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If You're A Judge, You Can't Quit? Middle Schoolers Visit Appellate Court

A group of middle schoolers from Brownsville got a behind-the-scenes look at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami on Tuesday, along with the chance to run the place long enough to hold mock arguments in a case about school security.

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The song said "it never rains in Southern California," but recent heavy downpours in Los Angeles have led the National Football League to switch the host city for the Super Bowl in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa.

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Key West's Historic Architectural Review Commission oversees all construction in the city's historic district — and the board can be notoriously finicky with applicants.

But NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. had no problem getting a green light from the board. He and his wife, Amy, won unanimous approval for their plans to restore a two-story house that was originally built around 1885.

The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

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Miami Beach is having a bit of an identity crisis this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Beach will host its annual Urban Beach Week, which attracts thousands of travelers from around the U.S. for a weekend of parties — of the street, club and yacht varieties — music festivals and plenty of day drinking.

Two New Solar Co-ops Launch In South Miami

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About 30 people dressed in yellow t-shirts gathered in front of South Miami City Hall Wednesday to announce the addition of two new solar co-ops in South Florida.

A solar co-op is a group of homeowners who team up to install solar panels on their rooftops and use solar energy. Together, they are able to negotiate lower prices by contracting with the lowest bidder. 

Sister Rosemary is a one-woman army in the fight against trafficking

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When Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was first assigned to be director of Saint Monica’s Girls' Vocational School in 2002, a Catholic mission in the northern Ugandan city of Gulu, she was a little worried. She was supposed to teach tailoring to 300 girls and, frankly, she didn’t know the first thing about sewing. When she got there, she found that sewing was the least of her concerns.

State HMO Contracts Spur Challenges

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An administrative law judge will hear arguments next month as three health insurers challenge the way state officials want to divvy up contracts for HMO coverage for state employees.

A remarkably complete fossil of a young child suggests that key elements of the human spinal structure were already in place in an ancient human relative 3.3 million years ago.

The child, about three years old, likely died suddenly and quickly drifted into a body of water, where she was covered in sediment that eventually hardened to sandstone, Zeray Alemseged of the University of Chicago tells The Two-Way.

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The differences between Donald Trump and Pope Francis are stark. And at times, those differences have erupted into a full public display.

But don’t expect fireworks when the two world leaders finally get together at the Vatican on Wednesday morning for their first one-on-one meeting.

“Pope Francis isn’t a confrontational or fireworks kind of guy,” says Meghan Clark, an assistant professor of moral theology at St. John’s University in New York.

“The disagreements are known,” Clark says.

Leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say they have issued subpoenas for documents from two businesses operated by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in remarks to reporters, said the subpoenas were sent to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc. with a specific list of documents they are seeking. The senators did not say what to what those documents relate.

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A History of Racial Violence in Florida

(5-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Florida Memorial University history professor, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, who’s written the book, DEMOCRACY ABROAD, LYNCHING AT HOME: Racial Violence in Flori da. The Sunshine State is usually viewed as atypical of other Southern states, more progressive, yet during the 1940s, it suffered more lynchings of blacks than other Deep South states. This while Americans fought World War II to protect democratic principles.

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