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Key West Wildlife Center

  Least terns are having a banner breeding year in Key West.

That's good news — the seabirds are listed as threatened by the state of Florida.

But it also means more young birds are falling from the rooftops where many least terns nest.

According to a new report, children's health in Florida has improved overall, but is still lagging behind when compared to other states.

According the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Florida has slipped three places in overall child well-being, to 40th place from 37th last year.

  

Voters in a Central Palm Beach County will be choosing a new State House representative this year for the newly drawn, majority-Democratic District 87. It’s also a majority Latino district — so much so that the local Publix on Southern Boulevard has a Cuban coffee shop inside.

Palm Beach County’s Hispanic population spiked by 78 percent between 2000 and 2010. Two years later, in 2012, the Florida House of Representatives created this new majority-Hispanic District 87.

Courtesy of VONA

The Voices of Our Nation Arts foundation workshop kicked off this week at the University of Miami.

Frankie Leon

The Florida Department of Health reports a child in Miami-Dade County has come down with a case of measles.
 

According to a release from the health department, the child who came down with measles had not been vaccinated.

The department said public health officials would be notifying people who may have been exposed.

The health department did not say where the child may have traveled before or after getting sick.

The measles virus can hang in the air and continue to be infectious up to two hours after the sick person has left the room.

South Florida Cities Make Top AND Bottom Of Jobs List

Jun 21, 2016
Carl Juste / The Miami Herald

Florida’s diverse job market makes it one of the best states to get a job -- while at the same time, one of the worst.

The financial website, Wallet-Hub, ranked 130 cities in the state. South Florida cities land on both ends of that spectrum: Boca Raton is in one of the top 10, while Hialeah and Miami Gardens are in the bottom of the list.

Optimus The Sea Turtle Returns Home

Jun 21, 2016
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Biscayne Bay has a new resident. Her first day in the water was June 16 - appropriately, World Sea Turtle Day.

Meet Optimus, the loggerhead sea turtle. She is three feet long, weighs 65 pounds and is a survivor.

Optimus was ready to be released back into her native habitat after more than a year of recovery at the Miami Seaquarium. She was hit by a boat propeller and seriously injured  in April 2015.

Baptist Health

A machine that blasts beams to fight evil cancer cells may sound more like a comic book and less of a reality.

But last week, Baptist Hospital in Kendall began installing this new medical equipment to provide an alternative to X-ray radiation for cancer patients.  

The 220-ton machine is known as  a cyclotron, but Baptist Hospital calls its newest addition “Proton Pete.” 

Tim Padgett / WLRN

Imagine you’re an ambitious 25-year-old business school grad in Spain. But it’s 2013 – and unemployment there is a scary 26 percent. Where do you take your entrepreneurial talents?

Communist Cuba. Seriously.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

A new public art project in downtown Miami is piping music into the Metromover. It’s not coming over the loud speaker, but through a new app that’s designed to let people uncover hidden art in the world.

Get on the Metromover at Government Center Station, open an app called “Lapse,” put on some headphones and as you slowly make your way around the circuit, a symphony slowly builds to a rich and textured audio composition. “The Sounds” is one part of Ivan Depeña’s goal to mix art, virtual reality and a twinge of  science fiction.

New online ecology of adversarial aggregates: ISIS and beyond

 

The ability to predict when talks of terrorism on social media will manifest into attacks is one step closer to reality.

 

A University of Miami team of physicists published a study in the journal Science describing a mathematical algorithm that takes a new approach to monitor ISIS conversations online and can help predict possible attacks.

 

Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

At the Stonewall festival in Wilton Manors Saturday, Anthony Memminger was out in white face paint and a long green dress, spinning a rainbow umbrella while a marching band warmed up nearby.

 

Memminger is part of an order of queer nuns that was getting ready to dole out hugs and lollipops during the pride parade. “Sister Luna Glitter Tits, one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” Memminger said.

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus: A Resource To Understand And Heal

Jun 19, 2016
Twitter

After the shooting in Orlando last week, a group of queer and trans librarians and educators came together on Twitter around the hashtag #PulseOrlandoSyllabus.

 

New route and schedule changes for Miami Dade buses will take effect starting this Sunday. Among the changes:  32 stops will have alterations to their current departure times and or pickup and drop off locations.

The new routes will also affect those who use the 95 express busses to reach downtown Miami via the Golden Glades stop in Broward.  

The Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell legs will no longer be in service with altering pickup locations at the Jackson Hospital stops for the morning and evening hours

 

Spencer Parts

 A Florida bank is now offering credit cards that work in Cuba. Stonegate Bank, based in Pompano Beach, began accepting applications for the cards on Tuesday night.

Previously, no U.S. bank offered credit cards that worked on the island, which meant that American businesses, professors and tourists had to carry wads of cash to pay for everything from hotel stays to teacher salaries.

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