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New Routes and App for North Miami Beach Trolley

North Miami Beach recently improved its trolley service by way of added routes and a tracking app, city officials said. What was originally a one-route service has now turned into three routes for the retro-looking trolleys. Though the exterior looks like a vintage mode of transportation, each offers Wi-Fi and is equipped with surveillance cameras. During operating hours, one trolley ...

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A hurricane as seen from space. (image via Pixabay)

Officials urge residents to prep for above-average hurricane season

As they face down an above-average hurricane season, South Florida residents need to be especially prepared this year, officials said. A report released in late May by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states  that this year’s hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, is expected to be especially heavy, with as many as 17 storms forming. ...

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Fence headaches in Surfside

A Surfside resident, who has waited for four months to get approval from board members to install a fence — and is still waiting — said she feels town officials dragged their feet. Elena Rodriguez recently moved from downtown Miami to Surfside. She renovated the home at 500 Surfside Blvd., completing most work in February 2017. However, an essential component was missing. “I ...

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Seeking humans for “furrever” homes in North Miami Beach

Dayle Fragin held a three-dog leash in a tight grip on a recent Saturday as she talked to a child petting the salt-and-pepper Schnauzer at her side. She has six at home, all of which she’s adopted from the Humane Society’s Adoption Clinic in North Miami Beach. After retiring from her job as a Liberty City middle school teacher, Fragin ...

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Sweetwater cops fundraising for disabled services organization

Off-duty Sweetwater police officers are serving customers at the Texas Roadhouse on Flagler Street Tuesday evening from 4-10 p.m. as part of the department’s second annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser. The event is part of Sweetwater Police Department’s “community oriented policing” initiative, said Manuel Saavedra, a neighborhood resource officer. Officers are paired with servers, he said, and tips received by cops go to ...

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Mario Rojzman, rabino de Beth Torah Rok Campus, en Aventura, en su oficina durante su entrevista con (SFNS / Sergio Sacristán)

El antisemitismo tambien golpea al sur de la Florida

“El pueblo judío tiene un Ph.D. en sufrimiento”, dice Mario Rojzman, rabino de Beth Torah Rok Campus, en Aventura, al referirse a los cientos de ataques a cementerios y amenazas sufridos por esa comunidad en las últimas semanas en varios estados de la unión americana. La Florida no es la excepción. El pasado martes, la policía de Miami Beach detuvo ...

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Students at FIU protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country during a rally on Feb. 1. (Cassandra Cabal / SFNS)

FIU, UM academics deal with impacts of travel ban

In Miami-Dade County, the impact of President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding the citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations may be most keenly felt on college campuses, where Ph.D. candidates and professors are scrambling to continue their research in the aftermath of the travel ban.  Mohammad Ali Faghihi, a professor in the college of medicine at the University of Miami, said his ...

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Las pitones birmanas, como esta, consumen una gran cantidad de vida salvaje, incluyendo lagartos, garzas, y roedores. Fuente: www.nps.gov

Gurús caza serpientes limpian los Everglades

Dos miembros de una tribu de la India combaten desde hace dos semanas la plaga de pitones y otros tipos de serpientes que han invadido Los Everglades. Esta tribu ha sido contratada por el Departamento de Salud y Fauna del Estado de Florida con el fin de acabar con el elevado número de pitones que está destruyendo la fauna y ...

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A protestor at the Women's Rally of South Florida holding a sign saying, “All Lives Matter.  No Human is Illegal. Love is Love. 
Human rights-R-Human Rights. Climate Change is Real.”
(Photo by Nyamekye Daniel, SFNS)

Thousands attend South Florida women’s rights rally

More than 10,000 people attended an equal-rights gathering at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami Saturday, coinciding with the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of others across the nation and world. Many, if not most, of the attendees of the Women’s Rally of South Florida said they were protesting the inauguration of President Trump, whose history of sexist and discriminatory comments ...

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These Halloween decorations in Kendall caused a stir by people who felt they depicted a lynching. (Photo courtesy of the Tejedors)

Hanging Halloween decoration sparks mistaken Trump backlash

A hanging Halloween decoration in Kendall sparked a furious — and mistaken — backlash in part due to its juxtaposition to a sign supporting President-elect Donald Trump. Mark Tejedor, 28, put up Halloween decorations in his front yard after a four-year hiatus. But some of the decorations – involving two figures tied up in a tree – were lambasted in ...

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