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Piper High School (Photo: Victoria Salas)

Broward County students walk out to honor Stoneman Douglas shooting [Video]

On Feb. 21, hundreds of Broward County students walked out of their classrooms, showing support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as well as protesting gun violence generally.  Piper High School in Sunrise organized “#MSDStrong Remembrance Week” with the help of Susan Ortiz, an English teacher. The planned events consist of a peace walk, butterfly release and a moment of silence on Friday. Throughout the week students also made cards and banners. By ...

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Pine Trails Park stage for the candle vigil (Photo: Victoria Salas/SFNS)

Media coverage stirs mixed feelings from grieving students [Video]

On Feb. 15, the community of Parkland held a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park for the 17 lives that were lost in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day prior. The event received an extensive amount of attention from various news outlets, which stirred mixed feelings among the grieving students. Still, several said they hoped the coverage would lead to stricter gun control measures.  By Victoria Salas South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram 

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Bookshelves at the Kendall Book Exchange (Photo credit: Maria Gil)

South Florida’s secondhand bookstores do things differently to stay afloat

Of the seven well-known secondhand bookstores standing in Miami-Dade and Broward in 2015, only four remain in business today, but their owners maintain a reserved optimism for the future. In an age of rapidly advancing technology, allowing readers to purchase books online, bookstores are gradually disappearing. By Maria Gil South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram Bookstore sales were $684 million in October ...

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The I-Bus is now used for community tours to historical spots, community picnics and community events, but Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn said he has bigger plans for it. (Photo courtesy of the Village of Palmetto Bay)

Preliminary plan for Palmetto Bay I-Bus extension includes routes to FIU and MDC

Palmetto Bay is planning a partnership with with Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to use its bus service, the I-Bus, to transport students to FIU’s Modesto Madique Campus and MDC’s Kendall Campus. A punny nod to the ibises that visit the village’s parks and neighborhoods, the I-Bus was launched in 2006 to connect Miami-Dade Transit routes and “increase the ...

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(Left to right) Jorge Mas, Marcelo Claure, David Beckham, Don Garber, Jose Mas, Simon Fuller, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez at Miami Beckham United announcement (Nicholas Poblete/SFNS)

Miami to have its own Major League Soccer team

After four years of speculation, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, David Beckham and his ownership group, Miami Beckham United, presented Miami as Major League Soccer’s newest franchise city at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Monday. “When I was awarded the team, there was only one city,” said Beckham. “Only one city, and it was here.” The former soccer star ...

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Dr. Anthony Atala is hosting several panels discussing regenerative medicine at the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. (Photo credit: Nick Rodriguez)

Interview: Dr. Anthony Atala discusses the future of regenerative medicine

Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the W.H. Boyce professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University, spoke about regenerative medicine in four different sessions at the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami.  A practicing surgeon and researcher in the area of regenerative medicine, Atala’s work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. He also ...

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