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Luis Hernandez, 70, has a grandson who is a junior at Stoneman Douglas. (SFNS / Pablo Chillida)

Bus Chronicles: Coral Springs to Ft. Pierce

More than 100 alumni, students, parents and supporters of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left Coral Spring Friday morning via four buses — identified by number and a Disney character — for the “March for Our Lives” rally in the nation’s capital. The buses also have six FIU journalism students and two professors along for the ride. As we travel ...

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Follow SFNS to “March for Our Lives” starting Friday

After 17 students and staff died following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, young people in Parkland and elsewhere have been urging for gun reform laws — culminating in a “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, DC on Saturday. It has become a global movement, with more than 800 events held in cities worldwide, including locations in ...

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Gun shop owners survey follow-up [Video]

Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas Cruz opened fire last month ...

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An attendee at International Open Data Day looks over her work. (Christian Perez / SFNS)

FIU hosts International Open Data Day in North Miami

Florida International University celebrated International Open Data Day at the Biscayne Bay Campus Saturday with a hackathon focused on the use of data to deal with climate change. International Open Data Day is a worldwide festival in support of technology and transparency. According to organizers, themes for the day included: tracking public money, open mapping as well as projects showing ...

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SFNS/FIU Survey of Gun Dealers and Pawnshops

A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 — the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 — but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade counties were asked to respond ...

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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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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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