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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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A new bridge meant to link FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus and Sweetwater collapsed Thursday, March 15, killing and injuring several and trapping several cars beneath the rubble. (Photo credit: Gabriel Poblete)

FIU bridge near MMC campus collapses, killing and injuring several, just five days after being built

A pedestrian bridge scheduled to open to the public early next year near Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus collapsed Thursday, killing several people, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene to treat those injured and search for survivors trapped beneath the rubble. At least eight cars had been crushed under the walkway, according ...

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Gun shop owners survey follow-up [Video]

Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas Cruz opened fire last month ...

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Gun industry members like Marti Adika and Frank Benvenuto agree on several issues, including the idea that teachers should be able to carry firearms in the classroom. (Photo credit: Mike Saechang)

Survey Follow-up: Feedback from members of the gun industry

South Florida News Service recently conducted a survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawn shops in South Florida and found similarities and differences in their answers.  The area’s two most populous counties were split on whether the age to purchase firearms should be raised to 21. Broward County was largely in favor of such legislation, while Miami-Dade County gun dealers and pawnshop owners were mostly against ...

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Portal app, Fix It NMB, helps residents easily report and track problems in North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach’s website boasts a feature that provides citizens with a unique means by which to report issues they encounter in the city.  Fix It NMB, an app and portal service launched on the city’s website in 2012, is meant to improve the community by allowing citizens to report any issue they encounter right away, according to city officials. Other state municipalities, including North Miami and Tallahassee, have adopted similar ...

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A variety of .223 Remington cartridges and a .308 Winchester (right) for comparison.The Remington bullets are often used by the AR-15. (Image via Wikipedia)

SFNS/FIU Survey of Gun Dealers and Pawnshops

A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 — the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 — but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade counties were asked to respond ...

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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. Since the massacre at Sandy ...

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John Rode (white shirt, center) at Parkway Plaza in Pompano Beach. (Image courtesy Global Children's Rescue)

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 uses sites like Backpage.com to uncover human ...

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Images of the banners at FAU's Boca Raton campus. (Image via Alexandra Weot's Facebook posting)

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 is condoning this and allowing ...

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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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