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Behind the Byline: Valeria Gómez

In this episode, we talk to Valeria Gómez about her piece “Disability Awareness Month celebrated at Margaret Pace Park.” She talks about what went into reporting the piece and what inspired her to tackle the subject. — Interview by Paige Fleming; Produced by Catherine Guzman and Charlotte Alba

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Behind the Byline: Adriana Finol

In this episode, we talk to Adriana Finol about her article “The link between diets and headaches.” Tune in for some insight on what inspired this piece and what types of food to avoid. — Interview by Victoria Salas; Produced by Charlotte Alba and Catherine Guzman 

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Eating disorders and college students – a dangerous combination

Though eating disorders cross gender, age and racial lines, female college students are thought to be particularly vulnerable with one study finding 15 percent of women between 17 and 24 struggle with the issue. The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association also found that 20 percent of college students acknowledged having — or having had — an eating disorder and that 91 ...

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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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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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Miami’s first black chief reflects on his time, Black Lives Matter movement

Early morning, September 1959. A young black man sat on a bus bench waiting for the 21 to arrive. He was on his way to Variety’s Children’s Hospital where he worked as a janitor. A white and green police car cruised while he sat at the bus stop. The car circled the block and stopped a few feet away from ...

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Texting while operating a motor vehicle is a secondary offense in Florida, meaning police need to witness drivers committing other infractions, such as swerving and speeding, before pulling them over for distracted driving. (Photo illustration by Jesse Scheckner/SFNS)

Distracted driving remains a problem in Florida despite laws

It’s been four years since texting while driving in Florida was banned, but according to one study, the state is second-worst in the nation when it comes to phone use behind the wheel. Florida ranks behind only Louisiana for distracted driving, according to the EverDrive Safe Driving Report, which gave Sunshine State motorists 37th place overall for driving skills. According ...

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Local hotels tighten security after Las Vegas shooting

Officials at some Miami hotels said they are beefing up security in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting last month that left dozens dead and hundreds injured. Security and Safety Manager Michael Matos of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach said the tragedy made him and his peers rethink the hotel’s procedures. “I think all hotels in Miami, especially those in ...

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A billboard in Naples seeking information about Sophie Reeder, who has been missing from Fort Lauderdale since May 20. (Photo courtesy John Rode/GCR)

Human trafficking non-profit to hold fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale

A human trafficking and missing children nonprofit, launched this summer, is having its first fundraiser in Broward County later this week. The event, scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Bull Market in Fort Lauderdale, is for Global Children’s Rescue. John Rode, a founder of GCR and a former undercover narcotics agent, said he and his co-founders have been working on rescues for some ...

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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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