Holly Pretsky

Intern, Summer 2017

Holly Pretsky is a Colorado native who loves riding her bike around, eating tuna sandwiches, asking questions, and climbing mountains.

She discovered radio storytelling when she won second place in an informal audio essay competition her sophomore year of college. The prize: a t-shirt from the local radio station. Since then, she's graduated from Colorado College and continued reporting in Colorado Springs and now Miami. One of her favorite things is learning about people who dedicate themselves to things she didn't know existed, and being reminded how much passion there is in the world.

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Clear skies and full visibility conspired on Monday afternoon to guarantee that science enthusiasts in South Florida had an unobstructed view of the solar eclipse traveling through the United States. 

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Drones and unmanned vehicles draw interest from people in all sorts of fields. That much was clear at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant Monday evening.

About 65 people, including police and fire officials, hobbyists, entrepreneurs and educators were present for the launch of The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Miami satellite chapter.

Prav Yalamanchi, a filmmaker who used a drone to film parts of a virtual reality zombie movie called Zombie Beach in Lake Worth, was one of the enthusiasts who showed up for the meeting.  

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Airport workers are not prepared for another emergency like January's shooting in Fort Lauderdale. That was the message from airport workers, government leaders, and representatives from the service workers' union SEIU 32BJ who gathered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Thursday to launch a campaign for more training.

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Despite some scheduling issues, the third annual Gay8 festival is still on. 

Organizers threatened to cancel the event altogether and boycott city of Miami events after they realized a January date they wanted for the festival had been given to the Three Kings Parade. 

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The School Board of Miami-Dade County voted on Wednesday to authorize legal action to challenge the controversial House Bill 7069, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June. 

"The word that comes to mind is courage," said Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall during discussion. "We've got to have the courage to do what is right."

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47 years ago, Lolita the killer whale was captured from the wild. It's high time for her to return to it,  according to more than 40 protesters who gathered outside Miami Seaquarium Tuesday afternoon.

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Mindfulness can make you a superhero. That was the message at the first Conscious Kids Festival at Unity on the Bay, a church in Miami, this weekend.

"I liked learning about my body," said Ben Schabacker, age 8. During the festival's opening ceremonies, he watched a screening of part of an episode of Avatar: the Last Airbender that explained the body's seven chakras. 

Ben and his family participated in a kids' yoga class later in the day, practicing tree pose, cat-cow, and wheel. 

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More than 60 volunteers gathered at Unity on the Bay in Miami to stuff backpacks Friday morning--more than 5,000 of them, according to Achilles Ballestas, one of the event's organizers.

The backpacks are for kids in need going back to school in South Florida and Haiti. 

"Recently it's taken a snowball effect," said Ballestas. "It's gone from a couple hundred [per year] to thousands." They've been stuffing backpacks every year for about a decade. 

Volunteers formed an assembly line complete with rulers, pencils, pens, glue sticks, and notebooks.

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Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas will all be among countries represented at the eighth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida this weekend at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. 

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The Delray Beach City Commission voted Wednesday to end the Caring Kitchen's month-to-month lease next summer. They stipulated that the kitchen must stop serving in-house meals by October 31st of this year, although they can continue preparing food to be delivered elsewhere until August 1, 2018. 

The Caring Kitchen has served meals from its current location on NW 8th Avenue for about 20 years. The food is offered for free to all that come and organizers estimate that they served 122,560 individual meals in 2016. 

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Kristina Lahoud, 14, loves to dance. 

"She knows to pull up her Youtube on her tablet, and put on her favorite song. She'll usually go in the bathroom," said Nicola Budham, Kristina's mother. "She likes to go in there and dance and look at herself in the mirror." 

Kristina is the first camper with Down syndrome to attend AileyCamp Miami, where she's been able to take her performances out of the bathroom and into the dance studio. 

"I'm a great dancer," she said.

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Thousands flocked to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for the 12th Florida Supercon last weekend. 

"It's pretty much a walking, talking rainbow of colors," said Nelson Francisco Jumelles, a Supercon volunteer in charge of supervising the line to get in. "I've seen a fair share of Spidermans, a Deadpool in a hotdog costume ... a few Power Rangers, several Sailor Moons, several Gokus, and an armada of Jokers." 

For Andrew McClary, this Supercon was an opportunity to show off the R2-D2 robot he built from scratch in his garage.

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The Miami-Dade County School Board Held a public hearing on Wednesday evening about its new $5.1 billion proposed budget, the highest since 2008. 

The board tentatively also adopted a resolution to tax property owners $6.99 for every $1000 in property value. That's down from last year's $7.32 for every $1000 in property value. 

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The Miami-Dade County School Board plans to vote on whether to take legal action against the state to fight some provisions of House Bill 7069. That was the conclusion of Wednesday's informal workshop to discuss legal options.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho acknowledged the bill contains productive elements. "There are some provisions that we're very supportive of," he said, "the proverbial one ounce of honey for a gallon of vinegar." He specifically mentioned the daily recess requirement built into the bill, as well as the expansion of certain teacher bonuses. 

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