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The Sunshine Economy
8:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Philanthropy In Education: Help Getting Started

Donor May Jean Wolff meets Thamara Jean, a recipient of Broward College's Wolff scholarship.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

Giving for educational purposes is a popular choice. It's second only to religious donations. According to Giving USA, Americans donated $41.3 billion to educational institutions in 2012. That is a 7-percent increase from the previous year.

May Jean Wolff and her husband Lou have been part of the Fort Lauderdale community since the 1950s. As Lou's career as an architect flourished, the two wanted to give back. They started by donating money for scholarships to Broward College.

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Give Miami Day
4:49 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: What Is Philanthropy?

Credit Flogert Dollani / Flickr CC

Wednesday is Give Miami Day. It was established last year by the Miami Foundation to encourage donations to local non-profits. Their idea is to establish a culture of giving in Miami. But what counts as charitable giving?

As you consider whether or how you will participate in Give Miami Day, try your hand at this quiz to see if you can pick out what's philanthropy and what isn't.

ANSWER CHOICES: 
A. Philanthropy
B. Charity
C. Neither
D. Both philanthropy and charity

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Mid-day Links
3:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 11-15

Credit Florida Department of Transportation

  Last week, we plunged into the problem of sea-level rise in South Florida. You may have heard lots of experts and lots of facts -- enough to lose track of all the real-estate risks and saltwater-invasion projections. So I've fished out the stories that got the most traction from readers and listeners like you.

Again, here are WLRN's top-five stories this week:

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News
11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sinkhole Maps Will Show State's Vulnerability

Sinkholes are found all over Florida, particularly in the central corridor. A sinkhole swallowed this home in Sebring 25 years ago.
Credit Florida Geological Survey

Florida is susceptible to sinkholes because so much of our landscape sits on rocks that dissolve easily, such as limestone.

The Florida Geological Survey is building a map to show the risk of sinkholes around the state. The project is the result of what happened last year after Tropical Storm Debby.

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Friday Business Report
8:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice?

Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.

Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.

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News
6:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Florida Sets Record For Tourism

Visit Florida President and CEO Will Seccombe joins Gov. Rick Scott at Busch Gardens in Tampa to announce record tourism numbers.
Credit Florida Governor's Office

The three-month period ending in September brought almost 23 million visitors to Florida. That's the highest number ever for a third quarter.

The state is on pace to welcome about 95 million tourists in 2013. That would be a record, but shy of the 100-million goal the governor’s office was hoping for this year.

And it’s not just about the theme parks. Many visitors are hitting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach from international destinations.

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I-395
8:06 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's 'Signature Bridge'

DOUBLE WISHBONE: An early idea for a signature bridge, it would have been called the 'Wishbone Arch.'
Credit Florida Dept. of Transportation

Under construction during most of the 1960s, Interstate-95 ripped right through the heart of Overtown. Thousands of homes were torn down. Instant slums were created as the concrete expressway ripped apart the neighborhood's cultural, economic and education connections.

The result is the Overtown that's visible today -- the Overtown that's still trying to recover.

"[I-95] caused great harm in the past," says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We need to rectify that."

So, let the rectification begin.

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Journalism
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

WLRN Announces Senior Leadership Team For News

WLRN Public Radio and Television has named Tom Hudson as vice-president of news, Terence Shepherd as news director and Alicia Zuckerman as editorial director for all of WLRN-Miami Herald News.

“We have brought together one of the best, if not the best, leadership teams in public media news,” said John Labonia, general manager of WLRN Public Radio and Television. “Our goal of making WLRN the round-the-clock, pervasive and constant source of news and information about and of interest to South Florida is now in reach. I am honored to be working with such talented individuals.”

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Philippines
7:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

WATCH: Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra's Philippines Relief PSA

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is helping to spearhead an effort to get money to Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Spoelstra's mother is from the Philippines and he has held several basketball camps and clinics there since becoming head coach for the championship team.

He says his family in the Philippines came through the storm just fine, with wind and rain in and around Manila, where they live.

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Transportation
6:55 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Some Changes To Taxi Operations, Sits On Others

Credit Joseph Mayuga / Flickr CC

The Transportation and Aviation Committee met 

Wednesday for a hearing about regulations for luxury-sedan and limo drivers. If Miami-Dade County commissioners allow for an unlimited number of such drivers, mobile-dispatch companies such as Uber could operate in the county.

The Uber app allows users to hail cabs with their mobile phones. Regional manager Rachel Holt says it would benefit those users as well as local taxicab workers.

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Poverty
3:23 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Miami Celebrates Homeless Awareness Day With Rallies

The Homeless Trust works to end homelessness in Miami.
Credit Phillip Pessar/Flickr

Nov. 14 is Homeless Awareness Day in Miami-Dade County. For the event's fifth year, the Homeless Trust is putting on Homeless Awareness Day rallies aimed at publicizing the homeless' plight, as well as celebrating individuals who have dedicated themselves to the cause. An opening ceremony honored the Homeless Trust's outreach workers, known as the "green shirts."

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Veterans Day
4:14 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Black South Florida Vets Pen Book Of Vietnam's 'Untold Stories'

Credit beckhamhouse.com

When 63-year-old Bobby White served as an infantryman in Vietnam in the late 1960s, he and his fellow African-American soldiers had a handshake ritual they called "The Dap."

"It was sort of amazing," White says. "Sometimes the guys touched each other's hands, their arms, with a charismatic sort of flair. And sometimes it would go on for a minute to five minutes, just to show appreciation that you, as another brother serving in the war, we are connected to each other."

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Mid-day Links
7:33 am
Tue November 12, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 4-8

Here's a shot from the Key West Zombie Bike Ride.
Credit Mark Hedden / WLRN

You might not have time to sift through a week's worth of public-radio color in the form of feature stories and curated audience commentary. So we've rounded up the best of WLRN's content this week in an easily digestible feed, all for your viewing convenience.

Click on the stories to read their full versions, or plug in your headphones and listen in right from this page.

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Holocaust Survivors
10:03 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Surviving Relatives Fight For Lost Insurance Benefits

CLAIMANTS: From left, Holocaust survivors David Mermelstein, Israel Sachs and Herbert Karliner.
Credit Rick Stone

David Mermelstein doesn’t have the insurance policy or the policy number. His claim depends entirely on his childhood memory of the blue metal plate that hung on his front door, the proof that those inside were insured by Assicurazioni Generali, the Italian company that catered to the Jewish trade in pre-war Germany.

Like thousands of Holocaust survivors all over the world, Mermelstein, 84, says he is owed benefits by an insurance company for the deaths of family members at the hands of the Nazis.

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Elevation Zero
4:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Will South Florida’s Real Estate Market Prices Plunge As The Seas Rise?

An aerial view of Ford Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and the Port of Key West.
Credit npr.org

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by business reporter Karen Rundlet

Plenty of local realtors will describe South Florida’s housing market as recharged.  The latest reading from the popular Case-Shiller Index showed sales of single-family homes up 13.5 percent from a year ago in August.

There is continued demand for waterfront properties, fueled in large part by international cash buyers from countries like Canada and Brazil. In Miami-Dade County, for instance, the category of luxury properties selling at price points above $600,000 and below $1 million, saw growth in sales of almost 68 percent.

However, the question remains. If you add the threat of rising sea levels to the real estate investment equation in South Florida, are rooms with an ocean view actually a terrible place to put your money?

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