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Real Estate
5:47 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Florida Leads Nation In Cash Home Purchases

Florida has the highest rate of cash home purchases in the country.
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The majority of Florida home purchases were cash transactions in June. That’s according to a new report from California-based real estate analysis company CoreLogic.

Mark Fleming, chief economist at CoreLogic, says the recession and housing bust have resulted in a spike of cash buyers.

“Either because they don’t want to have the mortgage debt burden or, in many cases can’t qualify for mortgage loans,” Fleming says.

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Environment
7:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Could Your Sunscreen Be Harming Ocean Life?

A new study out suggests some chemicals in sunscreen may harm marine organisms.
Credit Creative Commons / Photo: Flickr user David Trawin

  While sunscreen is essential in protecting South Florida beach goers' skin, a new study from the Spanish National Research Council shows the skin protectant might also be killing off life in the ocean.

The study focuses on an aspect of sunscreens rarely looked at for its environmental impact: the nano-particles that block ultraviolet rays from baking our skin, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Those chemicals can be found in sunscreens available at any corner drugstore.

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Invasive Species
7:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Broward Shudders As Giant African Snails Cross Border From Miami-Dade

BAG OF TROUBLE: A state worker shows the African land snails she found in a yard in the Broward County town of Davie. The invasive creatures previously had been seen only in Miami-Dade County.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

A big fear of state agriculture officials isn't a fear anymore. It's reality.

The giant African land snails that have plagued Miami-Dade County -- but only Miami-Dade County -- for three years have now spread to Broward County.

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Movies
3:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

O Cinema To Take Over Miami Beach's Byron-Carlyle Theater

The Wynwood location of O Cinema was the first location of the independent movie theater.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Joe Anzalone

The Miami-based independent movie theater O Cinema will open its third location this fall, in Miami Beach. The City of Miami Beach commission anonymously approved an agreement Wednesday allowing O Cinema to take over management of the Byron-Carlyle Theater.

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News
6:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Florida Lawmakers Among The Richest And Poorest In Congress

Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan is number 11 on the list of wealthiest members of Congress.
Credit House GOP/flickr

Florida has some of the richest – and poorest – members of Congress, according to a review by the political website CQ Roll Call.

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News
6:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Palm Beach County Gets First Look At New Flood Zone Maps

This week, FEMA specialists have been helping Palm Beach County residents assess their flood risk with the help of newly-released flood-zone maps.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In the program room of the Boynton Beach City Library, 80-year-old Harvey Levine is handed a numbered ticket and a form to fill out. He then sits down and waits for his number to be called.

The room is divided into stations marked "Property Look-up," "Insurance Information,"  "Appeals and Comments,"  and "Community Assistance." This is one of several public open houses hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Levine is here to learn the status of his Lake Worth condo.

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Latin America Report
5:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Can Juan Valdez – And Colombia's Mighty Coffee Corps – Challenge Starbucks?

Customers sipping samples this summer at the opening of Miami's first Juan Valdez coffee cafe.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Juan Valdez and his burro aren’t just symbols of Colombia’s world-famous coffee.

They’re the faces of what is arguably the most effective and democratic institution in Colombia: the National Coffee Growers Federation. The federation – which owns the Juan Valdez brand – offers a glimpse of what the war-torn South American country might be more like if it ever achieves peace.

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Overtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A Saturday Curfew To Shop Only At Black-Owned South Florida Businesses

About 40 young professional gathered at Jackson's Soul Food in Overtown to hear about supporting black-owned businesses.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

To support black-owned businesses, a campaign is creating a shopping curfew for South Floridians on the weekend.

The goal of the #CurfewForChange campaign is to empower black customers to shop at black-owned businesses on Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. -- a curfew to halt shopping at other retailers during these hours.

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Development
4:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miramar Prepares To Build 5,000-Seat Amphitheater

Artist rendering of the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater.
Credit Courtesy of the City of Miramar

The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

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Governor's Race
4:11 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Clinton Stumps For Crist, Hopes To Get Voters To Polls

Former President Bill Clinton talked to a crowed of Crist supporters about the need to get out the vote if a Democrat is to take the governor's office.
Credit MiamiHerald.com

Last Friday, former President Bill Clinton acknowledged to a crowd of Charlie Crist supporters a major challenge: to get voters, specifically in South Florida, out for the non-presidential election this Nov. 4.

Clinton was speaking at a downtown Miami hotel. He talked about the need for a Florida governor who will support key Democrat issues -- expanding Medicaid, preparing for rising seas and increasing the minimum wage -- but stressed the public's role in the election.

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News
4:07 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

North Miami Finance Manager Resigns After IRS Launches Probe

North Miami City Hall
Credit The City of North Miami

The Internal Revenue Service will be taking a closer look at the City of North Miami’s books this month.

In a letter sent to the city on Sept. 2, the IRS is specifically asking to review employee payroll records and information about eight city vendors from 2012.

Three days after the IRS announced its review, the North Miami finance manager who would have helped coordinate the Service's request resigned.

Camelia Siguineau in her brief resignation letter wrote, “Due to unforeseen family obligations, I am unable to continue my employment with the city.”

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News
2:58 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Steven Sotloff's Childhood Temple Holds Memorial Service

Miami journalist Steven Sotloff was captured and killed by ISIS, and video of his killing was released this week.
Credit Facebook

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest to remember Steven Sotloff, the South Florida native who was killed ​b​y militant extremists in Iraq.

​Video of Sotloff's beheading was released earlier this week.

On Friday afternoon,​ ​about 600 friends,​ ​family and complete strangers came together in memory of Sotloff.

"They want to celebrate his life, not just his death," said Robert Hersh, executive director of Temple Beth Am.

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Minimum Wage
12:31 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Seven Arrested In Miami-Dade As Fast Food Workers March For Higher Pay, Union Rights

Fast food workers and labor organizers block traffic on 167th Street in North Miami Beach. They closed the street for a half-hour until police took them to jail.
Credit Rick Stone

Just as they did in several other American cities on Thursday, South Florida fast food workers and union organizers demonstrated for higher wages and union rights.

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The Florida Roundup
11:05 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Florida Roundup: Safety While Reporting Abroad

Steven Sotloff in a still from the video realeased by ISIS.

  On the Florida Roundup, Steven Sotloff, from Pinecrest, is the second American journalist murdered by the Islamic State. Florida Senator Bill Nelson wants to give President Obama authority to use air strikes against the group in Syria.

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News
10:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Miami Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man Gets His Job Back

Sheila McNeil hold a poster of her son Travis McNeil who was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil watched the television newscasts from her Overtown apartment with a deep pain in her gut.

The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., hit close to home.

“I know that mom is going through hell right now just trying to understand,” she says.

Three years, ago, her son Travis McNeil was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos during a traffic stop.  Travis McNeil was 28. He was not armed.

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