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3:40 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

On Dubai's roads, women hop on Harleys and shatter stereotypes

A female rider on International Female Ride Day in Dubai.

Amanda Fisher

"When I ride, I feel like I own the world."

That's how Dana Adam describes her experience riding a motorcycle — a Harley-Davidson, no less — across the expansive highways of Dubai.

Dana Adam isn't her real name; she's using a pseudonym because she's from a powerful, conservative family in Yemen, where riding a motorcycle was just a dream. "It's not acceptable in Yemen," she says. "No lady rides on a bike. My family never let me do it."

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Cuba Back In Business?
2:25 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

The Sunshine Economy: Commerce With Communists

A reprinted 1956 poster for ferry service hangs in the window of the Old Town Bakery in Key West, one block from the ferry terminal.
Credit Nancy Klingener

When Bill Lane visits Cuba he looks at the roads. It's not that he's a veteran traveler to Cuba even though he's visited three times since 1998. Lane works for Caterpillar. His company sells paving machines, road graders, bulldozers and other heavy equipment used to build and repair roads.

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11:51 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Smoldering Liberty City: Remembering The McDuffie Riots

National guardsmen stand watch outside a looted store.
Credit State Archives of Florida

Thirty-five years ago, Miami's Liberty City was smoldering -- flames leapt from the shells of cars while people looted businesses.

Eighteen people died, and more than $100 million worth of property was destroyed.

The McDuffie Riots were more violent than what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson, but there are lots of similarities.

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11:14 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Animal Group Protests Broward Pet Shelter Groundbreaking

Protestors surround a tent by the groundbreaking site.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The Broward Pet Shelter held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility set to open next year. 

In attendance were protesters from a group called Pets Broward dedicated to end killing in the county’s shelters.

They’re responding to a county commission resolution made in 2012 to stop shelter killings.

Tracy Paige is a volunteer for Pets Broward.

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2:38 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Key West Looks To Reconnect With Cuba By Ferry

A ferry at the dock at Trumbo Point in Key West in the 1920s.
Credit Monroe County Public Library

Every day, ferries come and go from the ferry terminal at Key West's historic seaport. For now, they're carrying passengers to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west, or from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island on Florida's Gulf Coast.

But many on the island hope the ferry traffic to Key West will soon regain one of its historic destinations: Havana. Earlier this month, the Obama administration took another big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba when it issued licenses to at least four companies to run ferries between the U.S. and Cuba.

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5:47 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

The world mourns and remembers the 'magical' B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 2, 2011. King died on May 15, 2015, at age 89.

Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

The thrill may be gone now that blues legend B.B. King is dead, but it's not just his countrymen who are feeling the loss. King's voice and guitar influenced people around the world, and we asked some of his international fans to share their memories of the musician who passed away on Friday at age 89.

One story comes from the Wall Street Journal’s David Luhnow, who tweeted about the night in 1992 when King came to Mexico City to perform. 

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5:30 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

'Earthquakes are the kind of force that can make you question your faith'

Haitian author Dimitry Elias Léger

Jill Krementz

In God Loves Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger's debut novel, the wicked, impulsive main character is a natural disaster. 

The locals dubbed it "goudou-goudou," an onomatopoeic description for the massive earthquake that devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010. The calamity is ever-present in Léger's tale of a love triangle that probes the limits of faith and loyalty. 

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4:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Massachusetts isn't OK with the death penalty, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's jurors had to be

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 5, 2015. 

Jane Flavell/Reuters

The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended Friday with a death sentence

The jurors were picked partly because they were open to that possibility.

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4:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston Marathon bombing

Aloke Chakravarty, a prosecutor, addressed jurors during closing arguments in the Boston Marathon bombings trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, at the federal courthouse in Boston on Monday.

Jane Flavell Collins/Reuters

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for the 2013 killings before thousands of people in Boston's Back Bay. 

The jury's decision came after 14 hours of deliberations.

One by one the jury was asked about aggravating conditions — and decided that Tsarnaev, 19, did not show remorse and there was little evidence to show he would not commit another crime. "Killing innocents," prosecutor Steven Mellin said, "was the whole point."

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4:24 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Have things improved for women in India's ads? A bit.

The author and her bubble tea.

Growing up in India in the '80s, we had only one television channel. News was state sponsored and everything in the programming, including commercials, was meant to promote good values. Women took care of the family and men took care of everything else — including taking the wife shopping to buy her a pressure cooker.

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The Sunshine Economy
2:54 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

The Problem With Selling Solar In Florida

Chief Marketing Officer William Berenson and co-founder Ludovic Roche show a PWRstation on the screen while at work at the Lab in Wynwood.
Credit Karen Rundlet / Miami Herald

The state of Florida is known for its great weather -- the state’s official nickname, after all, is the “Sunshine State.” But try selling solar energy in Florida and you’re likely to get a chilly reception, says a Miami-based founder of a solar startup.

Ludovic Roche, co-founder of PWRstation, claims that when it came to keeping his company’s headquarters in Miami, he and business partner, Robert Albertella, were encouraged to take the better offer and leave the U.S.

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1:42 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

A royal Saudi 'snub' isn't stopping the flow of American weapons to the Gulf

President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tameem bin Hamad Al Thani, while hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David on May 14, 2015.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of six Persian Gulf nations at Camp David this week, but King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the closest US ally in the region, declined to show up.

Perhaps the Saudi king knew that no major defense pact would be penned at the meeting, nor would new advanced weapons systems sought by the Saudis be approved. Yet his absence was still widely seen as a pointed snub, something the kingdom denies.

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Police Behavior
12:59 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Miami Beach Officers Emailed Racist And Pornographic Images

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announces the findings from an investigation into email use by Miami Beach police officers.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Two Miami Beach officers are no longer on the force after an investigation found they had sent hundreds of emails that included pornographic or racist images.

And prosecutors are looking into whether one of the officers broke the law by emailing an autopsy photo to colleagues or someone outside the agency.

 

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12:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

The life of the ideal woman, as seen through the eyes of India’s ‘Mad Men’

Life is very clearly defined in the typical Indian television commercial: Men earn the money, work very hard, drive the car, buy insurance and even decide which color to paint the walls at home.

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12:47 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

How many Asian Hollywood stars can you name? Right, it's not easy

Actor John Cho poses at a party for the release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at the California Science Center in Los Angeles in September 2013.  

Reuters

There are a lot of dating clichés. Some that are backed up with data. Like the one that says Asian American men are thought of and see themselves as one of the least desirable groups. To quote some recent articles: Are Asian Men Undateable? Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?

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