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Medical Marijuana
1:29 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Florida Supreme Court To Hear Pam Bondi's Argument Against Pot Ballot

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The campaign to bring medical marijuana to Florida will face what may be a massive roadblock on Thursday. Florida’s Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case brought by Attorney General Pam Bondi. She says the proposed language for the ballot gives too many people access to the drug.

While the case is about what the voters would see on the ballot University of Miami law professor Donald Jones says the court will have to consider the entire argument for medical marijuana.

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The Internet
7:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

In Florida, 'Revenge Porn' Is A Moving Target

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Lovers in happy times often take intimate photos and videos of each other. But after an angry break-up, those images can become weapons.

It happened to Holly Jacobs, a Ph.D.-level researcher who lives in Florida. A month after her break-up, someone -- and she suspects her ex-boyfriend -- posted nude pictures and sex videos of her all over the Internet, sometimes on specialty "revenge porn" web sites.

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News
4:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Lawyers Turning To Non-Traditional Legal Work

More law school grads are working in fields that don't resemble courtroom lawyers. A third of them hold jobs that don't require passage of the bar exam.
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Tallahassee boasts one of the highest concentrations of lawyers in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of those lawyers are in jobs that have nothing to do with being in a courtroom.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

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La Ermita de la Caridad
4:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The mural in La Ermita contains 63 figures at 747 square feet. The Virgin of Charity is depicted in the center.
Jessica Meszaros

This past weekend The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, or La Ermita de la Caridad, celebrated its 40th anniversary since it opened in Miami with funds from Cuban exiles.

La Ermita de La Caridad is a replica of the shrine in El Cobre, a village near Santiago de Cuba. The Miami shrine overlooks the sea that connects Cubans to their homeland.

Julio Estorino is a retired Cuban journalist who took part in building La Ermita in Miami 40 years ago.

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Mid-Day Links
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29

Potato kugel from 'The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat'
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Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:

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Animal Welfare
7:52 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

How Much Is That Puppy In The Shelter Window? Name Your Price This Friday

Broward County's animal shelter is making sure you can get a good deal on more than toys and TVs.
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You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.

Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.

“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”

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Transportation
2:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

It's That Time Again: Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets This Black Friday

Critical Mass takes places on the last Friday of every month all over the world.
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If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below. 

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists will be riding over 13 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route changes every month.

Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass will take off from the War Memorial Auditorium.

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Giving
5:49 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Students Create Blueprints For The Homeless' Future

Students and judges listen to one of the presentations.
Credit Wilson Sayre

In observation of Homeless Awareness Week, students at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) have created models of possible living solutions for the homeless.

Each student in Eric Hankin’s architecture class designed a small apartment plan that had to include all the necessities of a regular apartment.

On Thursday, the students presented their models to professional architects for judging and feedback. The students were judged based on the creativity, feasibility and presentation of their design. 

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Jobs
5:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Among Best Places For Veterans To Find Work

Ft. Lauderdale is listed as one of the top places in the country for veterans to find jobs that match their skills.
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Fort Lauderdale isn’t just a Mecca for spring breakers and world travelers. It’s also a great place to live if you’re a veteran looking for work.

Fort Lauderdale is ranked No. 10 on the “2013 Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” report.

It’s the first time the city has made the list. It was lauded for its low unemployment rate and cost of living compared to the national average.

The city’s top-three industries are listed as:

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Wildlife
3:04 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Panther Adopted Out By Dying Owner Now At Palm Beach Zoo

Twelve-year-old Mirasol the Florida panther finds a new home at the Palm Beach Zoo.
Credit Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society

It's not unusual to find a Florida panther among the other "big cats" in a typical Florida zoo.  But the Palm Beach Zoo's new arrival is one with a poignant history.

The 12-year-old Florida panther named Mirasol -- nicknamed "Mira" -- is in quarantine at the Palm Beach Zoo and will be seen by visitors starting next month. 

Mira had lived virtually her entire life at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Homestead. But when its founder was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he contacted state wildlife officials to help him find homes for his animals.

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Television
5:47 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

WLRN Wins Suncoast Emmy For 'Hialeah Speedway: No Guts! No Glory!'

WLRN TV production and executive staff present the Emmy at Miami-Dade County Public School board meeting.

We’re excited to announce that WLRN's television production “Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory!” has been honored with a Suncoast EMMY Award for best documentary.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners this weekend at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Hialeah Speedway was awarded best documentary under the category of Nostalgia Programs.

On behalf of WLRN, we want to congratulate producer Debra Hall Greene for her excellent work.

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Mid-day Links
2:51 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 18-22

Miss Universe, Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.

  This pre-holiday week, from Nov. 18-22, we brought you a bit of nostalgia (see our "Delis Of Yore" post below), some future planning (that's two proposals for Miami-Dade structures) and a little current analysis in the form of beauty-pageant criticism.

Well, we brought you much more than just that. But here's what you liked best:

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A Life Remembered
8:05 am
Mon November 25, 2013

My Little-Girl Memory Of JFK

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Allow me to be a little different when it comes to President Kennedy.

I'd like to remember when he was alive.

I was 6 years old in January of 1963. I got all dressed up in a light-brown, double-breasted wool coat with a darker brown, velveteen collar and a matching dark-brown, velveteen hat.

My parents and grandparents and I were going to the Oklahoma state capitol, where President Kennedy would deliver an outdoor address following the funeral of U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr.

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News
9:56 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Miami Commission Says Yes To Midtown Walmart

Designs for the proposed Midtown Miami Wal-Mart. The store would be located between Midtown Boulevard and North Miami Avenue from Northeast 29th and 31st streets.
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Miami commissioners voted Thursday to allow retail giant Walmart to build a new store in the city’s Midtown district.

The two-year battle came to a close after four hours of debate and testimony. Commissioners decided Walmart complied with zoning rules, and unanimously granted the retailer a special Class II permit. This will allow a 203,000-square-foot building at the sound end of Midtown, including three floors and parking space for nearly 600 cars.

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Architecture
11:39 am
Thu November 21, 2013

SkyRise, 1,000-Foot Observation Tower, Planned For Downtown Miami

This is a rendering of the proposed SkyRise tower.
Credit Arquitectonica via MiamiHerald.com

Miami developer Jeff Berkowitz is putting together a proposal to build a sky-scraping observation tower in downtown Miami. The SkyRise Miami tower would stand 1,000 feet tall at the Bayside Marketplace.

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