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WLRN Editorial Director Alicia Zuckerman has been recognized with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). 

Zuckerman won the award for Feature Reporting with her piece, "The Cassettes of Hurricane Andrew."

Associated Press

An opulent Florida hotel is spending tens of thousands of dollars to ship its two large generators to Puerto Rico.

The decision comes nearly a week after a blackout caused power outages for much of the fragile island still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Maria.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

A 16-member commission will begin reviewing on Tuesday the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Broward County high school, looking into the circumstances of the crime, the background of the alleged shooter and recommendations to prevent future tragedies.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was created as part of a sweeping school-safety law (SB 7026) signed by Gov. Rick Scott last month, will hold its initial meeting at the Broward College campus in Coconut Creek. 

Nadege Green / WLRN

Several South Florida nonprofits are launching five meetings to ensure equality in hurricane recovery efforts, continuing work that began after Hurricane Irma.

Leslie Ovalle

Miami is leading the country in the co-working space revolution that is trading cubicles for shared desks and water coolers for kombucha on tap. And a husband-and-wife-team wanted to make sure that this trend made its way to Overtown to create a prosperous environment for black entrepreneurs. 

Associated Press

The U.S. government stripped its embassy in Nicaragua down to bare-bone operations Monday after five days of deadly protests around the country, despite Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's efforts to calm his tempestuous nation.

The State Department on Monday ordered nonessential employees and all embassy family members to leave Nicaragua.

In a public statement, the Department of State also warned travelers to "reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime and civil unrest."

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

The forecasters got Hurricane Irma mostly right. At least compared to the predictions of past storms. That’s one of the conclusions from a National Hurricane Center report on the big storm that hit Florida last September.

John Power / WLRN

The rhythms of  the Spanish language have contributed a lot to the sound of South Florida, where more than two million people speak the language. Immigrants from Colombia to Cuba to Venezuela have made vale and dale part of the region’s everyday talk.

NSU University School robotics
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The NSU University School’s Robotics team is headed to the Vex World Championship this week, where they will face robots from 35 countries.  

During one of the last team practices before leaving Tuesday for the competition in Louisville,  the robotics students showed off what the two bots they are bringing to the event can do.

Monroe County Fire-Rescue

A brushfire has burned about 100 acres and destroyed one home on Big Pine Key — an island that saw some of the worst devastation from Hurricane Irma.

NPR

Joshua Johnson knew he had a huge act to follow when he took over for public radio legend Diane Rehm in January 2017.

But "The Diane Rehm Show" host made the transition incredibly smooth for Johnson.

By not really doing anything at all.

After Rehm decided to retire, the veteran NPR journalist brought Johnson on her program in November 2016 to introduce him to listeners.

Danny Hwang

Hours before legendary Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center,  a group of Miami-Dade County high school musicians got to have an exclusive preview of the show. 

Some 150 students filed into the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall where Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, were busy rehearsing for their show later in the evening. The young performers also got time to ask questions of all the musicians as part of the Jazz Roots program. 

Yo-Yo Ma
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A program from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts called Arts Across America came to Fort Lauderdale Sunday to sponsor master cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a community discussion about the power of art.  

Andrea Perdomo / WLRN News

Hip-hop, Islamic culture and the community of Opa-locka intersected on Saturday during a block party held at the Opa-locka Arts and Recreation Center.

The event, Hip Hoppa Locka, was a culmination of a two-week residency program by Miami Dade College's Live Arts in which Muslim artists taught students from the Arts Academy of Excellence Charter School hip-hop-inspired styles of art, dance and music. 

Dean Trantalis
Dean Trantalis / WLRN

Former City Commissioner Dean Trantalis took office as Fort Lauderdale’s mayor just over one month ago. A lot has happened in his first few weeks leading the city.

 

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