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I've been trying to find the best example of the tragic hero to describe the career of Alex Rodriguez. I think about Jay Gatsby, a man born with glaring good looks but so insecure in his character that he creates these fantastical stories and throw the most outlandish parties to impress one woman.

On some level, Alex Rodriguez reminds me of Anakin Skywalker from episodes II and III (which were actually the fifth and sixth Star Wars movies). Remember how Skywalker was dubbed The Chosen One but then throws it all away and eventually gives in to the dark side?  

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It’s been weeks since Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), but the fallout from the WikiLeaks email release continues to threaten her congressional campaign.

 

The candidate challenging Wasserman- Schultz for her congressional seat filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint on Monday for what he says is a misuse of DNC resources.

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In 1947, a 28-year-old baseball player named Jackie Robinson broke the Major League’s color barrier when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. That historical document and others will be on display at two Miami Marlins games this week.

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Florida is the ninth worst state in the U.S. for having a baby. That’s according to a study by financial website Wallethub.

 

Jill Gonzalez, Wallethub analyst, said the Sunshine State is one of the most expensive places to deliver a baby in the country.

 

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Palm Beach County has its first case of locally acquired Zika, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon by Gov. Rick Scott's office.

The patient recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, but the Department of Health is investigating to determine the source of the infection. DOH experts think Zika still is being transmitted only in the one-square-mile area in north Miami-Dade County, the release said.

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  “You can’t find your website? We’re going to need to help you with that,” Derick Pearson tells a camper squinting at a laptop at New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Liberty City before a summer camp “pitch session.”

Pearson, a co-founder of the nonprofit Code Fever, is getting ready to give out accolades and prize money to a group of kids who have spent part of the summer learning the fundamentals of web and app design, now set to present their work before an audience.

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Ichiro Suzuki defined his career with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed both in his historic moment.

Suzuki lined a tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday.

The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000, and joined Paul Molitor, his former hitting coach in Seattle, as the only ones to hit the mark with a triple.

As local cases of Zika virus continue to increase, this  week The Florida Roundup dedicated its full hour to an analysis of the political and economic dimensions of the outbreak of this virus in South Florida.

A square mile of Miami is now the hot zone for Zika and the threat of the virus-carrying mosquitoes. Pregnant women are warned about the neighborhood as aerial spraying begins. Where are the bugs? How big of a threat is Zika? And to whom?

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Gov. Rick Scott Asks CDC For More Zika Protection Kits

Aug 5, 2016
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Governor Rick Scott and members of Florida’s legislature had a Zika-related conference call Friday afternoon. Scott called to discuss the state’s level of preparedness to handle the impacts from the virus’s ripple effects.

 

With more than 400 cases in Florida alone, and locally-contracted cases in Miami’s Wynwood area, Scott met with the head of the Center For Disease Control in Miami Thursday.

 

“I asked for 10,000 Zika protection kits and for whatever they can do to support,” he said.

 

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Elected officials and city representatives gathered on Friday at Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management Center to support Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in his request for Congress to increase funding to fight Zika.

Sen. Nelson called the need for a Zika vaccine "urgent and necessary."

“Trying to get that message across to these other senators and House members that are in other parts in the country, it’s out of sight out of mind for them,” said Nelson. 

He says he’s looking into the likely possibility that there are more cases of Zika unreported in Florida.

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Since the U.S. and Cuba normalized relations almost two years ago, Cuban migration here has surged. But a new study shows us just how dramatic that wave has become.

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“Our people are very, very casual about mosquitoes,” says Father Frank O’Loughlin, director of the Guatemalan-Maya Center, of the community the organization serves in and around Lake Worth.

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There was a large service at the Faith Center in Sunrise Thursday night, but it wasn't just a religious one.

 

The center partnered with law enforcement and Broward County political leaders for a town hall about race relations and police. A few hundred people were there to ask questions and submit comments to a panel.

 

The meeting was organized  in response to high-profile shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and police killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

 

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For Latino immigrants, the saying 'home is where the heart is' is complicated. Home is where you settle your roots and build your family and your legacy. But there will always be that part of your heart that yearns for home, as in the land of your birth, the country of your ancestors.

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One week after the shooting that left 49 people dead at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, an impassioned Pam Keith was fired up as she spoke to a Democratic Party meeting on gun control in Hollywood, Fla.

 

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