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Off the newsroom: Hoping for the best

GabriWelcome to the first episode of Off The Newsroom. Off The Newsroom is a weekly podcast produced by South Florida News Service where we cover interesting or historic moments nationally, the great old Florida Man and local stories covered by SFNS reporters. On this podcast you will hear about the North Korea and America Summit, a Florida man who called ...

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Cover city hall, go to jail? SPJ regional director throws down media access challenge

A Broward County based journalist is promising airfare, hotel and a car rental to reporters willing to attempt to cover a town council meeting in rural Alabama. The catch? Tiny Paint Rock recently passed a number of rules prohibiting the media or outsiders from doing just that — in direct contravention with the state’s Open Meeting Act. But no worries: ...

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From left to right: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, businessman Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham speak during a gubernatorial debate ahead of the Democratic primary for governor(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, Pool)

Democratic candidates try to stand out during gubernatorial debate in Miramar

Large crowds turned up to the Democratic primary gubernatorial debate Tuesday evening at the Miramar Cultural Center to support their preferred governor candidates. The four candidates: former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham and founder of Elevation Financial Group Chris King, debated on topics ranging from education and abortion to gun control. By ...

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Attendees marching in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in honor of World Oceans Day (Photo by: Isabell Vasquez)

Large turnout in Hollywood for march focusing on ocean conservation

Thousands of citizens and visitors participated in the March for the Ocean in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, marching alongside a marching band for approximately 2 miles. The march focused on creating environmental awareness through music, art and education.  Several non-profit organizations participated, including Surfrider Foundation, whose Broward chapter helped organize the event along with Free Our Seas. “For a few years ...

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Miami Beach filled with trash in February. (Photo by: Lou Lozada)

Local chapters from non-profit join national program to reduce plastic pollution

Concerned with the impact of plastic on Florida beaches, Surfrider chapters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have joined a nationwide program aimed at reducing harmful trash on the shoreline. The Surfrider San Diego chapter started the Rise Above Plastics program in 2008, according to Caroline Canter, the chapter coordinator of Surfrider San Diego. Since then many chapters in the United ...

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The old Center for Women & Children in Wynwood (Photo by: Gabriel Poblete)

Miami Rescue Mission relocating its women & children’s center to bigger facility

Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women & Children is being moved to a larger facility to accommodate the growing number of single women and mothers seeking aid, said Lianner Navarro, the community development associate for the not-for-profit. The organization recently sold the 40-bed facility in Wynwood and is currently in the midst of transitioning to the larger one purchased almost ...

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More millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings

Though the majority of gun owners are still older, the organizer of the state’s largest series of gun shows said millennials are buying firearms in increasing numbers. Khaled Akkawi is the owner of Shoot Straight, a chain of stores in Florida. “Yeah, actually we do see a lot more young people coming to purchase firearms,” he said. “The demographics are ...

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Juan Pedro Moreno and model and entrepreneur Valeria Mazza (Photo by: Isabell Vasquez)

Miami Fashion Week talk addresses importance of embracing digital revolution

At the Miami Fashion Week Summit this past weekend at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, one of the talks focused on how the digital landscape is changing the fashion industry. At the “The Impact of the Digital Revolution on Fashion Business Sustainability” talk, Juan Pedro Moreno, president of the marketing agency Accenture for Spain, Portugal and Israel, explained how ...

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(Left to Right) Carmela Osorio and Valeria Mazza (Photo by Kristen Torres)

Young fashion designer promotes consumer responsibility at Miami Fashion Week

A Venezuelan fashion designer and activist took the stage at Miami Fashion Week to dig into the dark side of fast fashion and marginalized women, and gave tips for creating more socially conscious fashion. “I came here to follow that American Dream,” said Carmela Osorio Lugo. She studied fashion at Savanah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and won Council ...

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FIU Ph.D students out in the Everglades (Photo by: Cristina Lebron)

FIU Ph.d student researches saltwater intrusion in the Everglades

Sea level rise is a growing problem in the South Florida community. It is a threat to drinking water aquifers and growing infrastructure, which makes it not only an environmental issue but also an economic and societal matter. Miami-Dade County’s drinking water comes from the Biscayne aquifer, which is located underneath the Everglades. Scientists are trying to determine in what ...

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