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6:46 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Pete Seeger and Allen Aunapu in 1969.
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Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.

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News
1:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca

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For years, animal-rights activists have been trying to win freedom for the captive orca known to Miami Seaquarium audiences as “Lolita.”  A recent announcement by federal officials could be the first step.

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South Florida crimes
7:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Domestic Violence Or Human Trafficking? The State Is Just Learning To Tell

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, says she had never heard of any criminal cases involving human-trafficking victims in Miami.

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Digital Currency
7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

North American Bitcoin Conference Comes To Miami

Finance Professor Charles Evans speaks at the North American Bitcoin Conference
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Bitcoin users from around the world attended this year's North American Bitcoin Conference this past weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Moe Levin, who organized the conference, says attendance exceeded his expectations.

"I was expecting 800 people and now there are 1,200," Levin said. "It [was] a hugely successful Bitcoin conference."

Conference goers attended workshops held by Bitcoin-accepting and facilitating merchant vendors, like bitpay and 3DCart.  

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Links
2:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WLRN's Top Five Stories Jan. 20-24

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Among the stories you liked most this past week are a race between a car and a bus and a debate on the state of Miami Beach as a tech hub.

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Legislation
2:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Approves Ballot Language for Medical Marijuana

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The Florida Supreme Court has approved the ballot language for the legalization of medical marijuana.

In a four-three decision the court decided that the ballot's wording does not mislead the public, like Attorney General Pam Bondi had argued.

Ben Pollara, manager of the United We Care campaign that gathered the signatures needed for the amendment to get on the ballot, called this a "historic day for Florida."

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News
1:55 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Citizens Rolls Out Property-Insurance Clearinghouse

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A program aimed at shrinking billions of dollars in liability from Florida’s state-run insurance company launches Monday, Jan. 27.

Citizens Property Insurance is widely known as Florida’s insurance company of last resort.  In actuality, it's become a major player in the insurance marketplace.  State lawmakers felt that Citizens’ $500 billion of risk was too much for Floridians to shoulder.  So they've been trying to shift policyholders from Citizens into the private market.

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Community Contributor
8:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

'Pretty Silicon Beach': Tech Entrepreneur Responds To Phillip Levine

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was quoted Jan. 22 in the Washington Post saying "Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
Credit Daniel DiMassa

Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post that has been edited for clarity.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

My name is Daniel DiMassa and tech start-ups are more of a religion than passion to me.

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Bunches of Bitcoins
7:54 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Digital Currency Conference Hits Miami Beach

Latin House Burger & Taco Bar customer pays in Bitcoin.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Hundreds of Bitcoin users flocked to Miami Beach this weekend for the North American Bitcoin Conference

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that Florida Atlantic University finance professor Charles Evans says will change the way international business is conducted.

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News
4:53 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal

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Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.

Campaign manager Ben Pollara says his organization, United We Care, gathered more than 1 million signatures to come up with the 683,149 needed to win a ballot spot.

He is now starting to fundraise for what he says will be an expensive and difficult campaign.

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News
11:55 am
Fri January 24, 2014

E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Now A Crime In Three Broward Cities

E-cigarette use -- or 'vaping' -- is on the rise nationwide.
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If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.

And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”

This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned.  Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.

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Community Contributor
10:09 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Tech CEO To Phillip Levine: Miami And Miami Beach Are One

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was quoted Jan. 22 in the Washington Post saying "Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
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Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Mayor Levine,

Congratulations on your installation as the Mayor of Miami Beach. When I first moved to Miami I lived on Ocean Drive, and it still holds a warm place in my heart.

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Weird News
9:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Job Posting: Crocodile Handlers Wanted In South Florida

Yikes! Think you can handle this?
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If you’re an outdoorsy type, Florida wildlife officials have a job for you.

But there’s a catch. Actually, several catches – all with very sharp teeth.

In the United States, the only place you’ll find an American crocodile in the wild is South Florida. It used to be an endangered species.

But not anymore.

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Finances
4:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Miami Hispanics Not Saving Much For Retirement, Study Says

Wells Fargo Financial Health Survey in Miami Area
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A recent survey by Prudential Financial advisors reveals the Hispanic American community places a priority on funding near-term goals, making it more difficult for Hispanics to prepare for retirement.

From Oct. 28 to Nov. 18 last year, the study polled 1,023 Americans who identify as "Hispanic." It covered several financial topics and what the driving force is behind making financial decisions in Hispanic American households.

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Transportation
6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing

Only 2.2 miles of the Old Seven-Mile Bridge remain open to foot traffic.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The prospects for the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys have turned 180 degrees in the past several weeks. The historic bridge and popular walking spot once in danger of being shut down is now close to receiving more than $77 million for repairs and 30 years' worth of upkeep.

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