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Swoop! And There You Are

By Silvana Ordonez Read in The Miami Herald Alexander Smith’s frustration with traffic and the trouble he faced finding a parking spot in South Beach drove him to launch his own business: Swoop, a free taxi service. “It’s is very congested and you pay a lot for taxis,” said Smith, 29. “For short distances, it didn’t make sense to me.” ...

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Reflections On Students, Past And Present

By Chris Delboni October 31, 2012 The Editor’s Note will be a place for us to reflect on some of the work our reporters are doing in – and out – of the South Florida News Service.  It will also be a whiteboard to showcase and discuss issues and stories beyond the scope of SFNS. I couldn’t think of a ...

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Closed Flight School Didn’t Have FAA Certification

By Karla Ortega and Diane Lade, Sun Sentinel Read in The Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel 10D Adrian Garcia, a 20-year-old from Spain, knew he wanted to be a pilot by the time he turned 9. After high school, he began working at a small airport in his native country and soon was searching online for a flight school. He picked Aussie Air, an ...

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Project Helps Teens Discuss Mental Health

By Christin Erazo Read in Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post Anger and anxiety were two internal struggles Haylee Becker battled with as a 9-year-old diagnosed with bipolar and severe anxiety and depression disorders. Becker, now 16, uses her personal experience to help educate young people about mental health and emotional issues through “Breaking the Silence,” a project created by a ...

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College Sports May Not Be Winning Proposition

By Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel Read in Sun Sentinel 2A Students at the University of Florida pay about $46 a year to support the powerhouse Gator athletic program, a bargain price that hasn’t changed in a decade. At schools with less established sports programs, such as Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University, students must pay more than $340 a year, even ...

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American Children’s Orchestra For Peace Teaches Music To At-Risk Kids

By Salvatore Fazio Read in The Miami Herald Marian Paula Chacon, 5, sat graciously in a classroom with a fipple-flute recorder on hand, as she and 14 other young music students learned to read music and play songs in Little Havana’s José Martí Park. Her mother, Laura Rodriguez, 47, watched proudly as her daughter, a student at Riverside Elementary, sang, clapped and played her recorder. “She is ...

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Mexican Butcher Shop Delights Customers In Miami Lakes

By Tiffany Savinon Read in The Miami Herald On weekends, a traditional butcher at a carniceria Mexicana located in a warehouse complex in Miami Lakes puts on a chef’s hat to delight his customers with homemade food made far from home. Franco’s Distributor owner, Marco Antonio Franco, 40, uses a family recipe from Mexico to make tacos de carnitas Mexicanas, one of his favorite dishes. “No ...

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In North Miami, A Firm Nationally Known For Bentley Restorations

  By Zaimarie De Guzman Read in Sun Sentinel When Richard Gorman was 3, he and his younger brother would pretend Gorman was a mechanic who worked on extraordinary vehicles. Almost 55 years later, Gorman is the president of Vantage Motorworks, lauded by classic car collectors as one of the best restoration companies in the nation. His one-stop-shop restores vintage vehicles, specializing ...

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Chimichurri: Muestra Del Sabor Dominicano

              By Tiffany Savinon Read on ElNuevoHerald.com and El Sentinel Eric Santos y Luis Contreras viajan desde North Miami Beach casi todas las semanas para comer hamburguesas dominicanas en Chimi Churri Los Primos, un puesto portátil de venta en un estacionamiento en la NW 36 Street en Allapatah. “Yo he sido un cliente de ellos por dos años, y ...

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Volunteer Foster Care Program Finds Happy Homes For Pets

By Pamela Duque Read on MiamiHerald.com Dexter, a black Labrador mix, had been living at the Humane Society of Greater Miami for four of his five years until Larry Rizzo became the dog’s foster ”parent.” ”He ended up being the sweetest dog,” said Rizzo, who lives in Miami Beach and started volunteering for the shelter about a year ago. ”It was ...

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