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Martin Vassolo
17 hours ago - News

The "obscene" Florida license plates rejected in 2022

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Florida drivers love to express themselves — whether it be flipping you off in traffic or doing donuts at the intersection.

  • Others will pay a $15 fee to get a custom license plate showing off their personality.
Deirdra Funcheon
18 hours ago - News

Climate change is shifting bird migration patterns in Miami

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A Least Flycatcher. Photo: Bernard P. Friel/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Guess what? We've got Black-legged Kittiwakes and Least Flycatchers.

  • Those are among the never-before-spotted birds identified in the Miami area during the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.

7 things to do during Miami Marathon weekend

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Martha Akeno, from Kenya, finished first during the 2022 Miami Marathon. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Whether you're running this year's marathon or not, there's plenty to do across Miami this weekend. Here's what's on our radar:

  • Kick off the weekend with a Critical Mass bike ride through Miami streets this evening. The route is about 13 miles, starting at Government Center downtown.
Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 26, 2023 - News

Miami jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland talks new album and tour

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Marcus Strickland. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Richterovà

Miami's own Marcus Strickland — one of the most celebrated saxophone players in jazz — is taking his tour back home this week.

Driving the news: Strickland will perform at the Banyan Bowl Friday, showcasing his new album, "The Universe's Wildest Dream," that was released this month.

The best spots to listen to jazz in Miami

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Miami made its reputation on party music: Latin rhythms, hip-hop and EDM. But these days, some of the city's coolest venues are playing different, more understated tunes.

  • Here's a rundown of some of the most happening spots to catch live jazz:

Florida students threaten to sue DeSantis over AP African American studies ban

Ben Crump speaks onstage during "Civil" premiere during the 2022 Tribeca Festival at SVA Theater on June 12, 2022 in New York City.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump at a New York City event last June. Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump joined Florida students on Wednesday in announcing they would sue the state and its Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, if they don't reinstate the African American studies course in the Advanced Placement curriculum.

Driving the news: There's growing outrage at the Florida Education Department's decision to block the course. The department last week told the College Board, the nonprofit group overseeing the AP program, that it is "contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value."

Miami's 9 James Beard Award semifinalist nominations

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Zak the Baker in Wynwood. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Miami's food scene has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country.

Driving the news: A total of nine Miami restaurants, chefs, bakeries and bars were announced yesterday as semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards.

Who made the cut: Some of Miami's most popular spots are on the list, including Michelin-starred restaurant Ariete and Little Havana's Cafe La Trova.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 25, 2023 - News

Miami Holocaust survivor records holographic history lesson

Holocaust survivor David Schaecter sits in front of a green screen as part of a holographic museum exhibit.

Holocaust survivor David Schaecter sits in front of a green screen waiting to be interviewed. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

Long after he's gone, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor David Schaecter will live on in holographic form — educating the youth about the horrors he endured in the hope they'll be inspired to rid the world of bigotry.

What's happening: The Miami resident's life story, including his escape from Nazi captivity at 15, will be turned into a holographic video display at the planned Boston Holocaust Museum, which is slated to open in 2025.