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This week, the education advocacy group started by former Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed list of donors for the first time. The Foundation for Excellence in Education posted the list on its website.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education conducts research and advocates for states to adopt education policies, including expanding school choice, measuring student, teacher and school progress and adopting the Common Core math and language arts standards. The group has raised $46 million since 2007.

Miami Music Project Students Strike Chord In Little Havana

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By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

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Dozens of activists met outside Miami-Dade County's Stephen P. Clark Center chanting and carrying banners with phrases like “Everglades, Foreverglades.”  They marched in protest of the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a roughly 75-mile bike path planned to run from Naples to Miami alongside the Tamiami Trail (US 41).

The project was proposed in 2006 by a group of cyclists from Naples. In 2010, the National Park Service took a one million dollar federal grant to develop the trail.

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COMMENTARY

Yes, yes, Cuba is big news. President Obama’s Wednesday announcement that the U.S. will open an embassy in Havana was historic stuff.

And yet – I can’t shake the feeling that the more important story out of the Caribbean this week is Puerto Rico’s financial collapse.

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Health officials are asking soon-to-be revelers to remember that fireworks are much safer from a distance.

According to statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Health, 56 South Floridians visited the emergency room because of firework accidents last year. Sixteen of those individuals had injuries that were bad enough to require an overnight stay.

The most common injuries were severe burns, though more serious accidents can happen.

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Representatives from a host of local, state and federal law enforcement law enforcement agencies gathered in the sanctuary of Antioch Baptist Church in Miami Gardens Tuesday night for the first of a series of community meetings about the aftermath of police shootings in Miami-Dade County.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and several police departments took part in the effort to help explain the process of investigating and eventually prosecuting those cases.

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A planned Tri-Rail station in downtown Miami came one step closer to fruition on Tuesday, when the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $13.9 million in funding for the project.

Craft Breweries Statewide Toast Repeal Of 64-oz Growler Ban

Jul 1, 2015
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Beer enthusiasts can add one more independence day to their week.

Breweries are calling July 1 Growler Independence day. This past May the Florida Legislature repealed a 50-year ban on 64-oz. refillable bottles called growlers.

What You Need to Know About U.S. Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Jul 1, 2015
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On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. has agreed to formally restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, which were severed 54 years ago.

It is the first major piece of the plan Obama laid out on December 17 to normalize ties with the communist island.

The U.S. and Cuba have also reached an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to be in Cuba to open the U.S. embassy.

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Geetha Balakrishnan grew up in what she calls a “very white Australia.”

“I’m grateful for my education, but there are certain things you can’t explore in an environment where you’re the only person, or very few of you are from different backgrounds,” she says.

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