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Libreria Impacto’s sign reads, “ser culto para ser libre,” which translates to “be cultured to be free.” (Photo by: Ismery Pavon)

Spanish-language bookstores find niche on Eighth Street

Of the nine Spanish-language bookstores in Miami-Dade County, a third are a few miles of one another on Southwest Eighth Street. Libreria Impacto is in the 7100 block, Libreria San Pablo & St. Paul is in the 5800 block and Libreria Cristiana Nissi is in the 2000 block. Belia Barrera, a Miami resident, said it makes sense for Spanish-language bookstores ...

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Attendees marching in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in honor of World Oceans Day (Photo by: Isabell Vasquez)

Large turnout in Hollywood for march focusing on ocean conservation

Thousands of citizens and visitors participated in the March for the Ocean in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, marching alongside a marching band for approximately 2 miles. The march focused on creating environmental awareness through music, art and education.  Several non-profit organizations participated, including Surfrider Foundation, whose Broward chapter helped organize the event along with Free Our Seas. “For a few years ...

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Miami Beach filled with trash in February. (Photo by: Lou Lozada)

Local chapters from non-profit join national program to reduce plastic pollution

Concerned with the impact of plastic on Florida beaches, Surfrider chapters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have joined a nationwide program aimed at reducing harmful trash on the shoreline. The Surfrider San Diego chapter started the Rise Above Plastics program in 2008, according to Caroline Canter, the chapter coordinator of Surfrider San Diego. Since then many chapters in the United ...

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The old Center for Women & Children in Wynwood (Photo by: Gabriel Poblete)

Miami Rescue Mission relocating its women & children’s center to bigger facility

Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women & Children is being moved to a larger facility to accommodate the growing number of single women and mothers seeking aid, said Lianner Navarro, the community development associate for the not-for-profit. The organization recently sold the 40-bed facility in Wynwood and is currently in the midst of transitioning to the larger one purchased almost ...

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(Photo by: Adrian Nones-Newman)

More millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings

Though the majority of gun owners are still older, the organizer of the state’s largest series of gun shows said millennials are buying firearms in increasing numbers. Khaled Akkawi is the owner of Shoot Straight, a chain of stores in Florida. “Yeah, actually we do see a lot more young people coming to purchase firearms,” he said. “The demographics are ...

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Aris Papadopoulos, Julie Rochman and Dr. Richard Olson at the premiere of "Built to Last?" (Photo by: Steven Guillen)

FIU screens documentary on sustainable housing for natural disasters

Florida International University hosted the premiere of “Built to Last? Saving our Homes in the Age of Disasters” Wednesday at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The documentary focuses on sustainable infrastructure and how architectural innovations can mitigate the harm caused by natural disasters. The film was inspired by “Resilience—The Ultimate Sustainability,” a book written by Aris Papadopoulos, FIU’s Extreme Events ...

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Rescue & Release Coordinator Douge Giraldo releasing the Great White Heron at Pelican Harbor (Photo provided by Christopher Boykin)

Local wildlife rescue provides care for rare, injured bird

Earlier this month a local Miami wildlife rehabilitation center released a rare Great White Heron, its tenth in nearly four decades, after nursing it back to health. Yaritza Acosta, a manager at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, said the rare heron was found in Key Biscayne, wet and unable to stand with a bloody right wing. Acosta said Great White ...

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Jesse Scheckner (Courtesy Jesse Scheckner)

Former SFNS editor wins Hearst Award for bridge collapse coverage

A spring graduate has received a Hearst Award — the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in college journalism —  for breaking news coverage of the Florida International University bridge collapse, the first such prize for the school in two decades. Jesse Scheckner, the managing editor of SFNS during the spring semester, won first place for his coverage. Current Training Editor Maria Gil received a ...

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The crowd marches at the Parkland rally. (Photo credit: Dianne Morales)

At the Parkland march, emotions take hold

At the Parkland rally, around 20,000 people made way toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including community members still reeling from the tragedy. Vanessa Marie, a freshman from Royal Palm Beach High School, said despite feeling sadness, she is empowered to make a difference. “A lot of people are focusing on protecting guns instead of kids, and it is sick, ...

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Kerry Mock (left), Vanessa Marie (middle) and Owen Williams (right) (Photo credit: Dianne Morales)

March for Our Lives: South Florida updates

Today is the March for Our Lives, and over 50 sibling marches are being held in Florida. Find a local one here. FIU journalism students will be covering various marches in South Florida, including a march in Parkland. Reporters will be live on the scene, documenting happenings at the marches. Stay tuned for regular updates. — Gabriel Poblete, South Florida ...

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