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A Bass Pro Shop. (Image via Wikipedia)

Smiles and handguns: Greeter at Bass Pro Shops talks about her job

Crowds of shuffling faces passed by Adilen Gutierrez as she placed an order for a tall iced coffee from the barista at Starbucks in Dolphin Mall. She wore a dark green, buttoned-down shirt with a Bass Pro Shops patch. She was on break from an unusual, but vital, job: greeting customers entering the store and checking their weapons. A table ...

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Juan Diego Amado (Photo courtesy Amado)

Exiled in South Florida, restless Venezuelan activist heads to PR

A Venezuelan activist, living in exile in South Florida, is going to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria, saying if he can’t help his countrymen, he wants to help someone. In a small townhouse located on a dark street in the city of Doral, where other six people live, Juan Diego Amado spends his days lying in bed ...

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The scene at Pinch Me Gastropub (Nicholas Poblete / SFNS)

“Lawyers to the Rescue” serves up Puerto Rico relief

At Pinch Me Gastrobar and Market in Coral Gables on a recent Monday, guests received a bowl of paella and a glass of Pinot Grigio in exchange for a donation of $25 or more for Puerto Rico relief. Carolyn de Moya was collecting the donations and her paella got cold. She had been too busy gathering money and greeting guests. ...

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David Lawrence, al centro, modera la conversación sobre cómo hacer de Miami un mejor lugar.
Foto: Grethel Dlegado

My Miami Story: ¿Cómo hacer de Miami una mejor ciudad?

“¿Qué harías para que tu ciudad fuera un mejor lugar? Desde tu trabajo, con tus herramientas, ¿cuál es el impacto que puedes tener en tu comunidad?” Con estas preguntas abrió la conversación David Lawrence, antes periodista en The Miami Herald, y ahora, como él mismo afirma, “retirado trabajando a tiempo completo para mejorar la ciudad y la educación infantil”. Por ...

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“Mike the German” poses in his lederhosen – common attire at Oktoberfest celebrations.

Grovetoberfest hits Coconut Grove [Photo Essay]

Coconut Grove’s annual Oktoberfest celebration – aptly named Grovetoberfest – took place on Oct. 14 and featured over 500 craft beers, stouts, lagers for lederhosen-donning attendees to sample as they strolled along the newly opened Regatta Park. This year’s theme was Back to the Future and the festival even had its very own DeLorean. — Photos by Adrian Dominguez, South Florida ...

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This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.

Zoo Miami reopens [Photo Essay]

Zoo Miami reopened on Oct. 14 after being closed since Sept. 7, just before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida. After the hurricane, the zoo sustained mostly landscape damage. The hyenas’ habitat suffered the most damage – it lost a large tree that provided a lot of shade. Zoo officials said tey did not view this as a loss, instead they “remodeled” the tree ...

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An acoustic guitar (photo courtesy Public Domain Images)

Making it in the Magic City music world

Six local bands including Hometown Losers, Top Tier, Happy Hour, Stay for Tonight, and Harvey, came together to perform on Oct.13 at The Fish House where they shared their stories behind Miami’s local music scene. Stay for Tonight, a five-piece band with two vocalists, are in the final stages of releasing their debut single and describe themselves as a “mixed ...

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Nicole Mood, left, and her mother Alicia Alaschavez. (Photo courtesy Nicole Mood)

North Miami Beach officer terminated

__ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article stated former North Miami Beach Ofc. Nichole Mood resigned from the department in October due to injuries. In fact, she was terminated from the position. In addition, the reporter on the story, Ximena Tellez, included a quote from NMB Ofc. Ingrid Cabera despite the fact she had not spoken to Cabera. As ...

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John Morales during a weather broadcast. (Photo courtesy of Morales)

Longtime meteorologist reflects on hurricane coverage

The chief meteorologist from NBC 6 Miami, a NBC affiliate based in Miramar, said he was impressed by the size and strength of Hurricane Irma. John Morales is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, working for 26 years and winning multiple Suncoast Regional Emmys for his coverage of weather in the region. Morales covered several of the infamous ...

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Bailarines de la Puerta de Oro Colombiana, que se consideran embajadores del folclor de la costa de su país.
Foto: María Fernanda Becerra

Herencia Hispana: Amalgama de música, danza y gastronomía

Una fiesta de colores, ritmos y sabores  diversos cautivó a decenas de personas que asistieron este sábado a la Celebración de la Herencia Hispana en Doral Legacy Park, en la calle 82. “Todas las agrupaciones se botaron (expresión venezolana que denota excelencia) y nos permitieron disfrutar de la multiculturalidad de esta ciudad”, afirmó Eliot Silva, quien además resaltó el calor ...

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