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3:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Alexandra Starr

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries.

More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey.

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Miami Police
5:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Police Union Denounces Miami Police Chief's Eric Garner Statements

Chief Manuel Orosa (left) and police union president Sgt. Javier Ortiz.
Credit El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa weighed in on the deadly encounter between Eric Garner and New York police officers during a television appearance on WPLG's This Week in South Florida.

Orosa said when one of the officers placed Garner in an apparent chokehold, it was improper procedure. He said the grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the officer was a surprise.

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News
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Three Days Of Police Brutality Protests In South Florida

Protestors in Miami on Sunday walk on a deserted I-195.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Until this past weekend South Florida had been relatively quiet amid a large, nationwide protest movement in response to several killings by police officers.

That changed Friday, when around 400 protesters shut down Interstate-195 in Miami. It was rush hour during Art Basel weekend.

There was a smaller protest in Fort Lauderdale -- around 100 people -- on Saturday and another Sunday in Miami maxing out at 200 people.

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News
11:43 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Miami’s Last Cop Shooting Conviction Left A Legal Legacy

Protests continued during the trial of Miami police office William Lozano. On a day before a guilty verdict in his 1989 trial, Asi Niamaya and James Mackey helped carry mock coffin through Overtown during a "Victory March". There were two coffins, symbolizing the two motorcyclists killed by Officer Lozano.
Credit C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald File

 In a city long torn by racial tension, a uniformed police officer fatally shot a black man. Days of upheaval and rioting riveted the nation.

A series of investigations scrutinized the officer’s use of deadly force. He claimed self-defense. Would the cop face criminal charges?

The case that exploded in Miami in 1989 still resonates today, echoing the murky, racially charged confrontation that has put a 24/7 media spotlight on the small Missouri town of Ferguson.

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HARP
11:51 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Refinancing For Underwater Homes Ends Next Year

Federal Housing Finance Agency hosted a panel discussion at Miami Dade College North Campus about HARP for borrowers whose homes are underwater. From left to right: Laura Reichel of Ditech Mortgage Corporation; Robert Koller of Fannie Mae; Yvette Gilmore of Freddie Mac; Mark McArdle of the Homeownership Preservation Office; and Joseph Cvelbar of Consolidated Credit Solutions, Inc.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Home Affordable Refinance Program, HARP, is rolling into its last year.

The program run by the Federal Housing Finance Agency is a critical help for some South Florida homeowners.

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News
10:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

#ShutItDown Protest Of Police Killings Blocks Art Basel Traffic

At the closing of the protest, a line of people stood holding a sign saying "black lives matter."
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Protests in Miami and Fort Lauderdale shared the spotlight with Art Basel this weekend.

During Friday rush hour, around 400 people gathered in Midtown Miami, eventually moving to completely block Interstate-195.

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News
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Florida Roundup: Art Week In Miami

Credit Terence Shepherd / Instagram / WLRN

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with local journalists. 

Gay Marriage And Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance

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News
8:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Miami Dade County Commission Puts Off Ludlam Trail Decision

The Miami-Dade County Commission has put off a decision on developing a six-mile stretch of abandoned rail lines.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami Dade County Commission was supposed to decide on Thursday the fate of Ludlam Trail-- a six-mile corridor from Miami International Airport to South Miami that’s home to abandoned railroad tracks.

Florida East Coast Industries owns the property and was hoping for approval to build homes on the vacant land.

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Triva Night
4:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Join WLRN For A Night Of South Florida Trivia In Boca Raton

Players answering a trivia question at Gramps in Wynwood on July 11.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Our newsroom has hosted South Florida trivia nights in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It's time we tested our listeners in Palm Beach.

WLRN will host another night of South Florida trivia on Tues., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

Questions will be about South Florida facts and history. Teams of five or fewer are allowed. RSVP on Facebook. 

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Venezuela
8:14 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Venezuela Opposition: Machado's Indictment For Plot To Kill President Is A Political Move

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado
Credit World Economic Forum / Flickr

Among Venezuela's opposition leaders, María Corina Machado is a favorite of ex-patriates in South Florida for her strong defiance of the country's radical socialist government. But now that regime hopes to put her behind bars for a long time.

Machado, a conservative, was a congresswoman until she was stripped her of her seat this year. Officials were angry that she'd denounced Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro before the Organization of American States.

On Wednesday his government indicted Machado on charges of conspiring to assassinate him.

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Art Basel
5:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Did Art Basel Devastate The Local Arts Scene? Or Did NY Times Get It Wrong?

BASELING Heavy traffic in Wynwood during Art Basel. According to the New York Times, it's all too much.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Under the headline "Those Artsy Early Birds Flew Away," the New York Times this week sketches a history of Art Basel Miami Beach as an ill-conceived money storm that transformed too much, delivered too little and ultimately devastated - and then scattered - the local art scene.

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College Sports
6:48 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FAU Will Get A New Athletics Building Before Class Of '18 Graduates

Artist renderings of The Complex's main entrance.
Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University just got the biggest grant in the school's history to build a new athletics facility to help its football team grow.

The new building, which will be called The Complex, will have a sports medicine center, a history and tradition hall, an academic center nearby and an indoor practice field.

The Schmidt Family Foundation is giving an initial $16 million to build The Complex.

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News
12:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Technicality Of Fort Lauderdale's Homeless Feeding Ban

Credit YouTube screenshot

When the city of Fort Lauderdale placed new restrictions on how different groups could feed the homeless, many South Florida residents were dumbfounded.

They reacted in the form of social media memes and Facebook posts. Concerned citizens drafted letters to Mayor Jack Seiler, threatening to boycott the city if the new regulations weren’t lifted. And this week the hacker group Anonymous addressed a video to Mayor Seiler, announcing it would shut down the city's official web page until he lifted the restrictions on feeding the homeless.

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Immigration
2:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Florida Groups Prepare For Executive Order On Immigration

Pro-immigration rally in Fort Myers, FL.
Credit Brennan / Flickr Creative Commons

Many of Florida’s immigration organizations and nonprofits are preparing to meet the demands of President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration.

The president’s plan mostly covers undocumented immigrants who have been living in the United States for more than five years and have children who were born here.

Those with no criminal records will qualify for work permits.

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News
3:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Releases Holiday Shopping Guide

Credit Rick Scott/flickr

Although Black Friday is nearing its final hours, Cyber Monday is around the corner. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is giving consumers her own version of a holiday shopping guide.

The online guide is 114 pages long and includes tips on making online purchases and how to avoid charity scams.  

Bondi says she wants help consumers have a "safe and enjoyable shopping experience." 

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