The hours are ticking down for researchers trying to preserve some of the coral at the bottom of PortMiami’s shipping channel. This dash to harvest some of the reef that has made a home there reflects changing attitudes toward marine preservation.
The port will begin dredging on Saturday to accommodate bigger ships going to and from the expanding Panama Canal.
Even though not all of the coral can be preserved, the harvesting will create some unique research opportunities.
The trial over how Florida re-drew its congressional districts wraps up. Was it a secret plan to carve out political competition or nothing more than innuendo? And will it be resolved before the November election? While we wait for the ruling, play our ethics in politics quiz: Are You Tallanasty?
There’s an old saying among Mexican officials when dealing with the United States: Always tell the gringos yes, but never tell them when.
That dance is the result of two centuries of tortured bilateral relations marked by U.S. insensitivity and Mexican hypersensitivity. And it’s most likely what’s playing out now as Washington and Mexico City haggle over the fate of a former U.S. Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.
A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences --- serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.
The study found that 64.3 percent of Florida inmates, or 21,426 offenders, were released in 2012 without conditions, monitoring or support.
Cory Hunter slowly drags the tip of a metal rod across a cardboard canvas. Long, branching patterns emerge on the surface as sparks of electricity flare out.
Hunter studied chemical engineering at the University of Florida, but now he's an artist who paints with high-voltage electricity.
The branching patterns that have become a staple of his paintings are something that typically happens in nature -- usually as a result of lightning striking a tree, the air, or another “non-conductor.”
Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and 10 people total in the state.
The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.
“Look at your house, environment, make sure that you don´t have any standing water," says Tim O´Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "If you do, drain it off as much as possible.”
This story, as told by Ronni Litz Julien, is part of an oral history series.
Sheila Presser (Bronx-born) and Norman Litz (a Philadelphian) both moved to Florida with their families in 1946.
Sheila graduated from South Broward High School, named “wittiest” in her senior class. Norman graduated from Miami High School, a left-handed star pitcher on the baseball team; he was also known as “Lefty Litz.” Upon graduation, the University of Miami offered Norman a baseball scholarship; he pitched for two years as a Miami Hurricane.
Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.
The fines don't seem to be scaring off Uber, the company that faced opposition from county officials last year. Wednesday, Uber plans to launch a service similar to Lyft, UberX, and will offer free rides through June 20.