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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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Dancers perform at the North Miami Beach Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 4, 2018 (Nick Rodriguez / SFNS)

North Miami Beach celebrates Chinese New Year a bit early

North Miami Beach hosted a Lunar New Year and Chinese Cultural Celebration at the North Miami Beach Library Friday evening, a bit ahead of the Feb. 16 turn of the calendar. The reception kicked off with a lion dance, which is a traditional dance that brings good luck and fortune to the New Year. It was followed by other traditional ...

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(Left to right) County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez discuss transportation issues on Thursday. (Jaylin Hawkins / SFNS)

Officials debate how to fix Miami’s transportation woes

A failure to improve public transportation in Miami-Dade County following a half-cent sales tax increase in 2002 has created a trust problem with voters, officials acknowledged during a panel discussion Thursday. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, County Commissioner Esteban Bovo and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert took part in the talk on the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College. By Jaylin ...

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Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative gives an acceptance speech of behalf of the Bidens. (Photo courtesy Howard Miller)

Joe and Jill Biden among several honored at World Stem Cell Summit gala

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were among several leaders, innovators and professionals in the regenerative medicine field honored during an award dinner Wednesday evening as part of the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. The Bidens were given the Advocacy Award at the gala, held at the James L. Knight Center, for their cancer research ...

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (File image via Flickr)

Bidens to be honored for cancer research advocacy

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will be honored for their advocacy of cancer care and research as part of a weeklong conference in downtown Miami. The award ceremony, which will also honor doctors, scientists and other leaders in the field, will take place on Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 pm. The Bidens’ attendance has not ...

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The La Griteria celebration ended on Dec. 9 with a dance from La Gigantona and El Enano Cabezon. These characters are parodies of the Spaniards during the time of conquest. (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Nicaraguan-Americans celebrate “La Griteria”

On a chilly Saturday night, 24-year-old Edwin Torres, and his 13-year-old sister, Valeria Torres, stood in front of an altar dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by roses and blue Christmas lights. On Dec. 9, Nicaraguans gathered in Sweetwater to celebrate La Griteria, a Roman Catholic celebration where they yell and sing in joy. “After singing, ...

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Unused train track corridors are being converted into paved, multi-use trails for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles throughout the state as part of Florida’s $25-million-per-year SUN Trail program. (SFNS/Jesse Scheckner)

Planned South Beach trail part of larger regional and statewide project

State officials have earmarked $3 million to create a pedestrian and bicycle path in South Beach, part of a larger project to connect all of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods, itself part of a statewide plan for such trails. Upon completion, the project will create an uninterrupted paved trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles from South Pointe Park, located at the southernmost tip ...

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A sign advertising the opening. (Maria Gil/SFNS)

Books & Books opens eighth location

The eighth Books & Books store located in Pinecrest, officially opened earlier this month with the aid of two authors: a Pulitzer winner and FIU professor. The former pop-up officially cemented itself as a part of the Pinecrest community at the Sunland Plaza Shopping Center on Dec.3. Longtime residents and nearby elected officials said they don’t believe the city has ever ...

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Kelley Montalvo at work (Amanda Gala/SFNS)

Barry University hires pro as assistant softball coach

Barry University has hired its first professional softball player as an assistant coach. Kelley Montalvo has played eight years for the Akron Racers in Ohio, part of the National Pro Fastpitch League. She will continue to play in addition to coaching. “This is a rebuilding year here at Barry, and what we’re trying to achieve is a winning mentality,” she ...

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