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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Chinese Lantern Festival that’s been traveling around the U.S. and Canada has come to Broward County for the holidays, showcasing traditional Chinese music, Kung Fu and dance, as well as hundreds of traditional hand-made lanterns that light up the night.  

 

If you walk into Central Broward Regional Park, next to the soccer players practicing in the stadium there’s a gate that glows yellow, pink, red and green. It’s made entirely out of lanterns. 

It leads to a garden of more than 800 handmade Chinese lanterns. 

National Transportation Safety Board

In a decision that could mean broad changes across the American shipping industry, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard has accepted, partially or in full, almost all the recommendations made by a Coast Guard panel that investigated the 2015 sinking of the SS El Faro. Thirty-three people died on the cargo ship in the worst American sea disaster in more than three decades.

Miami Herald

It’s that time of year when manatees start to take ‘snowbird’ vacations and become South Floridians for the winter months.  

Larry Benvenuti / Florida Keys Keynoter

It's been more than 80 years since a train rolled along the Florida Keys. But this week, one car moved along a small piece of the island chain.

For decades, the red Pullman car has been a familiar sight at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

The train car served as the visitor's center for Pigeon Key. It wasn't actually on Pigeon Key because that island, in the middle of the old Seven Mile Bridge is only accessible by boat.

The Florida Constitution will be revised come the new year. The Constitution Revision Commission is in charge of the revision, which takes place every 20 years. 

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Palm Beach County is the first county in Florida to ban conversion therapy for minors.

County commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday to ban the controversial form of treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Opponents say the practice is pseudoscience dangerous to gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The American Psychiatric Association also opposes the practice and calls it unethical.

But supporters of conversion therapy argue the ban will infringe on free speech, religious freedom and parental rights.

Katie Lepri

Up until this year, the Miami City Ballet had been doing the same version of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" since the mid-1980s. 

Dr. Brenda Snipes getting sworn in
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office / WLRN

The 2016 Democratic primary election in Broward County may have passed without any technical glitches, but one candidate maintains a federal law was broken after the fact.

Democratic candidate Tim Canova ran against Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her congressional seat, which covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Aug. 30, 2016. 

Last Friday, Florida International University President Mark B. Rosenberg announced the suspension of Greek life activity for at least one month starting in January.

Kate Stein / WLRN

The new mayors of Miami and Miami Beach received updates Monday on their cities' participation in the 100 Resilient Cities program to address present and future livability challenges in Greater Miami and the Beaches.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

This month, when you walk into a Colombian café in Kendall called La Candelaria, you’re met by música decembrina. December music. Meaning, Colombian Navidad or Christmas music. Old-time cumbia favorites like “El Año Viejo.”

Tom Hudson

It’s just over a year since Florida helped deliver the presidency to Donald Trump. The feelings among voters still range from anxious to excited, disgusted to “we got what we voted for.”

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Two of Florida’s largest counties, Palm Beach and Broward, have started a process that could take opioid drug makers to court for their roles in the opioid crisis. 

Google Maps showing George English Park in Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale's troublesome, aging sewage system just got a major update, according to a new city report. 

 

A 30-inch force main--a main support sewage line--that runs underneath SW 2nd St. started to repeatedly break near the end of 2016. So, the Public Works Department's Go Big, Go Fast campaign started with an emergency declaration to replace the pipe at the end of September this year. 

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