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On the night of May 12, a group of Venezuelan expats gathered in front of the house of former Venezuelan judge Dayva Soto in Weston. They screamed insults at her in Spanish.

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Your phone, if you allow it to do so, can make many different types of noise. Some are light and non-invasive, but some are aimed at getting your attention.

A new Wireless Emergency Alert from the department of Homeland Security could buzz your phone this hurricane season. Hurricane Specialist Jamie Rhome says the new Storm Surge Warning will come from the National Hurricane Center.

“If you’re in this warning area it means you’ve got the potential for life threatening conditions that you need to take action and protect yourself.”

He calls it “beautifully simple”.

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They called themselves the "coconut caravan." 

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Three-quarters of a century ago and half a world away, the U.S. Navy won a decisive battle against Japan at Midway atoll in the northern Pacific. On Monday, Naval Air Station Key West held a ceremony to remember the battle and its legacy for the Navy and the nation.

"This critical U.S. victory stopped the growth of Japan in the Pacific," said Command Master Chief Lee Friedlander. "It put the United States in the position to begin shrinking the Japanese Empire with a yearlong series of island-hopping invasions and several even larger naval battles."

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Should we stay or should we go?

That's the question on the minds of Florida leaders reacting to President Trump's decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. The accord is intended to limit carbon emissions that drive up global temperatures, worsening storms and intensifying sea level rise.

The president claims it costs U.S. energy and manufacturing jobs.

Flamingo Rising: Park Service Awards Contract To Build New Lodging, Restaurant

Jun 5, 2017
Everglades National Park

More than a decade after hurricanes Katrina and Wilma destroyed the lodging and restaurant at Flamingo, the National Park Service has selected a company to rebuild at the Everglades National Park outpost.

"I know the public is going to be very happy to be able to have that opportunity to travel all the way down to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula within the park and be able to stay down there, as they used to for many, many years before 2005," said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades National Park.

Monroe County Fire-Rescue

The Overseas Highway — the only route connecting the Florida Keys — was closed for about four hours early Monday while firefighters fought a massive fire that engulfed a one-acre lot filled with wooden lobster traps.

No one was injured in the fire. The fire destroyed at least three lobster boats, a house, six propane-powered forklifts, several trap shacks and about 20,000 lobster traps, according to a press release from Monroe County. Damage is likely to be more than $1 million.

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The Miami Foundation announced a round of grants to five organizations Friday. The grants were part of the foundation's 50th anniversary celebration. It's investing $1 million over the course of the year to various organizations.

Xavier de Souza Briggs works with the Ford Foundation to promote economic fairness. He was the featured guest at the Miami Foundation's breakfast on Friday. He said Miami is diverse, but not necessarily inclusive. 

"Inclusion requires more than coexisting. It’s about respect, fairness, acts of opportunity generation," he said.

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Regina McNish knows her grandma – Lauderhill resident Dorrisile Dervis – by another name.

“Gran Dor,” said McNish. “‘Gran’ is ‘grandma’ in Creole. And ‘Dor’ is the first three letters of her name: Dorrisile.”

And Gran Dor is grand indeed. Born on Christmas Day in 1901, Gran Dor is 115 years old. That makes her the oldest living person in the United States.

Maybe.

The problem is … her family never had Gran Dor’s birth certificate. She was born poor in rural northwest Haiti at the turn of the 20th century. McNish says Gran Dor was probably never registered.

Kate Stein / WLRN

South Floridians are seeing the impacts of climate change firsthand, in sunny-day flooding and record-breaking temperatures as recently as Memorial Day weekend.

That's why for many, President Trump's decision Thursday to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords constituted a betrayal.

Ross McDonnell

In 2000, the United States and Cuba were at war. Not over embargoes or political ideology,  but over the future of a 6-year-old Cuban boy.

  The child had been found months earlier clinging to an inner tube off Florida after his mother and others drowned trying to reach the United States. In Cuba, his father wanted him back; his family in Miami wanted to keep him here.

The boy is a man now — and when he appears at the start of a new documentary that bears his name, he says simply: "I'm Elián González. You may remember me, you may not ..."

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Ocean Drive business owners held a press conference Thursday to discuss alternatives to a proposal by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine to ban the sale of alcohol in parts of South Beach after 2 a.m. and tighten noise regulations on the area. 

 

The proposal followed the shooting deaths of two visitors to Miami Beach on one of the busiest weekends of the year. A parking dispute on South Beach Sunday left one man dead and the other was killed by police after a chase.

 

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