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More money, more problems: Lottery winner sued by ex, files for bankruptcy

Sigh. Life can be so unfair sometimes. Lynn Anne Poirier, 62, won $1 million lottery prize, but was sued by her (now) ex-boyfriend for failing to share. After a jury ruled she needed to give her former beau nearly $300,000 — finding the pair had a valid, albeit unwritten agreement to share big winnings — she filed for bankruptcy, the Orlando Sentinel ...

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A skip loader works to clean up I-95 following a crash early Wednesday morning in Brevard County. (Photo courtesy First Coast News)

Booze, chips dumped on I-95; motorists weep over spilled beer

Two semi trucks — one carrying Busch Beer and another hauling Frio-Lay products — bashed into one another in Brevard County early Wednesday morning, spraying snack food and suds across I-95 and tying up southbound traffic for about four hours. The ever-alert folks at First Coast News reported the road reopened at about 7:30 am, and but for the pride of ...

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Stephanie Sanford checks her phone at Club La Vela on her birthday during spring break in Panama City Beach. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Florida town clamps down on drinking, gasp, loses money

Apparently making it harder for bros to get wasted in your seaside community hurts the bottom line, a Panhandle Spring Break locale discovered to its dismay. Remarkably, the New York Times article did not focus on South Florida — which had its own set of spring-break-madness — but instead in the so-called “Redneck Riveria.” Panama City Beach passed nearly two dozen ordinances to cut down ...

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My day with the President

President Barack Obama greets the crowd of journalists as he arrives on Air Force One at Miami International Airport for the Town Hall Meeting at FIU.         By Kathleen Devaney Last Monday, I received an email from my South Florida News Service editor, Chris Delboni, that said, “Are any of you covering this?” As my fingers scrolled ...

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Families struggle with young onset diseases

Roger Roessler, 44, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease five years ago and now struggles daily to complete everyday tasks. His wife, Rosie, 31, takes care of him and their three children. Matias Ocner / Miami Herald Staff         By Crystal Chew Read in Miami Herald On Roger Roessler’s first date with Rosie, his hand shook when he ...

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Kids with disabilities get special visit from musician Ricardo Montaner.

By Juan Endara South Florida News Service Exclusive   Ricardo Montaner is the founder of La Ventana De Los Cielos, “A Window to Heaven,”  a non-profit organization that aims to promote, advocate and protect the right of children and adolescents with special abilities. The organization, which is located in Homestead, Florida, specializes in physical and intellectual development for those with disabilities by ...

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FIU Hosts SPJ JournCamp

Jasmine S. Richardson and Alexis Fernandez learn how to edit videos using app “Videolicious” at Cindy E. Rodriguez’ seminar. Marisol Medina / South Florida News Service         By Amanda Rabines South Florida News Service SJMC joined forces with the Society of Professional Journalists to host its first ever JournCamp at FIU, a daylong workshop event funded by the education ...

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Doral bike paths get mixed reviews

  A view of the off-road bike-path that runs along the western edge of Doral, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The paths also are open to pedestrians. DANIEL BOCK/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD       By Rebeca Piccardo Read in Miami Herald. To make life easier for cyclists, Doral is implementing a plan to add more than 30 miles of bike ...

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Foundation seeks to aid people with paralysis

James “Woody” Beckham drives a 2013 Dodge Minivan equipped with a special steering wheel, break and accelerator that can be operated by those, like Beckham, with limited motor functions. Jeffrey Pierre / Miami Herald Staff. By Alexandra Mosquera Netzkarsch and Jeffrey Pierre Read in Miami Herald Only months after suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury in January 2011, James “Woody” ...

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Get Engaged at FIU on the 1st National News Engagement Day on Oct. 7, 2014.

Raul Reis, dean of journalism and mass communication at Florida International University, discusses ways his school is adapting to the incorporation of technology on storytelling. Matias Ocner / South Florida News Service       By Kathleen Devaney and Crystal Chew South Florida News Service Media Metamorphosis: The impact of technology on journalism today. Students and professionals in the journalism ...

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