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For millions of kids there were few experiences like getting a new pack of baseball cards. There was a simple but euphoric joy in tearing the thin metallic wrapper, being hit by the wafting smell of stale sugar and feeling the hard stock, glossy cards between your fingers.  

Brad Balukjian was one of those kids in the 1980s. He bought his first deck in 1986, a year that included players such as Dwight Gooden, Ken Griffey and Eddie Murray. Recently, the freelance writer came up with an idea. He bought a pack of 1986 Topps cards on Ebay -- unopened. 

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Uber launched a new initiative called Uber Urban Partnership on Monday in a push to expand the ride-sharing service's presence in South Florida -- and on a grand scale.

 

The initiative, also known as UberUP, aims to hire 10,000 new drivers in the area, providing customers with faster and more reliable service. Likewise, Uber says it hopes that hiring new drivers will create jobs for local communities.

 

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A new study says South Floridians are swimming in credit card debt. Maybe drowning in it.

CreditCards.com, a self-described “online credit card marketplace,” looked at average debt versus median income for 25 major metropolitan areas to determine a region’s credit card debt burden.

The Miami metropolitan area had the fourth worst debt burden in the country.

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Every year DolFans get giddy. 

"This is the year we break through, this is the year we finally contend -- or at least get to the playoffs," we think. But this year really does feel unique considering the moves Miami has made during the offseason. There's that and, come on, eventually this team has to turn it around.

It has been hard being a Dolphins fan. But one Harvard blog thinks the pain may be near an end. 

The Schultz Center

At one point, the Schultz Center had state funding and a big, multi-million dollar contract with Duval County schools to help teachers improve their craft.

The Schultz Center has trained thousands of teachers since it was founded in Jacksonville in 1997. But when state revenues declined, the Schultz Center funding was cut.

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By late last week, people and boats were already trickling in to the Florida Keys for the lobster sport mini-season.

They were getting ready for the two-day event, taking place Wednesday and Thursday,  when recreational divers get a jump on catching the tasty crustaceans. The regular lobster season, when commercial fishermen can start bringing in their catch, starts Aug. 6.

The Cuban flag is flying over the Cuban Embassy in the United States for the first time in 54 years after the two countries restored diplomatic relations in December, but not everyone is celebrating the renewed flow of mojitos from the embassy's Hemingway Bar.

Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who both call the heavily Cuban-American Miami area home, denounced last Monday's new step in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Christmas in July for South Florida's Homeless Population

Jul 24, 2015
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The Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers held their annual Christmas in July celebration in Miami, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach Friday. 

The celebration is a combination Christmas and Fourth of July block party, blending together the themes of “giving” and “independence” that each of the two holidays represent.

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On Monday, the Key West Police Department will join the growing ranks of South Florida law enforcers wearing body cameras.

The department has been working on training and coming up with a policy for body cameras since February. That's when the Monroe County Sheriff's Office gave the police 100 cameras. The money came from fees that the Sheriff's Office receives to administer grants under the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

Florida Advocates Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

Jul 24, 2015
Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.

Among other things, the ADA prohibits discrimination against disabled people in the areas of employment, transportation, communications and public accommodations.

From restaurants to clothing stores and government buildings to baseball stadiums, businesses must reasonably accommodate people who have physical and mental challenges.

The silver anniversary was celebrated at the state capitol Friday.

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