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Cities pass pot moratoriums in advance of Amendment 2 vote

With a recent poll showing Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalizing medical pot, a number of cities in South Florida have responded with preemptive moratoriums, saying they need time to adjust to the possibility of the purple haze dispensaries. A poll released Oct. 27 by the University of North Florida found that 73 percent of likely Florida voters are in favor of ...

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Miami Beach considers bats to fight Zika

In a response to the Zika-fighting pesticides that have caused so much controversy in Miami Beach, one public official is floating a safe, if spooky, option: bats. “The rationale was to show the residents and city of Miami Beach that we are looking for alternative options,” Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez said of using the winged creatures. She called the resolution, ...

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A row of colorful, new houses built in Haiti by Food For The Poor donors, taken before Hurricane Matthew. Most of the buildings still standing after the storm were structures built by the charity. (Photo courtesy of Food For The Poor)

Haitians shy away from cash donations in wake of hurricane, wary of waste

For South Florida Haitians, desire to help rebuild their island nation following Hurricane Matthew has been compounded by concerns about whether the donations will be used for its intended purposes. People have been far more generous with supplies than cash, according to local charity officials, who say money is more badly needed for vital infrastructure and construction projects. Jeff Lozama, executive ...

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Miami pitcher José Fernández died in a boat crash on Sept. 25, 2016. (Image via Wikicommons)

Cuban-American fans say goodbye to Jose Fernandez [Audio]

LIZANDRA PORTAL: Miami Marlins fans paid respects to their beloved opening pitcher, Jose Fernandez, at the public mass that was held at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Westchester. Fernandez’s story was an example of the American Dream come true for many of his Cuban American fans. To them, he was a son, a brother, a cousin. He was family. JOSEFINA ...

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North Miami urges Obama Administration to stop deportation of Haitians

North Miami’s mayor held a news conference Wednesday morning urging the Obama administration to reconsider its recent policy change calling for the deportation of Haitian migrants arriving in the United States. “You cannot target a particular ethnic group and decide that you are not going to let them in when thousands of other ethnic people from other countries are arriving to ...

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South Miami calls for gun restrictions in wake of Orlando shooting

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the South Miami City Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Florida state legislature to prohibit the sale and possession of “rapid fire and high power” weapons. Prior to the June 21 vote, Commissioner Gabriel Edmond referenced the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children. “Initially leaders ...

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Coral Gables Police Department steps up recruiting process

A month after announcing over 15 vacancies in its force, the Coral Gables Police Department organized an open house in an effort to fill the empty slots. The process to become an officer is lengthy and success is far from assured. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said the fact more people will fail than pass is simply the nature of police ...

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Sweetwater Police patrol car. (Image courtesy NBC6)

Sweetwater Commission rejects third nomination for chief

Sweetwater’s City Commission has rejected the mayor’s third nomination for police chief — for the third time in the last year — underscoring tensions between the board and the city’s chief executive. Earlier this month, the Commission rejected Mayor Orlando Lopez’ third nomination for permanent chief of police, Manny Saavedra, by a 7-0 vote, claiming they were given no information ...

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The stairway to Nuevo Caminar’s meetings displays the 12 steps to recovery. This one says ‘esperanza,’ which means ‘hope.’ (Photo Hellen Rivas / South Florida News Service)

Nuevo Caminar in Hialeah offers free help for overcoming addictions

When Jose Velasco, an alcoholic, looked for help, he was consuming a bottle of whiskey per day. He drank while working as a carpenter and got fired. “You see that nobody likes you, that they distance themselves from you because you are an undesirable person,” Velasco said. He fell into depression. “I started to look for a way to commit ...

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A group of Broward County high school student developed a safety kit. (Photo by Adrianne Richardson/SFNS)

Broward County high schoolers develop kit to improve driver safety

As a full-time mother who’s always on the go, Wynne Avellanet said she’s not always prepared for unexpected emergencies while driving. But recently, when her 8-year-old son, Noah, suffered from a bad nose bleed on the way to school, she was able to stop the bleeding. “My son suffers from chronic nose bleeds, and we’ve often been caught in situations ...

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