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The Miss Florida scholarship pageant that leads to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City is sometimes referred to by the full title of its winner, Miss Florida America, as a way to differentiate it from others. Typically the Florida pageant was held sometime between May and August because the Miss America Pageant was traditionally part of the Labor Day festivities in Atlantic City. The Florida pageant was held in Miami for many years and many winners were from Miami.
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For two girls, a traditional African rite of passage
In 2001, two girls, Imani Greene, 12, and Candace Stuart, 15, fasted for a ceremony marking their transition from girlhood to womanhood. It was part of a traditional African Rites of Passage ceremony or Obitun.
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Rappelling to draw attention to an epidemic
Linda Gonzalez rappelled off the roof during Shatterproof Challenge Rappelling Series at the Hyatt Regency in Miami April 2, 2015, one of more than 55 to do so to draw attention to the national epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction. Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting children from addiction and ending the stigma of those affected.
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A dance with daddy: A day for daughters of prison inmates
Inmates serving time in a Miami federal detention center were allowed to dance with their daughters for an afternoon.
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Volunteers helped seniors turn back the clock in 2012
In 2012, seniors at the Palace Royale assisted-living facility shook their tails to 1950s music as they enjoyed a full day of era-appropriate activities.
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Thomas Wenski becomes archbishop of Miami, 2010
As a priest, Father Thomas Wenski was an outspoken advocate for Haitian refugees in Miami. He served as bishop in Orlando for seven years before returning to Miami to be archbishop in 2010. "The earthy and personable Wenski, 59, a Florida native and champion of immigrants who can be perfectly blunt in any of three languages -- English, Spanish and Haitian Creole -- has made a fast ascendancy through the Catholic Church hierarchy, culminating Tuesday in his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as Miami's new archbishop," Herald writer Andres Viglucci wrote.
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Miami and Key West top trashiest for coeds in 2013
The editors of coedmagazine.com rated Miami and Key West among the "Top 15 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations" for 2013.
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Felipe de Jesús Estévez becomes a bishop, 2004
Felipe de Jesús Estévez became a Catholic bishop January 7, 2004, with trademark humility: He asked for prayers. "The times are difficult, " Estévez, the new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami, told the 900 people who gathered at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami. "I certainly will need the fortitude entrusted to me by Holy Orders just received, " as well as prayers and support, he said.
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Bishop John Noonan takes his vows, 2005
In an elaborate and emotional ceremony complete with vows, a gold ring, tears and applause, Monsignor John Noonan was ordained Aug. 24, 2005 as auxiliary bishop, one of the top leaders of the Archdiocese of Miami. With the St. Mary's Cathedral altar in the background and more than 1,100 family members, friends, fellow priests and lay people before him, Noonan, 54, pledged lifelong fidelity to the church.
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John C. Favalora installed as archbishop, 1994
John Clement Favalora became third archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami in an installation ceremony Dec. 30, 1994. Three cardinals -- Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, Bernard Law of Boston and Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia -- and 46 bishops and archbishops attended the three-hour ceremony for Favalora, 58, the former bishop of St. Petersburg.