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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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(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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Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative gives an acceptance speech of behalf of the Bidens. (Photo courtesy Howard Miller)

Joe and Jill Biden among several honored at World Stem Cell Summit gala

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were among several leaders, innovators and professionals in the regenerative medicine field honored during an award dinner Wednesday evening as part of the 13th World Stem Cell Summit in Downtown Miami. The Bidens were given the Advocacy Award at the gala, held at the James L. Knight Center, for their cancer research ...

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Then Vice President-elect Hubert H. Humphrey (left), alongside Coretta Scott King (center), and Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (right), at a rally at Harlem's 369th Regiment Armory on December 17, 1964. (United States Library of Congress)

Hubert Humphrey’s civil rights efforts to be highlighted in lecture at FIU

An award-winning author and Columbia University journalism professor will be presenting a lecture next week on Hubert H. Humphrey, an American civil rights activist and former vice president. The talk by Samuel G. Freedman will be held at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Academic II, Room 194. Humphrey served as vice president under President Lyndon B. ...

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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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