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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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Miami millennials renting far longer than their parents [Video]

Younger people in South Florida are purchasing homes at a much lower rate than their parents did, leaving many to rent for far longer than they would like. This is partly because the jobs they have pay far less. According to the U.S. Census, millennials make about $2,000 less than people who were their age in 1980. — Produced and ...

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Former Ranger helps fellow vets through firearms instruction [Video]

Transitioning out of the military and into the civilian world can be very difficult for many people. U.S. Army Ranger Jon Dufresne said he decided to help himself and other veterans by becoming a firearms instructor and consultant that focuses on his former comrades. — Charlotte Alba, South Florida News Service   

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Behind the Byline: Shanise Wallace

In this episode of “Behind the Byline,” we speak to Shanise Wallace about her story “Researching sea level rise at Vizcaya.” — Interview by Victoria Salas, production by Catherine Guzman and Charlotte Alba, South Floria News Service

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Researching sea-level rise at Vizcaya [Video]

Volunteers, students and academics worked together Saturday to take King Tide measurements, providing data for the research of sea-level rise in South Florida. People met at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, but were sent out to measure water depth and quality at multiple locations throughout Miami Dade County. The Sea Level Solutions Day was a collaboration between FIU’s Sea Level Solutions ...

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Juan Diego Amado (Photo courtesy Amado)

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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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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Haitianos no se resignan a perder el TPS

  ¿Pelearían por nosotros?- preguntó. Sí -respondieron cientos de personas al unísono. “Miles enfrentarían un proceso de deportación y necesito de su ayuda”. Con estas palabras, Ronhyde Christina Ponthieux, una niña haitiana- americana de 10 años, se paró en medio del escenario del Watsco Center en Coral Gables durante un concierto para alzar la voz por los suyos realizado a ...

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