The Miami News

The Miami News was an evening newspaper in Miami, Florida. It was the media market competitor to the morning edition of the Miami Herald for most of the 20th century. The paper started publishing in May 1896 as a weekly called The Miami Metropolis.[1] The Metropolis had become a daily (except Sunday) paper of eight pages by 1903.[2] On June 4, 1923, former Ohio governor James M. Cox bought the Metropolis and renamed it the Miami Daily News-Metropolis.[3] On January 4, 1925 the newspaper became the Miami Daily News, and published its first Sunday edition.[4]

Cox had a new building erected for the newspaper, and the Miami News Tower was dedicated on July 25, 1925. This building later became famous as the Freedom Tower. Also on July 25, 1925, the News published a 508 page edition, which still holds the record for the largest page-count for a newspaper.[4]

The News was edited by Bill Baggs from 1957 until his death 1969.[5] After that, it was edited by Sylvan Meyer until 1973. Its final editor was Howard Kleinberg, a longtime staffer and author of a comprehensive history of the newspaper. The paper had the distinction of posting its own demise on the final obituary page.

In 1973, the News moved in with the Knight Ridder-owned Herald at One Herald Plaza, sharing production facilities with its morning rival while maintaining a separate editorial staff.[5] A 30-year joint operating agreement inked in 1966 made the Herald responsible for all non-editorial aspects of production, including circulation, advertising and promotion. Citing losses of $9 million per year, declining circulation (from 112,000 in 1966 to 48,000 in 1988 while households in the Dade County area grew 80 percent)[6] and owner Cox Newspapers unable to find a suitable buyer to save the paper, the News ceased publication on December 31, 1988.[7][8] Some of the newspaper's staff and all of its assets and archives were moved to nearby Cox publication The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. An entire searchable archive of the newspaper is available online via[9]

A small selection of photographs were donated to the Archives and Research Center of HistoryMiami.[10]

Notable former employees include writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Dorothy Misener Jurney, journalist and author Helen Muir, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Don Wright, Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker, photographer Michael O'Brien, columnist John Keasler and best-selling author Dary Matera, who served as a general assignment reporter from 1977 until 1982.

The Miami News
Miami News logo, 1988
The July 12, 1972 front page of The Miami News
TypeDaily evening newspaper
Owner(s)Cox Enterprises (Cox Media Group)
FoundedMay 15, 1896 (as The Miami Metropolis)
Ceased publicationDecember 31, 1988
OCLC number10000467

Pulitzer Prizes

Miami Daily News August 6, 1945
A Miami Daily News front page dated August 6, 1945 featuring the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.
  • 1939 – public service, for its campaign for the recall of the Miami City Commission
  • 1959 – national reporting, Howard Van Smith, for a series of articles that focused public notice on deplorable conditions in a Florida migrant labor camp, resulted in the provision of generous assistance for the 4,000 stranded workers in the camp, and thereby called attention to the national problem presented by 1,500,000 migratory laborers.
  • 1963 – international reporting, Hal Hendrix, for his persistent reporting which revealed, at an early stage, that the Soviet Union was installing missile launching pads in Cuba and sending in large numbers of MIG-21 aircraft.
  • 1966 – editorial cartooning, Don Wright, for "You Mean You Were Bluffing?"
  • 1980 – editorial cartooning, Don Wright


  1. ^ "Miami Chronology: 1500s to 1900". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on December 9, 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Miami Chronology: 1900 to 1920". The Miami Herald. September 13, 2002. Archived from the original on January 6, 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ Muir, Helen (1953). Miami, USA. New York: Henry Holt and Company. pp. 141–42.
  4. ^ a b "Miami Chronology: 1920-1940". The Miami Herald. September 13, 2002. Archived from the original on December 12, 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Miami Chronology: 1960-1980". The Miami Herald. September 13, 2002. Archived from the original on January 31, 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Miami paper facing sale or shutdown". Waco Tribune-Herald. Cox News Service. October 25, 1988.
  7. ^ Knight, Jerry (December 31, 1988). "Miami News to Publish Final Edition". Washington Post. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Morris, Steven (January 4, 1989). "Cox Seeks Buyers Of Miami News' Assets". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Doe, John. "The Miami News on". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Miami News Collection". HistoryMiami. Retrieved March 30, 2012.

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1944 Fort Pierce football team

The 1944 Fort Pierce football team represented the Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base in Tampa, Florida, during the 1944 college football season. The team compiled a 9–0 record and was ranked No. 18 in the final AP Poll.

Three players from the Fort Pierce team were named to the Associated Press All-Service southern football team: back Bill Daley; tackle Donald Cohenour; and center Bill Godwin.

1944 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

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1947 Orange Bowl

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American Samoa Senate

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area occupies approximately the southern third of the island of Key Biscayne, at coordinates 25°40′25″N 80°09′34″W. This park includes the Cape Florida Light, the oldest standing structure in Greater Miami. In 2005, it was ranked as having the 8th best beach in the country, and in 2013 Forbes ranked it at 7th.The park was named in honor of Bill Baggs, editor of The Miami News from 1957 until his death in 1969. He worked to protect the land from development and to preserve some of the key in its natural state.

In 2004 a large historical marker was erected at the site to mark it as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Trail, as hundreds of Black Seminoles, many fugitive slaves, escaped from here to freedom in the Bahamas, settling mostly on Andros Island. In the early 1820s, some 300 American slaves reached the Bahamas, aboard 27 sloops and many canoes. The US National Park Service is working with the Bahamas, particularly the African Bahamanian Museum and Research Center (ABAC) in Nassau, to develop interpretive programs at Red Bays, Andros.

Dodge Island

Dodge Island is an artificial island near downtown Miami, Florida, United States. The Port of Miami is located on Dodge Island and has berths for both cruise and cargo ships.

The original and much smaller Dodge Island was created during the dredging of Government Cut in the early 1900s. According to The Miami News, the island went unnamed until 1950 when Mr and Mrs Ray Dodge of Wisconsin, friends of Frank Stearns, director of the City of Miami Planning Board, were visiting and asked what the island was called and, "unable to come up with a name of the island ... Stearns gave the parcel of land its present name." The current island was formed by further filling which combined Dodge Island with two other man-made islands, Lummus Island and Sam's Island.

Don Wright (cartoonist)

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Ernest Kaʻai

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Florida State Road 874

State Road 874 (SR 874), named the Don Shula Expressway for its length, is an electronic toll road in southern Miami-Dade County, Florida. It extends 7 miles (11 km) northeast from the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (HEFT) in southwestern Kendall to the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) in Glenvar Heights, allowing traffic from the far south of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys to move to more central regions of metropolitan Miami and vice versa, bypassing communities along U.S. Route 1, while also permitting local access to the Kendall district. The road, named in honor of the long-serving coach of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, is maintained and tolled by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX). Contrary to the numbering plan of Florida State Roads, SR 874 is signed north–south.

Florida State Road 878

State Road 878 (SR 878), named the Snapper Creek Expressway or the Snapper Creek Tollway for its entire length, is a 2.7-mile-long (4.3 km) east–west electronic toll road south of Miami, Florida. The expressway is named for the nearby Snapper Creek which runs parallel to SR 878. It acts as a spur route of the Don Shula Expressway (SR 874), providing access to U.S. Route 1 (US 1) near South Miami and local access to the eastern Kendall area while bypassing the Dadeland district. The road is maintained and tolled by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX).

Hollywood Sportatorium

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Howard Van Smith

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Jake Gibbs

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Prior to beginning his professional baseball career, Gibbs had successful careers in college baseball and college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for the Ole Miss Rebels. He was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Fraternity. He returned to Ole Miss to coach the baseball and football teams.

Jim Huber

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Huber had a long history with the Turner Broadcasting Corporation. Huber in 1984 first joined CNN, where he hosted a sports show called The Sporting Life With Jim Huber. He also contributed to CNN Sports Illustrated, a sister network of CNN, as an anchor and sports announcer. In 2000, Huber became a full-time on-air announcer and commentator for Turner Sports, which allowed him to cover both golf and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in greater depth.During the 1990s, Huber was awarded an Emmy for an essay, "Olympic Park Bombing", which he wrote and delivered in response to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the Atlanta Olympics.Huber died in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 2, 2012, at the age of 67. He had recently been diagnosed with leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Matt.

List of Miami-Dade Transit metro stations

Miami-Dade Transit operates the Metrorail rapid transit system and the Metromover people mover system in Miami and Greater Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The network consists of two elevated Metrorail lines (Green Line and Orange Line) and three elevated Metromover lines (Brickell Loop, Inner Loop, and Omni Loop). In the first quarter of 2016, the entire system served 111,800 passengers per weekday, with 76,400 passengers riding the Metrorail and 35,400 riding the Metromover. Miami-Dade Transit operates 42 metro stations, with 23 in the Metrorail system throughout Miami-Dade County and 21 in the Metromover system within Greater Downtown Miami; Brickell and Government Center stations serve both systems, allowing for transfers between all Metrorail and Metromover lines.The initial 21-mile (34 km) Metrorail line opened in three segments. Service began on May 20, 1984, with the opening of the first 11-mile (18 km) segment, featuring 10 stations from Dadeland South station in Kendall to Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre station in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. On December 17, 1984, the second segment opened, expanding service to the northwest with the opening of five new stations through Earlington Heights station. The third segment opened on May 19, 1985, providing service past Earlington Heights station, with an additional five stations opened through Okeechobee station in Hialeah.Since the opening of the initial line, one infill station and two extensions have been added to the Metrorail. Tri-Rail station was opened in 1989, providing a connection to the new Tri-Rail commuter rail service. The line was extended 1.4 miles (2.3 km) in 2003, with a new northern terminus at Palmetto station in Hialeah. The 2.4-mile (3.9 km) AirportLink branch and Miami International Airport (MIA) station opened in 2012. The new branch split the Metrorail system into two lines: the existing service from Palmetto to Dadeland South was designated as the Green Line, and the new service from MIA to Dadeland South was designated as the Orange Line.Metromover service began on April 17, 1986, with the opening of the initial 1.9-mile (3.1 km) loop through the Miami Central Business District. On May 26, 1994, service expanded with the opening of the 1.4-mile (2.3 km) Omni Loop and 1.1-mile (1.8 km) Brickell Loop branches into the Arts & Entertainment District and Brickell districts, respectively. Bicentennial Park station on the Omni Loop closed in 1996 due to low ridership; it was renovated and reopened in 2013 as Museum Park station. Eighth Street station was closed from August 2014 to November 2015 as part of a major renovation to incorporate it into the new Brickell City Centre mixed-use project.

Max Carey

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Carey starred for the Pirates, helping them win the 1925 World Series. During his 20-year career, he led the league in stolen bases ten times and finished with 738 steals, a National League record until 1974 and still the 9th-highest total in major league history. Carey was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961.

Miami News Record

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Miami Rugby Club

Miami Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club in Miami, Florida. According to rankings in Rugby Magazine, Miami is amongst the top five clubs in the Southeastern United States. They have regularly won the Florida State Championship. Miami Rugby traces its origin to 1969 when it was founded by Keith Cooksy and Reverend John Howells, the Anglican priest at the University of Miami, who wanted to provide visiting British Royal Navy ships and teams in the Bahamas with competitive rugby. Miami Rugby competes in the USA Rugby South against clubs from Florida, as well as touring African, Argentine, British, French, German, Uruguayan, and West Indies Clubs. Miami Rugby has also toured the Americas.

Miami Rugby players come from all over the globe. Players from Miami Rugby have captained the United States Eagles and represented the Eastern Rugby Union, USA Rugby-South as well as Florida on select side (all-star) teams. Miami Rugby players and “Old Boys” also lend coaching assistance to local universities such as University of Miami and Florida International University. Miami RFC competes in the Premier Division within the Florida Rugby Union and nationally in USA Rugby's Division II. As recently as 2008, Miami Rugby was ranked 19th in the nation by USA Rugby after winning a Florida State Championship. The club started a youth division in 2009.

Peacock Park

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