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Gun shop owners survey follow-up [Video]

Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas Cruz opened fire last month ...

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A variety of .223 Remington cartridges and a .308 Winchester (right) for comparison.The Remington bullets are often used by the AR-15. (Image via Wikipedia)

SFNS/FIU Survey of Gun Dealers and Pawnshops

A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 — the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 — but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade counties were asked to respond ...

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John Rode (white shirt, center) at Parkway Plaza in Pompano Beach. (Image courtesy Global Children's Rescue)

Activist claims discovery of prostitution ring in Pompano

An anti-human-trafficking charity founder claims he has discovered a prostitution ring disguised as a massage parlor in Pompano Beach. John Rode, founder of the Global Children’s Rescue, has been investigating a business in Parkway Plaza at 1280 South Powerline Rd. that advertises on Backpage.com. The risqué advertisements, which list neither spa nor massage services, instead offers unspecified relaxation services, he said. Rode, who uses sites like Backpage.com to uncover human ...

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One year after landmark law, medical marijuana still an uphill battle

One year after Amendment 2 went into action, permitting the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients, and Floridians are still having to jump through hoops to get medical marijuana. The law, which was voted on in November 2016, became effective in January 2017. Julie Anderson, manager of Certified Marijuana Doctors, said her patients are unhappy with how difficult obtaining ...

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Little Haiti shaved ice initiative competing for funding

Sitting in the storage room of Libreri Mapou Creole & French is an unused cart many Haitians would recognize instantly.  It was built a few years ago for Haitian Heritage Month and served as Little Haiti Cultural Complex Manager Abraham Metellus’ inspiration for its Fresko Lakay initiative, one of eight nonprofit semifinalists vying for $5,000 as part of PhilanthropyMiami’s 2018 Shark Tank.  The initiative, he said, ...

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Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative gives an acceptance speech of behalf of the Bidens. (Photo courtesy Howard Miller)

Joe and Jill Biden among several honored at World Stem Cell Summit gala

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were among several leaders, innovators and professionals in the regenerative medicine field honored during an award dinner Wednesday evening as part of the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. The Bidens were given the Advocacy Award at the gala, held at the James L. Knight Center, for their cancer research ...

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (File image via Flickr)

Bidens to be honored for cancer research advocacy

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will be honored for their advocacy of cancer care and research as part of a weeklong conference in downtown Miami. The award ceremony, which will also honor doctors, scientists and other leaders in the field, will take place on Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 pm. The Bidens’ attendance has not ...

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Next Door at C&I sign. (Courtesy of C&I)

C&I Studios and Brew Urban Café are creating an artistic outlet in Fort Lauderdale

In Sistrunk, a small neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, workers at a marketing agency and a cafe say they are creating a new culture with a collaborative workspace. C&I Studios was established in 2006 in Washington D.C. and has spread to North Carolina, California and New York. In 2008, founding director Joshua Miller moved its headquarters to Fort Lauderdale. By Victoria Salas ...

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Latte art. (Image via Wikicommons)

Brewing Buddha in Pinecrest weathers the storm

Jordan Athos stood at an industrial register on a recent Wednesday at the Brewing Buddha Café and Arthouse in Pinecrest. Just a few months earlier Brewing Buddha opened its doors, unaware that it would have to close them almost immediately due to Hurricane Irma. “It made me feel very vulnerable when I heard Irma was coming to town,” said Athos. ...

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The Banana Flambé French Toast was the featured dish at La Fresa Francesa's fundraiser to help Hurricane Irma victims in Key West on Sept. 17. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Local businesses come together for hurricane relief

Within the last few weeks, businesses nationwide have come together to provide aid for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In South Florida, two small businesses stood out in making a difference. On Sept. 3, La Fresa Francesa, a French restaurant in Hialeah, started to help by conducting a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Along with Councilman Paul ...

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