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Social Services
8:58 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Miami-Dade Taps Faith-Based Groups For A Bigger, Better Social Safety Net

GREAT NEED: A homeless man in Miami Beach sleeps in public. Programs for the needy would be part of Miami Dade County's Engage305, a cooperative project with service providers from faith-based organizations.
Credit Phillip Pessar/Flickr

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching  out to religious groups to forge a social safety net that would be bigger and better than public or private sectors could achieve on their own.

Plans for the Engage305 project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.

The main infrastructure of Engage305, according to Gimenez aide Lisa Martinez, will be a soon-to-launch county website where religious groups can create an on-line, faith-based network to deal cooperatively with social issues.

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Weather
8:24 am
Thu June 6, 2013

After Sandy, Crews Wrap Up Work On Fort Lauderdale's Stretch Of A1A

Work crews on a stretch of A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach put the finishing touches on a five-month long road repair.
Credit C. DiMattei

The folks who live along a small stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach just north of Sunrise Boulevard know the drill.

Actually, they spent the first part of 2013 hearing little else.

Nearly every day since early January, work crews have been out between Northeast 14th Court and Northeast 18th Street  installing a new sea wall.  The first phase involved a huge rig drilling 40 feet down to make way for 500 pieces of sheet metal pilings.

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Journalism
7:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Reporter Heads Back To Gitmo, Where Only Prisoners Outlast Her Tenure

Carol Rosenberg
Credit Photo by Bryan Broyles

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg has been covering the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba for twelve years.

“The only people who have been at Gitmo longer than me are the prisoners,” she said in a recent phone interview.

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Americas
12:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Rio Goes High-Tech With An Eye Toward Olympics, World Cup

Rio's Operations Center brings together more than 30 agencies and allows them to coordinate on daily issues such as traffic, as well as on emergencies such as the frequent flash floods in hillside slums.
Raphael Lima Courtesy of the Operations Center, City of Rio De Janeiro

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:27 am

We are standing in front of a huge bank of screens, in the middle of which is a glowing map that changes focus depending on what the dozens of controllers are looking at.

The room looks like something straight out of a NASA shuttle launch. The men and women manning the floor are dressed in identical white jumpsuits. With a flick of a mouse, they scroll through dozens of streaming video images coming into the center.

This is Rio de Janeiro in real time.

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Weather
7:34 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Delicate Art And Science Of Naming Hurricanes

Credit C. DiMattei

With all the unknowns attached to the 2013 hurricane season, there’s at least one thing that’s down in black and white:  the 21 names chosen for this year’s tropical storms.

The first name up: “Andrea.”

Gulp.

Strike the last letter, add a “w” and you’ve got the name of the 1992 hurricane that killed 65 people and caused an estimated $26 billion worth of damage. 

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Journalism
7:19 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Miami Herald Opens New Doral Headquarters, Cow Fields And Loft-Style Decor Included

Credit Photos by Eric Barton

Before the Miami Herald, WLRN's news partner, moved to Doral on May 20, there was a lot said about how the paper gave up an icon, a building on the bay in the heart of downtown.

But there’s an upside. The 150,000-square-foot building is sharp and modern, and, when it’s finished, it will be an impressive display of old media might.

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Exxxotica In Fort Lauderdale
1:46 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Why Broward Is A Better Porn Market Than Miami Beach

WHAT YOU CAME FOR: A survey of Exxxotica's offerings: cars on the lert, sex on the right.
Credit Rick Stone

Exxxotica should be a familiar word to any South Floridian who regularly reads a "What to Do This Weekend" column.

It's a big sex-and-pornography convention that's been bringing fans annually to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the last seven years. But after a souring relationship with Miami Beach -- and a conclusion that Fort Lauderdale offers a much richer vein of porn consumers -- Exxxotica has moved to the Broward Convention Center where its inaugural weekend is underway.

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Community Contributor
7:25 am
Sat June 1, 2013

The 2013 Hurricane Season Has Arrived: Here's How To Prepare Without Wiping Out Your Pocket Book

I learned a few things after Andrew. I did not have my supplies prepared and had to go through the hassle of getting some of the items needed for survival. So with hurricane season officially beginning today, the idea with the list below is that you can stock up during the early part of the season for all these items, and you'll be good to go when it hits.

Many of us who live in the tropics do not seem to bother to get ready for the season until a storm start to approach, and then watch out. The idea here is to get yourself ready without breaking the bank. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy

Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.

Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.

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Arts
8:27 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Check Out The Emerging Arts Scene In Boynton Beach

C. DiMattei

If you’re looking for Boynton Beach’s arts district, you won’t find it near any trendy restaurants or high-end boutiques.  Actually, the closest business is an auto shop and the nearest place to grab a bite to eat is a gas station on the corner.

But if no one took this artists’ enclave seriously 18 months ago . . .

“ . . . they do now!” exclaims Rolando Chang Barrero.

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Environment
8:21 am
Fri May 31, 2013

WWII Ship Threatens Marine Sanctuary Off Key West

The U.S.S. Joseph M. Cudahy sank in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified a sunken ship off the coast of Key West as one of several nationwide that could pose a serious environmental problem.

The Joseph M. Cudahy sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II after it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

While the NASA report lists 36 ship wrecks around the United States as potential oil pollution threats, the Cudahy is one of 17 ships that NOAA said needs to be assessed and possibly removed.

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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
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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