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South Florida’s Olympic Silver medal winner is back home.

Danell Leyva brought home a silver in high bar and another silver in parallel bars, both packed in red and white tube socks in his carry-on.

At the airport to meet his flight home were friends and family, also a few dozen young gymnasts from Universal Gymnastics, where Leyva started.

Clearly tired from everything that’s happened to him in the past few weeks, the 24-year-old said he said he’s happy to be home, if not a little overwhelmed.

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COMMENTARY

I don’t wear Speedo swimsuits. I obey the unwritten law – which ought to be codified criminal statute – that middle-aged men don’t wear them.

But I’m a Speedo fan this week. Not because the company said it will no longer sponsor Lamebrain Lochte (his real first name is Ryan) for his boorish behavior in Rio de Janeiro last week. And not because most of Lochte’s other corporate patrons dumped his clueless kiester, too.

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The Aug. 30 election will be  the first to host elections in  the newly redrawn state and federal congressional districts.

Doctors describe 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon as a walking miracle – he’s only the fourth person in the U.S. to survive an infection from the so-called brain-eating amoeba in the U.S.

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“It's jail food, I feel like I’m in prison.

“It’s sometimes cold and salty. Sometimes it has no taste.”

“I look at the school lunch and don’t even eat it”

These are just a few of the comments Rachel Greig collected about very few people’s favorite meal: school lunch.

The Miami-Dade County high school junior talks about school lunch all the time with her younger brother and dad, an elementary school teacher. And always wondered why it didn’t meet her standards for a good meal.

Follow her journey to get some answers:

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  Key West has a great restaurant scene — but people who live on the island know that to get true local delicacies you have to get inside someone's kitchen. Preferably someone who was born in the Keys, or a Conch in local parlance.

Someone like Martin Liz. He was born and raised on the island and he knows how to handle a conch filet.

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Could this be footvolley's breakout moment?

Footvolley is a Brazilian sport that combines soccer and beach volleyball. It’s growing popular in the U.S. – especially in South Florida.

But it's been yearning for a major international stage to play on – and may well have got it this week in Rio de Janeiro, where footvolley has been invited to hold a 23-nation tournament as part of the Olympics festivities there.

The competition starts Wednesday and features teams from the U.S.

A Haitian-American teenager who convinces her teacher to have a “home exchange” program is at the center of a new Disney Channel short film called “Exchange.”

Disney Channel rolled out 12 short films this month that can be streamed on YouTube and Disney platforms.

Haitian-Jamaican actress, writer and producer  Daheli Hall  created "Exchange," and it’s a film that will definitely resonate in South Florida--which probably shouldn't be a surprise since Hall is a Miami native.

Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Tuesday announced four new nontravel related Zika cases in Wynwood and one on the state’s west coast, in Pinellas County.

Despite the case in Pinellas County, which contains Clearwater and St. Petersburg, the Florida Department of Health insists it “still believes ongoing active transmission is only taking place within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County.”

The state’s total number of non-travel related cases is 42.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has two goals when it comes to releasing information on locally transmitted cases of Zika. Make the information "accurate" and make it "timely."

 

Scott's reiterated this message, using these exact words, numerous times at press conferences over the past week.

 

The father of a toddler killed in an alligator attack at Walt Disney World reached his hands inside the animal's jaws as he tried to pry them open and free his son.

According to a final report released Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the alligator sank teeth into 2-year-old Lane Graves' skull and neck before drowning him on June 14th. The boy's submerged body was recovered the next day.

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The forklift’s working overtime at Vikom Export, one of the hundreds of shipping companies nestled in the warehouse labyrinths of Doral, just west of Miami.

Almost all of Vikom’s shipments go to Venezuela – and they’ve doubled since last year.

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  When Cuban migrants cross the Florida Straits and arrive on U.S. shores in homemade vessels, it's news for a day or two. Now, for a museum in Key West, it is also history.

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum has created a permanent exhibit featuring the Mariana. The boat came ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West in August of last year.

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Everyone has a right to an education at least until high school, right?

As Anthony Espinoza found out, it’s not so simple, especially when you hit 16. At that age, young people can choose to drop out of school. But Anthony wanted back in school after he had to leave the magnet school he attended because his grades were suffering following dozens of absences and tardies.

Anthony tries to figure out exactly what happened to him and figure out what to do next. Listen to his story:

One Dish, One Story: Quesadillas With Barbara

Aug 22, 2016
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When Barbara looks out of the left window of the food truck she can see the ocean. Since February this year, she has been working at the same silver food truck in South Beach almost every day. Whenever there are no clients, she and her two co-workers sing along to the Spanish pop music coming from the little radio on the shelf.

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