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Apr 16, 2024

In Florida, it's now OK to 'say gay' in the classroom. But it can't be part of the instruction.

Many educators and activists are celebrating a settlement reached following a lawsuit over the state's 'Don't Say Gay' legislation. Some, however, say discussions are still shackled by the legislation. Gov. Ron DeSantis is also calling it a win, because it leaves the Parental Rights in Education bill in effect.

In Florida, it's now OK to 'say gay' in the classroom. But it can't be part of the instruction.

Apr 12, 2024

Nicotine in a New Shape: ZYN is Becoming the Buzz of Choice on College Campuses

A new nicotine crave is in the headlines, and it just might edge out vaping and smoking. For students, it’s become an easy go-to rush before exams or workouts. Politicians and pundits are also having their say.

Nicotine in a New Shape: ZYN is Becoming the Buzz of Choice on College Campuses

Apr 7, 2024

Cannabis Crossroads: Florida to Vote on Recreational Marijuana

Gov. Ron DeSantis says the measure to legalize recreational marijuana is too 'radical’ for Florida. But advocates say it will be good for business and will increase access to those who use it for pain and various medical conditions, but find it cumbersome or costly to get a dispensary card.

Cannabis Crossroads: Florida to Vote on Recreational Marijuana

Apr 5, 2024

FAU Basketball Embarking on New Era Under John Jakus

Under head coach John Jakus, a new era of FAU basketball is taking shape as multiple players look to potentially take their talents elsewhere. He follows Dusty May, who announced that he was leaving for the University of Michigan a day after the Owls’ first-round exit from the NCAA Tournament in late March.

FAU Basketball Embarking on New Era Under John Jakus

Mar 29, 2024

Abortion on the Ballot: Will Floridians Get a Chance to Choose?

A movement to put the question of abortion rights to Florida voters garnered more than enough signatures to be put to the people in November as a referendum. Conservative groups say the wording is vague. The state Supreme Court will decide by April 1.

Abortion on the Ballot: Will Floridians Get a Chance to Choose?

Mar 22, 2024

South Florida Cities Opt for Safety over Spring Break Revelry

From the death of a child who had been digging a hole in the sand in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to Miami’s Spring Break-up, South Florida beaches are having a moment. While lifeguards and leaders emphasize safer, saner days in the sun, young tourists aren’t sure this is what they came for.

South Florida Cities Opt for Safety over Spring Break Revelry

Mar 15, 2024

Paving the Preserve: Wellington Makes Controversial Move to Carve up Equestrian Space

After a long and contentious debate over the issue, land is being rezoned to make way for luxury homes and a golf course redesign. Many residents fear it will set Wellington on path away from equestrian bliss and towards over-development.

Paving the Preserve: Wellington Makes Controversial Move to Carve up Equestrian Space

Mar 8, 2024

No Media for Minors: New Florida Bill Could Be a Buzzkill for Teens’ Social Media

Placing limits on kids’ social media usage has been on conservatives’ legislative wish-list for the last few years. A House bill that would ban minors under 16 from social media accounts went further than some Republicans thought constitutionally viable, earning a rare gubernatorial veto. A revised bill passed just in time for the end of the legislative session.

No Media for Minors: New Florida Bill Could Be a Buzzkill for Teens’ Social Media

Mar 7, 2024

Spontaneous Soccer: Where Parks Roar Like Stadiums

Miami soccer players of all levels have found a second home in the accepting environment of pick-up soccer. Compared to the classic game, these smaller, quicker matches offer a faster pace and more access to the ball.

Spontaneous Soccer: Where Parks Roar Like Stadiums

Mar 4, 2024

Bill to Lower Age for Rifle Purchases Passes House, Threatening Reversal of Post-Parkland Gun Law

Republicans in the Florida House are pushing to lower the legal age of purchase for firearms from 21 to 18. Observers say the bill is expected to die, and one opponent calls it 'the height of insensitivity and callousness' to have introduced it at all.

Bill to Lower Age for Rifle Purchases Passes House, Threatening Reversal of Post-Parkland Gun Law

Feb 23, 2024

LGBTQ+ Candidates Vie For Local Office In Palm Beach County

While running for office, several candidates have battled homophobia. The Lake Worth Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach municipal elections take place on March 19.

LGBTQ+ Candidates Vie For Local Office In Palm Beach County

Feb 13, 2024

Love Beyond the Buzzer: A Valentine’s Day Love Story

Tre Carroll and Suron Draden, two Florida Atlantic students, recently got engaged – to the delight of friends, family…and fans who followed the news on Instagram. Carroll is a forward for the Owls, and Draden is his middle-school sweetheart.

Love Beyond the Buzzer: A Valentine’s Day Love Story

Feb 9, 2024

Florida’s Abortion Access on Trial: State Supreme Court Weighs Proposed Ballot

Advocates for reproductive freedom have collected nearly a million signatures, more than enough to ask voters whether the state should be allowed to curtail abortions before 24 weeks of pregnancy. Conservative groups say the wording of the measure is confusing and are challenging it in court.

Florida’s Abortion Access on Trial: State Supreme Court Weighs Proposed Ballot

Feb 9, 2024

Woodward and Bernstein, Living Legends Who Broke Watergate, Wow Audiences at FAU

Speaking at the Boca and Jupiter campuses, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists said they are wary about how journalism has changed in the half-century since Watergate and warned about the lack of consensus in what constitutes truth in 2024 America.

Woodward and Bernstein, Living Legends Who Broke Watergate, Wow Audiences at FAU

Feb 6, 2024

Coral Comeback: Last Summer's Bleaching Crisis Cools Off

After a summer of high temperatures led to what scientists called the worst bleaching event Florida had ever experienced, the coral off of South Florida's coast is showing signs of life. Some experts are feeling optimistic about their recovery, while others remain uncertain.

Coral Comeback: Last Summer's Bleaching Crisis Cools Off

Feb 2, 2024

The South Florida Fair: The Happiest Time of the Year. Also the Most Dangerous?

With the South Florida Fair coming to an end, more rules have been implemented after multiple incidents of violence – most involving adolescents – have shocked local residents and created concern for future fair events.

The South Florida Fair: The Happiest Time of the Year. Also the Most Dangerous?

Jan 30, 2024

Breaking the Mold in Boca Raton

A new woman-owned pottery studio is fostering creativity and offering a outlet for expression in Boca Raton. 'Boca Mudworks has an energy that I don’t think you could replicate anywhere else besides here,' says founder Connie Picouto.

Breaking the Mold in Boca Raton

Jan 25, 2024

Sportsbooks Cashing in Big on Younger Audiences Across Florida

Now that sports betting has cleared major legal hurdles in Florida, it’s easier than ever to get hooked on gambling on the game. For some students, the popular apps are as addictive as drugs, and just as likely to eat through one's weekly budget for food and expenses.

Sportsbooks Cashing in Big on Younger Audiences Across Florida

Jan 18, 2024

How Tennis Found A Haven in Delray Beach

Young players from the Williams sisters to Coco Gauff first learned to dominate the court in Delray Beach. Tennis fans around the globe will be flocking to South Florida for the Delray Open in February.

How Tennis Found A Haven in Delray Beach

Dec 19, 2023

Amid Rising Antisemitism, More South Florida Jews Choose to Arm Themselves

The Middle East war, now raging for 10 weeks, has spurred an increase in antisemitic incidents and attacks on Jewish Americans. With Florida's new 'permitless carry' law in place, more Jews are purchasing guns in response.

Amid Rising Antisemitism, More South Florida Jews Choose to Arm Themselves

Dec 19, 2023

A beautiful day in Florida? Better Take the Car -- Or Take Your Life in Your Hands

Florida is ranked the second-deadliest state to walk in, but concerned citizens are pushing for change. Boca Raton residents say too many roads cater to high-speed traffic, and too few to pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters.

A beautiful day in Florida? Better Take the Car -- Or Take Your Life in Your Hands

Dec 15, 2023

High School Coaches Are Leaving Florida. Is High End Football Next?

Better pay elsewhere is luring coaches away from the Sunshine state, and eating away at Florida’s reputation as the premier place for high school football. For coaches, a treasure trove of five-star recruits pales in comparison to the prospect of tripling or even quadrupling one's salary. 

High School Coaches Are Leaving Florida. Is High End Football Next?

Dec 14, 2023

Defying Florida’s Anti-gay Policy Push, Lake Worth Beach Stands as Sanctuary City

Amid more proposed legislation targeting LGBTQ+ individuals, Lake Worth Beach offers a safe space for an embattled community. Commissioners voted in September to make it a sanctuary city, the first in Florida to do so.

Defying Florida’s Anti-gay Policy Push, Lake Worth Beach Stands as Sanctuary City

Dec 8, 2023

FAU Hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights

As violence spreads globally, FAU’s Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights invites the Boca Raton community to show compassion by hosting a three-day event to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

FAU Hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights

Dec 8, 2023

Once Sought Only By Die-Hard Fans, Season Tickets at Florida Atlantic are a Hot Commodity

The FAU Men's Basketball Team made history last spring by making it to the Final Four. Now, demand to see the Owls play is so high that season tickets sold out for the first time ever.

Once Sought Only By Die-Hard Fans, Season Tickets at Florida Atlantic are a Hot Commodity

Nov 15, 2023

In a School Where Hoop Dreams are Made, Students Camp Out to Nab a Spot in the Stands

After a stunning high jump to the Final Four, excitement for the new basketball season is in the air. For some FAU students, it's worth camping out to see the Owls play. They hope that in the future, a bigger arena will mean more seats for everyone.

In a School Where Hoop Dreams are Made, Students Camp Out to Nab a Spot in the Stands

Nov 14, 2023

While Haiti Waits for Help, Haitians in Florida Find it Hard to Stay Hopeful

A multinational security force is expected to arrive in 2024 following a vote last month at the UN Security Council. But some in South Florida's Haitian community point to the failures of previous peacekeeping missions in the country, and fear for their families back home.

While Haiti Waits for Help, Haitians in Florida Find it Hard to Stay Hopeful

Nov 13, 2023

Working on a Construction Site by Day, Fearing a Knock on the Door by Night

Lucho and his family live and work in Palm Beach County, despite lacking legal status to do so. Many of their friends have fled Florida's strict new laws that penalize employers and put new demands on hospitals. Their story of near-eviction is a window into the vulnerable lives of undocumented workers.

Working on a Construction Site by Day, Fearing a Knock on the Door by Night

Nov 1, 2023

US Beekeepers Are Losing a Record Number of Managed Honey Bee Colonies

Researchers and beekeepers say pests, hurricanes, development and other risk factors are threatening the colonies, which do so much more than produce honey.

US Beekeepers Are Losing a Record Number of Managed Honey Bee Colonies

Oct 31, 2023

Diwali, a Hindu Festival of Lights for Everyone

At Rohi’s Readery in West Palm Beach, Diwali celebrations will include rotating art stations, pop-up shops with popular Indian delicacies, vibrant music and even dance lessons.

Diwali, a Hindu Festival of Lights for Everyone

Oct 30, 2023

After Turning Heads Last Season, Expectation for Owls Basketball Soars

After a 'Cinderella' run that propelled Florida Atlantic hoops to the Final Four for the first time, most of the winning lineup returns to the court in November. With AP giving FAU the No. 10 slot, expectations are higher than ever.

After Turning Heads Last Season, Expectation for Owls Basketball Soars

Oct 24, 2023

Life and Death Changes Made to Capital Punishment in Florida

Florida's new law enables juries to issue death penalty verdicts with only eight out of 12 jurors voting to convict. Critics say the new guidelines may be at loggerheads with Supreme Court precedent, will increase the likelihood of wrongful convictions, and are a reaction to the Parkland shooting case.

Life and Death Changes Made to Capital Punishment in Florida

Oct 23, 2023

The Grass is (not) Always Greener: Injuries Spark Debate over Artificial Turf

Man-made turf on athletic fields is raising concerns throughout the world of sports. The issue touched down for NFL players and fans when Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered an Achilles injury in his first game with the New York Jets last month.

The Grass is (not) Always Greener: Injuries Spark Debate over Artificial Turf

Oct 23, 2023

As Narcan Becomes More Accessible, Harm Reduction Experts Hope for Fewer Overdoses

In March, the FDA authorized over-the-counter sale of Narcan, a life-saving drug that was previously only available by prescription. Doctors and counselors weigh in on the difference it makes and the lives it could save.

As Narcan Becomes More Accessible, Harm Reduction Experts Hope for Fewer Overdoses

Oct 13, 2023

South Floridians Grieve Following Hamas’ Surprise Attack on Israel

After more than 1,300 people were murdered last weekend, Jews and Israelis across Florida fear for the safety of their loved ones. For some, the losses are personal and familial.

South Floridians Grieve Following Hamas’ Surprise Attack on Israel

Oct 13, 2023

Moving from Despair to Action, Advocates See Progress

South Florida activists are celebrating the creation of the First White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Parkland's Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime at the MSD shooting in 2018, said he is glad that gun violence is finally going to be addressed 'as a cabinet-level effort.'

Moving from Despair to Action, Advocates See Progress

Oct 11, 2023

Holy Smokes: The Booming Vape Shop Business in Boca

Vape shops appear in abundance on Boca street corners despite the health and economic factors that come with vaping.

Holy Smokes: The Booming Vape Shop Business in Boca

Oct 9, 2023

In Bid to Keep Schools Safe, High Schools Keep Metal Out

For the first time, Palm Beach County put metal detectors in four high schools. It may take longer to get to class, but proponents says it's worth the wait. Other schools may be next.

In Bid to Keep Schools Safe, High Schools Keep Metal Out

Oct 6, 2023

Marlins Buzz Reaches New Heights After Years of Sinking


South Florida's MLB team hit it out of the park and made it to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, only to strike out in Philadelphia. Fans still see a bright future ahead.

Marlins Buzz Reaches New Heights After Years of Sinking

Sep 28, 2023

Sustainability is South Florida’s Newest Fashion Trend

Big changes are coming to Miami Fashion Week. This November, haute couture will meet high-tech, and the glitz and glamour will have an eco-friendly elegance to it. Plus, you might nab something cute wear in the Metaverse.

Sustainability is South Florida’s Newest Fashion Trend

Sep 27, 2023

Messi’s Arrival Poses Problems For Businesses in Ft. Lauderdale

The DRV PNK Stadium, home of Inter Miami CF, promised to bring business and growth to the area. But for some local residents, Messi Mania has made a mess of the neighborhood.

Messi’s Arrival Poses Problems For Businesses in Ft. Lauderdale

Sep 26, 2023

DeSantis Administration Balks at CDC’s Latest COVID Vaccine Advisory

Amid mixed messages from federal and state officials, students and faculty express concerns about the resurgence of COVID on campus.

DeSantis Administration Balks at CDC’s Latest COVID Vaccine Advisory

Sep 26, 2023

Where Pythons Prey, Bounty Hunters Play

The Everglades is a 'ghost' town' thanks to the Burmese Python, an invasive species. Snake-catchers are trying to reverse the damage, and have a little fun in the process.

Where Pythons Prey, Bounty Hunters Play

Sep 25, 2023

Hotter Temperatures Made for a Super Slimy Season

Lake Okeechobee was inundated with algae this summer, in part due to fertilizer runoff. Record-breaking temperatures and hurricanes may further exacerbate the lake's algal bloom problem.

Hotter Temperatures Made for a Super Slimy Season
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