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Toddler holding a sign at the March to Keep Families Together (Photo by Maria Gil/SFNS)

Scores of protestors gather by Homestead shelter to protest separation of migrant families

Residents of South Florida came together Saturday afternoon in front of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children to protest the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which had forced the separation of migrant children from their parents. More than 30 different organizations based in South Florida, such as United We Dream and American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, created the ...

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March To Keep Families Together flyer ( Provided by March To Keep Families Together)

Follow SFNS’s coverage of the protest by Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children

As the debate on the Trump Administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy continues, groups of young Floridians and various other organizations will participate in protests against the administration’s treatment of immigrants. One of those protests is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 5:30 p.m near the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children. Though Trump has signed an executive order ending the ...

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Cover city hall, go to jail? SPJ regional director throws down media access challenge

A Broward County based journalist is promising airfare, hotel and a car rental to reporters willing to attempt to cover a town council meeting in rural Alabama. The catch? Tiny Paint Rock recently passed a number of rules prohibiting the media or outsiders from doing just that — in direct contravention with the state’s Open Meeting Act. But no worries: ...

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From left to right: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, businessman Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham speak during a gubernatorial debate ahead of the Democratic primary for governor(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, Pool)

Democratic candidates try to stand out during gubernatorial debate in Miramar

Large crowds turned up to the Democratic primary gubernatorial debate Tuesday evening at the Miramar Cultural Center to support their preferred governor candidates. The four candidates: former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham and founder of Elevation Financial Group Chris King, debated on topics ranging from education and abortion to gun control. By ...

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More millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings

Though the majority of gun owners are still older, the organizer of the state’s largest series of gun shows said millennials are buying firearms in increasing numbers. Khaled Akkawi is the owner of Shoot Straight, a chain of stores in Florida. “Yeah, actually we do see a lot more young people coming to purchase firearms,” he said. “The demographics are ...

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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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Leonor Munoz, MSD student, sitting on stage after town hall (Photo by Victoria Salas/SFNS)

Youth speak out at Coral Springs town hall with U.S. congressman

Momentum from the March For Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. and around the world led to the organization of Town Hall For Our Lives, a movement with more than 200 town halls throughout the nation where citizens continue to meet with their representative in order to discuss gun reform.  The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas hosted a town hall with Congressman Ted Deutch at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Mar. 3. Representatives from all levels of ...

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Many begin gathering on the streets of Washington, DC before the march begins. (Adrian Nones-Newman / SFNS)

Students feeling accomplished after rally

After marching on the nation’s capital and watching their peers and celebrities give their presentations, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students said they were optimistic about what the future holds regarding gun reform. Matthew Walker, a 17-year-old student at the Parkland, Florida school, said he was surprised at the amount of support they received. “Honestly, I thought there would be more counter ...

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Chef in Washington, DC provides comfort in obvious source: food

Brian Hill is the owner of Chef Brian’s Comfort Kitchen located in downtown D.C. After enduring a rough childhood, he said he wants to support and empower the younger generations.  When he discovered students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas were leading the march in Washington, DC, he decided to help in the best way he knew how: by providing comfort food.  — ...

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