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Technology
7:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Satellite Images Show South Florida's Building Boom Since 1984

A satellite image of South Florida, courtesy of NASA, showing a large chunk of Miami-Dade County and parts of Broward County.
Credit NASA

A recently unveiled project between NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, TIME, Internet search giant Google and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a rare glimpse of human life on Earth.

Over the last few decades, NASA and the USGS have been compiling satellite images of every part of our planet as part of the Landsat program, the world's longest running enterprise for gathering satellite imagery.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Why A New Gun Bill Ticks Off Mental Health Advocates

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
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The Florida Legislature passed a gun control measure this year that would prevent more people with mental illness from buying guns. 

It essentially closes a loophole that enables people who seek mental health treatment to buy guns.

The bipartisan bill even got strong support from the National Rifle Association.

But some critics think it may do more harm than good.

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Urban Beach Weekend
9:40 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Does Miami Beach Need A Reality Check On Racism?

Credit Sammy Mak / WLRN

When WLRN put out a call last week asking Miami Beach residents if they were staying or leaving during Urban Beach Weekend, the overwhelming majority said that they would be leaving until Monday or Tuesday.

Among the most frequently cited reasons for the exodus: a recent history of violence, traffic and noise, along with the event bringing a "bad crowd" into town.

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Special Investigation
9:09 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Should Florida Doctors Bill Medicare For Eyelid Lifts?

A surgeon begins a upper-eyelid blepharoplasty
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Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill.

Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program for people over 65 typically does not cover cosmetic surgery, but for cases in which a patient’s sagging eyelids significantly hinder their vision, it does pay to have them lifted.

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News
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Why Davie Is Selling The Town's Brand New Bridge

The bridge spans the canal that divides the equestrian trail at Southwest 130th Avenue and 14th Street.
Credit Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald

 

If you’re looking to buy a brand new, never before used bridge, contact the town of Davie.

The Davie Town Council voted last year to build a bridge across the N-23 Canal. It was supposed to be a small, charming bridge for hikers and horseback riders.

But instead, they ended up with a brown, bulky bridge for vehicles-- as well as a lot of upset residents.

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The Sunshine Economy
10:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Sunshine Economy Part Four: Tourism

Host Tom Hudson
Credit WLRN

Tourism has been the fuel for South Florida's economy since Henry Flagler stretched his railroad to Palm Beach in the 1890s. It remains a significant and long-term driver of the local economy to this day.

Our program starts where Henry Flagler ignited the industry, at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The Breakers CEO Paul Leone tells us his resort has never been busier, even as it gears up for the "slow season" (which isn't slow.)

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Arts
11:40 am
Fri May 24, 2013

How Costumes Are Saving One Palm Beach Theater

The new Wick Theater in Boca Raton will mount at least six shows next season, including The Sound of Music.
Credit C. DiMattei

A Broward County costume company is breathing new life into a Palm Beach County theater that fell victim to financial hard times.

The owners of Costume World are renovating the 30,000-square-foot former home of the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and will operate the theater themselves under a new name.

Last year, the Caldwell closed down under the weight of $7 million in debt.

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Journalism
7:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Final Days Of One Herald Plaza In Pictures

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Last week, the Miami Herald shuttered its building on the bay.

Located at One Herald Plaza, the beige box on the water is affectionately known as 1HP. Conference room meetings were interrupted by someone spotting dolphins. Water spouts could be seen forming from the cafeteria windows. Depending on the person, the building was either a testament to architecture done without aesthetics in mind, or an ideal place to do journalism.

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Business
7:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Why Miami Is Now A Hub For Latino TV

Hosts Jorge Ramos (left) and Maria Elena Salinas (center) sit with President Obama at the University of Miami September 20, 2012 in Coral Gables.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

If you had to guess where most of the TV programming for Latinos is being produced these days, where would you guess? L.A., New York, Texas? How about Miami? A recent deal has solidified Miami as a major television hub.

Ana Sagastegui was born in Peru. She has worked in the Miami TV industry for 20 years. Sagastegui remembers how different Miami was then. Just a few broadcast studios but plenty of open space.

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Boston Marathon Bombings
11:55 am
Wed May 22, 2013

In Orlando, FBI Kills Man Linked To Boston Bombing

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 11:50 am

In Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday "an FBI agent was involved in a deadly shooting connected to the Boston Marathon bombing case," NBC News is reporting. A man who was being questioned by the agent is dead. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston and Carrie Johnson have also confirmed the news.

Just how firm the man's alleged connection to the marathon case is, though, remains unclear.

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Oklahoma City
1:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

South Florida Offers Help, Hope To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Our biggest rivals in the NBA? No matter. When tragedy strikes we stand together.
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When devastation on the scale of what we are seeing in Oklahoma City hits, the whole world feels the pain.

Especially in Miami, where we have had our city leveled and destroyed at various times in our history, notably Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992, which we recently revisited in a radio documentary.

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Local Food
8:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Lutherans Help Urban Farm Take Root In Fort Lauderdale

Artist rendering of the proposed Flagler Village Community Garden in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit flaglergarden.org

Like many young professionals, 30-year-old Chad Scott had second thoughts about his job.

He was a CPA with accounting giant Ernest & Young for more than six years before becoming an internal auditor with Miami-based Burger King International. But something was missing.

"I wanted a life I could live without anxiety," said the Pembroke Pines native, recalling all the times he was chained to a desk during tax season and wouldn't see the sun for days.

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Politics
8:02 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Gov. Scott Vetoes Student Tuition Hike

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida
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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a $74.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and vetoed $368 million in projects.


Scott vetoed 3 percent tuition increases for universities and state colleges and also rejected numerous spending proposals, including $14 million sought by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, for a project at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.


In a budget message, Scott touted that the spending plan includes $480 million to raise teacher pay.

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Real Estate
4:07 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Old Miami Arena Site Gets New Plans; Here's A Timeline Of The Property

Professional skateboarder Danny Fuenzalida kick-flips over recently paved and painted bench bumps.
Credit @Matt_Roy on Instagram

Did you know that if you dig deep enough into the property records of any piece of real estate in the state of Florida you will find that all the land originally belonged to the Spanish Crown?

But ever since the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1821, land ownership has been like a hot potato, changing hands incessantly.  Indeed, taking a deep look into any one piece of property (likely where you live, included) will reveal a surreal story for the ages.

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Youth Culture
12:36 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Social Media Changed High School's Biggest Night

Miami-Dade high school seniors Adam Tzur and Natalie Hoberman.
Credit Alexis Winer

Earlier this spring, a typical school day turned into something a lot more memorable for one student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School near Aventura.

It’s April. Natalie Hoberman was sitting in her advanced placement government class.

“It was one of my hardest classes," she said.

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