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Joseph Kaplan was a published poet. He was an accomplished labor lawyer for nearly five decades. And he was a devoted father and public servant.

In his role as a lawyer, he did pro bono work. Among those he represented: labor leader Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Union. Kaplan was on the front lines during the drive to unionize orange groves in Central Florida. Chavez was a labor activist focused on improving the lives and working conditions of farmworkers.

Kaplan, a longtime resident of Miami Beach and Coral Gables, died Thursday at age 90.

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The results are in from yesterday's run-off elections in three Miami-Dade cities.

In Miami, former state senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla won over auto parts retailer Miguel Angel-Gabela to represent District 1.

Diaz de la Portilla won with 60% of the vote. He had about a 20 point lead on Gabela in the general election and won yesterday's runoff by a similar margin. 

In Hialeah, Jesus Tundidor, former vice-chair of the city’s planning and zoning board, won the race for the Group 2 council seat with about 65% of the vote.

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With the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump preparing for the first public hearings this Wednesday, South Florida veterans and their families shared what they thought about the political turmoil. 

During the city of Miami Beach’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Ocean Drive, many vets said they still continue to support President Trump.

Vietnam War veteran Charles McCoy is now 71, and was drafted when he was only 18 in 1966. 

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The results from Tuesday's municipal elections in some areas of South Florida are in. We have summarized them so you can catch up with what happened in a glance. 

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Residents of Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah and Homestead will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in several hotly contested city council and commission races, some of which are probably headed for runoffs in a couple weeks.

In three of those cities — all but Homestead, which already had its primary Oct. 1 — Tuesday’s results will determine a winner only if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two finishers in each race will go head to head in runoffs on Nov. 19.

Airbnb plans to rid the short-term rental website of “party houses,” the CEO announced after five people died in a shooting at an Airbnb party house outside of San Francisco on Halloween night.

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The newest department in the City of Miami Beach is something of a work of art. And, as such, you won't find it in in City Hall but rather closer to the arts. 

No Vaping In City Parks, Miami Beach Says

Oct 17, 2019
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On the same day Florida’s attorney general launched an investigation into vaping companies in the state, Miami Beach officials opted to ban vaping in public parks in the city — effective immediately.

The city’s decision Wednesday beefs up the existing prohibition on smoking in city parks.

“Nicotine has documented detrimental health effects, especially on adolescents, and e-cigarettes are rapidly becoming an emerging health care crisis in our schools and have no place in our parks,” Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement released by the city.

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.

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A King Tide forecast for the weekend could bring flooding to parts of South Florida.

The tide is expected to peak Sunday and Monday mornings between about 9 and 10 a.m. and may approach record highs as the moon sweeps closer to the earth.

"They do look like they'll be roughly comparable to the highest tide we saw in 2015 and 2016, which were pretty noteworthy," said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher who tracks the tides at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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Now that smoking hemp is legal across Florida, it's causing problems for local governments who want to prohibit smoking illegal marijuana. 

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Students across South Florida and the state will be skipping school Friday to join a nationwide youth climate strike

Miami Beach Fire Chief Virgil Fernandez has vivid memories of being a first responder at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

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Dozens of Miami Beach middle schoolers rushed onto a newly renovated baseball field with fresh, bright orange clay during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday for Polo Park, adjacent to Nautilus Middle School. 

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The photographer Gary Monroe was in his early 20s when he decided he was going to go out and shoot photos in his neighborhood just about every day. He was in college in Tampa when it dawned on him that there was something very special about the neighborhood where he grew up, especially about the elderly Jewish people who had steadily moved there, some of them with numbers on their arms -- survivors of the Holocaust. The project went on for almost 10 years, between 1977 and 1986.

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