70 percent. Tuesday is shaping up to be a similar, with the rain chance dropping mid-week.

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