🚄 Here’s how to get a $5 ride on Brightline

🚄 Here’s how to get a $5 ride on Brightline

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What Miami is talking about

Florida considered some pretty strict abortion laws in this past legislative session, including a bill that would’ve required minors to receive parental consent before they could have an abortion.

Those bills ultimately didn’t pass, but on Tuesday night, lawmakers in Alabama passed the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the nation and sent it to their governor.

And while Floridians — and us here in the 305 — aren’t directly feeling the impact, women’s rights activists are gravely concerned about the decision. They’re also fearful about what the law, and similar proposals in other states, will mean for women’s rights, the future of Roe v. Wade, and for women of color.

Two Florida state lawmakers, Sen. Lauren Book and Rep. Anna Eskamani, responded to the news by saying they will work to prevent any similar kind of legislation from being considered or approved during next year’s session in Tallahassee.

For people looking to take action, here’s a list of national organizations you can support.

In other news…

If you’ve been considering taking the Brightline, this weekend you’ll have a chance to hop aboard for only $5. The train line (also known as Virgin Trains) is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering discounted tickets and giveaways starting tomorrow through Sunday. (Sun Sentinel)

Two of Florida’s 67 counties were apparently hacked by Russians back in 2016. But when reporters reached out to election offices across the state, none of them claimed to be the affected county. Two counties, Hardee and Gadsden, didn’t reply but not necessarily because they were impacted. So this is still pretty much all we know: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Tampa Bay Times)

We’re a few years removed from the dreaded summer of Zika, but Miami-Dade officials are still reminding residents to do what they can to combat mosquitos. The main takeaway: Drain and cover any open water, as the insects can still carry and spread other diseases. (Miami Herald)

“Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

Today’s how-to: Find mental health care ‘on demand’

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to check in with yourself and those around you about how things are going. Stigma around mental illness often prevents people from seeking help.

“The most successful treatment focuses on acceptance, re-education, and getting the person well,” said Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., a psychiatrist with Care & Counseling at Baptist Health. “Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

One way to get help is through Baptist Health’s Care on Demand app. It connects you to a licensed mental health professional on your schedule. Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month and the app our site.


And the winner is…

After asking you all to vote on one of three choices for the question we’ll dive into in Little Haiti, we have a winner: “How can we collectively ensure that Little Haiti culture and character is not endangered with the expeditiously expanding (prohibitively) expensive development and rising cost of living?”

That question from Michael Mercury Pearson won with about 58 percent of the vote! We’ll work on getting an answer and report back in about a week. Thanks again to everyone who asked questions, and to all of you who voted!

Stay tuned for more stories out of Little Haiti and hit reply to let us know if there’s anything we should be sure to explore.

One more thing...

If you’re plotting a summer getaway and need to get a passport, or just renew the one you’ve kept tucked away, you’ll be able to get it done on Saturday with no appointment needed.

The Downtown Miami passport office will be processing applications and renewals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Happy travels, Miami. We’ll catch you tomorrow.

– The New Tropic

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