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Abraham Smith, FIU graduate student in his lab (Photo by Orianna Cardoza)

FIU’s risk assessment laboratory tests ecotox all around us

Graduate student Abraham Smith studies the stressors on organisms in the environment and gives researchers a better understanding of ecotoxicology. Under the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment program (CREST), Dr. Rand and Dr. Crowl conduct tests of chemical and temperature stressors such as UV light and copper. By Orianna Cardoza South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Ecotoxicology is something people ...

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Panini sticker traders in front of Walgreens (Photo by Irwin Guevara/SFNS)

The World Cup Sticker Album brings soccer fans together

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off June in Russia, which means the Panini World Cup Sticker Album is here. Filling the album is no small feat. By Irwin Guevara South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram The United States Panini album has 682 stickers featuring soccer players, stadiums and more spread across 80 pages. The more sticker packs ...

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Safety ting by the bay (Photo by: Amanda Gala)

Social boating scene in Miami raises questions of safety

Two years ago, my father spent three months house ridden and in need of a serious operation on his leg. The cause? He fell off a boat. I remember him calling to say he was on his way to the hospital, but not to worry. So I didn’t. Not until about a month later, when I saw how depressed he ...

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Local developer and President of Frenchtex Don Waters objects to community center at April town hall meeting (Photo by Fabienne Fleurantin)

Residents concerned about costs of Palmetto Bay community center causes concern among residents

A land purchase by the Village of Palmetto Bay to prevent the construction of a charter school now has some community members outraged over a proposal to build a community center in its place. During an April 5 town hall meeting, some attending residents complained that building a community center at the corner of Park Drive and 180th Street would ...

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Private mausoleum in Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum in Little Havana (Photo by Elizabeth Soza)

Nicaragua’s “ex-dictator” buried in Miami

An ex-president of Nicaragua, or ex-dictator— depending on whom you ask— is buried in Miami, not in Nicaragua or in Paraguay, where he was assassinated, but in Miami, home of the largest Nicaraguan population in the nation, according the 2010 Census. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaragua’s de-facto ruler from 1967-1979, is buried alongside his wife in a private mausoleum in Caballero ...

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Ethan M. Aldridge and an advance reader copy of “Estranged” (Photo by: Maria Gil)

Local watercolor artist receives publishing deal by chance

When Ethan M. Aldridge, a 26-year-old watercolor illustrator residing in Wilton Manors, Florida, began posting his webcomic on Tumblr, he was only trying to keep himself busy. At the time he was waiting for the final edits of a book he illustrated for author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek. Little did he know, his side-project would become his debut novel. ...

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Janettsy Chiszar (Photo courtesy of Janettsy Chiszar)

Zumba instructor Janettsy Chiszar finds life through dance

Janettsy Chiszar is a Venezuelan Zumba instructor who wants to make a difference in the world. The personal trainer, fitness model and motivational speaker came to the Miami with a purpose: to inspire people to live healthy lifestyles. By Clementina Machado South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram Through Instagram, she shows more than 180,000 followers how to be healthier. On Facebook, she gives ...

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“Bunker” in Coral Gables a point of historical and cultural convergence

Looking at it now, the bunker seems smaller, less imposing—far from the edifice I’d held in my mind’s eye since I last saw it 14 years ago. Now knee-deep in vegetative overgrowth, amid the staccato chirring of grassland insects, my reunion with this strange Cold War relic feels almost anticlimactic. By Jesse Scheckner South Florida Uncovered @SoFloUncovered • Facebook • Instagram The two-story cement ...

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Beautifully Human: How two photographers are positively impacting Miami’s homeless

Two photographers are using the power of the internet to help feed, clothe and raise awareness about Miami’s homeless population. In December 2016, Cheo Sobalvarro went to a photowalk with Igers Miami, an Instagram photo group, where he met Robert, a homeless man who declined to give his last name. Sobalvarro said talking to Robert changed his perception of homeless ...

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Join SFNS! Open House April 24

Current FIU students are invited to come by the South Florida News Service newsroom at noon on April 24 to visit the facility, meet current staff members and find out how they can be involved. SFNS is open to all majors, not just journalism students, and will be publishing articles, videos, photo galleries and interactive features through the summer and ...

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