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The Miami Beach city commission reviewed on Monday a possible plan to build a tax-funded transit system across Biscayne Bay connecting the city with Miami.

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Miami is often called the capital of Latin America. So when 20 Democratic presidential candidates gathered for debates in Miami last week, WLRN’s Americas editor Tim Padgett thought he'd hear more about Latin America policy. But as Padgett told WLRN’s Luis Hernandez, he and a lot of other South Floridians were disappointed.

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Ramp and cargo workers at Miami International Airport who service Delta and American Airlines are striking Thursday to urge their employer, Eulen America, to improve working conditions.

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After traveling here from Springfield, Illinois, Mark Daniels paced up and down outside the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami - the site of the two Democratic presidential debates - and waved yarmulkes for sale. That is, yarmulkes engraved with the names of the 20 different candidates taking part in the debates - and even one with President Trump's.

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It’s a photo that makes a cry of pain slip from your throat.

Lying face down on the bank of the Rio Grande in Mexico are the corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martínez and his toddler daughter Valeria. She is tucked inside his T-shirt; her tiny arm still clings to his neck. They drowned trying to cross the river into the U.S. this week – another tragic image, another border Pietà, for America’s bitter conversation about immigration and the suffering of migrant families.

Tony Tur

While the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in downtown Miami, you might want to hit the road early to make it home in time to watch it on TV.

The first Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election are 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center. While it’s not clear which of the 20 Democratic candidates will make the biggest impression on voters, one thing is guaranteed: traffic.

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Presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington visited Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood Tuesday morning on the eve of the first Democratic debate. His main focus: climate change.

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"I've got a plan." That's how Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren starts a lot of her sentences. It's also what many of her fans say resonates with them.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Ahead of the first democratic presidential debates in Miami this month, eight 2020 democratic presidential candidates addressed the fastest growing electorate on burning issues for them in a candidate forum Friday morning. 

Alexia Fodere / For the Miami Herald

Dollar bills littered the dance floor at a Wynwood bar. It was a typical Thursday night.

Local drag queens and a drag king gave the people what they wanted: splits, kicks, dips and a tasteful strip tease. Despite the humidity, slight drizzle and modest pay for the gig, the drag artists sent a clear message. Queer culture thrives in Wynwood.

Yanatha Desouvre

West Kendall writer Yanatha Desouvre has a special relationship with his daughter Reanna. The two co-published a book when Reanna was just five, in 2013. 

Now, six years later, Desouvre says people continue to buy the book on Amazon. It has since been published in Spanish, French and Creole.

Desouvre said his daughter has literature "in her DNA." 

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As the world's ninth largest economy begins to bounce back from two years of recession and slow recovery, Brazilian foreign investment in South Florida real estate is booming and the Miami Association of Realtors says Brazil was the top foreign country buying homes here in 2018. 

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The future plans for the Coconut Grove Playhouse, a theater built in the 1920s that was center stage to a plethora of  performances over the years, has become a political topic. 

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When Andrew Otazo decided to write his version of Miami’s origin story, he didn't draw from history, but from Greek mythology and the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

“Almost every civilization has their own creation myth. I wanted to do that for Miami because it deserves its own obviously completely ridiculous and hyperbolic set of myths," he said.

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South Florida celebrates Haitian Heritage month in May, spotlighting Haitian historical and cultural traditions. 

“A lot of people in South Florida, whether they are Haitian or not, it's an opportunity to learn more about the culture and to see the expressions of the culture," said Jacqueline Charles, the Caribbean reporter for the Miami Herald. "From artwork to music to dining.”

Florida has the most counties that celebrate Haitian Heritage month in the United States.

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