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3:50 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

A real hockey meltdown threatens Canada's signature sport

Kevin Sylvester's backyard ice rink in Toronto, Ontario.

Courtesy of Kevin Sylvester

If hockey is Canada's religion, its cathedral is the great outdoors.

Generations of young Canadians have learned the game on ponds and homemade outdoor rinks — even hockey god Wayne Gretzky. The story goes that Gretzky's dad made a rink in the family's backyard to help his son develop the skills that would one day make him arguably the best player ever.

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3:09 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

'It's better to be in the company of seven devils than one policeman'

A Ferguson Police officer drives past a mural in Ferguson, Missouri, on March 12, 2015.

Jim Young/Reuters

Orlando de Guzman is no stranger to conflict. Born in the Philippines, he covered conflicts in Malaysia and Indonesia as a journalist. But he says nothing prepared him for what he saw when he arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to make a film.

The documentary, called "Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory," borrows its subtitle from an essay written by James Baldwin during race riots in Harlem in 1966.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Approves 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, is the sponsor of the bill.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:08 pm

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

The measure (HB 633), sponsored by freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, passed on a vote of 77-41, largely along party lines.

The debate followed party lines, too, with Republicans arguing for the sanctity of life and Democrats arguing for the right to choose.

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News
2:36 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Israel's first Arab newscaster has a message: 'This is not your country. This is our country.'

Lucy Aharish is a polarizing figure in Israeli media.

Courtesy of Lucy Aharish

During Israel’s Olympics-style Independence Day spectacle on Wednesday, 14 Israelis will participate by lighting torches. They were all chosen in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the country, but one torch bearer stands out from the rest: the first Arab Israeli newscaster in the country's history.

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10:41 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Why Israeli courts refuse the death penalty for terrorists

Israel's Ofer Prison, located near Jerusalem.

If you ask Sara Kimchi, life in Israeli prison doesn't sound so bad.

"They have [a] good life," she says of the prisoners. "In the jail they have books, they have television, they have everything. They came skinny, they are going out like this — fat.”

And that's why she's angry. Kimchi's husband was killed in a suicide bombing in 2002, and she doesn't want other attackers living what she considers the high life in jail. “It’s not fair,” she says.

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Falling Into The Gap
8:17 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Selling Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

 This is the third part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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Latin America Report
8:17 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Why Cops Are In The Crosshairs Of Venezuela's Murder Crisis

Venezuelan policemen outside Caracas carry the coffin of a fellow officer slain by gang criminals.
Credit Andrew Rosati

Venezuelans are emigrating in droves to South Florida, and it’s not just because Venezuela’s economy is collapsing. Public security has imploded too: South America’s most oil-rich nation has the worst murder rate on the continent.

The homicide crisis has gotten so bad, in fact, that some of the most frequent victims today are the very people who are supposed to fight it: the police.

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Expanding Medicaid
6:41 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

State Economist Warns 'We Will Feel It' If Medicaid-Related Hospital Funds Are Lost

Photo illustration of Medicaid card.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

  TALLAHASSEE -- State House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday apparently still resolved to oppose expanding Medicaid for 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Meanwhile, the Senate, in an unusual workshop session to hash out the Medicaid problem and its implications for Florida's hospitals and its economy, was hearing from the state's chief economist that the House position threatens an economic catastrophe that begins with Florida's safety net hospitals.

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Coral Reefs
6:13 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Ecologist: Biggest Threat To Reefs Is Human Activity, Not Climate Change

Jeremy Jackson was the lead author on a study that surveyed the changing health of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean over 50 years. That included reefs like Carysfort, off the Upper Keys.
Credit Phillip Dustan / International Coral Reef Initiative

The lead scientist on a study that surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs over 50 years says climate change is not the most severe threat facing coral reefs.

The Florida Keys reef is among the unhealthiest reefs in the Caribbean, said Jeremy Jackson, who grew up in South Florida and first visited the Keys in the late 1940s.

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News
6:09 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

The Edmonton Public Library says it will ban library sleepers starting on May 1.

Edmonton Pubic Library

The Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, is a busy and popular place — maybe a little too popular.

Librarians there recently realized lots of patrons weren't actually reading. They were sleeping. All day long.

“We did a seating sweep at a number of our Edmonton branches, and we found, over a two-week period in November, just about 500 people sleeping,” says Pilar Martinez, a deputy CEO with the Edmonton Public Library.

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News
6:03 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Sorry, Oprah. You're not No. 1 anymore.

Folorunsho Alakija speaking at the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show in New York. Alakija is thought to be the richest black woman in the world now.

Diane Bondareff/Invision for Fashion 4 Development/AP Images

This is a story of how a fashion designer became a billionaire. It also speaks to the lack of transparency in Nigeria’s oil sector, one of the world’s largest.

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1:58 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Climate Change Spurs Revival of Ancient Incan Agriculture

To get to some of Peru's most remote Andean communities, you head out over pockmarked dirt roads from a small town already 10,000 feet up. Up — up — up – past llamas and alpacas and sheep and cows. The vegetation thins out and the air becomes even thinner. Your lungs clamor for oxygen and you're offered coca leaves to help adjust to the altitude.

And then, after four hypnotic hours, you've arrived — at a patch of sparse farmland near the town of Pomacocha, at 13,000 feet an outpost at pretty much the upper limits of agriculture.

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News
1:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

The sex trafficking industry in Thailand is way more complex than you thought

When I landed in Bangkok three months ago to start reporting on child sex trafficking for Across Women's Lives, I was amazed by how familiar everything felt.

The last time I was in Thailand (thankfully not in the south) was during the 2004 tsunami. I'd gone then not as a reporter, but as a tourist on vacation from my job as an ESL teacher in Japan.

To be honest, my memories of the north — where I did all of my reporting this time around — revolve mostly around extreme car sickness on the way to and from the Doi Suthep temple near Chiang Mai.

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News
11:52 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Bounced Check Disqualifies North Miami Mayoral Candidate

Left: Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus is disqualified from running for office for writing a bad check. Right: Mayor Smith Joseph is now running unopposed.

 

North Miami is used to colorful and contentious elections. But this election season, voters will be spared the drama in the mayoral race.

Mayor Smith Joseph was facing former North Miami councilman Jean Marcellus as his sole opponent. But Marcellus has been disqualified from running after his $2,400 qualifying check bounced, according to city spokeswoman Pam Solomon.

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Falling Into The Gap
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.
Credit Wilson Sayre

This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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