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Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

A new study has confirmed what federal wildlife officials long suspected: dredging at PortMiami to make way for massive new ships killed far more coral than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted.

Why America doesn’t ban hate speech

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most voters in the Florida Keys said in a Nov. 8 referendum that they were in favor of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A backhoe joyride on the Seven Mile Bridge last winter that tied up traffic in the Florida Keys and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage has ended in state prison.

Carl Blahnik, 60, was sentenced this week to 30 months in state prison. He also has to pay more than $43,000 in restitution for damage to the bridge and the backhoe.

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Maura Ewing/PRI

On a recent Thursday afternoon, just past 1 pm, Philadelphia Immigration Court’s sterile, fluorescent-lit waiting room is packed with about 40 people. Outside, the hallway serves as an overflow area.

An elderly woman sitting next to me on one of the wooden benches nervously fidgets with an envelope from the US Department of Justice. Two young men, both with carefully gelled faux hawks and crisply ironed plaid shirts, sit side-by-side looking ahead, silent. A young mother coos to her baby, who looks up to her from a stroller.

Third-graders at Cali Calmécac Language Academy in Windsor, California, are in the middle of presenting book reports when one boy bursts into tears. His teacher, Rosa Villalpando, pulls him aside to check in. Sobbing, he tells her that, as a result of the presidential election, he is afraid he will have to move to Mexico. Some kids on his street won’t play with him anymore, he says.

The story of the online, pan-African Magunga Bookstore

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Courtesy of Magunga Williams 

Magunga Williams grew up in Kisumu, a Kenyan city that’s home to more than 300,000 people but to only two major bookstores.

There, Williams told me recently, “people depend on books that they find in supermarkets.” Most of these books come from the United States and Europe. “These supermarkets do not have a rich African collection,” Williams said. But there was one place where he could always find a wider range of books. It was the personal collection of a local man, whose house became a neighborhood meeting place and an unofficial sort of public library.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Lawyers representing 142 retired NFL players filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

They want the league to recognize CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as an occupational hazard that should be covered by workers compensation.

Tony Gaiter, 42, is the lead plaintiff in the suit.

He played for the University of Miami, before going on to play for the New England patriots and the San Diego Chargers.

Florida prison officials say they’re looking to enhance the mental health treatment of inmates—particularly in the Panhandle. But, they need to hire more than 100 employees to meet that goal. Kim Banks is the Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.

A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

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