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Community of Health of South Florida received a $2 million grant to train primary physicians. The center is the first in the state to receive funding from the Health Resource and Services Administration.  

Thirteen medical residents started a training program this month to meet the needs of many patients newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a controversial history in Florida -- especially when it comes to the Everglades and the state’s wildlife.  

But now, the agency wants Floridians to know they’re working harder to protect endangered species.  

Each year the Corps of Engineers receives requests for various projects to build on regulated wetlands or the coast.  

The agency tries to issue half of those permits within 120 days.

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Florida East Coast Railway unveiled its new assembly-line facility for making trains at Port Everglades on Monday.

The site will also serve as as a port for housing those trains.

The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, or ICTF, is a public-private venture among Florida East Coast Railway, Broward County and the state of Florida.

The partners say it should be a more efficient train-assembly plant and operations at the train yard will start on Wednesday.

The ICTF took 18 months to complete the project which is expected to provide over 200,000 jobs.

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Over the weekend, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden hosted the 22nd annual International Mango Festival.

The highlight of the festival was what organizers say is the world's only mango auction.

But according to Dr. Richard Campbell, director of horticulture at Fairchild and auction co-host, the festival is not just for buying and selling mango products. It's educational.

PHOTOS: "What's The Story?" Trivia At Gramps Bar

Jul 11, 2014
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The WLRN-Miami Herald News team hosted its third trivia night at Gramps in Wynwood on Thursday, July 10.  

As part of our project What’s the Story? — where we answer your questions about South Florida — why not play some trivia?

Thirteen teams competed during three rounds of questions about South Florida. The winning team received a $75 bar tab. But don't feel bad for the losing team -- they took home freeze-dried ice cream for being so spacey they got few questions right.  

Click on the photo above to look at our photos from the trivia night! 

Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face

Jul 11, 2014
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Clevelanders burned their LeBron James jerseys. Miamians blacked his face out of a mural.

Roughly a couple hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' face was blacked out from a Serge Toussaint mural of the Miami Heat in Midtown.

“It really hurts me to see people vandalizing my artwork, but at the same time I understand where they’re coming from,” says Toussaint.

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The Health Rights Clinic in the University of Miami’s School of Law offers free legal services to veterans. They help those who've been denied benefits they may be entitled to, like Social Security.

Ryan Foley, a pro bono attorney for the clinic, says the most common reason veterans are denied is that they have not been able to provide enough evidence to support their claims.

“That is why lawyers are so important to getting veterans the benefits they deserve,” says Foley.

Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site

Jul 11, 2014
Erick Johnson / The Miami Times

For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the 1950s and '60s, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities. 

Miami Herald

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host the 22nd annual International Mango Festival this weekend in Coral Gables. 

This year's festival is curated by Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma, of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 

According to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden marketing associate Brooke LeMaire, the festival planners anticipate over 9,000 visitors across the two day event.

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It's business as usual for a national craft and hobby store at the center of a national debate over birth control and religious freedom.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby are not required to provide employees coverage for birth control if it conflicts with the owners' religious beliefs. 

Opponents of the the decision have protested at some of the chain's 600 locations nationwide. 

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Degrading Facebook comments about Palestinians caused two assistant Broward County public defenders to be fired on Tuesday.

The Facebook comments were published in a story by the Sun Sentinel, which discussed the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys by Islamic militant group Hamas. The remarks from assistant public defenders Gary Sheres and Bruce Raticoff referred to Palestinians as "filthy swine," "cockroaches," and even suggested they be "burn[ed] to the ground."

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Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

Crist Debuts First TV Ad In Gubernatorial Race

Jul 9, 2014
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This week, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist's campaign debuted his first television ad in the heated gubernatorial race.

In the ad, Crist says that during his last stint as governor, from 2007 to 2011, he saved the jobs of 20,000 teachers and cut property taxes for middle class seniors. He also promises, if elected, to raise the minimum wage, demand equal pay for women and to restore school funding.

The Crist campaign declined to comment on how much they spent on the television spot, titled "Sunshine."

Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition

Jul 8, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, beach gatherings and plenty of food -- so last week, much of America feasted on sizzling hotdogs, watermelon and maybe potato salad.

But South Florida's Muslim community celebrated with fresh fruits, exotic cuisine and prayer.

This year, Independence Day fell on the sixth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Few people walk down Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, and cars simply drive through the nearly deserted corridor.

Among old warehouses, an “unsafe building” sign marks a foreclosed plumbing store between a church and a convenience store.

But that abandoned building will soon become a living lab. Florida Atlantic University and Fort Lauderdale are partnering to create a studio for urban agriculture, structural investigations and art installations.  

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