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Michael Brown
1:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Two Arrested In Miami Ferguson Protest

A sign during the Dram Defenders rally in Miami.
Credit Nadge Green / WLRN

Two men were arrested Tuesday night as more than 100 demonstrators occupied the street in front of Miami's criminal courthouse.

It was one of several protests that have erupted across the country over the refusal of a Missouri grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson who killed teenager Michael Brown in the town of Ferguson this summer.

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Parallels
12:29 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

A woman waits for customers at a street market where she sells shoes in Sao Paulo. Brazil and other Latin American economies have prospered by selling commodities and low-tech goods. But now many economies are struggling, and some point to the region's lack of high-tech and other cutting-edge industries.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:54 pm

One look at the Brazilian flag and you think: This must be a space-age, high-tech country. That star-spackled orb in the middle glowing like a planetarium. The banner wrapped around it hailing "Order and Progress." Engineers must be rock stars there, right?

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Weather
7:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Messy Winter Storm Snarls Thanksgiving Travel

People walk through falling snow Wednesday at a rest stop on Interstate 95 outside Baltimore, in Aberdeen, Md.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:46 pm

A big winter storm spinning its way across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow, and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

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News
4:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:57 am

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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News
3:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Bill Proposes Regulations To Florida's "Sober Homes"

Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, offers debate during consideration of a measure on the House floor, March 6, 2012.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Sober homes are transitional housing for people who have gone through rehab. State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is reintroducing a bill to regulate them.

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says the homes are intruding on quiet neighborhoods by attracting drug dealers who typically target people recently released from rehab.

Hager tried to pass a bill regulating sober homes during the 2014 legislative session, but it failed after disputes between leaders in the House and Senate. The leadership has since changed.

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Shopping Season
3:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Homeland Security Warns Of Holiday Gift Scams In South Florida

Counterfeit items that imitate Michael Kors watches and Vera Wang perfumes were confiscated in South Florida by Homeland Security.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Homeland Security Investigations held a press conference Tuesday morning in Doral, warning South Floridians about this year’s holiday shopping season.

They asked consumers to exercise caution as they gift shop for loved ones because some bargains are just too good to be true.

Robert Hutchinson is a deputy special agent for Homeland Security. He spoke to the local press in a room filled with merchandise that, when put together, would be worth about $35 million - if it were all authentic.

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Housing
2:35 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Tenants Say Liberty City Apartments Are Unliveable

Joyce McGill removes a roast pan full of water from underneath her leaky sink.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Before Joyce McGill washes her dishes every day, she places a blue roast pan underneath the leaky sink.

And it’s not just the sink. The ceiling leaks, too.

In this three-story apartment complex at 6040 NW 12 Ave. in the heart of Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, there are even more egregious examples of poor living conditions.

In one apartment with three children, there’s no running water in the bathroom.

Mushrooms sprout out of moist walls in another one. Swaths of black, mold-like substances take over bathrooms in almost all the apartments.

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Missing Link?
12:48 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hear Why Investigators Think They Found Part Of Amelia Earhart's Plane

Credit Miami Herald

  Have you ever wondered why there is an Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah near Opa-locka Executive Airport?

The missing pilot's last stop in the continental United States was in Miami in 1937 -- months before she vanished on her around-the-world flight attempt. What happened to her, where it happened and why has been one of aviation's more widely speculated-upon mysteries.

Now, a piece of metal -- likely attached as a repair before Earhart took off -- may have been identified in a Miami Herald photograph taken the day she disappeared.

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Religion
12:04 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Haiti's First Cardinal Celebrates Mass In Little Haiti

Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated mass in Little Haiti Nov. 23. Earlier this year he was named the first Haitian cardinal in history.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Before Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated Mass at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti, he took it all in.

A banner with his likeness hung from a black fence.

Parishioners wore yellow T-shirts with a picture of his face on the front and on the back, a message in Creole thanking God for blessing them with the first-ever Haitian cardinal.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis named Langlois cardinal, making him the first Haitian in history to hold that post.

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News
4:51 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Mexicans in Miami Show Solidarity With Protests in Mexico

Denise Lopez protested outside the Mexican Consulate in Miami on November 20, 2014, to support the hundreds of protests against violence and government back home. She drew a black map of her country because she says she's mourning for the missing students
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

Since 43 college students went missing in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, back in September, hundreds of protests have filled the streets throughout that country. The students are presumed by many to have been murdered.

From Mexico City to Miami, protesters gathered in front of Mexican government offices and consulates Thursday, voicing their frustration in the case of the missing students. 

Protesters in Miami were wearing black and holding candles and signs with messages against their country’s government.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Florida Roundup: Acting On Immigration

Viviana Ivalo, from Argentina, celebrates after hearing President Obama announce his executive action on immigration at the Florida Immigrant Coalition in Miami, on Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Alexia Fodere / For the Miami Herald

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's big news affecting the Sunshine State among a panel of journalists. 

Immigration Reform

President Obama announced his executive action plans on immigration Thursday night. Under his plan, it would defer deportation for parents of U.S. citizens if they have resided here at least five years. The announcement was met with mixed reviews by the immigrant community.  

Violence at FSU

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Sexual Assault
4:17 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Colleges Straddle Line Between Assault Prevention And Victim-Blaming

Agent Illustrateur Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:34 pm

As efforts increase around the nation to combat campus sexual assault, one aspect of prevention seems to confound schools the most: how to warn students about staying safe — without sounding like they're blaming the victim.

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Immigration
12:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Bishop Frade May Have Meant When He Called President Obama A Sodomite

FIGHTING WORDS? Episcopal Bishop Leo Frade may not have meant what you think he meant when he called the president a sodomite.
Credit Rick Stone

Miami's downtrodden, disenfranchised and undocumented probably have no greater friend than Bishop Leopold Frade, spiritual leader of Southeast Florida's 33,000 Episcopalians.

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News
2:56 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Pilot Program Gives Parents Tools For Coping With Kids

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey leads a question and answer session between inmates on the "chain gang" and parents.
Credit Brevard County Sheriff's Office

On their first full day as leaders of the Legislature, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner appeared at a news conference highlighting a pilot program they have thrown their weight behind.

The program, called "It's Time To Be A Parent Again," is already underway in Brevard County. But with support from Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Gardiner, R-Orlando --- both of whom represent parts of Brevard --- the program will now be piloted in Polk, Osceola and Seminole counties.

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Law Enforcement
7:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers.
Mark Wallheiser AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:26 am

Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee, Fla.'s chief of police, said the gunman appears to have acted alone.

"It will take not only hours but days to put all the pieces together," he said at a news conference this morning. "Obviously, everyone wants to know why, and that's the hard question that we're going to continue to investigate and try to find those answers for everybody."

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