Broward County students walk out to honor Stoneman Douglas shooting [Video]

On Feb. 21, hundreds of Broward County students walked out of their classrooms, showing support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as well as protesting gun violence generally.  Piper High School in Sunrise organized “#MSDStrong Remembrance Week” with the help of Susan Ortiz, an English teacher. The planned events consist of a peace walk, butterfly release and a moment of silence on Friday. Throughout the week

2018-03-22T10:56:50+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|MSD Aftermath, Multimedia, News, Politics, Video/Audio|

Schools, guns and the aftermath: Shootings at Florida schools since Sandy Hook

On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, opened fire in the school. There were 17 fatalities and 30 injuries. In the aftermath of the worst mass school shooting in Florida’s history, South Florida News Service is taking a closer look at school shootings in Florida in the last five years.

2018-03-22T10:57:04+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Data Desk, Education, News, Politics, Public Safety, Since Sandy Hook|

Media coverage stirs mixed feelings from grieving students [Video]

On Feb. 15, the community of Parkland held a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park for the 17 lives that were lost in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day prior. The event received an extensive amount of attention from various news outlets, which stirred mixed feelings among the grieving students. Still, several said they hoped the coverage would lead to stricter gun control measures.  By Victoria Salas South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram 

2018-03-22T10:57:15+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Education, MSD Aftermath, Multimedia, News, Politics, Video/Audio|

Activist claims discovery of prostitution ring in Pompano

An anti-human-trafficking charity founder claims he has discovered a prostitution ring disguised as a massage parlor in Pompano Beach. John Rode, founder of the Global Children’s Rescue, has been investigating a business in Parkway Plaza at 1280 South Powerline Rd. that advertises on Backpage.com. The risqué advertisements, which list neither spa nor massage services, instead offers unspecified relaxation services, he said. Rode, who

2018-02-15T10:48:26+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Business, News, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2018-02-15T10:50:29+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Education, News, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2018-02-12T11:29:19+00:00 February 11th, 2018|News, Politics|

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

2018-01-26T15:08:34+00:00 January 26th, 2018|News, Politics|

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

2018-01-30T13:03:20+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Education, News, Pickups, Politics|

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,

2018-01-25T13:29:16+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Education, News, Politics|

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

2018-01-24T13:49:57+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Business, Education, News, Politics|