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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

All of Tuesday’s votes are in and counted and  Fort Lauderdale is one step closer to having a new mayor. 

 

Tom Hudson / WLRN

Everglades National Park is a World Heritage site, and it’s under siege from drought, invasive species and sea-level rise. A report released in November 2017 highlighted exactly how threatened the park is. It came from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a group that advises the World Heritage, and it rated Everglades National Park's conservation outlook “critical."

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

Fort Lauderdale voters headed to the polls today to elect a new mayor and three commissioners.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Last week the renowned Key West Literary Seminar held its 36th annual gathering – and the theme of this year’s four-day event was “Writers of the Caribbean.” Thanks to President Trump, it turned out the organizers could not have picked a timelier subject.

Peter Haden / WLRN

South Florida has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country. And threats against Jewish institutions in South Florida and across the country are up.

The Anti-Defamation League says nationally anti-Semitic incidents jumped around 75 percent in the first half of 2017. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing an additional $1 million for security at Jewish schools in this year’s state budget.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Six-year-old Lauren Nelzi knew why she came with her mom, aunt and cousin to a parade in Liberty City on Monday.

“We’re celebrating Martin Luther King,” she said. “He made our world better.”

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day is the only federal holiday that calls for a “day ON, not OFF”. Businesses may close, but it’s considered a day of service. At the Greater Hollywood YMCA, more than 125 people came to donate their time.

 

Tom Hudson

A month after Hurricane Irma filled his mobile home with 17 inches of flood water, Brian Branigan received a permit from Monroe County to replace his home's drywall and flooring. By early December, the drywall had been replaced and new plywood had been laid. He expects to start putting in the linoleum floor this week with the hopes of moving back into the home before the end of the month.

"My home is modest," he said. "It's just a mobile home, but it's home. It's not a house."

Peter Haden / WLRN

Two Palm Beach County organizations have a new vehicle for their message of breast cancer awareness.

Palm Tran and Susan G. Komen South Florida rolled out the “Shades of Pink” bus on Thursday, Jan. 11. It features portraits of nine Palm Beach County African-American survivors of breast cancer.

Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton Forbes said the bus could be seen by 124,000 people every day.

“Our mission and hope is that many women, by seeing this bus wrap, will get checked or decide to educate and advocate for the cause,” Forbes said.

Kate Stein / WLRN

The greater Everglades is a mosaic of habitats: sawgrass marshes, seagrass beds, pine rockland forest and hardwood hammocks coexist in an ecosystem stretching from just south of Orlando to the Florida Keys.

Participants at an annual Everglades restoration conference say to expedite much-needed restoration projects, there needs to be ongoing collaboration among groups as diverse as the ecosystem itself.

Miami Herald

In what was almost a very close vote, a resolution was passed unanimously by the Miami Commission Thursday to include the oft-forgotten West Grove community in the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Cooler Weather Comes Back To South Florida This Weekend

Jan 11, 2018
FPREN

The eastern third of the country, including the Sunshine State, is experiencing a “January thaw” this week. And yes, there is some science to it. But with another arctic air mass looming this weekend, the warm up will be brief. Subfreezing temperatures are possible again in north Florida by Sunday or Monday morning.

Read more in our Weather section

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Uber / WLRN

The ride-sharing company, Uber, has found itself at the center of controversy again. 

The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ordered the company on Wednesday to divulge records it had tried to shield from the public about its relationship with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Sun Sentinel first reported.  

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