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Images of the banners at FAU's Boca Raton campus. (Image via Alexandra Weot's Facebook posting)

Banners of aborted fetuses stir controversy at FAU

Updated Feb. 14, 2018 04:22 p.m. A string of banners depicting aborted fetuses at Florida Atlantic University this week has sparked revulsion and support among students on social media. Alexandra Weot, a student at Florida Atlantic University, posted her disgust with the banners in a public Facebook post Tuesday morning. “The fact that Florida Atlantic University is condoning this and allowing ...

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The I-Bus is now used for community tours to historical spots, community picnics and community events, but Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn said he has bigger plans for it. (Photo courtesy of the Village of Palmetto Bay)

Preliminary plan for Palmetto Bay I-Bus extension includes routes to FIU and MDC

Palmetto Bay is planning a partnership with with Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to use its bus service, the I-Bus, to transport students to FIU’s Modesto Madique Campus and MDC’s Kendall Campus. A punny nod to the ibises that visit the village’s parks and neighborhoods, the I-Bus was launched in 2006 to connect Miami-Dade Transit routes and “increase the ...

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New Little Haiti trolley and bike rental station changes how residents move around the city

City of Miami officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 9, for a new trolley route and Citi Bike station that could potentially change how residents move around Little Haiti. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Director of Transportation Sandra Harris and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kirwin spoke at the ceremony, held at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Suarez stressed the importance of providing new transportation alternatives to the neighborhood. “Having a ...

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World War II vet receives tombstone 73 years after burial, thanks to cemetery volunteer

After being buried for more than 73 years without a headstone, a World War II veteran has at last received recognition for his time in service, thanks in part to an unpaid cemetery worker.   A self-proclaimed “Miami history freak,” Ronnie Hurwitz spent the last 30 years tending to the 10-acre Miami City Cemetery without pay. He has taken a special interest in keeping the headstones ...

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One year after landmark law, medical marijuana still an uphill battle

One year after Amendment 2 went into action, permitting the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients, and Floridians are still having to jump through hoops to get medical marijuana. The law, which was voted on in November 2016, became effective in January 2017. Julie Anderson, manager of Certified Marijuana Doctors, said her patients are unhappy with how difficult obtaining ...

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Girls’ coding club culminates in digital storytelling collaboration

On a Saturday morning, three young girls in the Girls Who Code club made shapes and moved pictures of animals on computer screens inside of the Carnival Center for Excellence east of Little Havana. Mabel Colon, a social worker and coordinator of academic programs for the mentoring nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, brought laptops to the room where the ...

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Little Haiti shaved ice initiative competing for funding

Sitting in the storage room of Libreri Mapou Creole & French is an unused cart many Haitians would recognize instantly.  It was built a few years ago for Haitian Heritage Month and served as Little Haiti Cultural Complex Manager Abraham Metellus’ inspiration for its Fresko Lakay initiative, one of eight nonprofit semifinalists vying for $5,000 as part of PhilanthropyMiami’s 2018 Shark Tank.  The initiative, he said, ...

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(Left to right) County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez discuss transportation issues on Thursday. (Jaylin Hawkins / SFNS)

Officials debate how to fix Miami’s transportation woes

A failure to improve public transportation in Miami-Dade County following a half-cent sales tax increase in 2002 has created a trust problem with voters, officials acknowledged during a panel discussion Thursday. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, County Commissioner Esteban Bovo and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert took part in the talk on the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College. By Jaylin ...

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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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