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Miami Herald Photojournalist Emily Michot On Documenting Epstein's Victims

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned last week in connection to the role he played in Jeffery Epstein’s lax plea deal in 2008. Epstein was facing allgations then of running a sex trafficking ring that included at least 40 underage girls. Epstein is now facing new federal charges in New York as new details emerge and more alleged victims come forward. Miami Herald reporters Julie Brown and Emily Michot unraveled Epstein’s history of sexual abuse in a Miami Herald series called “Perversion of...

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Like many Venezuelan expats living in South Florida, Kendall resident Paola Berriros still has family and friends suffering under the authoritarian regime of president Nicolás Maduro. She fled Venezuela when the country's humanitarian crisis was brewing 15 years ago. 

Now Berriros' 6-year-old daughter, Karina, has learned to play piano, violin and sing under Musicall - a South Florida non-profit that gives children from all backgrounds access to music education. 

Judge Postpones Decision On Jeffrey Epstein Bail Until Thursday, Reports Say

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MIAMI HERALD

Wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will have to wait until Thursday to learn whether a federal judge will allow him to await trial on child sex trafficking charges from the comfort of the same Manhattan mansion where prosecutors say he abused dozens of girls.

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET

The Trump administration is moving forward with a tough new asylum rule in its campaign to slow the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum-seeking immigrants who pass through a third country en route to the U.S. must first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the U.S. border.

The restriction will likely face court challenges, opening a new front in the battle over U.S. immigration policies.

Mosquito Control Section

Recent heavy rain is prompting plans for more mosquito spraying around Broward County.

Weather permitting, larvicide-spraying trucks will roll through certain neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Davie, Pembroke Pines and Cooper City between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Aug. 3, according to Mosquito Control officials.

The spray targets the larvae of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

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A South Florida nonprofit continued a 24-year tradition Saturday night with a prom that provides local LGBTQ youth with an open space to be themselves.

More than 60 teenagers and young adults attended the “Once Upon A Time” themed prom at the North Shore Community Center in Miami Beach. The event was open to youth of all sexual identities and featured dancing to hip hop and Latin music, singing and a drag queen performance.

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A 15-year-old boy from Houston, who was picked up by immigration authorities in Texas and sent to the Homestead children’s detention center even though he has lived in the U.S. since he was an infant and his parents live in the U.S., walked out of the facility on Sunday, two days after a story about his plight appeared in the Miami Herald.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest is reverberating in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party are calling for a criminal probe into former prime minister Ehud Barak’s personal and business ties with the accused sex trafficker, Israeli media is reporting.

In Puerto Rico, nearly two years after hurricane Maria, the need for safe, affordable housing is still a massive challenge. "We have more than a half million people affected. And we have to build, minimum, 75,000 homes, " says Astrid Diaz, a well-known architect in Puerto Rico. She was part of a FEMA team that assessed the island's infrastructure after the storm.

Diaz often appears on television wearing her trademark yellow hardhat, promoting her "Casa Segura-Safe Homes" campaign.

President Trump's threatened roundup of undocumented immigrant families this weekend that set migrants in many communities on edge showed few signs of materializing on Sunday, the second time rumors of a large-scale immigration enforcement operation failed to come to fruition.

Instead, in the cities where rumors of mass raids swirled, many immigrants stayed inside their homes, as jitters turned typically vibrant migrant markets and commercial corridors eerily quiet.

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN News

Fears of widespread immigration raids in South Florida appeared to dissipate without major actions on Sunday - but left migrant communities and advocates with renewed reason to come up with different strategies to deal with deportation of themselves or close family members.

In West Kendall, longtime immigrant rights advocate Nora Sandigo was praying she wouldn’t get a call on Sunday from any of her more than 1,500 children.

“Today we haven’t seen anything major,” she said in Spanish. “We hope it stays like this for the next few days.”

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