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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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A billboard in Naples seeking information about Sophie Reeder, who has been missing from Fort Lauderdale since May 20. (Photo courtesy John Rode/GCR)

Human trafficking non-profit to hold fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale

A human trafficking and missing children nonprofit, launched this summer, is having its first fundraiser in Broward County later this week. The event, scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Bull Market in Fort Lauderdale, is for Global Children’s Rescue. John Rode, a founder of GCR and a former undercover narcotics agent, said he and his co-founders have been working on rescues for some ...

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A Bass Pro Shop. (Image via Wikipedia)

Smiles and handguns: Greeter at Bass Pro Shops talks about her job

Crowds of shuffling faces passed by Adilen Gutierrez as she placed an order for a tall iced coffee from the barista at Starbucks in Dolphin Mall. She wore a dark green, buttoned-down shirt with a Bass Pro Shops patch. She was on break from an unusual, but vital, job: greeting customers entering the store and checking their weapons. A table ...

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Juan Diego Amado (Photo courtesy Amado)

Exiled in South Florida, restless Venezuelan activist heads to PR

A Venezuelan activist, living in exile in South Florida, is going to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria, saying if he can’t help his countrymen, he wants to help someone. In a small townhouse located on a dark street in the city of Doral, where other six people live, Juan Diego Amado spends his days lying in bed ...

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The scene at Pinch Me Gastropub (Nicholas Poblete / SFNS)

“Lawyers to the Rescue” serves up Puerto Rico relief

At Pinch Me Gastrobar and Market in Coral Gables on a recent Monday, guests received a bowl of paella and a glass of Pinot Grigio in exchange for a donation of $25 or more for Puerto Rico relief. Carolyn de Moya was collecting the donations and her paella got cold. She had been too busy gathering money and greeting guests. ...

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North Miami Beach officer terminated

__ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article stated former North Miami Beach Ofc. Nichole Mood resigned from the department in October due to injuries. In fact, she was terminated from the position. In addition, the reporter on the story, Ximena Tellez, included a quote from NMB Ofc. Ingrid Cabera despite the fact she had not spoken to Cabera. As ...

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John Morales during a weather broadcast. (Photo courtesy of Morales)

Longtime meteorologist reflects on hurricane coverage

The chief meteorologist from NBC 6 Miami, a NBC affiliate based in Miramar, said he was impressed by the size and strength of Hurricane Irma. John Morales is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, working for 26 years and winning multiple Suncoast Regional Emmys for his coverage of weather in the region. Morales covered several of the infamous ...

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Behind the Byline: Victoria Salas & Jesse Scheckner [Video]

Welcome to the first episode of “Behind the Byline” where reporters reveal the story behind the story. In part one, we talk to Victoria Salas about her story “Local businesses come together for hurricane relief” on how the Miami community came together following Hurricane Irma. In part two we talk to South Florida News Service reporter Jesse Scheckner about his ...

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