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Safety belt usage has risen steadily since 2009, when stricter seat belt laws were enacted. Some lawmakers are calling for similar legislation for distracted driving. (Jesse Scheckner / SFNS)

Florida roadway fatalities climb despite reaching record seat belt usage

Though more Floridians use seat belts than ever, traffic fatalities continue to rise, a disparity that some lawmakers attribute to motorists distracted by their phones. More than 90 percent of Florida residents use seat belts—an all-time high, according to an analysis by the Preusser Research Group. But despite the prevalence of safety belt usage, traffic fatalities have increased in Florida ...

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Millennials, cell phones and Thanksgiving [Video]

Millennials in South Florida have a variety of opinions about whether cell phones are permissible at the Thanksgiving dinner table. One Cuban-American woman said that the devices have created a barrier between her and family members.But a  Chinese-American couple said the technology allows them to communicate with family members across the globe. — Production by Elizabeth Soza; Editing and Reporting by ...

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Miami Beach painter shares his gifts with special needs kids [Video]

A Miami Beach artist is giving new meaning to Painting with a Twist. Jose Salaicesart works at the instructional art venue. He said he looks beyond the wine and music and invites people of all ages, including those with special needs, to identify with art and express their true feelings. — Production by Paige Fleming; Editing by Catherine Guzman, South Florida ...

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A "Kindness Kit" that volunteers put together in Wynwood as part of "Do Good Week." (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Do Good Week takes over Miami

Do Good Week, an initiative from UnitedHealthcare’s volunteer arm, completed its second year in Miami to great success, said organizers. The project by Do Good. Live Well. took place from Nov. 12 to 18 and featured numerous activities and events, all designed to spread kindness and encourage others to be good to one another. The initiative started with a social ...

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White Cane Day at the Miami Lighthouse [Audio Slideshow]

On a bright and clear Sunday, hundreds of blind and visually impaired South Florida residents joined police escorts and supporters on a demonstrative walk through the city streets surrounding the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Visually Impaired. They were there for White Cane Day on Oct. 16, a nationally observed day designated for the achievements of people who are blind ...

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Suzanne Koptur – Plant Ecologist [Audio Slideshow]

Suzanne Koptur is a plant ecologist, conservation biologist and a professor at Florida International University. She studies the breeding systems of captive Milkweed Vines to better understand how they reproduce with one another. She self-pollinates them in the on-campus greenhouse. She strives to make people aware of the importance of interactions between plants and animals. — Janel Rizzo for Prof. Susan Jacobson — ...

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Miami millennials renting far longer than their parents [Video]

Younger people in South Florida are purchasing homes at a much lower rate than their parents did, leaving many to rent for far longer than they would like. This is partly because the jobs they have pay far less. According to the U.S. Census, millennials make about $2,000 less than people who were their age in 1980. — Produced and ...

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Photo illustration by Maria Gil / SFNS. Images courtesy Luis Garcia and the Miami Book Fair.

FIU to be represented at Miami Book Fair

Two former Florida International University students are scheduled to speak at the 34th annual Miami Book Fair. The book fair, held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, is an annual weeklong festival that brings together sellers, readers and stay-at-home adventurers to a corner of Miami to celebrate their love of language. It started Nov. 12. “Every room, nook and ...

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A plane damaged by Hurricane Andrew. (Photo courtesy of Barry Fellman)

“Hurricane” tears through Miami Book Fair

The 34th annual Miami Book Fair officially kicked off on Sunday with the help of a photo exhibition focused on a specific part of the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew. Adjacent to the main stage hangs a series of six photographs mounted on light gray canvases. Each photograph contains brightly colored images of planes and hangars that fell to the ...

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Man with tattoo. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Villain Arts tattoo convention comes to Wynwood [Video]

Villain Arts has hosted tattoo conventions for the last 17 years, at 14 locations nationwide, but last weekend was its first in Wynwood. Owner Troy Timpel decided to bring the event to Miami after attending Art Basel about two years ago. “What makes this event special is the amazing tattoo artists from all over the world,” he said. By Victoria ...

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