FIU bridge near MMC campus collapses, killing and injuring several

A pedestrian bridge scheduled to open to the public early next year near Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus collapsed Thursday, killing several people, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene to treat those injured and search for survivors trapped beneath the rubble. At least eight cars had been

2018-08-07T17:56:04+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Award Winners, Education, News, Politics, Public Safety, Transportation|Tags: |

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

2018-04-11T16:16:53+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Business, Education, MSD Aftermath, News, Politics, Public Safety, Video/Audio|

FIU hosts International Open Data Day in North Miami

Florida International University celebrated International Open Data Day at the Biscayne Bay Campus Saturday with a hackathon focused on the use of data to deal with climate change. International Open Data Day is a worldwide festival in support of technology and transparency. According to organizers, themes for the day included: tracking public money, open mapping

2018-03-05T12:50:43+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Education, News, Politics|

Charlamagne Tha God talks education, individuality and modern opportunities at FIU lecture

Radio personality Charlamagne Tha God encouraged college students to  create their own opportunities by emphasizing individuality, ongoing education and technology in a lecture Thursday evening at Florida International  University's Biscayne Bay Campus. The 39-year-old New York Times Best Selling author and host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, "The Breakfast Club," was a guest speaker at FIU's Student Government Association Lecture Series for Black History Month.  The event, held in

Schools, guns and the aftermath: Shootings at Florida schools since Sandy Hook

On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years.

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 

Banners of aborted fetuses stir controversy at FAU

Updated Feb. 14, 2018 04:22 p.m. A string of banners depicting aborted fetuses at Florida Atlantic University this week has sparked revulsion and support among students on social media. Alexandra Weot, a student at Florida Atlantic University, posted her disgust with the banners in a public Facebook post Tuesday morning. “The fact that Florida Atlantic University

Girls’ coding club culminates in digital storytelling collaboration

On a Saturday morning, three young girls in the Girls Who Code club made shapes and moved pictures of animals on computer screens inside of the Carnival Center for Excellence east of Little Havana. Mabel Colon, a social worker and coordinator of academic programs for the mentoring nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, brought laptops

Humphrey biographer Samuel Freedman lectures on book, civil rights and journalism

On Wednesday evening, Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning author and Columbia University journalism professor, delivered a lecture at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus about his upcoming biography of civil rights activist and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Freedman said his fascination with the post-World War II era inspired him to write the book, his ninth, noting that Humphrey’s civil rights actions before his

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,