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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 vice presidency often went unnoticed.  ...

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Dr. Anthony Atala is hosting several panels discussing regenerative medicine at the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. (Photo credit: Nick Rodriguez)

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, tissues and organs. He also ...

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Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative gives an acceptance speech of behalf of the Bidens. (Photo courtesy Howard Miller)

Joe and Jill Biden among several honored at World Stem Cell Summit gala

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were among several leaders, innovators and professionals in the regenerative medicine field honored during an award dinner Wednesday evening as part of the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. The Bidens were given the Advocacy Award at the gala, held at the James L. Knight Center, for their cancer research ...

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (File image via Flickr)

Bidens to be honored for cancer research advocacy

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will be honored for their advocacy of cancer care and research as part of a weeklong conference in downtown Miami. The award ceremony, which will also honor doctors, scientists and other leaders in the field, will take place on Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 pm. The Bidens’ attendance has not ...

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Then Vice President-elect Hubert H. Humphrey (left), alongside Coretta Scott King (center), and Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (right), at a rally at Harlem's 369th Regiment Armory on December 17, 1964. (United States Library of Congress)

Hubert Humphrey’s civil rights efforts to be highlighted in lecture at FIU

An award-winning author and Columbia University journalism professor will be presenting a lecture next week on Hubert H. Humphrey, an American civil rights activist and former vice president. The talk by Samuel G. Freedman will be held at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Academic II, Room 194. Humphrey served as vice president under President Lyndon B. ...

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Unused train track corridors are being converted into paved, multi-use trails for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles throughout the state as part of Florida’s $25-million-per-year SUN Trail program. (SFNS/Jesse Scheckner)

Planned South Beach trail part of larger regional and statewide project

State officials have earmarked $3 million to create a pedestrian and bicycle path in South Beach, part of a larger project to connect all of Miami Beach’s neighborhoods, itself part of a statewide plan for such trails. Upon completion, the project will create an uninterrupted paved trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles from South Pointe Park, located at the southernmost tip ...

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Robert, who declined to give his last name, shows a page from his notebook. (Elizabeth Soza / SFNS)

Documenting Miami’s homeless [Photos]

As Cheo Sobalvarro turned the corner on a recent afternoon, he noticed his friend Robert scribbling on a notebook. As he took out his camera and focused the lens, Robert looked up. “Hey Robert,” Sobalvarro said. “How are you doing, man?” Robert, who declined to give his last name, is a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Miami. ...

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Safety belt usage has risen steadily since 2009, when stricter seat belt laws were enacted. Some lawmakers are calling for similar legislation for distracted driving. (Jesse Scheckner / SFNS)

Florida roadway fatalities climb despite reaching record seat belt usage

Though more Floridians use seat belts than ever, traffic fatalities continue to rise, a disparity that some lawmakers attribute to motorists distracted by their phones. More than 90 percent of Florida residents use seat belts—an all-time high, according to an analysis by the Preusser Research Group. But despite the prevalence of safety belt usage, traffic fatalities have increased in Florida ...

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Derek Jeter and Mayor Francis Suarez share a laugh while handing out turkeys and potatoes.

Turkey giveaway at Marlin’s Park

The Miami Marlins held their 9th annual Thanksgiving Distribution last Friday. The invitation-only event held at Marlins Park was sponsored by Feeding South Florida and other organizations. One thousand pre-selected families were given turkeys and other thanksgiving dinner essentials. The Marlin’s new CEO and part-owner, Derek Jeter, and Miami’s newly elected mayor, Francis Suarez, helped distribute 10-pound turkeys, canned goods ...

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A "Kindness Kit" that volunteers put together in Wynwood as part of "Do Good Week." (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Do Good Week takes over Miami

Do Good Week, an initiative from UnitedHealthcare’s volunteer arm, completed its second year in Miami to great success, said organizers. The project by Do Good. Live Well. took place from Nov. 12 to 18 and featured numerous activities and events, all designed to spread kindness and encourage others to be good to one another. The initiative started with a social ...

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