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Miami Beach Asst. City Manager Eric Carpenter (image courtesy city of Miami Beach)

Local governments approve paid parental leave for employees

Miami Beach recently introduced paid parental leave for all city employees, following the lead of other municipalities in the area, including Doral and Miami-Dade County. The initiative passed in Miami Beach at the end of October and went into effect on Nov. 2, according to Comissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who brought it before the City Commission. “It allows you to have ...

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Fidel Castro (Image via Wikipedia)

Death of a dictator: Miami reacts to Castro’s passing [Audio]

LIZANDRA PORTAL: On November 25th, 2016, the Cuban government announced the death of their former President, Fidel Castro. For many Cuban exiles living in Miami, Friday was a day to rejoice after more than 50 years of oppression on the island. Hundreds of Cuban exiles marched down the famous Calle Ocho in Miami waving Cuban flags and chanting in celebration ...

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The Student Academic Support Center on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique campus. (Photo by Eduardo Merille, FIU)

FIU’s Cubans react to Fidel Castro’s death

Thousands of Cubans throughout Miami-Dade and elsewhere celebrated the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Saturday, some between study sessions at Florida International University. Students at the college’s main campus near Sweetwater are preparing for upcoming final exams and projects, but some said they were distracted by the news of the longtime dictator’s death. “I am glad in a way, ...

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Anti-Trump protestors march on MacArthur Causeway.
(Photo by Nyamekye Daniel)

Thousands protest Trump in Downtown Miami

Thousands of protestors unhappy with the recent presidential election results marched through downtown Miami on Friday night, blocking traffic and chanting in chorus. “Not my president,” “We reject the president-elect,” they chanted. “The pussy grabs back,” a reference to president-elect Donald Trump’s vulgar words on a leaked Access Hollywood tape. The protest was organized through Facebook. Over 3,000 people on the event’s ...

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These Halloween decorations in Kendall caused a stir by people who felt they depicted a lynching. (Photo courtesy of the Tejedors)

Hanging Halloween decoration sparks mistaken Trump backlash

A hanging Halloween decoration in Kendall sparked a furious — and mistaken — backlash in part due to its juxtaposition to a sign supporting President-elect Donald Trump. Mark Tejedor, 28, put up Halloween decorations in his front yard after a four-year hiatus. But some of the decorations – involving two figures tied up in a tree – were lambasted in ...

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Palmetto Bay police talk to Beth Kibler following a "verbal disagreement" between her and Vice Mayor John DuBois regarding a campaign flyer. DuBois, in the white hat, is in the background. (Photo by Rodrigo Miragaya / South Florida News Service)

Tensions rise in Palmetto Bay vice mayor race over flyer

A polling site at the Palmetto Bay library became the site of a “verbal disagreement” between the current vice mayor of the village and a representative of a woman seeking to replace him. Beth Kibler, campaigning on behalf of Erica Watts, claimed she was being followed around by Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois, who is up for reelection. DuBois could ...

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Bob Graham (left), Patrick Murphy and Wayne Slaton talk during a campaign event at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Cassandra Cabal / South Florida News Service)

Patrick Murphy says issues should drive voters [Video]

By Yaneli Gonzalez, South Florida News Service

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Campaign signs outside a Greenglade Elementary in Kendall on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Leo Cosio / South Florida News Service)

Election Day in photos [Photo Gallery]

The South Florida News Service team set out to not only capture the thoughts of voters throughout Miami-Dade County on Election Day, but also how the day looked. Below are some of our images, from Homestead to Miami Lakes, from Miami Beach to Sweetwater. — Photos by Alexandra Rodriguez, Yaneli Gonzalez and Lizandra Portal, South Florida News Service 

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Dalia Blumstein campaigns for her husband Mark, who is running for Circuit Court judge, outside Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Cassandra Cabal / South Florida News Service.)

Painless voting in Hialeah; Fire station precinct in Miami Beach; Voting by gender

[1:32 pm] Rafael Tur, who voted in East Hialeah, said the process was painless.  Tur, 26, said he cast his vote for Donald Trump, because he believes the New York billionaire can fix the broken political system.  Tur said he wasn’t always a fan, something that changed after working at Trump National in Doral for a few months starting in ...

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Marie Charles (left) and Daniel Juste sell donuts for Boy Scout Troop 584 at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Yaneli Gonzalez)

Fast voting around FIU; Trump “has no class;” Less than knowledgable campaigners

[12:20 pm] Jose Alonzo said he was satisfied with how fast he was able to vote in his new polling precinct, the Iglesia Bautista near the main FIU campus. However, he said he is concerned with the possibility of voter fraud because of the electronic voting system. But Alonzo has a suggestion. “I should be able to get a photocopy of my ballot,” he said in ...

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