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Boxing coach Stacey McKinley, who has trained Mike Tyson, says he didn’t believe a woman should be a fighter until he met Chasity Martin.

Now Martin, 17, from Broward County, is ranked the No. 1 youth female boxer in Florida and No. 3 in the U.S. We met her as she’s training for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympics boxing team.

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The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is said to be haunted from its days as a military hospital during World War II. 

Reporter Julia Duba will be looking into it in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out some of the “manifestations” the hotel is known for. 

Photo by Luis Useche / Flickr

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is said to be haunted from its days as a military hospital during World War II.

Reporter Julia Duba will be looking into it in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out some of the “manifestations” the hotel is known for.

Photo by Luis Useche / Flickr

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Do you know that bumpy part of southbound I-95? Drivers are complaining it feels like “traveling over numerous speed bumps” because they are riding over many concrete slabs that have not been leveled down yet.

The graph above compares what your car goes over based on its height.

But they’re working on it. For now, it’s safe to drive on, says the Florida Department of Transportation.

Do you know that bumpy part of southbound I-95? Drivers are complaining it feels like “traveling over numerous speed bumps” because they are riding over many concrete slabs that have not been leveled down yet.

The graph above compares what your car goes over based on its height.

But they’re working on it. For now, it’s safe to drive on, says the Florida Department of Transportation.

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An empanada is a stuffed pastry that differs in its own filling and shape based on the country. Are these what you would call empanadas? Take our quiz and feast for your eyes.

Photo by Constanza Gallardo for WLRN.

An empanada is a stuffed pastry that differs in its own filling and shape based on the country. Are these what you would call empanadas? Take our quiz and feast for your eyes.

Photo by Constanza Gallardo for WLRN.

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How wealthy are Miami-Dade’s politicians? 

The Miami Herald, our news partners, calculated the net worth of our local leaders. Click the photo above to find out their exact worth.

How wealthy are Miami-Dade’s politicians?

The Miami Herald, our news partners, calculated the net worth of our local leaders. Click the photo above to find out their exact worth.

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On August 14, eight people were arrested in downtown Miami, following a protest.

Protestors marched in opposition to the killing of Ferguson teen, Michael Brown, and the one year anniversary of Israel Hernandez’s death. Hernandez died after a Miami Beach police officer tazered him on Aug. 6, 2013. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on August 8.

The Dream Defenders and other activists marched into the lobby of the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building, demanding a meeting with South Florida’s U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer. They sought to talk about how police use force —- particularly against kids of color.

Photo courtesy of The Miami Herald.

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Weird facts about alligators


Alligator hunting season in Florida is Aug. 15 - Nov. 1. Our reporter is going out on the first night of the hunt.

Did you know


The more you know.

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Why doesn’t the Sunshine State use more solar energy?

As far as solar energy goes, Florida is third in the country for potential — and 18th in actual installation. We found out why this is the case.

Why doesn’t the Sunshine State use more solar energy?

As far as solar energy goes, Florida is third in the country for potential — and 18th in actual installation. We found out why this is the case.

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Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon says the violence in Liberty City is comparable to that in Chicago.  Miami officials are debating ways to make it safer. 

Follow our series Aftermath: Beyond the Bullets in Liberty City, which looks at the inner-city Miami neighborhood after deadly shootings.

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon says the violence in Liberty City is comparable to that in Chicago. Miami officials are debating ways to make it safer.

Follow our series Aftermath: Beyond the Bullets in Liberty City, which looks at the inner-city Miami neighborhood after deadly shootings.

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This margarita is $37. We are going to find out why. (Prices for mixed drinks are not posted on the menu)

This margarita is $37. We are going to find out why. (Prices for mixed drinks are not posted on the menu)

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The Dania Beach Hurricane has been a landmark for many I-95 commuters over the 14 years it’s stood at Boomers! amusement park. But it may soon be torn down.

The Dania Beach Hurricane has been a landmark for many I-95 commuters over the 14 years it’s stood at Boomers! amusement park. But it may soon be torn down.

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Sholom Neistein and Mohamed Ghumrawi call each other brothers. Sholom is a Jewish-American who considers himself Israeli. Mohamed is a Muslim-American who is of Palestinian descent. 

Both Mohamed and Sholom encounter negative, racially charged comments on Facebook, arising from photos and discussions the pair have about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But the two have maintained their friendship despite what others say. 

They have now started a Facebook group, Humans Refusing To Be Enemies, which seeks to promote unity and understanding.

Sholom Neistein and Mohamed Ghumrawi call each other brothers. Sholom is a Jewish-American who considers himself Israeli. Mohamed is a Muslim-American who is of Palestinian descent.

Both Mohamed and Sholom encounter negative, racially charged comments on Facebook, arising from photos and discussions the pair have about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But the two have maintained their friendship despite what others say.

They have now started a Facebook group, Humans Refusing To Be Enemies, which seeks to promote unity and understanding.

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Judges in South Florida have been making historic rulings against the state’s same-sex marriage ban lately. But some couples, pictured, are still waiting for permission to get their marriage licenses. So what exactly is going on with the status of gay marriage in South Florida? We have a short, handy timeline to get you informed.

Timeline: South Florida’s Right To Marry In 2014
*star indicates ruling

  • January 21, Miami-Dade County: After more than 1,000 Floridians volunteered to be part of the lawsuit, six same-sex couples were selected to file with gay-rights group Equality Florida for the right to marry in the state.
  • June 18, Broward County: City commissioners in Fort Lauderdale passed a marriage-equality resolution in support of same-sex marriage. The move was more of symbolic gesture of support so couples still can’t marry there.
  • July 15, Miami-Dade County: Miami Shores does not support a symbolic vote for gay marriage. The resolution fails in a 3-2 vote.
  • *July 17, Monroe County: It took a while, but a judge overturned the gay-marriage ban and ruled the couple could marry the following week, giving the county clerks some time to issue new marriage licenses.
  • July 17, Monroe County: A few hours after the judge ruled in favor of the same-sex couple, state Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the judge’s decision, freezing the marriage process until an appeals court looks it over.
  • *July 25, Miami-Dade County: Judge overturns the ban and supports six couples to get their marriage licenses. But the judge puts her ruling on hold until the appeal in Monroe County is settled.
  • *August 4, Broward County: Judge strikes down ban in a twist case to eventually grant a woman a divorce from her same-sex civil union. As Florida doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages or unions, it can’t issue a divorce. So the judge strikes down ban to recognize it, however it is pending on the appeal.
  • *August 5, Palm Beach County: Judge rules marriage ban unconstitutional in case of survivorship. A widow was seeking Boynton Beach home that was shared with his spouse.

Update: Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the Florida Supreme Court to decide on the state’s marriage ban.
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