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Piper High School (Photo: Victoria Salas)

Broward County students walk out to honor Stoneman Douglas shooting [Video]

On Feb. 21, hundreds of Broward County students walked out of their classrooms, showing support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as well as protesting gun violence generally.  Piper High School in Sunrise organized “#MSDStrong Remembrance Week” with the help of Susan Ortiz, an English teacher. The planned events consist of a peace walk, butterfly release and a moment of silence on Friday. Throughout the week students also made cards and banners. By ...

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Schools, guns and the aftermath: Shootings at Florida schools since Sandy Hook

On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years. Since the massacre at Sandy ...

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Equine nonprofit expands horizons of people with special needs

(This story was originally published in December 2017 on MiamiStories.net.) Whispering Manes, a therapeutic horseback riding nonprofit located in Miami Horse Country, has since its inception served hundreds of riders with special needs. It began in 2010 when Nancy Hector, a philanthropist and champion of children’s causes, decided to create a service to meet the needs of children and adults ...

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Pine Trails Park stage for the candle vigil (Photo: Victoria Salas/SFNS)

Media coverage stirs mixed feelings from grieving students [Video]

On Feb. 15, the community of Parkland held a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park for the 17 lives that were lost in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day prior. The event received an extensive amount of attention from various news outlets, which stirred mixed feelings among the grieving students. Still, several said they hoped the coverage would lead to stricter gun control measures.  By Victoria Salas South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram 

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Heavy metal dad and his band spread awareness and raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis

Meet Diego Sandoval, the bassist for the heavy metal band, Sevensins. A Cuban native who came to the United States when he was 24, Sandoval now headlines shows at bars and motorcycle clubs with his friends. But the love he has for his band is nothing compared to the love he has for his son, James. When James was born, Diego said ...

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Juan Endara a la izquierda, durante su entrevista con Jaison Aristizabal.
Foto: Juan Endara

La pasión de Juan

Juan Endara tiene un sueño: lograr que personas como él logren superarse y puedan desarrollar todo su potencial en un clima de aceptación y respeto. Pese a su discapacidad, Juan consiguió graduarse de periodista en 2017 y actualmente está cursando una maestría en Periodismo en Español en la Universidad Internacional de La Florida. Por Miembros del capítulo de la Florida ...

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John Rode (white shirt, center) at Parkway Plaza in Pompano Beach. (Image courtesy Global Children's Rescue)

Activist claims discovery of prostitution ring in Pompano

An anti-human-trafficking charity founder claims he has discovered a prostitution ring disguised as a massage parlor in Pompano Beach. John Rode, founder of the Global Children’s Rescue, has been investigating a business in Parkway Plaza at 1280 South Powerline Rd. that advertises on Backpage.com. The risqué advertisements, which list neither spa nor massage services, instead offers unspecified relaxation services, he said. Rode, who uses sites like Backpage.com to uncover human ...

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Images of the banners at FAU's Boca Raton campus. (Image via Alexandra Weot's Facebook posting)

Banners of aborted fetuses stir controversy at FAU

Updated Feb. 14, 2018 04:22 p.m. A string of banners depicting aborted fetuses at Florida Atlantic University this week has sparked revulsion and support among students on social media. Alexandra Weot, a student at Florida Atlantic University, posted her disgust with the banners in a public Facebook post Tuesday morning. “The fact that Florida Atlantic University is condoning this and allowing ...

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Bookshelves at the Kendall Book Exchange (Photo credit: Maria Gil)

South Florida’s secondhand bookstores do things differently to stay afloat

Of the seven well-known secondhand bookstores standing in Miami-Dade and Broward in 2015, only four remain in business today, but their owners maintain a reserved optimism for the future. In an age of rapidly advancing technology, allowing readers to purchase books online, bookstores are gradually disappearing. By Maria Gil South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram Bookstore sales were $684 million in October ...

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The I-Bus is now used for community tours to historical spots, community picnics and community events, but Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn said he has bigger plans for it. (Photo courtesy of the Village of Palmetto Bay)

Preliminary plan for Palmetto Bay I-Bus extension includes routes to FIU and MDC

Palmetto Bay is planning a partnership with with Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to use its bus service, the I-Bus, to transport students to FIU’s Modesto Madique Campus and MDC’s Kendall Campus. A punny nod to the ibises that visit the village’s parks and neighborhoods, the I-Bus was launched in 2006 to connect Miami-Dade Transit routes and “increase the ...

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