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Riane Roldan / WLRN NEWS

They call themselves the coral whisperers: a global band of scientists working together to save the world's coral reefs.

Markham Park
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County is almost done training its first group of armed school safety officers, called Guardians, in time for the first day of school on Aug. 15. 

The two men responsible for stealing a gold bar from a Key West treasure museum were sentenced Monday at the federal courthouse in Key West.

Richard Johnson received five years and three months in federal prison, while Jarred Goldman was ordered to serve three years and four months.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Monroe County already had one of the highest suicide rates in the state of Florida.

Then came Hurricane Irma. And although most of the debris has been removed from land - and lots of repairs are underway — the storm continues to impact the Keys, almost a year later.

Wags&Tales
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It's a typical Saturday afternoon at North Regional Broward College Library. Logan McGuire, 6, picks a book and sits down to read. He has an audience waiting - his new friend Zoe. 

As Logan reads out loud page by page of "The Cookie Fiasco," by Dan Santat and Mo Willems,  Zoe looks curious. She gets closer and, at one point licks Logan's hand. It's a gesture of affection in dogs and she happens to be a Shih Tzu. But Logan, unfazed, keeps on reading until he finishes the entire book. 

Marlee's Diner
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Marlee's Diner has been a beloved institution in Deerfield Beach for the past 17 years. 

Diners could get all types of homemade pies  - from cherry to peach - and endless combinations of omelettes for breakfast and Greek specialty foods served for lunch. 

But it's closing shop this Sunday. 

 

Jose Iglesias / Miami Herald

Two undocumented immigrants who were arrested for driving without a license and face deportation are suing Miami-Dade County over its immigration detention policy. The lawsuit was filed in federal court this week, claiming the county’s policy is unconstitutional.

 

Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Kristin Jacobs says Florida must do more to address sea-level rise and other water-related issues as the state faces increasing threats from climate change.

Jacobs, a Democrat, is running for reelection after representing parts of Northwest Broward County in District 96 since 2014.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

During a Liberty City summer camp in Thena Crowder Early Childhood and Diagnostic Center, 15 pre-Kindergarten children lined up for a game: Red Light, Green Light, Safari.


Daniel Rivero / WLRN

At an open air warehouse in Hialeah Gardens that is usually used for airsoft battle scenarios, a class of students is learning how not to die overseas. For the last three days they have played out terrorist and hostage scenarios, learned how to help themselves or others with first-aid kits, and got tips on how to navigate through potentially hostile territories.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Several current and former students and their parents describe Miami Country Day School as a place where white children mock and dehumanize their black peers and the adults in charge do little to stop it.

Nadege Green

Johny Silionord points to the gaping hole in the floor when he opens the front door to his first-floor apartment in Little Haiti.

“Look at this. This is what I’m paying for,” he says in Creole.

Three white buckets sit alongside a wall in his room. They come in handy to collect the water that pours through the ceiling during a rainstorm or to catch the water that seeps through when his upstairs neighbor flushes the toilet.

Victoria Burgess / Instagram

Victoria Burgess has long enjoyed testing herself with physical challenges. But on June 27, she did something no other women has ever done before. 

The Pompano Beach fire inspector paddleboarded the 105 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West. She overcame four-foot seas, heat, endless winds and exhaustion to complete the trip in about 27 hours.  

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN News

Broward County schools Superintendent Robert Runcie on Wednesday showed off a new system of fences and locked doors at Miramar High School — an example of the "single point of entry" standard that will eventually be in place at all schools in the county.

Here's how it works: During arrival and dismissal times on school days, there will be three or four doors students can use to enter or exit. But during school hours, several fences will funnel visitors to only one entrance. The door will be locked, and there will be police or security staff posted there.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

Over the last decade, the city of Miami has removed the vast majority of individual street parking meters and half of its multispace meters, according to the Miami Parking Authority. This has led to vast sections of the city that have no available methods of paying for parking other than using PayByPhone, a privately owned company that is owned by Volkswagen, the largest car manufacturer in the world.

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