Shannon Kraus cries during a news conference at the Capitol Thursday. Her teenage daughters were in a parasailing accident in 2007 in Pompano Beach. Amber White was killed and Crystal White suffered permanent injuries.
Crystal White was 17-years-old when she and her younger sister went parasailing in Pompano Beach in 2007. White says she remembers the boat operator talking about bad weather approaching, but he sent them up anyway. Then, the wind picked up.
Nineteen years after the crime, Jimmy Ryce’s killer has been put to death. Juan Carlos Chavez is the second death row inmate to be executed in Florida this year, as state legislators look to strengthen sexual predator laws, enacted after Ryce’s killing.
This week on the Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson will discuss the Ryce case with Fernando Vila of Fusion, Tia Mitchell of the Tampa Bay Times, Amy Driscoll and Juan Vasquez of the Miami Herald and Rhema Thompson of WJCT Public Radio in Jacksonville.
This weekend, 70 galleries from all over the world -- including 17 galleries from South Florida -- will feature modern works from emerging street artists in the third annual Art Wynwood.
The event celebrates the legitimacy and rising popularity of street art and graffiti -- Art Wynwood also claims to be the only street art fair in the world. Organizers intend to give street artists a platform to show their works to an international audience.
This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out:
Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him.
The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.
You can listen to the rarerecording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series. The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.
The Discovery Lab at Florida International University in Miami demonstrated a prototype for its own version of RoboCop on Wednesday morning. The robot is designed to allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.
They call the model TeleBot because it combines telepresence and robotics. This particular TeleBot’s name is Hutch.
Construction on Hutch began in 2012 when Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim, the director of Discovery Lab at FIU, received a donation from Lieutenant Jeremy Robins of the U.S. Navy.
Juan Carlos Chavez's inadvertent legacy to the people of Florida was a piece of legislation now known as the Jimmy Ryce Act, in honor of the nine-year-old boy Chavez raped and murdered in 1995. It was one of those crimes so heinous that it inspired action.
Every Wednesday night, 35-year-old Amy Tejirian takes the long drive from her home in South Beach to the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.
Once there, she dons some strange gear for someone who lives year-round in Miami. But the heavy jacket, wool hat and gloves are a must at the rink. Outside, it's a seasonable 70 degrees. Inside, it's so cold, you can see your own breath.
The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.
FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.
“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians.
Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. Big deal. This is Valentine’s week, when cocoa matters more than crude – and what’s important is that Venezuela produces the world’s best chocolate.
Problem is, will politics soon drag down Venezuela’s cacao (cocoa) industry the way it’s reduced the country’s oil output? On Feb. 14, at least, that’s a worrisome question, especially inside gourmet chocolate shops like Romanicos.
Thought-provoking cultural experiences have made their way to Pembroke Pines.
In September of 2013, Broward College launched an arts and cultural initiative on its Pembroke Pines campus, which operates as one of three campuses functioning as separate entities. This young program is also referred to as "B.SOCA," or Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs.