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Transportation
3:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Venetian Causeway To Close Down For Months

Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

  If you depend on the Venetian Causeway to get to your home or job, you have four to six months to find an alternate route because the historic roadway will be closed for several months so workers can conduct emergency repairs on a 730-foot-long weakened segment of the drawbridge closest to Miami.

More details emerged Wednesday about the coming six- to nine-month closure of the 87-year-old roadway in the aftermath of an official announcement late Tuesday by Miami-Dade County officials during a meeting of the Venetian Way Neighborhood Alliance.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami

The 2014 Ultra Music Festival. Bayfront Park will continue to host the festival.
Credit youredm.com

 

Ultra's not going anywhere. On Thursday the Miami City Commission voted to retain the music festival.

After two hours of discussion, the commission ultimately showed their support for Ultra in a four-to-one vote. Opposition of the festival came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who no longer wants Ultra to take place in downtown Miami. 

 

He cited weaknesses in security that have allowed those without tickets to jump the fence and acts of violence as a result of drug use at the festival. 

 

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Sea-Level Rise
4:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Senator Cruises South Florida's Rising Seas

Rising seas is the issue driving Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to tour southern coastal states.
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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will finish his tour of four southern coastal states with a final stop in South Florida Friday.

He has been talking with scientists, residents and business owners during his week-long trip to discuss rising seas. It’s part of an effort to get congress more engaged with the issue by relaying stories from the people and towns dealing with the issue.

The senator will be in South Florida Friday and will moderate the South Florida Climate Action rally in Pinecrest.

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News
3:20 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Palm Beach School Board Kills Parental Dress Code Idea

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UPDATE, April 24, 2014: At a Palm Beach County school board meeting Wednesday, April 23, members refused to even entertain the proposal of implementing a parental dress code.

The idea of dress codes for parents who come to events was proposed by board member Karen Brill, following the subject coming up in Broward County schools.

Booty shorts. Saggy pants. Tight, cleavage-baring tank tops. Even pajamas.  

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Desalination
8:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Florida desalinates the most water in the United States. Above is the water treatment plant in North Miami Beach, the first city in Miami-Dade to process salty water from the Floridan Aquifer.
Credit Elaine Chen

This story originally ran on March 13, 2014.

 

If you mention “desalination,” most people probably think you mean taking salt out of seawater, and they probably think you’re talking about what happens in desert nations in the Middle East.

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What's The Story?
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

PHOTOS: Fort Lauderdale Knows South Florida Trivia

Sara Shake

To launch our new investigative blog, What's the Story?, the WLRN-Miami Herald News team took over Fort Lauderdale's Riverside Market on Tuesday, April 22.

What's the Story is a reporting project in which we let your curiosity guide our investigations. You ask us a question, and we try to answer it. So tell us: What have you always wondered about South Florida?

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Rising Seas
11:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalists Speak At Bill Nelson's Miami Beach Sea-Level Rise Hearing

A packed Miami Beach City Hall during the hearing on sea level rise.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Miami Beach City Hall was at capacity this Earth Day when Sen. Bill Nelson held a field hearing on sea-level rise. 

The hearing attracted environmentalists from across South Florida and the country. 

The witnesses who spoke on account of sea-level rise included government officials Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

The other witnesses were scientists Piers Sellers and Fred Bloetscher, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau William Talbert, and Dr. Megan Linkin from the Swiss Re reinsurance company. 

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Rising Seas
11:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmental Orgs Tour Miami Sites Affected By Sea-Level Rise

The coast of Sunny Isles Beach, where new condos are being built without sea level rise protection.
Credit Lisann Ramos

In light of a field hearing organized by Sen. Bill Nelson about climate change and sea-level rise, South Florida environmentalists put on a tour of affected sites in the area.

Several environmental toured sites including Little Havana, which feels the impacts of over-flooding, and a canal flood-control structure that can't keep up with the saltwater levels.

The tour also visited a Sunny Isles Beach condo tower and a Virginia Key sewage plant.

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Links
12:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading April 13-19

Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

This week's most read stories include: The demise of the FCAT, drinking beer and practicing yoga, the golden years of marijuana smuggling and six plaintiffs who plan to fight the state’s ban on gay marriage.

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Closing
4:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

David's Cafe Serves Its Last Colada

After 37 years, David's Cafe closed its doors for good this weekend.
Credit Wilson Sayre

David’s Café, an iconic South Beach haunt for locals and tourists alike, closed its doors for good this weekend.

Located the corner of 11th Street and Collins Avenue, David’s was flanked road construction that has dragged on for almost a year. The project has blocked sidewalks and increased gridlock. Adrian Gonzalez, owner, blamed the construction and the recession for sealing the café’s fate.

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Medical Marijuana
9:16 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Petitioners To Supporters: Thanks For The Signature, Now Give Us Your Vote

CANNABIS CLINIC -- This is one in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2012. Floridians will only decide whether to allow limited medical uses.
Credit O'Dea at WikiCommons

TALLAHASSEE -- The campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida took it up a notch this weekend with coordinated phone banking and outreach in 13 Florida cities. The objective? Make sure everybody who signed the ballot petition follows through with a vote on election day.

At a shady roadside church in Tallahassee, a handful of volunteers gathered with ice tea, a platter of sandwiches and tablet computers full of the phone numbers of everybody whose signatures helped bring Amendment Two to the November ballot. That's somewhere between 800,000 and a million Floridians.

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FOUND Magazine
11:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

This Guy Will Publish The Love Letters You Lose

Davy Rothbart collects lost notes, letters and lists. He then publishes them in his magazine FOUND.
Credit Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is a writer, contributor to This American Life and filmmaker. But he is probably best known as founder and collector of lost things for FOUND Magazine, a publication made of "anything that people have found."

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Books
4:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead At 87

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  The AP reports Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City Thursday, April 17.

Read the full story at NPR.org.

World Voice Day
2:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

UM Docs Put On Sonic Experience To Stress Importance Of Vocal Health

A Brazilian group performs under a tent on the student center patio.
Credit Lisann Ramos

 

Frost School of Music performers teamed up with otolaryngologists from the University of Miami's medical school for on-campus concerts on World Voice Day, April 16.

The day-long event was planned by UM's otolaryngology department to highlight the importance of vocal health. After the concerts, UM held classes for vocalists incorporating yoga techniques.

 

Forty-nine countries celebrated Voice Day worldwide. A few cities host Voice Day flash mobs, fundraisers and, of course, radio programs.

 

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Courts And Law
8:09 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion

Pareto and Arguello make up one of six couples, in addition to Equality Florida, who are suing for the right to marry in the state of Florida.
Credit Arianna Prothero / WLRN

  Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.

“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.” 

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