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Norland Middle Drama Teacher Is The 'Real Star' To Young Moonlight Actors

Jaden Piner started acting because his grandma made him do it. She was preaching at church one Sunday and needed a visual element for her sermon. She tapped the then fifth grader to act out her words on the pulpit. “She was talking about when you overcome certain struggles,” said Jaden, 13. “So I had a brick in a bag and I had to act like I couldn't pick it up because it was a struggle.” After that moment, and flattery from parishioners impressed with his performance, Jaden decided he would...
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In what may be the most unlikely meeting of the presidential transition process so far, former vice president, former Democratic presidential nominee, former senator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore met with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday.

Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Trump regularly called climate change "a hoax" during the campaign.

WLRN Public Television was honored with an award recognizing one of its original productions during the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards on Saturday. 

The WLRN original production "Plight of the Plume Birds" was acknowledged as one of five winners in the environment category. The 14-minute documentary was written and directed by former WLRN Director of Television Production and Programming Alan Tomlinson and produced by Francesca De Onis.

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.

So yes, fake news is a big problem.

Art Africa Miami: A Black Basel Away From Miami Beach

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With all the Art Basel attention placed on Wynwood and Miami Beach, some of Miami's heritage neighborhoods are starting to grow their own gallery scenes.

In the 30s and 40s, the Clyde Killens Pool Hall on Northwest Second Avenue in Overtown was the center for black art and entertainment in Miami. Now, it’s recently renovated and houses the Art Africa Miami Arts Fair. 

Arrests Made For Drug Treatment ‘Brokering’ in S. Florida

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Local officials are cracking down on corruption in Palm Beach County's sober-home industry.


Florida Governor Rick Scott is mulling three names to replace outgoing state Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.  The nominees are three conservative jurists from the Orlando area.

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The epidemic of opioid overdoses continues to grip Delray Beach. The city saw 75 heroin overdoses last month, with 4 of them fatal.

That’s a slight decrease from October, which brought an all-time high of 88 heroin overdoses resulting in 11 fatalities.

Delray Beach emergency personnel attribute the spike in overdoses to synthetic opioids like fentanyl being added to heroin sold on the street.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is more than 50 times more potent than heroin.

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After more than three decades on the force, Fort Lauderdale police chief Frank Adderley is trading in his blue uniform for a green one.

He’s stepping down as the city’s top cop and stepping in-to a new role at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He’ll join BSO as a colonel in charge of community affairs.

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, granting a major victory to protesters who have been demonstrating for months.

The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thousands of demonstrators from across the country had flocked to North Dakota in protest.

The ashes of Fidel Castro, the iconic revolutionary leader who died late last month, were interred in a private ceremony Sunday bringing an end to nine days of mourning in Cuba for a man who was the political face of the island nation for nearly half a century.

The ceremony took place at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, located in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, known as the site that launched the Cuban Revolution. Castro's remains join those of other prominent Cuban figures.

Will Grant of the BBC tells NPR's Newscast:

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(12-5-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the current state of solar energy use in the Sunshine State. The two solar energy-related Florida Constitution Amendment questions went the way favored by environmentalists: Yes for One, No on Four So where are we now? Is it now time to invest in generating more solar at your home? We have experts on hand . . . and take your calls. www.flsun.org www.zinasunshine.com
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