My Mother's Hands

Jul 6, 2012
Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp shared his story and poem about an old transistor radio with Kenny Malone on WLRN.  Philp inherited that radio from his mother, who carried it with her from home to home, even as they moved in Jamaica and later, around Florida.

It was the radio he listened to during Hurricane Andrew. Even though the radio no longer works, Philp can’t bring himself to get rid of it.

Philp is a poet, novelist, playwright and English professor at Miami-Dade College. Below is an homage he wrote to his mother.

My Mother’s Hands
 by Geoffrey Philp

Once Forbidden, Hialeah Pigeon Competitions Now Legal

Jun 27, 2012
Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

High above the Miami sky, two pigeons are falling in love.

And on the ground, Mario “Mayito” Lopez is beaming.

This is what he has trained his prized pigeon, El Bastardo, to do: elegantly seduce lady birds and bring them back to roost.

With a plump neck and iridescent green and purple feathers, El Bastardo is a champion in the local world of pigeon breeding. It’s a world Lopez has been infatuated with since he was a boy in Cuba, where raising, breeding and training birds to woo one another is a way of life.

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Searching for Broward’s Underappreciated Buildings

Jun 5, 2012

Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Mar-a-Lago National Historic Landmark. City Park Municipal Garage.

Does something from the above list feel out of place?

In a recently released list from the American Institute of Architects, the sole building from Broward County that made the rank among the 100 top buildings in Florida was a parking garage.

That just can’t be.

SLICE OF LIFE: Horse Riding In Davie

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A look at equestrians in Davie, Florida.

Weird Florida Day 4 Wrap-Up

May 25, 2012

What a great time we had in Florida’s haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant.  The owner, Greg Parker admitted to witnessing some unexplained activities and one staff member said she will never close the restaurant alone.  We met with ghost hunter Owen Sliter who demonstrated some techniques to tracking paranormal activity and though he didn’t find much, he did managed to get a little spooked in the room where an alleged murder took place.  Friday night we will catch a street performer, The Great Cindini in West Palm Beach who eats f

A network of Florida facilities that supports people with disabilities will lose nearly $1.6 million this year – just as the social services provided by the network are needed most.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

There is a place on school campuses for students who break the rules.

In some Florida schools, it’s called SCSI.

Marcus Pryor, a junior at Miami Northwestern Senior High, thinks it stands for School Criminal Scene Investigation.

SCSI actually stands for School Center for Special Instruction. And in Miami, it’s where students go when they get an in-school suspension.

It’s an alternative to out-of-school suspension Florida schools can use for offenses considered minor, like consistent tardiness, wearing baggy clothing or cutting class.

Curses, Criminals And Canals

May 4, 2012
Kenny Malone

Years ago, Terence Cantarella had the idea to navigate Miami-Dade’s canals via canoe.  He’s not an experienced paddler or an avid outdoorsman, but he wanted to seize a homegrown opportunity for adventure: “I wasn’t going to explore the world’s oceans like Jacques [Cousteau]. I don’t have the time or money for that. I was going to spend four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade county via the canals.”

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

Apr 26, 2012
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

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