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3:18 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Former DCF Administrator Says System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding

A Miami Herald investigation found that 477 children had died in the past six years due to abuse or neglect, despite warnings to DCF about their situation.
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Jack Moss is a former Broward county commissioner and administrator for the Department of Children and Families with over 40 years of experience in social services. His first position was County Welfare Director at age 26, and his last one was Regional Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families, which he left in 2009.

 

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Community Contributor
11:22 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Study: Interrogations Can Lead To False Confessions By Juveniles

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Juveniles may be particularly vulnerable to falsely admitting guilt, according to a study led by Florida International University psychologist Lindsay C. Malloy.

The findings were published recently in the American Psychological Association’s journal Law and Human Behavior.

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Community Contributor
6:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project

An example of the computer screen interface volunteers see when reviewing images.
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Planktonportal is a new online citizen science project to engage the public’s help in identifying planktonic creature images collected by an underwater robotic camera.

Plankton is the basis of our ocean ecosystem. No plankton, no life in the ocean. By understanding the mechanisms underlying plankton distribution both locally and globally, we can better assess the health of the ocean and better manage this precious environment. And now we can all do it together!

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Community Contributor
12:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Miami Job Fest: Solving Talent Retention Slowly But Surely

Talent retention is a hot topic.

It seems like every group and organization in South Florida is working on a formula to reverse the ‘brain drain’, stop the ‘intellectual exodus’ or prevent the ‘mind migration’. With solutions that range from online resources and job boards to skills-based training and data collection on Miami’s talent pool, there is no deficiency of great ideas.

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Community Contributor
7:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Opinion: Sex Offense Recidivism Is Rare, Shouldn't Determine Policy

A total of 594 sex offenders were convicted for committing new sex crimes after being screened and then released by the state. To find out more, go to http://www.sunsentinel.com/SexPredators
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Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.  

The crimes featured in a recent Sun Sentinel investigation were tragic. The newspaper found that in Florida, for every one sex offender who was committed to a sex predator treatment center, “nearly two others were released and then arrested on a sex charge.”

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Community Contributor
7:49 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Alternative Theater Festival Includes 'Glengarry' Revival, Thanks To Facebook

Ivan Lopez, left, Joe Llorens, Ricky Waugh and Daniel Gutierrez, sitting, during the 2002 production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” They will all reprise their roles for the revival this August.

It all started with a Facebook post.

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Community Contributor
7:44 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Is the Millennial Generation Selfish or Selfless?

The Class of 2013 faces an increasingly competitive and insecure job market, but that doesn't dampen their optimism.

Gabriella Nuňez graduated near the top of her high school class. Her resume rivals that of many college graduates.  She juggled rigorous courses with part-time work, a myriad of extracurricular activities and a thousand hours of community service.  She held various leadership positions ranging from class president to design editor of her newspaper and she began her college career this summer with over 24 college credits under her belt.

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Community Contributor
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says

Carolina Garcia

My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.

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Community Contributor
7:41 am
Tue July 16, 2013

After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home

This article, originally published in the Miami Herald, is part of HistoryMiami's Miami Stories project.
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When I arrived in Miami in the early 1970s, I never could imagine that I would end up calling this city home.

We came to Miami after a short stay in Spain. I came with my parents, Isabel and Ramon Santos, and my younger sister, Ana. Like many young children, we were excited about moving into a new place, learning a new language and making new friends.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School

78% of teens have a cell phone and send an average of 60 text messages per day, and bout three in four teens access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Gabrielle Molina was a seventh grader in Queens, New York.  Her friends and parents say that she was smart.  She was ambitious and loved science. Her father said that she wanted to join the U.S. Air Force and then study law.

On May 23 her 15 year-old sister forced open their bedroom door and found her lifeless.  Gaby hung herself.  She was 12.  In her suicide note she apologized to her family and said that she was bullied.

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Community Contributor
7:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Rising To Environmental Challenges In America’s Sinking Cities

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As an undergrad at Louisiana State University, I learned quickly what it means to live in a swamp. I left our college newsroom after an all-nighter working a tropical storm and found my car parked behind Tiger Stadium — filled to the stickshift with murky brown water.

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Community Contributor
6:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Miami Proves To Be "The Place" For Family Of Contractors

This article, originally published in the Miami Herald, is part of HistoryMiami's Miami Stories project.

In 1955, a 21-year-old Swiss woman, Margrith Lübke, traveled to North America to satisfy a childhood fantasy of living and working in New York City. She loved the glamor and enjoyed every moment. After a few months in the Big Apple, however, a fateful turn of events led her to Nassau. Fantasy became a new life in the tropics.

 

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Community Contributor
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later

Jennie Susi in chemo.

We all piled into the school gym wearing our new, originally designed t-shirts, made in our school colors, teal and white. The sound system was on, the bleachers were down and the photographer was set up and snapping away.

Only, this was not an average pep rally. This one was special. This one was for Ms. Susi. Jennie Susi has stage four ovarian cancer.

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Community Contributor
6:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

South Florida High Cost Of Living Outpaces Incomes, Realtor Says

I resigned a position in November 2012. The income was decent, but the position I resigned was 42 miles north in Broward County. Gas and tolls cost about $600 per month. While the pay was a very good income seven years ago, a lack of raises meant it was no longer adequate. In the past few years we have seen drastic increases in home insurance cost, gas, health insurance, food, and electricity. Yet income levels have not increased to keep pace with the expenses.

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Community Contributor
3:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lives In Limbo: Lesbian Couple Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage

Deb Ofsowitz and Lu Mueller-Kaul on their wedding ceremony in November 2010.
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Update, June 26: This post was originally published back in April of this year but we decided to rerun it in light of today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last summer, my father-in-law entered the hospital in Germany. My wife, Lu Mueller-Kaul, desperately wanted to be with him. But she was in this country on a complicated visa that forbids her from returning if she leaves. She stayed as her father suffered, cursing the unfair system.

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