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Noteworthy images from the history of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
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Landmark Merrill-Stevens shipyard charts a new course in Miami
John Spencer still remembers that day just before Christmas in 2009, in the depths of the economic downturn, when Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock Co. suspended operations. He raided his retirement nest egg and leased the facility from the owner, reopening for business six weeks later. Fast forward to November 2013: Turkish billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Rahmi M. Koç acquired the boatyard in cooperation with Spencer, who became the CEO and a minority partner at the business, reflagged RMK Merrill-Stevens.
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Miami Beach firefighters train to battle shipboard fires, 2014
Some 18 land-based firefighters from Miami Beach Fire Rescue trained to battle shipboard fires at the Resolve Marine Academy in Fort Lauderdale October 23, 2014.
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Road Ranger injured on State Road 112, 2004
Road Ranger Miguel Fonseca, 29, was struck by a car on a shoulder of State Road 112 while aiding a driver. Fonseca was listed in critical but stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center. The incident happened the day of the second anniversary of Florida's Move Over Law.
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Fabrice Chouraqui, regional director for Novartis
Fabrice Chouraqui arrived in Miami to take over as head of Novartis' medications businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Born in France and in his fifth year with the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Chouraqui says the region -- which is called LACan by the company -- shows strong growth for pharmaceuticals because tens of millions have entered the middle class in Latin America in recent years and have better access to healthcare.
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FIU students come visiting to aid neighborhood residents
FIU students perform home visits as part of the university’s NeighborhoodHELP program, which provides medical care and assistance with legal issues and other matters to low-income residents of several communities, including Opa-locka, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Little Haiti and North Miami. The program targets neighborhoods where surveys have shown a high incidence of infant mortality, cardiovascular problems, cancer and other afflictions. The students’ visits, supervised by FIU faculty members, are free.
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Julie Eisenhower visits Big Cypress Swamp, 1972
President Nixon's daughter, Julie Eisenhower, and Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton waded knee-deep into the Big Cypress Swamp for a first-hand look at the moss-draped wilderness that the president hoped to preserve. Julie, who gamely slogged her way through the swamp, promised that her personal report on the expedition would include advice to "wear boots if he ever comes here himself." Federal purchase would create the Big Cypress National Fresh Water Reserve covering parts of three counties. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel P. Reed, a Floridian, accompanied the pair on an airboat ride. Reed hopped out to pick a white-pedaled spider lilly for the President's daughter.
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Sports pages from 1985
A collection of requested Miami Herald 1985 Sports pages.
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Lolita swims through controversy at Seaquarium
For more than four decades, the 20-foot, 7,000-pound killer whale named Lolita has never failed to delight the crowds at Miami Seaquarium, the marine park on Virginia Key. But activists have long said the killer whale should be retired or even returned to her real family in the Pacific Ocean.
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The Ainsley Building, Miami's first office building under glass
Miami's landmark Ainsley Building at 14 NE First Avenue was super modern looking when new in the 1950s. Glass walled office buildings are common now, but the wrap-around sun shades on the south side of the Ainsley Building keep it from looking like just another glass box. In the 1950s Miami Herald photographer Bob East designed a radio-controlled unit that enabled photographers to light up Flagler Street during the annual Orange Bowl parade. East attached Ascor strobe lights to the eighth floor of the Ainsley Building.