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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students, Teachers Protest On Anniversary of Columbine

It’s been 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, a little more than two months since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and just a few hours since a student in Ocala was hit with a bullet in his ankle.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was closed for a while after the shooting on Feb. 14. And since then, some of the students have been flying around the country for rallies and media events, leading a renewed national gun control movement.

There have been days when students have stayed home because of threats made against the school on social media. And sometimes, when they’re in class, they have a hard time focusing.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

Trantalis, who is also the city’s first openly LGBT mayor, has challenged the long standing gun shows at War Memorial Auditorium. He’s also voted in favor of changes to city staff, and he’s re-examining the Downtown Wave Streetcar project.

WLRN sat down with Fort Lauderdale's mayor to recap the challenges during his first month in office and discuss his plans for what comes next.

 

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Teachers nationwide are protesting their paychecks. Educators in Arizona voted to walk out, joining similar efforts in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kentucky.

 

Teachers are speaking up at the same time that students around the country are mobilizing against gun violence. Thousands of public school students across the country planned to walk out on Friday in remembrance of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that killed 13 people in 1999.

Electricity has been restored in Puerto Rico following an outage on Wednesday that left the island in darkness. It was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory in September.

A transmission line was accidentally damaged by an excavator, reported The Associated Press.

Teachers have staged protests in recent weeks in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona. Some are fighting lawmakers who want to scale back their pensions.

It's no secret that many states have badly underfunded their teacher pension plans for decades and now find themselves drowning in debt. But this pensions fight is also complicated by one little-known fact:

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Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam’s family citrus business in Polk County was cited a decade ago by the U.S. government for workplace violations, including failing to pay fruit pickers the minimum wage.

U.S. Department of Labor records show that Putnam Groves of Bartow was ordered to pay back wages of $1,634.72 to four workers who were paid less than the minimum wage in 2008, which was $6.79 an hour at the time.

Authorities say two Florida sheriff's deputies were shot dead through the window of a Chinese restaurant by a man who then killed himself.

Florida voters this November will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that spells out the rights of crime victims.

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