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A yellow wall divides Northwest 12th Ave along the east side of the Liberty Square housing projects.

The wall is no more than three feet tall at it's highest point and on the other side is a raised street making the wall only visible if you're in the housing projects.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

An elementary school near Liberty City is about to get a new neighbor — not just next door but in the same building.

Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau

It’s been almost three months since Hurricane Irma crossed the Florida Keys — and the heart of the tourism season is right around the corner. But some parts of the Keys are still cleaning up from the storm and some major resorts are still closed. 

Odalis Garcia / WLRN

Around 200 Puerto Rican students and their families toured Florida International University (FIU) on Wednesday to see if the school is a good fit for them to catch up with their studies and enroll in the spring semester.

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

Equity is a growing focus in South Florida, as communities try to address problems like high housing costs and a car-centered transportation system that excludes some public transit users.

A new organization is hoping to spur even more conversations about how to resolve some of those problems.

It’s called the Miami Urban Future Initiative and its goal is to bring together researchers, business leaders, officials and activists on critical equity issues that accompany South Florida's ongoing growth. 

Fair

Gender equality is one of the issues at the forefront of the national conversation right now, and that’s what an art show at Brickell City Centre is exploring as part of Miami Art Week.

The show is called  “Fair.”

Students of six Broward County public schools got a taste of what it takes to have a successful career in technology in South Florida on Wednesday when members of Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the South Florida TechGateway program hosted a "TechGateway Day."

The event was part of National Computer Science Education Week and brought technologists from companies headquartered in Broward County to local middle and high schools to discuss their professional paths. 

 

Patrick Farell / Miami Herald

Federal wildlife managers on Tuesday cleared the way for a Walmart-anchored strip mall in one of the world’s rarest forests, a tract of vanishing pine rockland inhabited by butterflies, bats, snakes and fragile wildflowers found no place else.

Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post

Water managers planning a massive Everglades reservoir to help end polluted releases from Lake Okeechobee that regularly foul both coasts unveiled early drafts of the project Tuesday.

Miami Herald file photo

Miami-Dade County is seeking public input on its plan to reduce traffic along six major travel routes into and out of downtown Miami.

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By now you may have heard of the Turnover Chain, the 5 1/2- pound 10-karat-gold Cuban link chain anchored by an orange and green sapphire studded “U.”

The University of Miami football team places the flashy chain around players’ necks when they intercept a pass or recover a fumble. It's a gaudy symbol of a  “good job.”

It has inspired many duplicate knockoffs, and now a Miami church has created its own version.

U.S. Supreme Court

Fifty clergy in South Florida are among more than 1,000 religious leaders who have signed an amicus brief  before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that anti-LGBTQ religious exemptions should not be allowed under the U.S. Constitution.

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Fort Lauderdale Fire Department / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale is upping its fire rescue game. Last Friday the city christened  Fireboat 49, a high tech response boat for the fire rescue team.

 

 

Fireboat 49 is replacing a much smaller vessel that the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department was using to respond to fires and rescue missions on the water. That could be anything from looking for something or someone underwater to helping out a cruise ship. 

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If you run a business in Florida, you have the right to maintain a drug-free workplace. But does that apply to drugs prescribed by a doctor — like medical marijuana and opioid painkillers?

Peter Haden / WLRN

Former Metallica bassist and Jupiter resident Jason Newsted is used to electrifying crowds with his rib-rattling bass lines.

Now he’s sending that vibe though a new instrument: a paint brush.

A new exhibit of his painting and sculpture, Rawk - The Art of Jason Newsted, runs through Feb. 3rd at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in downtown Lake Worth.

Listen to Newsted drive his energy:

“The paintings look like the music sounds,” said Newsted.

The art carries the same energy that conjured Newsted’s metal sound.

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