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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves prior to making a speech in February 2016. Photo courtesy of RedState.com

Cuban-American millennials turning backs on GOP

As younger Cuban-Americans head to the polls Tuesday, their allegiance is moving away from the Republican Party at a faster clip than their parents, a trend that may make it harder for Miami-born Marco Rubio to win in South Florida, and perhaps impossible statewide. Fernand Amandi of Bendixen and Amandi, a communications consulting firm that regularly polls Cuban-Americans, said that ...

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A group of Broward County high school student developed a safety kit. (Photo by Adrianne Richardson/SFNS)

Broward County high schoolers develop kit to improve driver safety

As a full-time mother who’s always on the go, Wynne Avellanet said she’s not always prepared for unexpected emergencies while driving. But recently, when her 8-year-old son, Noah, suffered from a bad nose bleed on the way to school, she was able to stop the bleeding. “My son suffers from chronic nose bleeds, and we’ve often been caught in situations ...

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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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On Nov. 14, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento plays in the Copa ESPN Miami tournament semifinal against North Miami Beach’s Boca Juniors. Maria Serrano South Florida News Service

Prominent international soccer clubs are establishing academies in South Florida

Ever since he was 4 years old, Kerry Alexander Sarmiento has dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. After stints with the now-bankrupt Italian Parma and Argentine Vélez Sarsfield, he is trying to make his dream a reality. Kerry, 14, is enrolled in Inter de Milan’s South Florida youth academy. Inter is one of Italy’s most successful club teams. “I ...

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Danny Hayoun, guitar mentor, shows students the different styles of guitars and basic notes. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Guitars Over Guns mentoring program helps kids express themselves through the arts

When Finest Meridor was 11 years old, he was reserved and felt like he had nothing to do during his free time. Now 18, Meridor is a member of the drama club and vice president of the engineering club at North Miami High School, and handles music production of a band that performs at ArtWalk in Wynwood. Meridor said he ...

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Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with ...

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Aiyesha Ghani and Megan Newmans Johnson lead an AcroYoga Class at Inhale Miami a new yoga studio in Little Haiti on October 8. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service) 

Little Haiti yoga studio reaches out to community

Inhale Miami, a new yoga studio in Little Haiti, is looking to get people into the fold by offering individual classes in November for $7. Rikki Kamensky, who opened the studio in September, said she also is reaching out to neighborhood children, hoping their curiosity brings them in after school for classes. “Yoga helps them understand their emotions instead of ...

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Vanessa Guzman, 24, is working on building her career as a disc jockey in Miami with the help of Jordan Sanchez, 27, her mentor and promoter. She has been training with him every week for two months. (Photo by Maria Serrano, South Florida News Service)

DJ sets aside law school to follow his dream and return to spinning records

When Jordan Sanchez was 15, he started practicing to become a disc jockey. But, after playing in some clubs professionally, he decided to leave the DJ world to major in political science. He went on to law school, but something was missing. Sanchez was isolating himself from his closest friends and feeling depressed. Then, he realized his life wasn’t complete ...

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Ivan Echemendia, 15, is surrounded by his mom, grandparents and members of the Little Havana Nutrition and Activities Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Karen Noa, South Florida News Service)

Student receives certification of appreciation from Hialeah City Mayor

The Hialeah City Council meeting last Tuesday included more than just purchase orders, bids and zoning permits. Mayor Carlos Hernández presented a certificate of appreciation to Ivan Echemendia, 15, in recognition of his volunteer work with the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers. “He is a young man who serves his community from his heart. He is very special,” said ...

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