These are small devices used by diabetics to prick their fingers in order to test their blood for sugar. The maker of these devices, Specialty Medical Supplies, is based in Coral Springs. The company was manufacturing up to 100 million of them each month in China until June of this year, when the company's president, Chip Starnes, was taken hostage during a visit to his Beijing plant.
Nubia Barahona, 10, of Kendall is found in a black garbage bag in the back of her adoptive father's pickup truck. The state had approved her adoption and then overlooked reports of abuse.
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Police unearth the skeleton of Hallandale Beach baby Dontrell Melvin behind his parent's former home, three months after DCF "screen[ed]" a report that his mother hasn't know his whereabouts for 15 months.
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Antwan Hope, 4, of Broward County, dies when left alone, against a judge's orders, with a mentally ill mother who once tried to smother him to death.
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Two-year-old Ezra Raphael is whipped to death with a belt when his mother leaves him alone with her boyfriend. DCF had closed its investigation despite a finding that "risk is high."
David Wilkins, Florida's top child welfare and social services administrator resigned July 18 amid an escalating scandal over the recent deaths of four small children who had a history of involvement with child-abuse investigators.
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Opera doesn’t always happen in an opera house. Sometimes it happens on Calle Ocho. “UltraVox,” conceived, directed and performed by tenor Santo Martin Cordero and soprano Eloisa M. Ferrer, runs August 2-3 at the intimate SIR Studio on Calle Ocho in Miami’s Little Havana.
“The artist is an inventive and daring individual who upsets and disturbs, enlightens and seeks a better understanding of the self and the world,” said Cordero. “We weave song, movement and spoken word during this interdisciplinary performance.”
In the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, it reads, “In libraries, these adjustments will result in the reduction of hours of service and closure of 10 storefronts and up to 12 other libraries.” Meaning, to avoid increases in property taxes, the commission proposes to eliminate 22 of its 49 public library branches.
“Pools are such a potent symbol in the Florida dreamscape,” explains Florida International University anthropologist Laura Ogden.
The idea of Miami as an otherworldly dreamscape is what makes it the perfect setting for recently wrapped Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week 2013. Most of the high-end hotels on South Beach give their clientele a long whiff of sex and money; it’s basically Art Basel, except instead of contemporary art, the commodity is perfect skin.
South Florida’s small, tight-knit Jain community built a temple in 2009 to practice one of the world's oldest religions. In this holy space where a marble likeness of the Swami Mahavir smiles benevolently, families gather to teach their children about a faith that practices spiritual independence and non-violence towards all beings.
Gabriella Nuňez graduated near the top of her high school class. Her resume rivals that of many college graduates. She juggled rigorous courses with part-time work, a myriad of extracurricular activities and a thousand hours of community service. She held various leadership positions ranging from class president to design editor of her newspaper and she began her college career this summer with over 24 college credits under her belt.
In this digital age, when vacationers to South Florida can grab their smartphones and send jealousy-inducing photos to friends and family within seconds, it’s hard to believe the humble postcard is still hanging in there.
Visit most any local souvenir shop and there they are, usually on one or two racks tucked behind the seashell bracelets and painted coconuts. But Sarasota author Liz Coursen doesn’t think much of the postcards being sent from Florida these days.