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5:59 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Federal Agency Hosts Nontraditional Public Forum on Miami-To-Orlando Train

The Federal Railroad Administration is hosting public forums on All Aboard Florida in an "open-house" style, instead of traditional public hearings.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Floridians who attend any of the scheduled public forums on a proposed Miami-to-Orlando passenger train will find plenty of people to talk to—but no microphone and no podium.

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Cuban Migrants
10:16 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Coast Guard Working Overtime To Rescue Cuban Rafters This Week

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter rescues Cuban migrants from their sinking boat Wednesday morning.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

Dozens of Cuban migrants are lucky to be alive after a U.S. Coast Guard plane spotted their boat Wednesday morning as it took on water in the Atlantic off Boca Raton. But it was just the latest drama in a remarkably intense week – and year – for rescuing Cuban rafters.

The Coast Guard C-130 aircraft was already engaged in a search for two Cuban rafters reported missing earlier this week. But about seven miles off the coast of south Palm Beach County, here’s what it found instead:

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News
2:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fusion Marks One Year In News

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 2:37 pm

Fusion, the TV network born from the marriage of Spanish language network Univision and ABC, is a year old.

Fusion is unique in a few ways. It’s in English, and it caters to millennials, particularly Latino millennials. It’s been attracting big media talent, including Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor of The Atlantic, who joined earlier this month.

The network has also attracted journalists from Jezebel, The Daily Beast, and Reuters.

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Living
7:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Defends City's New Homeless Laws

Credit Wikimedia

This year Fort Lauderdale commissioners passed a series of laws that have homeless advocates livid.

For example, it's now illegal to sleep in public places in the city's downtown. It's also illegal to beg for money at major intersections within the city. Most recently, a new set of rules were approved that make it harder for non-profits and churches to feed the homeless.

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Marijuana
6:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Would Amendment Two Put Halloween Candy At Risk?

Critics of Amendment Two say weed-laced candy could be an issue if voters approve the initiative.
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Anti-Amendment Two groups in Florida are using Halloween to highlight what, in their opinion, is another strike against the legalization of medical marijuana: marijuana-infused treats called “edibles.”

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News
4:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Former Band Member On Trial In Florida A&M Hazing Death

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Three years after Florida A&M student Robert Champion died after a beating on a bus, a member of the university's marching band is on trial for manslaughter. Prosecutors say it was hazing. The defense says it was a tradition more akin to an athletic accomplishment — and one Champion joined in willingly.

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All Aboard Florida
5:05 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Why This Treasure Coast Mom Wants To Stop ‘All Aboard Florida’ Dead In Its Tracks

K.C. Traylor looks out over the St. Lucie River. Behind her is the Roosevelt Bridge, one of the drawbridges All Aboard Florida trains would cross daily.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Until just a few months ago, Kasey Carol “K.C.” Traylor knew nothing about trains.

But now the stay-at-home mom from Palm City could probably tell you everything you need to know about double-tracking, quiet zones or the decibel level of locomotive horns. 

"I know more about trains than I ever thought I would,” says Traylor, with a laugh.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Injured Security Guard Sues Ultra Music Festival for $10 Million

Ultra Music Festival
Credit Miami Herald

A private security guard who was trampled by gatecrashers at Ultra Music Festival earlier this year is suing the event’s organizers for $10 million.

Hours before the March 16 stampede, Miami police said they warned concert organizers that the fencing near Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard was inadequate.

Erica Mack was patrolling that area when ticketless Ultra fans pushed their way through the chain link fence, toppling it over her. The crowd then ran over Mack’s body as they disappeared into the party crowd inside Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

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Sunshine Economy
8:58 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Amendment 1: The Price to Protect Florida's Land & Water

Amendment 1 would guarantee money to buy and restore land in Florida to protect the environment.
Credit Tom Hudson

Almost three and a half million acres of Florida are under the state's care. The federal government is responsible for another three million acres. County and local governments plus special districts such as water conservation and management areas have 3.4 million acres under their control.

From city and state parks to libraries, wildlife areas and the Everglades close to 10 million acres of Florida are public lands. That's about one in every four acres of Florida.  

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Florida Roundup
11:27 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Florida Roundup: Polls And The Governor's Race

On the Florida Roundup, the debates between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are over and early voting is underway. The newest Quinnipiac poll shows the candidates are tied - and gender divides within both support bases - and now Scott will use some of his own money in the campaign. 

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News
5:29 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

This encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, shown in 2008, was cleared out by authorities in 2009. It was home to sex offenders who were unable to find places where they were permitted to live under Miami-Dade County's strict residency law. Although this makeshift community was broken up, homeless sex offenders continue to camp out in other areas of the county.
David Adame AP

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:17 pm

Miami-Dade County's sex offender residency restrictions — some of the tightest in the country — drew national attention a few years ago when an encampment of sex offenders sprang up on a causeway in Biscayne Bay. After a public outcry, local and state authorities evicted several dozen people, mostly men, from that makeshift settlement.

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Venezuela
4:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How Bad Are Things In Venezuela? It's Rationing Food – And Importing Oil

Oil installation in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
Credit Flickr

Venezuela’s economic woes just won’t quit. Its currency recently hit an all-time low with black market traders. Now the South American country has to ration food – and, believe it or not, import oil.

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. But it produces mostly thick, heavy crude that has to be mixed with lighter oil to make it usable. Problem is, Venezuela’s seriously mismanaged state-run oil industry isn’t pumping enough light crude. So this weekend the country will receive its first ever shipment of foreign oil: two million barrels from Algeria.

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Technology
1:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Google Picks Sarasota As Florida's Top 'E-City'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:54 am

Google chose Sarasota as the Sunshine state’s leading E-city this year.

Based on research conducted by Google and a research firm, small businesses in Sarasota are more likely to have an online presence than other cities in Florida.

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News
1:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Cracks Down On How Groups Can Give Food To The Homeless

Fort Lauderdale is considering cracking down on how the organizations feed the homeless out on the sidewalks.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr / Wicker Paradise (https://flic.kr/p/ecyRbQ)

UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

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Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Too Many Contracts For White Men In Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach County wants to see if it awards a disproportionate amount of contracts to white, male-owned businesses.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr / Michelllaurence (https://flic.kr/p/8SkJue)

Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $750,000 on a new disparity study to see if a disproportionate amount of contracts have been awarded to white, male-owned businesses, as opposed to women- and minority-owned businesses.

Because of a 1989 Supreme Court ruling, cities can’t set up special programs to favor minorities until there’s evidence of discrimination.

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