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Part of a memorial for the victims of the Champlain Towers condo collapse in Surfside on July 15. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A hacker has stolen the identities of "multiple" victims of the Surfside condo collapse last month after seeing their names in the news, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told WPLG Local 10 on Friday.

The big picture: The mayor did not disclose how the criminal was able to steal the victims’ identities or how many have been stolen but said local authorities are investigating the thefts.

What they're saying: “[They] violated the rights of an individual, but worse than that, a deceased individual and a family that is grieving,” Burkett told WPLG Local 10.

  • "I can’t wait to put a face to these deeds right now, and I think all of South Florida is eager to see who would do something like this — what kind of person would do something like this?" he asked.
  • "But I’m looking forward to our police department apprehending them, and they are out there looking. I wouldn’t want to be that person right now."

The mayor urged the family members of victims to check with the victim's financial institutions to ensure they have not been targeted.

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State supreme court approves ballot question on Minneapolis police

A memorial to George Floyd outside the Cup Foods corner store where he died last March. Photo: Nicholas Pfosi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Minneapolis voters will be able to weigh in on the city's police department on the local ballot, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Why it matters: The proposed charter amendment was spurred by mass protests against police brutality after George Floyd's death last year. It would replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety that "could include" police officers "if necessary."

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.