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From left: Bernard Einstein, Judy Lusskin and Jaime Mendal are running for two Golden Beach town council seats. (Photos provided to SFNS)

Youngest newcomer elected to serve as Golden Beach council member

Golden Beach voters elected its youngest town council member on Tuesday, uprooting an 18-year incumbent in the process. Longtime council member Judy Lusskin received the highest number of votes, 216, while newcomer Jaime Mendal, 26, received 204 votes. Incumbent Bernard Einstein came in third, losing in the race for the two open seats with 117. According to the Miami-Dade County ...

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David Pearson sings a copy of ‘JFK and Bobby, Arnie and Jack ... and David’ on Feb. 12 at Books and Books in Coral Gables. (Photo by Collin Simpson / SFNS)

David Pearson reminisces on his time with JFK in Coral Gables

Longtime Miami public relations agent David Pearson has self-published a memoir that provides a snapshot into his career and Miami’s history during the mid-20th century. Pearson presented his new memoir, “JFK and Bobby, Arnie and Jack … and David,” on Feb. 12 at Books and Books in Coral Gables. His audience included some of Pearson’s closest friends and colleagues. “He’s ...

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From left: Bernard Einstein, Judy Lusskin and Jaime Mendal are running for two Golden Beach town council seats. (Photos provided to SFNS)

Two incumbents and a newcomer compete for two Golden Beach Town Council seats

Two incumbents and one challenger are running for two council seats in Golden Beach, a 1.8-square-mile town just south of Broward County. Incumbents Bernard Einstein and Judy Lusskin are on the ballot with 26-year-old newcomer Jaime Mendal. The three are running for two council seats. The two candidates with the most votes on Tuesday win; there will be no runoff. ...

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Palmetto Bay police talk to Beth Kibler following a "verbal disagreement" between her and Vice Mayor John DuBois regarding a campaign flyer. DuBois, in the white hat, is in the background. (Photo by Rodrigo Miragaya / South Florida News Service)

Tensions rise in Palmetto Bay vice mayor race over flyer

A polling site at the Palmetto Bay library became the site of a “verbal disagreement” between the current vice mayor of the village and a representative of a woman seeking to replace him. Beth Kibler, campaigning on behalf of Erica Watts, claimed she was being followed around by Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois, who is up for reelection. DuBois could ...

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Bob Graham (left), Patrick Murphy and Wayne Slaton talk during a campaign event at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Cassandra Cabal / South Florida News Service)

Patrick Murphy says issues should drive voters [Video]

By Yaneli Gonzalez, South Florida News Service

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Dalia Blumstein campaigns for her husband Mark, who is running for Circuit Court judge, outside Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Cassandra Cabal / South Florida News Service.)

Painless voting in Hialeah; Fire station precinct in Miami Beach; Voting by gender

[1:32 pm] Rafael Tur, who voted in East Hialeah, said the process was painless.  Tur, 26, said he cast his vote for Donald Trump, because he believes the New York billionaire can fix the broken political system.  Tur said he wasn’t always a fan, something that changed after working at Trump National in Doral for a few months starting in ...

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Marie Charles (left) and Daniel Juste sell donuts for Boy Scout Troop 584 at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Yaneli Gonzalez)

Fast voting around FIU; Trump “has no class;” Less than knowledgable campaigners

[12:20 pm] Jose Alonzo said he was satisfied with how fast he was able to vote in his new polling precinct, the Iglesia Bautista near the main FIU campus. However, he said he is concerned with the possibility of voter fraud because of the electronic voting system. But Alonzo has a suggestion. “I should be able to get a photocopy of my ballot,” he said in ...

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Voters line up outside Florida City Hall as the polls open on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Liz Portal / South Florida News Service)

Election Day! Ongoing coverage in Miami-Dade

South Florida News Service reporters, in partnership with the Miami Herald, will be producing ongoing coverage today of the elections in South Florida and beyond. Check back throughout the day and evening for updates and stories. Send tips or reports of polling problems to Dan Evans, daevans@fiu.edu. — [7:26 am] Justyce Pinkney, 21, a student at Florida International University, arrived to ...

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Images courtesy of Lady GUY and JR Davis

Never drab, always a queen: Wilton Manors’ “Lady GUY”

The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors is one of the hottest LGBT nightclubs in Broward County, and at its heart is Lady GUY. Every Friday and Saturday night at The Manor for the past five years, Guy Tomasello dons his 6-inch heels, bright wigs, oversize glasses and transforms into one of the area’s best-known drag queens. “Every week she delivers,” ...

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The Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. (Image via Wikicommons)

Palmetto Bay residents to vote on annexation, charter amendments

When the residents of Palmetto Bay head to the polls Nov. 8 they will not just be voting for a member of the Village Council and vice mayor, but also on four charter amendment questions and a proposed annexation of West Perrine. John DuBois, the village’s vice mayor who is running for reelection, said the village’s attorney asked Palmetto Bay ...

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