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

2016-12-11T13:50:59+00:00 October 1st, 2016|News, Public Safety, Sports, Video/Audio|

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

2016-09-29T14:57:19+00:00 September 29th, 2016|News, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2016-10-01T13:48:37+00:00 June 28th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2016-06-16T10:05:00+00:00 June 15th, 2016|News, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2016-06-16T10:12:22+00:00 June 12th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|

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

2016-04-19T15:19:26+00:00 April 14th, 2016|News, Public Safety|

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

2016-04-06T15:38:53+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Education, News, Public Safety|

Guitars Over Guns mentoring program helps kids express themselves through the arts

When Finest Meridor was 11 years old, he was reserved and felt like he had nothing to do during his free time. Now 18, Meridor is a member of the drama club and vice president of the engineering club at North Miami High School, and handles music production of a band that performs at ArtWalk

2016-04-06T17:42:23+00:00 November 29th, 2015|Business, Public Safety|

Miami first-grade teacher launches #teachHope70x7 to ‘teach hope’ to the community

When Jocelyn Morffi, a first-grade teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami, was talking to her students two years ago about recent tragedies in the world, she was inspired to show them that there is hope in the community. Then, a year later, she brainstormed with her new group of students about

2016-04-06T17:42:42+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Education, News, Public Safety|

Learn-to-Swim program seeks to prevent drownings, No. 1 cause of small kids’ deaths

When Karina Medina took swimming lessons for the first time at age 8, she did not expect to become a lifeguard. Now at 17, her role is to protect others from a frequent occurrence in South Florida: drowning. According to the Miami-Dade Drowning Prevention Coalition, drowning is the county’s leading cause of death for children

2016-04-06T16:28:30+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Education, Public Safety|