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One of Miami Beach's cool new restaurants, a laid-back fish shack named for Biscayne Bay's iconic stilt houses, aims to serve fish so fresh that its celebrity chefs claim much of the catch comes from the docks across the street.

Just one problem: A trophy fish that sport fishermen have long fought to protect wound up on the menu.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Eight years after it was stolen from a Key West treasure museum — and almost 400 years after it sank to the bottom of the ocean — a gold bar is at the center of a federal trial that began Tuesday in Key West.

Wilson L. Sayre, a former reporter at WLRN Public Media, is 2018 recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. The annual $5,000 award, administered by WBUR and Boston University, recognizes an outstanding public radio journalist under age 35. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
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There was no excitement or celebration when Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty filed their candidacy papers Tuesday morning to run for Broward County School Board

Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer nearly three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead. Fifteen others were also killed in the shooting Feb. 14. 

He's set to vote Thursday on whether to bring America's largest mall to undeveloped land on the western edge of Miami-Dade's urban core. On Monday, Commissioner Xavier Suarez floated a complex new transit plan for the proposed American Dream Miami site, using elevated automated cars to ferry workers and visitors to and from the retail theme park.

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First of a three-part WLRN series, "Escape From Venezuela"

CÚCUTA, COLOMBIA | This is what the Venezuelan refugee crisis sounds like: the fists, knuckles and open palms of destitute – and above all hungry – Venezuelan migrants pounding on the metal gates of humanitarian relief stations here in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta.

The #MeToo movement has reached into all sorts of industries. Now, add comedy. There's an all-woman comedy show coming to the Center Stage Performing Arts in Boca Raton this Friday, May 18. The lead organizer, Kim Huapaya, put the event together after one of her colleagues alleges she was sexually assaulted twice. Half of the evening's proceeds will go to the nonprofit Dress For Success.

Messy Gulf Storm Could Become Rare Preseason Tropical System

May 14, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season set to begin in two weeks may be getting a jump start.

On Monday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said they were continuing to watch a messy storm blamed for dumping heavy rain and foul weather across South Florida over the weekend. 

Court Upholds 'Stand Your Ground' Shift

May 14, 2018
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A South Florida appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of a controversial change to the state’s ‘stand your ground” self-defense law --- but also might have set the stage for a debate at the Florida Supreme Court about how the change should apply in some cases.

A Crane Operator Working On The FIU Bridge Left The Deadly Scene — In His Crane

May 14, 2018
Pedro Portal

No one seemed to notice when a large white crane that had been working at the doomed Florida International University bridge lurched away down Tamiami Trail shortly after the span collapsed. There was a disaster to respond to: Mountains of concrete. Horribly mangled cars. Dead and injured people.

It wasn't until some time later that authorities began wondering what happened to the crane and its operator, a close eyewitness who might help the investigation into the collapse. But he, and the crane, were gone.

Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center is already eying a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Sunday, the hurricane center flagged an area of showers and thunderstorms stretching from Cuba to the Southeastern Gulf.

The disturbance was given less than a 40 percent chance of developing into a named storm, according to a tropical outlook memo.

March for our lives parkland
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Even before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February that killed 17 people, guns played a part in Parkland’s politics: many people here own guns and support the Second Amendment. But in the two months since the shooting, the debate over gun rights has grown more contentious.  

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Hurricane season is fast approaching, which means summer is nearly here, as well. For South Florida, this signals increased attention on storm forecasts and applying lessons learned when it comes to evacuation and emergency plans, storm shutters and the possibility of losing power during the most sweltering time of the year.

Last year, more than 700,000 homes had their power knocked out as Hurricane Irma arrived in South Florida. It hit the lower Keys as a Category 4 storm but slowed down to a Cat. 1 as it made its way up the Florida peninsula. 

CHARLES TRAINOR JR.

Good things come to those who wait.

That was the message Brightline sent to Miami commuters on Friday as it announced that its fast-travel rail service was finally coming to downtown — and not just “soon” or “in the coming weeks” as the company has been known to promise over the past year.

Sonia Osorio

The Nicolás Maduro regime, already accused of destroying one of Latin America's most prosperous economies, is now ruining the finances of Venezuelans abroad who feel obligated to send much-needed assistance to relatives in the oil-producing country.

Many Venezuelans living in Miami spend $200 to $300 per month to buy food and ship it to relatives back home using freight companies. They also spend money on medicines, which are in short supply in Venezuela.

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