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A newborn gets a second chance at life at Miami Children’s Hospital

Gaetano Picarelli, 3 months old in this photo, with his parents, Melissa DiBiasi and Brendan Picarelli. Gaetano was born with a condition that prevented his right lung from developing. He was rushed from Fort Meyers to Miami Children’s Hospital, where he was treated for three months. His parents will speak Thursday at a fund-raising event for the hospital. Photo by ...

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Founder Marta Viciedo shares her vision of transit for Miami at TrAC’s launch party held on Sept.,15, 2013.  Photo by Rachel Johnson.

Nonpartisan PAC aims to increase the priority of public transportation in Miami-Dade

  Founder Marta Viciedo shares her vision of transit for Miami at TrAC’s launch party held on Sept.,15, 2013. Photo by Rachel Johnson.       BY PAULA CALLEJAS-CUZA Read in Miami Herald For Carolina Levy, a South Miami resident, public transportation is a necessary hassle. “If you don’t have a car here, it’s really hard to get around,” said Levy, ...

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SPJ-FIU: 1st Annual Media Conference

  The SPJ chapter at Florida International University is hosting an all-day conference with five panel discussions on Journalism Ethics, Social Media, How to Brand Yourself, War Reporting and Photojournalism.     The first ever Listen, Learn and Connect conference aims to train and inform, as well as provide a space for journalists to network. We invite you to attend ...

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Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed in Journalism

Students and staff listen intently to WLRN’s Julia Duba and Maria Murriel at SPJ-FIU’s “Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed in Journalism” workshop held on Feb. 20, 2014.         By Katie Lepri South Florida News Service   SPJ-FIU hosted a workshop with special guests from WLRN Julia Duba and Maria Murriel. Duba is the morning producer for WLRN-Miami ...

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Bachelors posing

Women to bid on bachelors for charity

Bachelors from last year’s event pose with Singles for Switchboard Bachelor Auction’s host (middle).  Photo courtesy of Switchboard of Miami.           BY MATIAS JOAQUIN OCNER Read in Miami Herald When Catalina Rueda, 30, attended last year’s Singles for Switchboard Bachelor Auction, she went with no expectations. But things changed quickly when Brock Metcalf, 30, walked on stage. Rueda was the winning ...

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Redland Heritage Festival set for Jan. 11-12

Kendall resident Jeremy Witcoski introduced his children Savannah and Jayden to a goat during the 2012 Redland Heritage Festival at Fruit and Spice Park.         BY LISBET CASTILLO Read in Miami herald When Rogelio Blanco is not learning how to build energy-efficient construction machinery, he is teaching visitors to South Miami-Dade’s Fruit and Spice Park about 500 ...

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Bike Nerds

New bike shop serves growing popularity of cycling in Miami Shores

When not repairing bikes, Thomas Korray (left) is raising his daughter, Kailee, and saving up to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. Diego Pinzon (right) is working to help pay for his education in psychology at Barry University and hopes to study in Sanford, Calif. Alex Blencowe/SFNS.       By Alex Blencowe  Read in Miami Herald From wider ...

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Chiropractor sheds light on rare disorder stemming from abuse

Brandi Anderson, 24, in the middle, poses with her two sisters, her baby girl and son.  Photo by Mike Slootmaker, courtesy of Shawn Anderson.           By Altagrace L. Gustave South Florida News Service While visiting Southwood Middle School in 2004 for a chair massage event intended to relax teachers after the stabbing death of a student ...

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Julia Duba WLRN

SPJ sponsors WLRN Radio Storytelling Workshop

Education Reporter Sammy Mack and Morning Producer Julia Duba await to hear what students participating the WLRN radio storytelling workshop come up with. The workshop was an interactive lesson with journalism students to show them how public radio works and what makes compelling audio. SPJ-FIU hosted the event on Nov. 18 at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Photo by Brittny C. Valdes. ...

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Equine-assisted therapy impacts children, families and instructors

Ms. Bustamante and a Funies volunteer guide Victor Nuñez, 4, during his therapeutic lesson. Photo by Andrea Edde.           By Andrea Edde  Read in Miami Herald Michael Fuentes is a 14-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, developmental disabilities, autistic behaviors and a basically useless right hand. But that doesn’t stop him from holding Oreo, the horse, ...

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