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Coral Gables Police Department steps up recruiting process

A month after announcing over 15 vacancies in its force, the Coral Gables Police Department organized an open house in an effort to fill the empty slots. The process to become an officer is lengthy and success is far from assured. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said the fact more people will fail than pass is simply the nature of police ...

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Dania Beach Pier (Photo by Sara Bossana via Flickr)

Dania Beach Commission approves 105-unit Comfort Inn

The Dania Beach City Commission has approved a new hotel project on Federal Highway over the objections of some residents worried about traffic, noise and construction debris. The property is located on the east side of North Federal Highway, south of NE 3rd Street, and adjacent to a residential community. Corrine Lajoie, the city’s planning and zoning manager, presented the ...

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Sweetwater Police patrol car. (Image courtesy NBC6)

Sweetwater Commission rejects third nomination for chief

Sweetwater’s City Commission has rejected the mayor’s third nomination for police chief — for the third time in the last year — underscoring tensions between the board and the city’s chief executive. Earlier this month, the Commission rejected Mayor Orlando Lopez’ third nomination for permanent chief of police, Manny Saavedra, by a 7-0 vote, claiming they were given no information ...

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Commission falls short in attempt to fire Sweetwater public works director

Sweetwater’s public works director dodged an attempt by the City’s Commission to fire him earlier this month, beating back claims that he allowed work on numerous internal city projects to begin without proper permits. Alan Abolila argued the city had no procedures in place for the projects in question, and that he is being used as a pawn in the ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves prior to making a speech in February 2016. Photo courtesy of RedState.com

Cuban-American millennials turning backs on GOP

As younger Cuban-Americans head to the polls Tuesday, their allegiance is moving away from the Republican Party at a faster clip than their parents, a trend that may make it harder for Miami-born Marco Rubio to win in South Florida, and perhaps impossible statewide. Fernand Amandi of Bendixen and Amandi, a communications consulting firm that regularly polls Cuban-Americans, said that ...

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Book cover of "Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed the New York Times" (Image courtesy Samuel Freedman)

How a New York Times reporter humanized the AIDS crisis

Two Columbia University professors spoke this week to a packed FIU auditorium about the life and work of a New York Times reporter and editor who gave a human face to the AIDS crisis in the 1990s, before dying of the disease three years later. Samuel G. Freedman, who formerly worked at the New York Times and authored “Letters to a Young ...

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Ivan Echemendia, 15, is surrounded by his mom, grandparents and members of the Little Havana Nutrition and Activities Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Karen Noa, South Florida News Service)

Student receives certification of appreciation from Hialeah City Mayor

The Hialeah City Council meeting last Tuesday included more than just purchase orders, bids and zoning permits. Mayor Carlos Hernández presented a certificate of appreciation to Ivan Echemendia, 15, in recognition of his volunteer work with the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers. “He is a young man who serves his community from his heart. He is very special,” said ...

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Laura Florio and Candlebox lead singer, Kevin Martin, talk to participants of Peanut Butter & Jelly Project following a feeding. (Photo by Christopher Salas / South Florida News Service)

PBandJ Project: Local Non-Profit Organization Feeds The Homeless In Downtown Fort Lauderdale

When Laura Florio, 33, and her husband, Micah Harris, 38, were at a local grocery store with a cart full of food for themselves, Florio decided she wanted to make a difference in the community.  She began filling the cart up with food for others: loaves of bread, bologna, cheese, two cases of water, mustard and mayo. Harris stopped his ...

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Locks of Love are snapped onto Love Lock Bridge located at The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service)

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country, decided to bring ...

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John Paul Jebian, a sign language teacher at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, teaches his high school students American Sign Language alongside Lisa Espineira, 37, a certified sign language interpreter. (Photo by Daniel Hidalgo / South Florida News Service)

Deaf community pushing for state to license interpreters

In a second-floor meeting room at West Dade Regional Library, Lissette Molina Wood recently stood in front of a group of deaf people. Halfway through her first term as president of the Florida Association of the Deaf, Molina Wood, 37, also deaf, is trying to build support for a bill that would require all American Sign Language interpreters to be ...

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