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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, FLORIDA LEGISLATORS ARE DUMB
 
President George W. Bush said in a commencement speech at Southern Methodist University in 2015: “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students, ‘You too, can be president.’” There is no dishonor is being a C student. There is dishonor in having a C-level education system. But that is where the State of Florida has put itself proudly — well below the middle of the pack. Education Week magazine graded each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Florida scored a 72, a low C overall. The average student’s chance for success was rated at 75.5; our school finance system got a lackluster D+, and our K-12 achievement received only a 73.9. Mental capital has replaced industrial capability as the engine driving the economy. So to compete, we need... Read More »
 
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TOP GUN DEMETRIES GRIMES, A NAVAL WAR HERO, RUNS FOR 26TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
 

How does a man who served his country so well in the military take the next step to serve his country and complete his mission in civilian life? For Demetries Grimes it means running for Congress in Florida’s 26th CD, with its fabled Everglades, and the Naval Air Station Key West and Homestead Air Force from where he once flew as a combat pilot. “I’m not done serving,” says the 25-year vet of the Navy... Read More »

 
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE: BE PREPARED!
 
Last August was the 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. During that week I had the honor of meeting Bryan Norcross who talked our community through that storm in 1992. His message was simple and clear…”be prepared and have a plan”.  Just a few weeks later, we were all facing the prospect of another category 5 hurricane coming ashore in South Florida.  Several days out, when... Read More »
 
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FLORIDA PATIENTS CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO SMOKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
 

When voters legalized medical marijuana in Florida, they did so with a landslide vote – and most, if not all, voters were expecting smoking to be allowed under the constitutional amendment they approved. Unfortunately, lawmakers took it upon themselves to specifically ban smoking – making medical marijuana available to qualified patients through vaping, edibles, oils, sprays and tinctures – Read More »

 
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PALMER TRINITY STUDENT ALEXA BARROSO’S ART FEATURED IN CALENDAR THIS MONTH
 
Palmer Trinity School (PTS) ninth grade student Alexa Barroso’s winning artwork is the featured illustration in the Southern Teachers Agency’s 2017-2018 calendar for the month of May 2018. The charcoal drawing entitled “Looking to the Apple” was one of twelve selected to grace the organization’s yearly calendar that highlights student art contest winners. Southern Teachers helps independent schools in the region hire talented teachers.​.. Read More »
 
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CORAL GABLES HOSPITAL RUNS TO SUPPORT THE UNITED WAY
 

Coral Gables Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Madison Workman, and several members of the staff participated in the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run. A portion of the proceeds go to the United Way of Miami-Dade County.  The United Way’s focus is to identify and resolve pressing community issues and to make measurable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary... Read More »

 
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MIAMI: SEE IT LIKE A NATIVE
 
I am shocked. Shocked to find out that Miami, Florida once used sex to appeal to tourists, luring them here to spend their money. You may remember a similar “shocked” line from that timeless, classic movie from the early 1940s Casablanca. It was spoken by the great character actor Claude Rains, playing the clever police captain Louis Reynault, who was trying hard to please the occupying German forces in Africa, and the American and French allies at the same time during World War II. They meet at Rick’s American Café, where Rick’s owner — the Humphrey Bogart character — allows unfettered gambling on premises.  Reynault goes into “shock,” as he is being presented with winnings from his night of gambling and precedes to close down the establishment. Fast forward 36 years to 1978 and you’ll find the Dade County Commission... Read More »
 
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FLORIDA COUPLE ESTABLISHES PROFESSORSHIP FOR TROPICAL ECOLOGY
 

A professorship of tropical ecology has been established in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education at FIU thanks to a gift from FIU Emeritus Professor Walter Goldberg and his wife, Rosalie. The Walter and Rosalie Goldberg Professorship in Tropical Ecology is designed to expand FIU’s already-growing expertise in conservation, sustainability, resilience, impacts of invasive species and other human disruptions to tropical... Read More »

 
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MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE EMT PROGRAM GRADUATES ACCEPT CERTIFICATES
 

Commissioner Barbara Jordan recognized the first graduating class of the revamped Miami-Dade Fire Rescue EMT program at the May 15 Board of County Commissioners meeting. The EMT program was preceded by the Firefighter Apprenticeship Program, which Jordan spearheaded in 2005 but was discontinued... Read More »

 
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THE TOP FIVE DIET TRENDS, EXPLAINED
 

As we are all interested in looking and feeling our best, the market for diet and nutrition advice is constantly expanding. With all this knowledge out there in magazines and on social media, how do we know what is the right diet for us or even what they are? Your friends may be throwing around words such as “paleo”, “keto” or even gluten free, but the heck are they? Read on to learn a little more on the five most popular diet trends of the moment... Read More »

 
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MIAMI BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES ITS 96TH ANNUAL DINNER GALA BY HONORING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ITS MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS TEAMS WITH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
 
This year the miami beach chamber of commerce (chamber) is celebrating its 96th annual dinner gala and silent auction in a big way, presented by city national bank. How big? The chamber is honoring, not one, but all of south florida’s sports teams’ foundations with distinguished service awards. The florida panthers foundation, miami dolphins foundation, miami marlins foundation and the miami heat charitable fund will be recognized for their contributions to the community as the chamber welcome’s guests to the big leagues. The fun doesn’t stop there – the chamber will also be awarding dr. Eduardo j. Padrón, president of miami dade... Read More »
 
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More Than Music: The Art Plug Trap House Gets Interactive At Rolling Loud
 

The Art Plug Trap House took over the Rolling Loud festival, bringing art to the world’s biggest hip-hop music weekend for the first time. Marcel Katz with the Art Plug teamed... Read More »

 
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Miami Beach Appoints New Building Department Director
 

Today, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously approved the appointment of Ana Salgueiro as the Building Department Director. With more than 30 years... Read More »

 
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Medical Marijuana Advancements In Treating ALS
 
Stephen Hawking was known as one of the top physicists, professor, and author in modern physics. At age 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also... Read More »
 
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Commissioner Diaz Presents Proclamation To Coast Guard In Honor Of National Safe Boating Week
 
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, along with Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, presented a proclamation to the United States Coast Guard on May 15 in honor...  Read More »
 
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Palmer Trinity Holds Inaugural Model UN Conference
 

The Palmer Trinity School (PTS) Model United Nations organization recently conducted its inaugural Miami Model UN (MIAMUN) Conference. More than 40 upper school... Read More »

 
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Learn What FIU Is Doing To Improve Children’s Mental Health
 
May 10 wass national children’s mental health awareness day. FIU’s center for children and families joined the effort by focusing on the importance of an integrated... Read More »
 
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