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Nadege Green / WLRN

Immediately after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, counselors and therapists were available in local parks.  But since that public showing of mental health support, students and their families continue to struggle with the trauma of what happened.

The Wave streetcar
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s new City Commission is looking for ways to undo the previous commission’s plans to build the Wave streetcar system downtown. Monday at city hall, commissioners held a public workshop about the Wave. 

Kate Stein / WLRN

Days after eight kids sued the state of Florida for policies they say contribute to climate change, a coalition of environment groups has launched a statewide campaign to get Floridians engaged on the issue.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

South Florida is known for welcoming those fleeing economic and political strife in their homeland. Cubans, Venezuelans and Haitians arrive to an already established community with a shared language and culture.

 

But what about those refugees that come to South Florida from other parts of the world less represented in our area, like Syria?

 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Every spring in Key West is the same in some ways. After Easter, traffic gets a little lighter. The weather gets a little warmer.

But some years, a lot of the city’s attention turns away from Duval Street, away from the waterfront. It turns to Rex Weech Field, home of the Key West Conchs baseball team.

Nikolas Cruz
Sun Sentinel

Nikolas Cruz, the confessed-shooter in the Parkland school massacre, had a short hearing on Friday. 

Cruz was again very silent, with his head down, as he has been at all of his previous court appearances. His team of public defenders announced he is waiving his right to a speedy trial.

 


Public domain

Commuting in South Florida apparently takes herculean patience and resilience to bouts of “traffic trauma.”

 

ApartmentList.com released a report showing a share of commuters in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties travel at least 90 minutes to get to work. South Florida joins a national trend – dubbed a “supercommute” – that’s plaguing other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C.

Joe Raedle / Getty Images

The looming impacts of climate change are increasingly raising questions about the future of Miami's real estate, particularly from residents who wonder what will happen to their property as the sea level rises.

Florida Keys--Public Libraries

There will be no harvesting of Goliath Grouper in Florida, for now.

Jack & Jill Children's Center
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Two-year-old Ari Williams is testing out the new motor-sensory friendly playground at the Jack & Jill Children’s Center on West Broward Boulevard.

“It’s sand!” she yells, and scoops tiny cups of sand into smaller containers.

She then jumps to the water tables where she throws her hands in and can splash around. 

Danny Hwang

As part of a project to find the best edible plants to grow in space, NASA has turned to South Florida students.

High school and middle schoolers participating in the Fairchild Challenge educational competition are helping select food plants appropriate for growing aboard a spacecraft by conducting plant experiments, specially designed through the Growing Beyond Earth partnership between the space agency and the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. 

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School almost 10 weeks ago has ushered in a new era of activism. A vocal group of students at Stoneman Douglas has led school walkouts, marches and social media campaigns protesting gun violence. They have inspired student groups across the country to do the same.

 

One of the parents to address the investigating commission was Fred Guttenberg, shown here speaking at an event on April 9, who lost his daughter Jaime during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High.
Associated Press

Parents of teenagers who were murdered on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School asked a commission tasked with investigating the massacre to report any findings that could help make schools safer as quickly as possible.

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