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Venezuelan boycotters and the history of the I-95 road symbol were our top stories. Other honorable mentions include Ira Glass telling us how weird Florida is as a state, Beckham bringing soccer to Miami and -- where does our water come from? Seriously, where?

Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs: Ever wonder how the interstate symbol came to be? We did. As part of our ongoing coverage of I-95, Kenny Malone tells us how the symbolic road sign came into existence, and shows us the many others that could have been.

How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts: When Pietra Diwan questioned the credibility of a picture on social media regarding the protests in Venezuela, she received phone calls and Facebook comments labeling her a communist and supporter of the radical Venezuelan government. She was even mentioned in a Twitter page calling for a boycott of South Florida businesses that are allegedly sympathetic or have ties to the Venezuelan government.

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This Florida Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories: Florida isn’t weird, right? An ongoing newsroom debate was finally settled by host of "This American Life," Ira Glass. His verdict?: “I mean Florida is just one of the most F’d-up places in the country. There’s just no other way to say it.” So it’s settled, Florida truly is weird. Read the story to find out why.

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Why Beckham's Soccer Team Would Not Meet The Miami Fusion's Fate: David Beckham’s announcement of his intention to build a soccer stadium in the city brought varied responses by the city’s residents. The question remains: Is a soccer stadium feasible in downtown Miami?

Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?: From 60 million gallons a day in 2000 to about 250 million gallons a day in 2012,the land of a 1,000 springs is leading the nation in desalination. And hear why South Florida desalinates the most in the state: