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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.

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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.

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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

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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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South Miami-Dade residents will have to wait a little longer for the county to decide how it will improve the South Dade Transitway Corridor.  

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A new study looks at the disparate treatment of black adult criminal defendants in Miami-Dade County.

“Unequal treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade Criminal Justice,” finds black Hispanics and black non-Hispanics are overrepresented in local jails and face harsher penalties as they make their way through the court system.

Legendary Dancer Continues To Pass On The Art Form In Miami

Jul 19, 2018
Alejandra Martinez

The Miami City Ballet has become one of America's leading dance companies in the last three decades. And Edward Villella was an essential part of that. The legendary dancer is one of the company's founders and a former star performer in the New York City Ballet. Villella based the style of the Miami company on dance he learned from New York City Ballet founder and choreographer George Balanchine.

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Getting rid of Hurricane Irma debris from the Florida Keys took months and cost tens of millions of dollars. And now the saga has entered the political realm.

ICE protests
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Sixteen people who were arrested after demonstrating outside a Miramar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility Wednesday have been released from the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. One other person was transferred to the jail in Pompano Beach and is expected to be released soon.

The 17 protesters were charged with unlawful assembly, a second-degree misdemeanor, and obstructing a roadway, a first-degree misdemeanor charge, after gathering in the intersection of SW 29th St. and 145th Ave. to call on Mayor Wayne Messam to shut down the ICE office. 

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For years, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office had a backlog of rape kits, which contain DNA evidence that could link a suspect to a victim. Some of those kits dated back to the 1980s. In recent years, the agency spent $1 million to test nearly 1,000 kits.

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Several African American models who were at a casting call for Miami Swim Week said a California-based swimsuit line turned them away Thursday.

The reason? Their race, they said on a video posted to Facebook.

But the line, Huntington Beach-based KYA Swim, said it was “disturbed” by the allegations that the show was discriminating against African American models. The designer went on to open and close its Miami Swim Week show with a model of color.

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How teenagers envision their futures may have a big influence on whether they threaten or injure someone with a weapon, according to a new research in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings have implications for the health of teens in places struggling to prevent youth violence.

The research began with an observation by Dr. Alison Culyba, an adolescent medicine physician and epidemiologist at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. She’d seen studies on the risk factors that lead to a kid experiencing violence and later, poor health.

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