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Several of the nation's most prominent artists and community leaders gathered in Miami for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' YoungArts annual gala, "An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala: Celebrating 30 Years of Discovering Excellence in the Arts." The event was held at the well-renowned Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. The evening event celebrated the organization's support of aspiring young artists and accomplishments of gifted alumni - all while noting the organization's own achievements over the past 30 years.

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“When they told me that I would be paid for having sex, I kind of felt bad, because as a young girl growing up, your parents always talk about these things. But being an open-minded person I thought okay, I am going to give it a try.

As South Florida's summer heat and humidity begin to dissipate, it's the perfect time to enjoy casual outdoor activities, such as a new downtown Fort Lauderdale walking tour promoted by the Broward County Cultural Division that explores the art and history of the area's architectural structures.

A new interactive brochure, An Architectural Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, was recently produced by the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in collaboration with the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University and the support of the Downtown Development Authority of Fort Lauderdale.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has generally enjoyed a good reputation, even when some question the relevance of its existence.It has been 49 years since the JDF was established, and with no major threats to Jamaica from outside sources, as such the level of understanding of the role of the army has diminished.

The JDF has often been called on to justify its existence to an increasingly pluralistic society. However, at the dawn of the 21st Century there is no question that the JDF has accomplished a lot and is respected internationally and regionally for excellent service. It has even been described by many in the Caribbean as the best trained armed force in the region.