In May, Lourdes walked across the bridge from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and requested asylum. The first step is an interview with an asylum officer.

"I told him that I have the evidence on me," Lourdes said, through an interpreter. She told the asylum officer about the scar on her arm, and the four missing fingers on her left hand — all evidence, she says, of a brutal attack by a gang in her native Honduras.

But the asylum officer rejected her claim.

"I don't know what happened," Lourdes said. "I don't know how I failed."

The captain of a charter boat carrying government scientists on an environmental research cruise near the Keys has been cited for violating environmental regulations.

Davie Fire Rescue
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Davie's fire chief, Julie Downey, has been named Florida's best by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association. 

She was given the 2018 state fire chief of the year award earlier this week at a ceremony in Ponte Vedra.

The recognition comes after Downey expanded a national campaign called Stop The Bleed, which teaches civilians how to control severe bleeding in emergencies and how to help before emergency responders make it to a scene.

Programs that help people sign up for Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will have their funding cut by 81 percent this year.

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The Turtle Hospital in Marathon releases 50 to 60 sea turtles back to the ocean every year. On Friday two unusually large turtles returned to the sea — with new souvenirs from their time on land.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET Saturday

The father of two students who survived the Parkland school shooting in February was fatally shot Tuesday while working at his convenience store. The man suspected of killing him was arrested Friday, police said.

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The cost of recycling programs has doubled in some Broward County cities.

 

This month, the price increased when previous contracts with Sun Bergeron expired. Part of that company is now owned by Waste Management, which cities are blaming for the price hike.

Iconic Miami Beach Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Jul 20, 2018
O Cinema

Going to the movies 50 years ago in Miami Beach meant a fancy night out, with gentleman dressed in coats and ladies in heels and gloves. 

When the Byron Carlyle theatre opened in Miami Beach in 1968, it was a game changer for the area, bringing Hollywood films to multiple screens.

The Byron Carlyle shut down in 2001 but re-opened in 2014 as Miami’s O Cinema. O Cinema now features independent films from around the world.

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The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.

Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

Stonewall Museum
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Anti-gay laws, fines, prison and concentration camps.

A new traveling exhibit at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Wilton Manors follows the persecution of an estimated 100,000 gay men in Germany between 1933 and 1945. The exhibit opened Thursday.

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