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4:59 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It

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  British roots date back to the 1700s in Florida, when Spain traded the state to Britain for control of Havana. Now there are English business associations here, car clubs and David Beckham. The second annual BritWeek kicks off with a series of events highlighting British business and cultural ties in Florida.  

WLRN's Bernard Hacker explains what goes on during Brit Week:

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com.

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Miami Beach
7:07 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Friends Of Israel 'Reefa' Hernandez Respond To Autopsy Report

Estomba speaks in front of Rundle's office.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Friends of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez held a news conference in response to his autopsy report released last week, seven months after his death. The teen died in August after being shot with a stun gun by Miami Beach police when he was caught defacing an abandoned building. The autopsy report says Hernandez's death was "accidental through electrical discharge." Now, the State Attorney's office must finish investigating before they can decide whether or not to press charges in the death. 

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Links
3:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Mar. 3-7

Part of the Miami Herald's photo archive website 'Flashback Miami'
Credit Mike Freeman/Courtesy of The Miami Herald

The 95 Express toll increase is our most popular story this week -- again. Mass transit anyone?

Old Miami through photos, Mayan migrants and 80 days until traffic eases in downtown Miami were all close contenders for the No. 1 spot.

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The President In Miami
2:51 am
Mon March 10, 2014

How A Presidential Visit Affected Coral Reef High School

President Obama was accompanied by his wife to meet select students before he came out and spoke in the gymnasium.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Students and teachers at Coral Reef High School can't pinpoint when they first heard the news that President Obama was coming to speak. He and the First Lady visited the south Miami-Dade school on Friday to ask students to apply for free federal student aid before they graduate.

Rumors had been floating around the high school since the previous week because of some strange things they saw. 

"Students started observing secret service around the building, so they started making comments, asking teachers," says chemistry teacher Stefano Pagani. 

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History
7:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

See Historic South Florida Through The Lenses Of Miami Herald Photographers

President John F. Kennedy in Miami in 1963.
Credit Courtesy of The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald has been documenting life in South Florida through pictures for a long time now -- the paper's photo archives go back to well into the 1940s. The archives, which includes millions of photos, were just digitized last year. Now the paper is sharing those old photos with the public through a new website called Flashback Miami.

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News
7:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Haitian Women Of Miami Celebrate 21 Years Of Advocacy

Haitian flag painted by Serge Toussaint on a Little Haiti convenience store.
Credit Creative Commons via Serge Toussaint

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM), also known as the Haitian Women of Miami, will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday. The organization, founded by Marleine Bastien, continues to be an influential organization within the Haitian community in Miami. Its work, though, includes advocacy efforts on behalf of Haitians far beyond Miami.

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Legalizing Marijuana
5:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Medical Pot Backer Calls Recreational Pot Bill A Threat

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  Bills to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Florida have been filed for this session of the Legislature. So far, sponsors have little to show for their work -- except they've now been accused of jeopardizing the cause of medical marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November for Florida voters.

Here's Rick Stone's radio story.

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News
6:39 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

What West Grove Residents Are Saying About The Trolley Garage

The completed trolley depot in the West Grove.
Credit Miami Herald

The city of Coral Gables has a short-term solution to the battle over a trolley garage it has built in West Coconut Grove. The solution is to move the garage to Coral Gables, the community the trolleys serve. The only problem is that the new facility won't be ready for another two to three years. 

Residents in the West Grove aren't too pleased with the solution. 

Williams Armbrister is a community activist fighting against the garage since the project was first announced.

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Digital Media
7:33 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tech Group 'Chicas Poderosas' Comes To FIU's Journalism School

Mariana Santos spoke with students and faculty at Florida International University on Tuesday Mar. 4, 2014
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

One Portuguese woman is set on the mission to educate women journalists on technology and leadership.

Fittingly, Mariana Santos spoke at FIU's Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communications this Tuesday, telling students and staff about her experiences working at the Guardian, in Latin America and in the current state of journalism.

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The Governor
5:50 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Scott: I Inherited A Mess From Charlie Crist. But Look At Me Now.

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Gov. Rick Scott presented his record on job creation and economic growth in his fourth State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, March 4. It was partly a personal speech about his early life in poverty. But it seemed mostly focused on making sure he doesn’t lose a second term to former Governor Charlie Crist.

Here's Rick Stone's radio report.

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Public Transportation
5:27 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

No More Long Wait Times For Broward Buses

Credit Broward County Transit

  Broward transit began installing a $12.6-million bus-locating software on Monday. The application will help Broward residents who take the bus keep track of where their ride is. 

"The app will give them real-time schedule information so wherever they are; whether they’re at a bus stop or at home, or shopping," said Broward Transit spokeswoman Doris Williams. "They can put in the bus stop number and the application will let them see the real-time information of when their bus will arrive at the stop."

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Schools
4:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Miami-Dade Students Aren't Eating Their Free Breakfasts

A new study says low-income students aren't taking advantage of free breakfasts.
Credit Creative Commons via Bob Nichols / USDA

For years, public schools have offered free breakfast and lunch to kids from low-income families. But a new study says only a fraction of those who get their free lunch are eating their free breakfast. In Miami-Dade County, for every 100 students who get free lunch, only 41 are taking advantage of the morning meal.

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Guns
1:24 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Mayors' Hands Tied When It Comes To Backyard Gun Ranges

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On Monday, Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan released a series of letters between him, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, in which he questions the logic of a state law preventing municipalities from implementing their own gun controls.

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Session 2014
6:50 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Legislature's Big Time Suck: Wordy Casino Bills

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The Florida Legislature formally opens its 60-day session on March 14, but it's already clear that the biggest time and energy suck of the session is likely to be the package of bills that could bring multi-billion-dollar resort casinos to South Florida.

The Senate Gaming Committee unveiled the legislation on Monday and, as WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Rick Stone tells us, it was also a chance for gambling opponents to preview their objections.

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Links
3:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 24-28

Credit Jeffery Katz / Florida Department of Transportation

The I-95 express lanes' toll increase made it to the top of our list this week, only furthering the idea that South Floridians can't live without their vehicles and highways. Two more stories involving roads and transportation also made it to the top five this week, which made us wonder... are you reading while driving? If so, stop!

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