Miles Off Key West Roams The Loneliest American Crocodile

Cletus, the sole American Crocodile to live at Dry Tortugas National Park

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  This holiday weekend is forecast to be a scorcher -  temperatures will hang in the lower 90s. Under a blistering sun, the cool blue water at the pool in Virrick Park might prove to be particularly inviting and, as of Friday, is also free.

 A swimming race involving several local commissioners raised $5,000, enough to waive the $1.00 fee for kids and seniors and $3.00 for adults at this one pool for the entire summer.

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This week, the education advocacy group started by former Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed list of donors for the first time. The Foundation for Excellence in Education posted the list on its website.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education conducts research and advocates for states to adopt education policies, including expanding school choice, measuring student, teacher and school progress and adopting the Common Core math and language arts standards. The group has raised $46 million since 2007.

Miami Music Project Students Strike Chord In Little Havana

Jul 3, 2015
By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

More Gay And Lesbian Couples Set To Adopt

Jul 3, 2015
Graphic by Kenny Malone

With the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st, a spate of laws is now in place in Florida. Among the many changes that went into effect was the repeal of a nearly four-decade-old ban on adoption by gay parents.

Gay and lesbian couples in Florida have legally been able to adopt since 2010, when an appeals court ruled that a 1977 ban on doing so was unconstitutional. But advocates worried that a court ruling wasn’t enough—so they took it to the legislature. The House and Senate passed a bill in April, and the governor signed it in June.
 

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Dozens of activists met outside Miami-Dade County's Stephen P. Clark Center chanting and carrying banners with phrases like “Everglades, Foreverglades.”  They marched in protest of the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a roughly 75-mile bike path planned to run from Naples to Miami alongside the Tamiami Trail (US 41).

The project was proposed in 2006 by a group of cyclists from Naples. In 2010, the National Park Service took a one million dollar federal grant to develop the trail.

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COMMENTARY

Yes, yes, Cuba is big news. President Obama’s Wednesday announcement that the U.S. will open an embassy in Havana was historic stuff.

And yet – I can’t shake the feeling that the more important story out of the Caribbean this week is Puerto Rico’s financial collapse.

Moffat Mugwe

Health officials are asking soon-to-be revelers to remember that fireworks are much safer from a distance.

According to statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Health, 56 South Floridians visited the emergency room because of firework accidents last year. Sixteen of those individuals had injuries that were bad enough to require an overnight stay.

The most common injuries were severe burns, though more serious accidents can happen.

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Representatives from a host of local, state and federal law enforcement law enforcement agencies gathered in the sanctuary of Antioch Baptist Church in Miami Gardens Tuesday night for the first of a series of community meetings about the aftermath of police shootings in Miami-Dade County.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several police departments took part in the effort to help explain the process of investigating and eventually prosecuting those cases.

Pedro Portal - El Nuevo Herald Staff

A planned Tri-Rail station in downtown Miami came one step closer to fruition on Tuesday, when the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $13.9 million in funding for the project.

Craft Breweries Statewide Toast Repeal Of 64-oz Growler Ban

Jul 1, 2015
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Beer enthusiasts can add one more independence day to their week.

Breweries are calling July 1 Growler Independence day. This past May the Florida Legislature repealed a 50-year ban on 64-oz. refillable bottles called growlers.

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