LGBTQ community Wilton Manors
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The event might have been on the other side of the country, but the crowd gathered in Wilton Manors to watch the nine Democratic presidential candidates discuss their stances on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues Thursday night, still showed up wanting to be impressed.

Miami-Dade County

A Miami-Dade County citizen transit oversight board has recommended the approval of a publicly-funded Virgin Trains station in Aventura despite lingering concerns the station could attract low ridership at high ticket fees.

The plan involves Miami-Dade’s purchasing a plot of land near Aventura Mall and building a $76.7 station with taxpayer funds. Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, would cover the operating costs for the service between its existing Downtown Miami station and the new Aventura station.


The debate over Miami Freedom Park, the plan to build a $1 billion retail, hotel and Major League Soccer stadium complex on Miami’s only city-owned golf course, is expected to climax Oct. 24 when commissioners consider a lease that would allow the redevelopment but that city administrators say might not be in any shape to vote on.

At the same time, the commission could consider opening up Melreese golf course to any willing bidders.

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Boca Raton’s Naomi Osaka, two-time Grand Slam champion and the world’s third-ranked tennis player, has decided to give up her U.S. citizenship to represent Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,

Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian descent, was born in Japan before moving to South Florida in 2006 from New York, where she lived starting in 2000.

Japan’s Nationality Act states that those who hold dual citizenship must choose one nationality before their 22nd birthday. Osaka turns 22 on Wednesday.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that his political committee will return a $50,000 donation received last year from two South Florida businessmen who were arrested Wednesday and accused of funneling illicit contributions into state and federal campaigns.

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As expected, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel will continue holding the title of president of Cuba, according to the results of a vote in the National Assembly on Thursday. However, some “historical” members of the Fidel Castro-led revolution lost their positions in the government.

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If you use travel booking websites, beware.

New research from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) reveals that customers are cheated out of almost $6 billion annually by online booking scams from fraudulent or misleading travel websites.

Updated Oct. 9 at 3:50 p.m. with statement from Expedia Group


According to the AHLA, nearly one out of four customers faces some sort of problem when booking a hotel reservation through a source outside of the hotel's direct booking system. 

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One month and a half after Hurricane Dorian pummeled Grand Bahama, South Florida cruise companies are beginning to return to the island.

Carnival Cruise Line will be the first to resume visits to Freeport, the island’s capital, on Friday, Oct. 11, with its Carnival Pride ship from Baltimore. Carnival Elation, from Port Canaveral, and Carnival Freedom, from Galveston, Texas, will follow, docking in Freeport on Sunday and Tuesday.

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Weather has delayed the first launch attempt Wednesday night. NASA will attempt to launch the payload Thursday night. 

An unconventional launch is now scheduled Thursday evening off the coast of Daytona Beach after a 24-hour weather delay. NASA is aiming to send up a spacecraft to study weather at the edge of space.

The spacecraft called ICON will hitch a ride beneath an airplane. At 39,000 feet, the Pegasus rocket carrying the satellite will drop from the plane’s belly and launch the spacecraft into space.

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Two South Florida businessmen who peddled supposedly explosive information from Ukraine about corruption involving Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton to Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were arrested by federal authorities on campaign finance charges Wednesday night.

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Are you a fan of Jamaican patties, Trinidad Doubles or Haitian pate kode? 

You can now take a trip to the islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, without leaving South Florida through the traveling exhibition “Caribbean Culinary Museum.” It’s curated by the South Florida creative agency Island Syndicate and it takes attendees through the culinary history of the Caribbean — spices and all. 


Hispanics who have trouble sleeping may be at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, according to a new study.

The study found a possible link between insomnia, prolonged sleep duration (more than nine hours of sleep) and a decline in neurocognitive functioning, which could precede Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, said Dr. Alberto R. Ramos, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami’s Miller School.

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The Broward School District may close or combine some of its under-enrolled schools, as it continues to fight an exodus of students to charter schools.

Several schools situated next to each other may become one school. The district may use the best facilities from each of the schools, such as a library or science lab, while demolishing outdated buildings. Or it’s possible some campuses could close entirely.

The district may also create new academic programs for the combined schools or expand ones already available at one of them.

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Starting with next fall's freshman class, the University of Miami will take steps to meet the financial need of all admitted undergraduate students who live in Florida, with the exception of immigrants who are not here legally.

The school's new plan, called "UM Within Reach," guarantees meeting the "demonstrated financial need" of admitted Floridians who are eligible for federal aid — meaning, they're U.S. citizens. The plan would also apply to all students who are accepted through the early admission program, which is binding.

New World Symphony is holding its season opener by going “off the wall” in grand fashion.

The concert this coming Saturday, October 12 will mark the symphony’s 100th Wallcast. Eight years ago, the orchestral academy led by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas started its free outdoor simulcasts of live concerts performed inside the New World Center in Miami Beach. Live video from the hall is projected onto the Center's 7,000 square-foot eastern facade and viewed from the adjacent SoundScape Park.