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Cuban and American flags wave in the Miami neighborhood of Little Havana. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Data Viz: Age of Hispanic Voters by Party

This visualization looks at the age of Hispanic voters based on party choice. This data was particularly important in our analysis of Marco Rubio’s chances among younger Cuban-Americans. Read the story here. Visualization by Dan Evans South Florida News Service @EditorDanEvans • Instagram • Facebook

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Bilingual polling place sign. (Photo courtesy KUT News)

Data Viz: Hispanic Voting Patterns

This visualization looks at the registration patterns among Hispanics in four South Florida counties — Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach — over time. Click here to view the article that used this data. Visualization by Dan Evans South Florida News Service @EditorDanEvans • Instagram • Facebook

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A skip loader works to clean up I-95 following a crash early Wednesday morning in Brevard County. (Photo courtesy First Coast News)

Booze, chips dumped on I-95; motorists weep over spilled beer

Two semi trucks — one carrying Busch Beer and another hauling Frio-Lay products — bashed into one another in Brevard County early Wednesday morning, spraying snack food and suds across I-95 and tying up southbound traffic for about four hours. The ever-alert folks at First Coast News reported the road reopened at about 7:30 am, and but for the pride of ...

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Stephanie Sanford checks her phone at Club La Vela on her birthday during spring break in Panama City Beach. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Florida town clamps down on drinking, gasp, loses money

Apparently making it harder for bros to get wasted in your seaside community hurts the bottom line, a Panhandle Spring Break locale discovered to its dismay. Remarkably, the New York Times article did not focus on South Florida — which had its own set of spring-break-madness — but instead in the so-called “Redneck Riveria.” Panama City Beach passed nearly two dozen ordinances to cut down ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves prior to making a speech in February 2016. Photo courtesy of RedState.com

Cuban-American millennials turning backs on GOP

As younger Cuban-Americans head to the polls Tuesday, their allegiance is moving away from the Republican Party at a faster clip than their parents, a trend that may make it harder for Miami-born Marco Rubio to win in South Florida, and perhaps impossible statewide. Fernand Amandi of Bendixen and Amandi, a communications consulting firm that regularly polls Cuban-Americans, said that ...

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A group of Broward County high school student developed a safety kit. (Photo by Adrianne Richardson/SFNS)

Broward County high schoolers develop kit to improve driver safety

As a full-time mother who’s always on the go, Wynne Avellanet said she’s not always prepared for unexpected emergencies while driving. But recently, when her 8-year-old son, Noah, suffered from a bad nose bleed on the way to school, she was able to stop the bleeding. “My son suffers from chronic nose bleeds, and we’ve often been caught in situations ...

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Book cover of "Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed the New York Times" (Image courtesy Samuel Freedman)

How a New York Times reporter humanized the AIDS crisis

Two Columbia University professors spoke this week to a packed FIU auditorium about the life and work of a New York Times reporter and editor who gave a human face to the AIDS crisis in the 1990s, before dying of the disease three years later. Samuel G. Freedman, who formerly worked at the New York Times and authored “Letters to a Young ...

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Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste of Miami, winners of a $25,000 Project Greenlight contest. (Photo courtesy Mike Atwood)

Young Haitian-American filmmakers in Miami win $25,000 Project Greenlight contest [Video]

Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, two young Haitian-American roommates, last fall entered a three-minute pitch video in a Project Greenlight contest hoping to get funding for a proposed web series three-and-a-half years in the making. “Too often we’ve applied for stuff and gotten runner-up or made it to the finals,” said Jean-Baptiste, 26. “You kind of prime yourself to being ...

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Maria Serrano (far left) visited Cozumel, Mexico in January 2015 with her mother, Claudia Niño, father, Carlos Serrano, and brother, Mauricio Serrano (far right).  Photo: Courtesy of Serrano’s family.

Millennial breadwinners

Maria Serrano, then 22, scrambled through her final exam feeling like her head was on the brink of shattering. After turning in her test, Serrano stumbled to the nearest restroom to heave. Hours later, her mother rushed her to Baptist Hospital. “The pressure was too much,” Serrano said. “I lost all control. I lost all power.” Serrano was a full-time ...

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Go Inside The Trip Of A Lifetime

In January 2013, six Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication students got the opportunity of a lifetime. Accompanied by a professor/editor, they headed to Washington, D.C, to cover the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Here is a mini-documentary the students shot and edited about their trip to the capital with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating ...

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