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Kathleen Dubos / WLRN news

Every morning, Daria Feinstein checks the bird feeders in her backyard in Coral Gables. She loves watching the wild macaws that fly around her neighborhood and stop to get food. She says their feathers look like rainbows.

The birds have been coming to her house for over 15 years, but now she’s afraid she won’t see them anymore. People increasingly capture wild macaws.

"A parrot lover in Jacksonville came down to see the wild macaws and there was only one," says Feinstein.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Thousands of families depend on the free meals their kids get at school. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean they’ll go hungry.

There's free lunch — and in some cases, breakfast — for kids ages 18 and under all over South Florida with help from the federal government: in schools, libraries, churches and other locations.

One way to find the nearest location offering free meals is to text the word “food” to 877-877 and reply with your zip code.

Jose Iglesias / WLRN News

US Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida State Rep. Kionne McGhee were denied entry to a facility in Homestead where an estimated 1,000 undocumented children are being held under the supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Archive / Miami Herald

On the western fringes of Miami-Dade County, street after street of barrel-tiled houses squeezed within shouting distance of one another come to an abrupt stop at a marshy basin that was once part of the Shark River Slough.

The slough — the flowing heart of the Everglades' famed River of Grass — was supposed to be the boundary to what a county plan anointed Miami's "aggrandizing urban front."

Ellis Rua / Miami Herald

Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The first few matches of this year’s FIFA World Cup have been seismic.

Mexico literally shook the ground after beating Germany –a highlight for some fans like Susan Dirgins-Friend, who's from California and lives in Davie.

"Though I am not Latin, Mexico, Mexicans and Mexican Americans are close to my heart," she says.

Lynsey Addario - NYT

Republicans from Miami-Dade on Monday condemned the Trump administration's decision to separate families crossing the southern border, with adults being sent to detention centers while their children are housed in cages and cry for their parents.

Kathleen Dubos / WLRN news

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Monday morning that she will fight the Trump administration's family separation policy.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

A proposal to extend state road 836 — the Dolphin Expressway — in Miami-Dade County could imperil future funding for Everglades restoration, critics say.

Members of the Hold the Line Coalition, a group of transportation and environment organizations, oppose extending the 836 expressway into wetland and agricultural areas outside Miami-Dade's urban development boundary. The proposed 14-mile expansion is intended to alleviate traffic in the Kendall area by providing commuters an alternative to Florida's Turnpike.

Associated Press

The Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) temporarily suspended the operations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) on Monday in order to conduct an audit of the association’s finances, according to a news release.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

A South Florida man just won a First Amendment victory at the Supreme Court in case that could protect disgruntled citizens from arrest for voicing their displeasure at elected officials during public meetings.

The nation's highest court ruled in favor of political gadfly Fane Lozman on Monday in a 8-1 decision, the culmination of more than a decade of work for Lozman after he was dragged out of a Riviera Beach city council meeting and arrested after speaking about the allegedly corrupt dealings of a Palm Beach County Commissioner.

Courtesy Phillip Riggins

Travelers at Fort Lauderdale’s airport will have fewer flights to choose from next year as one of its two runways is shut down for five months.

Sam Turken / WLRN News

Phillip Gonzalez didn't think he was going to make it in.

He arrived at Manolo's at around 8 a.m. on Saturday—an hour after many others—to watch Argentina's first World Cup match. At first, the Argentinian restaurant on Miami Beach told him it reached capacity and locked him and several others out as the game began. 

But then Manolo's made an exception and let them in. Others weren't so lucky. 

Archive / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho hopes better academic performance will mean more money from the state legislature.

Carvalho and school board members highlighted the district’s improving state test scores during a press conference Friday at the school board building. Students in Miami-Dade are outperforming their peers in other urban school districts across the state.

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