[Forbes] From Pro-Putin Activist To Venture Capitalist: The 30 Under 30 Elevating Founder/Investor Relations

Unlike her peers, venture capitalist Masha Drokova isn’t best known for her daring investments or big exits. She’s recognized for something a bit more controversial: her past as a pro-Putin youth activist. Named to Forbes' 2019 30 Under 30 List for Venture Capital, Drokova used to lead Russian patriotic youth movement Nashi; a group implicated of harassing those critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. In 2010, she left the ranks of the political organization—due to disillusionment with their intensifying aggressive tactics—moved to Europe and began pursuing a global career in investment and public relations.

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[Miami New Times] From Peaches to Hustler: The Past and Present of 1500 Sunrise Boulevard

Splashed across the sidewalk outside Hustler Hollywood is a long row of handprints and footprints in swaths of worn cement. A closer look reveals names belonging to visionaries. Iconic musicians such as Rick Springfield, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, and Jaco Pastorius have all left their mark on the stretch of pavement outside a store that now sells sex toys.

This spot was once occupied by a never-ending stream of South Florida's music lovers. Perpetually packed, Peaches Records & Tapes welcomed esteemed artists and audiences alike. The Fort Lauderdale record shop stood out as one of the most successful branches in a chain of 50 stores in 23 states. It was also the last Peaches standing, before the store’s closing in 2001.

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[Forbes] By Creating Hydrogen Without Electricity, This 30 Under 30 Startup Is Pioneering Fuel For The Future

Two months ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that made the world pay attention to the trajectory of global warming, and what needs to be done to prevent harrowing outcomes. Increased risks of drought, floods, heat and climate-related poverty are projected to afflict millions if the temperature reaches 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with 1.5°C the implored limit to strive for.

"Our generation is facing the biggest energy crisis in the history of mankind," says Tirthak Saha, Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy recipient, cofounder and CTO of newly-launched Trolysis

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[Miami New Times] A Snoop by Any Other Name Would Sound as Swizzle

We live in uncertain times. But through all the ups and downs, one man has remained reliable, if only in his inconsistency. That man is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., better known as Snoop Dogg.

Deliciously chill, Snoop answers to no one and nothing. His is a brand that has left a timeless legacy, defying shifts in popular music and aging generations. Loved by fans for being refreshingly devil-may-care, Snoop is someone who says what he wants and gives zero thought to consequence.

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[Miami New Times] The Campaign Immigrant Powered Is Coming to a Business Near You

Immigration has become a hot issue on a local, state, and national level. But Natalia Martinez-Kalina thinks the conversation, largely focused on undocumented residents and nationalistic tendencies, is missing robust economic insight. So she founded Immigrant Powered, a grassroots campaign launched earlier this month that uses a window decal to encourage community dialogue.

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[New Times Broward-Palm Beach] 2018's Ten Best Contemporary Christmas Songs

Although the chance of snowfall this year is about as likely as an Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson reunion, temperatures dropping below 80 degrees is a blessing in and of itself. Yet another gift from the skies above is the sweet melodies of banging holiday tunes. No disrespect to the classics (who doesn’t get down to "Jingle Bells?") but it’s 2018 and about time we jazz up those Spotify tracks.

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[New Times Broward-Palm Beach] In Wake of #ThisIsOurLane, Broward Medical Professionals and Nonprofits Team Up to Distribute Gun Locks

Jackie Rosen lost her only child to suicide in 1986. Mitch Rosen was just 24 years old. "We went to sleep one night and woke up the next morning, and he wasn't in the house. He had gone to a field where he played as a child near our house and died by suicide." Mitch had been suffering from depression and used a firearm to take his own life.

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[Forbes] Bite-Sized Robots Could Transform Natural Disaster Search And Rescue

Wildfires have ravaged parts of Northern and Southern California, in blazes that burned for nearly all of November; tragically taking lives and destroying thousands of homes across the state.

Environmental catastrophes such as these show no signs of waning, as climate change intensifies temperatures across the globe. The fires join a growing number of disaster-related economic losses and fatalities.

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[Forbes] End Of Life Platform Out To Raise $1 Trillion For Charity

Once upon a time, a stigma followed end of life planning. Regarded as an arduous process, settling the details of an estate conjured up images of mind-numbing meetings with attorneys and whopping price tags. Such a notion could explain why, up until now, fewer than 30-percent of Americans have gotten around to making wills in their lifetimes. Even less is the 5-percent of individuals who include charitable donations in their estate planning.

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[Forbes] A Family Affair: 30 Under 30-Founded Meyvyn Acquired By Partner Agency A.P. Keaton

The phrase “family affair” is taking on a whole new meaning. 30 Under 30 honoree, founder and CEO of digital ad agency Meyvyn, Maxxie Goldstein released a statement Monday that partner agency A.P. Keaton has acquired her company.

An NYC based boutique marketing agency, A.P. Keaton's founder and CEO is Ryan Goldstein, Maxxie's sibling. "I'm super excited about it," Maxxie says. "Aside from Ryan being my brother, we've been working with A.P. Keaton for the last three-and-a-half years, partnering on a lot of clients."

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[New Times Broward-Palm Beach] "Impossible" Wages Keep Broward Airport Employees Working Through the Holidays

Every Thanksgiving, Stevenson Tibel shows up at Fort Lauderdale International Airport for his work as a wheelchair attendant; a job that pays him so little he can't afford to miss a single shift.

On a day of family and celebration, Tibel will be working while his wife and ten-year-old son are eating Thanksgiving dinner, just like he has for the past six years. He has no other choice but to work through the holiday. "I don't have vacation pay, I don't have days off, I don't have sick day pay... I'm just working to survive."

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[Forbes] From Brothers To Cofounders: How David And Jeremy Miller Bootstrapped Their Brands

It’s been five years since David and Jeremy Miller left behind their respective jobs in finance and medicine to cofound premier custom clothing brand LABEL. Since then, they’ve created a sister company Alteration Specialists of NY, providing deluxe tailoring services to retailers and consumers alike.

Altogether, the two have opened six locations across the United States, targeting everyone from Fortune 500 executives to fashion houses.

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[New Time Broward-Palm Beach] Ahead of Recount Deadline, Judge Grants Voters Until Saturday to Remedy Signature Problems

Florida's recount drama continues. In a surprising and unprecedented decision, a federal judge ruled early Thursday that voters who had their mail-in and provisional ballots rejected because of signatures will now have until 5 p.m. Saturday to remedy the issue.

The decision affects thousands of voters across Florida and could ultimately impact the outcome of the state's gubernatorial, Senate and agriculture commissioner race, yet again.

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[New Times Broward-Palm Beach] Broward County's Midterm Electoral Chaos Draws Comparisons to the 2000 Presidential Election

Broward County has found itself in the midst of an election controversy with national implications once again. Six major races — for governor, US Senator, Commissioner of Agriculture, state senator, and two state house seats — are in recount territory as results from provisional ballots and mail-in ballots trickle in. And in dependably-sluggish Broward, early voting ballots are still being processed.

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[Miami New Times] How Darius Hickman's Rocky Florida Childhood Made Him a Star

Piano chords thrum as a solitary spotlight illuminates a man staring defiantly into a camera, adorned in makeup and a flowing, ethereal white gown. Under two minutes of flawlessly executed contemporary dance follows, the male-female duo onstage narrating a story through their movements. It's a tale of a man grappling with an intrinsic desire to be himself and the expectations society has thrust upon him.

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[Face the Current] Sparking the Mental Health Discussion to Lead the Life You Deserve

Take a moment and think back to the last time you took a walk in the woods. The soothing sounds of the hidden wildlife fluttering around you, as a cool breeze ruffles the tops of the crowded trees standing boldly nearby. Reflect on that stillness and infinite peace that likely overcame your sense of being. Magical, huh?

Now try to imagine a divergent scenario. That pervading state of calm you took immense comfort from disturbed by the presence of something overwhelming powerful: fear. In this vision, stepping underneath the leafy canopy no longer offers a welcome form of meditative release, but inescapable panic.

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[Miami New Times] Centenarian Actress and Holocaust Survivor Rosalee Glass Shares Her Secrets to a Long Life

Rosalee Glass isn’t your average 102-year-old. For starters, she’s one of 55,000 people in America, roughly 0.02 percent of the population, to join the elusive ranks of centenarians. But her rarity surpasses even that: She's a Holocaust survivor, self-made businesswomen, author, advice consultant, senior Miss Congeniality pageant winner, and a late Hollywood actress. Put it all together and it's no stretch to conclude that Glass's life story is unrivaled and one of a kind.

What's her secret? "To be happy and to show love," she says, "and to make an exciting life."

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[New Times Broward-Palm Beach] Florida Voters Agree on One Thing: Pre-Trial Detention Takes Advantage of the Poor

Broward County resident Herman Lindsey has gone to jail six times because of his inability to pay the bonds set for his release. On one occasion in the '90s, his bail was set to $50. At the time, Lindsey had no feasible means to resolve it. He wound up in jail for two weeks for an unpaid traffic citation.

"I didn't have a bank account, I didn't have cash, I couldn't get anyone to go to get me the money. It was just a traffic ticket." Lindsey also recalls having spent up to three months in pre-trial detention following that incident because he couldn't afford similar bond amounts.

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