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Not the kind that gives you the cut and color. Nor the type held in the early 1900s in the Paris apartment of Gertrude Stein, where the work of notable visitors like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway was lavished with effusive praise – or lashed with searing criticism.

And if 'art salon' evokes images of men and women in white powdered wigs, sitting on high-backed gilt chairs sipping tea out of Limoges china (with extended pinky fingers, of course), well...

Standing alongside Puerto Rican community leaders in Miami on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said he didn't want to talk politics on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico. 

But that wish gradually gave way as the Democrat from Florida condemned President Donald Trump for disputing the death toll from the hurricane and called on the federal government to do more to rebuild the island. 

The University of Miami’s Sports Medicine Institute concussion program is testing a medical marijuana pill for high school football players. 

According to an analysis conducted by Education Week, more than 250,000 high school students suffer traumatic brain injuries each year, which impair their ability to succeed and learn in school.

Last week, both chambes of parliament in Haiti voted in favor of a new Prime Minister, Jean-Henry Céant. Residents are hoping the change in government will help stabilize the nation. Earlier this summer, fuel prices in Haiti rose by 51 percent, leaving the country in economic turmoil. Sundial talked to Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles, who reports on Haiti, about what a new prime minister means for the nation.

Apalachee Elementary School is celebrating a sizeable donation that will go straight to the classroom. 

Beaches in Broward County still don't look like what they did before Hurricane Irma washed sand away. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has two beach renourishment projects planned in the county to fully fund fixing the damage from Irma. 

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital added a new 230,000-square-foot building to its St. Petersburg campus that will help it advance research, education and clinical care.

The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing Governor Rick Scott over the appointment of new state supreme court justices. 

A federal program that’s provided more than a billion dollars to protect and preserve natural areas in Florida is at risk of losing its Congressional authorization.

Fish kills and Red Tide blooms are being observed in more Florida counties, most recently in Northwest Florida.

Via News Service of Florida

On Thursday’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Rick Scott made his eighth trip to Puerto Rico since the storm left the U.S. territory in tatters.

Denise Williams will not be getting out of jail any time soon. Florida’s first district court of appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision to not grant Williams bail as she awaits trial over the death of her ex-husband Mike Williams. 

The number of Floridians living in poverty has fallen since the Great Recession. But it’s still higher than the national average. The federal government has released two reports showing about 14 percent of Floridians had incomes below the poverty line. 

The City of Tallahassee is announcing its next community forum event. City leadership is encouraging all those interested to register for food and conversation at the fourth Longest Table gathering.

A Florida administrative law judge in Fort Myers began hearing testimony this week over the proposed construction of a private boardwalk over a publically owned wildlife area on Fort Myers Beach that is considered critical to a variety of threatened and endangered species. 

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