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Smiles and handguns: Greeter at Bass Pro Shops talks about her job

Crowds of shuffling faces passed by Adilen Gutierrez as she placed an order for a tall iced coffee from the barista at Starbucks in Dolphin Mall. She wore a dark green, buttoned-down shirt with a Bass Pro Shops patch. She was on break from an unusual, but vital, job: greeting customers entering the store and checking their weapons. A table ...

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Exiled in South Florida, restless Venezuelan activist heads to PR

A Venezuelan activist, living in exile in South Florida, is going to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria, saying if he can’t help his countrymen, he wants to help someone. In a small townhouse located on a dark street in the city of Doral, where other six people live, Juan Diego Amado spends his days lying in bed ...

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The scene at Pinch Me Gastropub (Nicholas Poblete / SFNS)

“Lawyers to the Rescue” serves up Puerto Rico relief

At Pinch Me Gastrobar and Market in Coral Gables on a recent Monday, guests received a bowl of paella and a glass of Pinot Grigio in exchange for a donation of $25 or more for Puerto Rico relief. Carolyn de Moya was collecting the donations and her paella got cold. She had been too busy gathering money and greeting guests. ...

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Nicole Mood, left, and her mother Alicia Alaschavez. (Photo courtesy Nicole Mood)

North Miami Beach officer terminated

__ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article stated former North Miami Beach Ofc. Nichole Mood resigned from the department in October due to injuries. In fact, she was terminated from the position. In addition, the reporter on the story, Ximena Tellez, included a quote from NMB Ofc. Ingrid Cabera despite the fact she had not spoken to Cabera. As ...

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John Morales during a weather broadcast. (Photo courtesy of Morales)

Longtime meteorologist reflects on hurricane coverage

The chief meteorologist from NBC 6 Miami, a NBC affiliate based in Miramar, said he was impressed by the size and strength of Hurricane Irma. John Morales is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, working for 26 years and winning multiple Suncoast Regional Emmys for his coverage of weather in the region. Morales covered several of the infamous ...

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Behind the Byline: Victoria Salas & Jesse Scheckner [Video]

Welcome to the first episode of “Behind the Byline” where reporters reveal the story behind the story. In part one, we talk to Victoria Salas about her story “Local businesses come together for hurricane relief” on how the Miami community came together following Hurricane Irma. In part two we talk to South Florida News Service reporter Jesse Scheckner about his ...

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Hurricane Maria making landfall in Puerto Rico. (Image va Wikipedia Commons)

Weeks after Hurricane Irma and Maria, families struggle to keep in contact

Despite the passage of time, families in South Florida and in the Caribbean have struggled to keep in touch following the devastating impact of Hurricane Iram and Maria. Mayra Suarez, 70, was in Puerto Rico with her husband during Hurricane Irma hit. Their house was destroyed and they were forced to survive only with the little bit of food left in ...

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Banner located at the entrance of the Sunrise DRC. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

FEMA puts a face to disaster relief

Federal officials opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Sunrise earlier this month to help Broward County residents deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The center, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), opened Oct. 9 at 7771 West Oakland Park Blvd. This center operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Individuals have the ...

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Attendees of III Points have mixed feelings following Vegas shooting

The III Points Festival, which began Friday and goes through the weekend, has some concerned about their safety following the shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month — but many say they will be putting their fears aside to rock at the Mana Wynwood. Morgan Canada, a 23-year-old Miami resident, has been waiting for the III Points Festival for an ...

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Left to right: Elias Rosenfeld, Maria Moreno, David Escalante, Romina Montenegro, Adrian Escalante, Daniel Escalante, Maria Juliana Rodriguez and Lorena Malavet. (Photo courtesy of Elias Rosenfeld)

FIU, MDC students attend Washington, D.C. “Dreamer” event

Eight local college students took part in a three-day event in Washington, D.C., speaking to elected officials in oan effort to allow so-called “Dreamers” to attain permanent immigration status. The event, held from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, included more than 100 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, including students from Florida International University and Miami Dade College. ...

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