First Lady Michelle Obama visited Liberty City's Gwen Cherry Park this week to celebrate the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign. The initiative's aim is to fight childhood obesity in the United States through nutrition education as well as creating programs to supply kids with healthier snacks.
Michelle Obama made an announcement earlier this week about limiting junk-food marketing in schools and creating healthier options for kids during school hours. This week, she made an announcement that will provide these same choices after school.
A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.
"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
If you were to read the week's top stories as just one, the plotline would be a little like this: A caffeine-driven abuela is on the loose. She is wanted on multiple charges, including robbing several Key West homes, criminal mischief at the Perez Art Museum, speeding on the I-95 express lanes and forcing musician Julio Iglesias out of his home and into a party.
But they're really five different stories. Here they are:
One of the latest villains in the rogues' gallery of human rights is the Dominican Republic because of a decision handed down by the country's highest constitutional court late last year.
Reaching back decades into its shared but troubled history with Haiti, the nation with which it shares the island of Hispaniola, it ruled that ethnic Haitians living in the D.R., some of them since 1929, are not eligible for citizenship because of the "in transit" status of their parents.
The National Park Service has come up with five different ways they can acquire Everglades land currently owned by the Florida Power and Light Company.
NPS held a forum this week to get public opinion on possible acquisition plans. Currently, FPL owns an 8.5-square-mile area of land within Everglades National Park.
The agency laid out its five alternatives in a draft environmental impact statement. The most notable were Alternative 2, in which NPS would acquire the land in fee, and Alternative 3, exchanging the FPL-owned land for other land.
The death -- or not -- of Wynwood is our most popular story this week, topping out with more than double the views of the other stories in this list. Perhaps the loss of Wynwood's "authenticity" resonates with more South Floridians than opening relations with Cuba, a move that according to recent surveys most Floridians would back. Read on to find out what else made our list this week.
The news about the smashed pot at the Perez Art Museum Miami has now reached as far as France, China and even Romania. The green-and-peach pot created by Ai Weiwei as part of a 16-pot installation has been valued by the museum at $1 million.
Last fall, an innovation training program called StartupQuest launched in South Florida. Full time employees were not welcome. It was specifically for folks who were out of work or underemployed.
The goal of the program was to help people get new technology skills -- and jobs.
When you hear the words "technology" or "innovation," you might picture a kid, in a hoodie, coding all night at a computer. But in this program, the average age of participants was 51, and almost everyone had a master’s degree and decades of experience.
The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.
You can listen to the rarerecording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series. The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.