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Downtown businesses weather protests following inauguration

Owners and employees in downtown Miami gave mixed reviews to the protests in the area following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, some saying it has hurt while others saying it has helped their businesses. Brian Roth, an employee for Frozen Mango, said Friday was slower than usual due to the demonstrations. “I don’t think the helicopters helped,” he said. By Alexandra ...

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Television journalists Glenna Milberg (1), Jim DeFede and Amanda Plasencia.

South Florida broadcast journalists give their thoughts on the 2016 election

After 18 months of coverage, three South Florida television journalists reflected on the challenges – professional and ethical – that faced them during the presidential race. Jim DeFede, a CBS Miami political reporter and host of “Facing South Florida,” has been involved in politics since he was 10 years old. “My first job was handing out flyers for the Nixon ...

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Ronald Williams, 42, a recent Haitian immigrant, searches for crop-destroying pests at First Foliage, a wholesale plant nursery in Homestead. (Photo by Abischai Joseph / SFNS)

South Florida Haitians push for immigration rule changes in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Gillesandres Noel had just arrived in Puerto Rico from Haiti. It was 2013, and his brother Greg expected it would be a just matter of heartbeats until he would be reunited with his older sibling. But after a short stint on American soil, the older Noel was returned to that island-nation then – as it is still – recovering from the ...

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A row of colorful, new houses built in Haiti by Food For The Poor donors, taken before Hurricane Matthew. Most of the buildings still standing after the storm were structures built by the charity. (Photo courtesy of Food For The Poor)

Haitians shy away from cash donations in wake of hurricane, wary of waste

For South Florida Haitians, desire to help rebuild their island nation following Hurricane Matthew has been compounded by concerns about whether the donations will be used for its intended purposes. People have been far more generous with supplies than cash, according to local charity officials, who say money is more badly needed for vital infrastructure and construction projects. Jeff Lozama, executive ...

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Dago Sasiga, left, and Greity Gonzalez, the owners of La Pereza Ediciones. (Image courtesy of Sasiga and Gonzalez)

Miami couple thrives while running Spanish-language publishing house

When a young couple in Miami decided to create an independent publishing company, printing works exclusively in Spanish, almost everyone told them they were crazy. But in 2012, Dago Sasiga and Greity Gonzalez ignored that advice and started La Pereza Ediciones with just $400. They said it was the best decision of their lives. Today, their catalog includes around 100 both well-known ...

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An overhead view of Miami International Airport. The approved hotels are all off Northwest 36th Street in Miami Springs, across the street from MIA. (Image via Wikimedia)

Miami Springs approves four hotels on Northwest 36th Street, sparking concerns about traffic, development

Miami Springs officials recently approved four hotel projects – all within a mile of one another and adjacent to Miami International Airport – causing some residents to complain the City Council is ignoring traffic and development concerns in this 3-square-mile town. Residents lined up during the June 13 meeting to urge the Council to shut down its approval of all projects – large ...

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Construction in downtown Coral Gables has begun (Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant streets. The project aims to ...

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Dania Beach Pier (Photo by Sara Bossana via Flickr)

Dania Beach Commission approves 105-unit Comfort Inn

The Dania Beach City Commission has approved a new hotel project on Federal Highway over the objections of some residents worried about traffic, noise and construction debris. The property is located on the east side of North Federal Highway, south of NE 3rd Street, and adjacent to a residential community. Corrine Lajoie, the city’s planning and zoning manager, presented the ...

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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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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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