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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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A "Kindness Kit" that volunteers put together in Wynwood as part of "Do Good Week." (Elizabeth Soza/SFNS)

Do Good Week takes over Miami

Do Good Week, an initiative from UnitedHealthcare’s volunteer arm, completed its second year in Miami to great success, said organizers. The project by Do Good. Live Well. took place from Nov. 12 to 18 and featured numerous activities and events, all designed to spread kindness and encourage others to be good to one another. The initiative started with a social ...

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Behind the Byline: Shanise Wallace

In this episode of “Behind the Byline,” we speak to Shanise Wallace about her story “Researching sea level rise at Vizcaya.” — Interview by Victoria Salas, production by Catherine Guzman and Charlotte Alba, South Floria News Service

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A beached boat after Hurricane Irma. (Richard Ordonez/SFNS)

One way in, no way out: a month after Irma

We drove 118 miles before we saw the first and only Key West tour van in Marathon, Florida, unloading its passengers in a near vacant McDonald’s parking lot. Hours after we left Miami at 7 a.m., I received a text from my co-reporter, Richard Ordonez, stating that he needed to pull over. Since we were 47 miles out from the ...

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Researching sea-level rise at Vizcaya [Video]

Volunteers, students and academics worked together Saturday to take King Tide measurements, providing data for the research of sea-level rise in South Florida. People met at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, but were sent out to measure water depth and quality at multiple locations throughout Miami Dade County. The Sea Level Solutions Day was a collaboration between FIU’s Sea Level Solutions ...

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Eating disorders and college students – a dangerous combination

Though eating disorders cross gender, age and racial lines, female college students are thought to be particularly vulnerable with one study finding 15 percent of women between 17 and 24 struggle with the issue. The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association also found that 20 percent of college students acknowledged having — or having had — an eating disorder and that 91 ...

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Clarence Dickson (Photo courtesy Dickson)

Miami’s first black chief reflects on his time, Black Lives Matter movement

Early morning, September 1959. A young black man sat on a bus bench waiting for the 21 to arrive. He was on his way to Variety’s Children’s Hospital where he worked as a janitor. A white and green police car cruised while he sat at the bus stop. The car circled the block and stopped a few feet away from ...

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Texting while operating a motor vehicle is a secondary offense in Florida, meaning police need to witness drivers committing other infractions, such as swerving and speeding, before pulling them over for distracted driving. (Photo illustration by Jesse Scheckner/SFNS)

Distracted driving remains a problem in Florida despite laws

It’s been four years since texting while driving in Florida was banned, but according to one study, the state is second-worst in the nation when it comes to phone use behind the wheel. Florida ranks behind only Louisiana for distracted driving, according to the EverDrive Safe Driving Report, which gave Sunshine State motorists 37th place overall for driving skills. According ...

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach (photo courtesy Fontainebleau)

Local hotels tighten security after Las Vegas shooting

Officials at some Miami hotels said they are beefing up security in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting last month that left dozens dead and hundreds injured. Security and Safety Manager Michael Matos of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach said the tragedy made him and his peers rethink the hotel’s procedures. “I think all hotels in Miami, especially those in ...

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