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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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Fish
4:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to get rid of the lionfish.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.

It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.

The lionfish population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.

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Living
10:57 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public

Fort Lauderdale may crack down on homeless individuals urinating outside.
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Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.

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How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

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Housing And Urban Development
8:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs

HUD's Continuum of Care Program funds housing and other services for the homeless.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.

The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.

The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.

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Giving
8:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

PhilanthroFest Held Again For Miami's Non-Profits

Estrellita Sibila started PhilanthroFest 3 years ago, it continues to connect non-profits in the community with people who want to get involved.
Credit Wilson Sayre

What do the Parks foundation of Miami Dade, The Awesome Foundation and the Wounded Worriers of South Florida all have in common? They were participants in the third annual PhilanthroFest held this weekend on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.

People slathered on sunscreen, milled around the dozens of Little white tents and talked community engagement. 

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Crowd Hydrology
8:18 am
Tue April 15, 2014

FIU Professors Win Grant For Sea-Level Rise Project

Abel Fernandez, broadcast media junior, using FIU's new Media Innovation Incubator Lab at the north campus. Most of the sea-level rise project meetings will take place here. Students have swiveling desks and chairs, 20 laptops, 20 tablets, a smart TV and a view of the campus.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Florida International University is one of twelve colleges in the country to win a grant from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education this year. Four FIU journalism professors proposed a project on sea-level rise in South Florida. 

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Links
5:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading April 6-12

Credit Rick Stone

In honor of creative writing, and because it's still National Poetry Month, here's a whimsical headline combining all the stories from this past week's top-five:

"Cuban tabloid tweets Charlie Crist will be writing a poem about the possible end of greyhound racing in Florida."

Luckily, that's a piece of fiction.

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Sunshine Economy
10:01 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Aging Gracefully - The Retirement Industry in South Florida

Four residents of the 55 community of Ponte Vecchio in Boynton Beach shuffle mahjong tiles in the community room. Ponte Vecchio's 650 homes are among the 35,000 geared toward retirees in South Florida managed by FirstService Residential.
Credit Tom Hudson

Today, tomorrow and all the tomorrows for the next 15 years 8,000 Americans will reach retirement age.  If history is any guide, millions of those Baby Boomers will find their way to Florida for their golden years. The share of Florida's population 65 years old and over is the largest in the nation. For all the glamor and attention paid to youth in Florida, the retirement industry is big and growing.

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Business Blossoming
3:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity

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A study calculating the rate of people to companies in the U.S.' 15 largest metro areas ranked South Florida third for entrepreneurial activity.

The Kauffman Foundation analyzed Census data and figured out South Florida's rate at .43 percent, 15 percent higher than the national average. San Francisco and Los Angeles received the top two spots.

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Renewable Energy
6:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist?

RALLY IN (AND FOR) THE SUN: Hundreds of students, activists and solar energy entrepreneurs crowded the capitol grounds for Solar Uprising.
Credit Rick Stone

There was an odd moment at the Solar Uprising rally at the state capitol on Thursday, which Charlie Crist attended to be seen championing solar energy for our state.

It was provided by a woman named Debbie Dooley, who addressed the crowd a few minutes before Crist took the stage. What she said was this: "I know I'm unique in this crowd because I like Gov. Scott. But he's wrong on the issue of solar." 

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Business Climate
6:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind

Miami's hospitality and service climate makes it easier for non-tech start-ups to thrive.
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 Local and national leaders at Miami tech conferences have described the city as the next Silicon Beach recently. Sure, silicone breasts and beaches abound in the 305, but silicon computer chips? Not so much. 

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Session 2014
12:03 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Miami Legislators Will Eat On A Minimum-Wage Food Budget

A MINIMUM WAGE SHOPPING TRIP: State Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami) says a minimum wage budget doesn't buy much healthy food. She'll be living on the state's lowest legal wage for a week.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

In Tallahassee, legislative Democrats are facing a time of store brands and junk food -- or so they say -- as they begin a week of subsisting on the state's $7.93 minimum wage. It's all in support of an effort to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But the bill that would do that is stalled in the Legislature and it's very unlikely to pass this year.

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The Everglades
5:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward

Water may soon be flowing a bit easier in the Everglades.
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The South Florida Water Management District decided Thursday morning to OK an Everglades restoration project it designed.

Since 2011, the District has been working to develop a $1.9 billion plan to put some circulation back into the heart of the Everglades.

"It is going to require removing lot of things that have been put in," says Randy Smith, a representative for the Water District. "[It will require] creating new water-flow projects and water storage projects. The landscape is going to more closely resemble what it was originally."

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