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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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Behind the Byline: Shanise Wallace

In this episode of “Behind the Byline,” we speak to Shanise Wallace about her story “Researching sea level rise at Vizcaya.” — Interview by Victoria Salas, production by Catherine Guzman and Charlotte Alba, South Floria News Service

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Researching sea-level rise at Vizcaya [Video]

Volunteers, students and academics worked together Saturday to take King Tide measurements, providing data for the research of sea-level rise in South Florida. People met at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, but were sent out to measure water depth and quality at multiple locations throughout Miami Dade County. The Sea Level Solutions Day was a collaboration between FIU’s Sea Level Solutions ...

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South Florida Journalism Day helps students become better journalists [Video]

More than 450 high school students from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties participated in workshops, seminars and competitive contests during the 45th South Florida Journalism Day at Florida International University late last month. The all-day event at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus on Oct. 28 was put on by the Florida Scholastic Press Association with the help of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver ...

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Center for Independent Living of South Florida CEO Peter O'Connell (lower center) waits in line for food at the Disability Pride Picnic on Oct. 21. (Michele Mardorf/SFNS)

Disability Awareness Month celebrated at Margaret Pace Park

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida celebrated Disability Awareness Month with a picnic on Oct. 21 at Margaret Pace Park. William Gledhill Jr., a coordinator at the center and creator of the Disability Pride Picnic, said have the community enjoy an afternoon filled with food, games and each other’s company. “Different events have been done throughout the years ...

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FIU journalism students record Fairchild Gardens for VR project

On a recent afternoon, three Florida International University journalism students stepped into Fairchild Gardens to record virtual reality videos, their second location for the day. “It’s exciting,” said Andrea Perdomo, one of the leads on the history of Coral Gables project. “I’m getting to see what I never was able to as a kid, and to capture it in VR ...

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Palmetto Bay Village Hall (SFNS / Jesse Scheckner)

Palmetto Bay to consider high school internships in business, local government

High school honors students in Palmetto Bay may soon be able to intern for businesses and in local government in exchange for school credit or cash. Palmetto Bay Education Advisory Committee chair Diane Quick and members Debby Hitchins, Greg Zawyer and Erica Watts voted unanimously on May 31 to recommend that the Palmetto Bay Village Council consider adopting two internship ...

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Cuban native helps fellow Spanish speakers prep for U.S. citizenship test

Every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., the North Miami Beach Public Library offers a free class to help people prepare for the American citizenship test. At the head of the class stands Cuban-native teacher, Yalilys “Lily” Pérez. She came to Miami in 2006 and became a citizen on 2012. “I know what the whole process is like, which is very difficult ...

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Millennials continue to strive for independence [Video]

As the days go by, it gets increasingly harder for millennials to find their independence. Living under their parent’s roof has become the norm despite their age. According to a ABODO’s analysis of U.S Census data it has been reported that 34.1% of millennials nationwide are still living with their parents. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Florida have ...

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