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Skyler Tauman checks her phone after dark on Bus 3. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Bus Chronicles: Savannah to Washington, DC

Following a dinner break in Savannah, where diners had a variety of chain-restaurants to choose from, the bus caravan resumed its journey to the nation’s capital. Many of those on Bus 3 are drifting off to sleep or idly playing with their smartphones. For earlier missives, click here (Coral Springs to Ft. Pierce) or here (Ft. Pierce to Savannah).  — ...

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Phoenix Rose was born at 8:40 p.m. to parents Kasi and Phillip Rose.Her grandmother Kim Golodner is on the bus to March for Our Lives. (Photo courtesy Kim Golodner)

Bus Chronicles: Ft. Pierce to Savannah

Six journalism students and two professors from Florida International University accompanied Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, alumni, parents and supporters on a 20-hour bus ride to Washington, DC from South Florida. As the caravan of four buses works its way north, the South Florida News Service will be chronicling the people involved and the things that happen along the way. To see ...

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Luis Hernandez, 70, has a grandson who is a junior at Stoneman Douglas. (SFNS / Pablo Chillida)

Bus Chronicles: Coral Springs to Ft. Pierce

More than 100 alumni, students, parents and supporters of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left Coral Spring Friday morning via four buses — identified by number and a Disney character — for the “March for Our Lives” rally in the nation’s capital. The buses also have six FIU journalism students and two professors along for the ride. As we travel ...

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Since Sandy Hook: Following up on non-accidental school shootings in Florida

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, there have been 17 non-accidental incidents involving guns on school campuses in Florida. Several of those incidents resulted in deaths. South Florida News Service followed up on five of the incidents to learn how each school and community is now doing and what’s been done to prevent future shootings.  By SFNS StaffSouth Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Dreyfoos School of the Arts – June ...

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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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Brass bullet cartridges (Image via Pixabay)

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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A gun shop in New York City. (Photo via Wikipedia)

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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Brass bullet cartridges (Image via Pixabay)

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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