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Dispatch From South Florida, Democracy's Inaction

Meredith Bagby | Posted 01.06.2013 | Miami
Meredith Bagby

Bring a flashlight, two sandwiches, plenty of water, a fold-out chair and a wide-brimmed hat. Do not attempt this feat if you are elderly, can't stand for long periods of time or have a heart condition. No, you are not climbing Mount Kilimanjaro -- you are going to vote in South Florida.

Prepared by South Florida living for Hurricane Sandy

Steven Kurlander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Steven Kurlander

Riding out the storm in a shaking house in New York, my hurricane angst returned. I worried about whether or not my roof would stay put and whether or not the huge oak tree next to my daughter's room would end up crashing and destroying my home -- and my new life.

PHOTOS: South Florida's Hidden, Unspoiled Beaches

Visit Florida | Posted 12.28.2012 | Travel
Visit Florida

The Hobe Sound beach extends north more than two miles to where the equally pristine St. Lucie Preserve beach begins.

Florida Cop Steals Marijuana From Drug Dealers

Posted 09.06.2012 | Miami

A Florida detective was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conspiring to steal marijuana from drug runners and divvying up the profits between his fr...

With Focus on New Orleans, Isaac's Devastation in South Florida Worse Than People Realize

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.31.2012 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

I'm one of thousands of South Florida victims of a storm named Isaac that didn't qualify as a hurricane with a category number, but nevertheless qualified as a "5" in terms of the havoc and devastation its destructive rains left behind.

PHOTOS: 7 Affordable Late Summer Getaways

Travelzoo | Posted 10.21.2012 | Travel
Travelzoo

The same places that cost a tanned arm and a leg in the middle of summer get much cheaper once the calendar turns to mid-August.

Florida Couple Cares For More Than 90 Foster Children

Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact

After Lisa and Jorge Alvarez accepted the devastating news that they couldn't conceive, the couple found another way to realize their dream of having ...

Seafood Fraud: Study Finds Area With 31% Of Fish Mislabeled

Posted 07.24.2012 | Home

A recent study by international ocean advocacy group Oceana revealed that nearly a third of the seafood being sold in South Florida is mislabeled. ...

Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

"I didn't want poisons on my property. I didn't want to tell my child she couldn't play outside because we'd just sprayed. I didn't want anyone eating anything I knew I wouldn't eat myself."

Former NFL Players Arrested For Tax Fraud

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.01.2012 | Money

Michael Bennett and William Joseph, two former National League Football players, were arrested by the FBI on Monday and are being charged with identit...

Warning: Don't Fall Victim To This Costly Scam

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

If someone calls to say you've a won sweepstakes that you never registered for, don't fall for it. An elderly woman in South Florida lost $9,500 to...

South Florida Upsets Temple

AP | TERESA M. WALKER | Posted 05.16.2012 | Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — South Florida gave the Temple Owls an early preview of the Big East's grinding style, and the Bulls added another upset to th...

Bull Market

AP | By JOE KAY | Posted 03.15.2012 | Sports

DAYTON, Ohio -- Every bump and swat threw yet another chill into a California team that had never seen anything like it. Must have made the other tea...

First And Also Last

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 03.13.2012 | Sports

Even if your office pool doesn't take notice, the 2012 NCAA Tournament schedule tips off on Tuesday evening and not Thursday afternoon. After debuttin...

Temple A No. 5 Seed In NCAA Tourney

AP | Posted 05.11.2012 | Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple knows its seed and site. The Owls are just waiting for an opponent in the NCAA tournament. Temple (24-7) earned a No. 5 seed i...

SoFla Ranked 6th In U.S. For Arts Jobs

Posted 03.06.2012 | Miami

The Miami Metro area has been ranked 6th in the U.S. for the number of arts and entertainment jobs, according to an On Numbers analysis of the 2009 U....

'Gator Boys': Python Bites Volunteer

Posted 02.20.2012 | TV

Working in the Florida Everglades, the "Gator Boys" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet) are in the business of trapping alligators who've taken a wron...

Fla. Commissioner Encourages Acts Of Kindness With '14 Days Of Neighborly Love'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Good News

Discounted prices in the name of neighborly love? Sounds like a sweet deal. Earlier this week, Jose 'Pepe' Diaz, a southern Florida county commissi...

Crappy Weather (South Florida Style)

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.07.2012 | Miami
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

It rained all day today. This is what we in South Florida refer to as "crappy weather." Granted, my version of crappy weather is not your version o...

Art Basel Miami Beach: Awesome

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Miami
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

"Awesome" is a word I reserve for a few select things I have experienced, including walking on the Great Wall of China and my mom's Reuben sandwiches. Art Basel Miami Beach is also on that list.

The Top 1% Providing Free Health Care to the 99% in South Florida

Nezar Hamze | Posted 02.21.2012 | Miami
Nezar Hamze

Ever since the Occupy movement started we've heard how the top 1% continues to get richer while the rest of the 99% suffers. The issues range from eco...

Biking With Alligators

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Miami
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

So the boyfriend and I are on our way to the Everglades to bike the Everglades' Shark Valley Loop Trail. I love the outdoors, I love exercising: this was perfect. And then I realized I was going to be biking 15.4 miles. With alligators.

PHOTOS: A Vintage Look At Life In South Florida

Posted 12.23.2011 | Miami

Before high rent and blaring reggaeton chased them farther north, retirees once populated the pink sidewalks of Miami Beach and communities like Centu...

Florida Charities: We Need More Bilingual Santas

latino.foxnews.com | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact

South Florida charities are looking for bilingual Santas to say 'ho, ho, ho' in every language. Community leaders say children can relate better to...

Pythons, Kitties, and Snails, Oh My! : Invasive Species Taking Over the Everglades

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Miami
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

Invasive species have increased in the Everglades at an alarming rate. Pythons tend to get more headlines, but little guys like the island apple snail and Asiatic clam can cause just as much damage to the ecosystem.