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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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Maureen Glover stands with her project: more than 200 names and faces of those killed in mass shootings since 1966. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Project displays names, faces of victims of mass shootings

A line of laminated papers displaying the names, faces and circumstances of more than 200 people murdered in mass shootings stretched nearly a football field in length on Indiana Avenue in Washington, DC, Saturday–a jarring display to thousands of passersby during the March For Our Lives rally. Maureen Glover, from Asbury Park, New Jersey, began the project after the 2016 Pulse ...

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Skyler Tauman checks her phone after dark on Bus 3. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Bus Chronicles: Savannah to Washington, DC

Following a dinner break in Savannah, where diners had a variety of chain-restaurants to choose from, the bus caravan resumed its journey to the nation’s capital. Many of those on Bus 3 are drifting off to sleep or idly playing with their smartphones. For earlier missives, click here (Coral Springs to Ft. Pierce) or here (Ft. Pierce to Savannah).  — ...

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Phoenix Rose was born at 8:40 p.m. to parents Kasi and Phillip Rose.Her grandmother Kim Golodner is on the bus to March for Our Lives. (Photo courtesy Kim Golodner)

Bus Chronicles: Ft. Pierce to Savannah

Six journalism students and two professors from Florida International University accompanied Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, alumni, parents and supporters on a 20-hour bus ride to Washington, DC from South Florida. As the caravan of four buses works its way north, the South Florida News Service will be chronicling the people involved and the things that happen along the way. To see ...

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Luis Hernandez, 70, has a grandson who is a junior at Stoneman Douglas. (SFNS / Pablo Chillida)

Bus Chronicles: Coral Springs to Ft. Pierce

More than 100 alumni, students, parents and supporters of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left Coral Spring Friday morning via four buses — identified by number and a Disney character — for the “March for Our Lives” rally in the nation’s capital. The buses also have six FIU journalism students and two professors along for the ride. As we travel ...

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Overnight, rescue efforts turned into search and recover efforts as emergency responders determined no additional survivors would be found under the collapsed bridge near FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus. (Photo credit: Gabriel Poblete)

FIU bridge collapse: Six dead, 10 injured, possible criminal charges pending

The fatality count from the Thursday bridge collapse near Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique campus rose overnight from four to six people, and criminal charges may be pending after an investigation, according to police. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle was scheduled to visit the scene later Friday. A team of 15 National Transportation Safety Board representatives are conducting a transportation accident investigation ...

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