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12:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

South Florida Hits The 40s -- And We Can't Handle It

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This morning, Miami hit the low 40s -- an unusually low forecast for the so-called Sunshine State.

Thin-skinned South Floridians have flocked to the Twittersphere to complain. Here are a few of your frigid grievances--and a few responses from even colder out-of-towners.    

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10:46 am
Fri February 20, 2015

In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year

Opening up a box of imported cherries.

Fiona Reilly

At a fruit stand outside my home in Shanghai, a woman is buying a bag of imported cherries. They’re selling for $12.50 a pound.

They’re healthy, she says. I buy just a little bit each time for the Vitamin C.

Red is a lucky color in China. And at holiday times — like Chinese New Year, which begins next week — you see it all over. So it certainly doesn’t hurt that red fruits are becoming more available at this time of year.

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Politics
10:44 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Florida Roundup: Miami-Dade Schools And Vaccinations

Credit Brittany Randolph / Flickr/Creative Commons

On the Florida Roundup we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists.

Immigration Ruling

Pres. Obama's immigration reform plans were blocked after a federal judge put an order to halt the process. This hold has affected families in South Florida.

Schools 

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10:33 am
Fri February 20, 2015

You've probably heard this bass player hundreds of times — now finally meet him

Nathan East playing his bass guitar.

Nathan East Music/YouTube

You've heard Nathan East play bass guitar before. At least it's very, very likely you have.

East is a session bass player without equal. He's performed on more than 2,000 recordings with a list of artists that includes Michael Jackson — on the "Bad" album — Phil Collins, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Eric Clapton and hundreds more.

He was even one of the composers of "Get Lucky," a worldwide hit for Daft Punk.

"It's been one of those careers where I just wake up every day and pinch myself," he says.

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11:11 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Limbless veteran reunited with man who saved his life

Patrick Provis reunited with Alex Cary (left) 

Duncan Coates/BBC/Wall to Wall

Most of us have memories of people — maybe strangers — who had a huge impact on our lives. People we would like to thank. Or maybe apologize to. But we just have no way of finding them. In the UK, there’s a new TV show, produced by the BBC, which sets out to help reunite such people. It’s called The Gift. And one of their recent stories has a true Hollywood ending.

Here goes:

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6:49 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Radical recruiters are finding Muslim youth in unlikely places

Zainab Al-Suwai was among those attending the White House anti-extremism summit.

 

American Islamic Congress

A life of violent jihad doesn't appeal to many people. But that hasn't stopped recruiters for Islamic extremist groups from reaching out to lure Muslims from all sorts of political points of view into their fold. 

Iraqi-American Zainab Al-Suwaij, who directs the American Islamic Congress, says she received a recruiting pitch a few weeks ago via social media. 

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3:58 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

I have been given three Chinese names. Which one should I use?

People with English names sometimes take Chinese names. In fact, some expats in China consider a local name to be as important as a mobile phone number. It’s a must-have.

I don’t live in China, but I’ve been learning Chinese for a few years. Many of my fellow students have Chinese names. I decided that it’s high time I got one. Or three.

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Film Industry
3:56 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Omni CRA Hosts Job Fair To Build Miami Film Studio

Applicants stand in line at the Omni CRA job fair on Thursday.
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

About 250 people lined up for a job fair hosted by The Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Thursday near downtown Miami to hire workers for the construction of the Florida Film and Television Center.

North Carolina film company EUE/Screen Gems Studios has partnered with the Omni CRA to build the 82,000-square-foot studio at Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

Pieter Bockweg is the executive director of the Omni CRA. He says not only will the studio create jobs in the community but it will revitalize the area.

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Immigration
3:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Study, Activists: Stop U.S. Deportations To Haiti

At a press conference Thursday, University of Miami Law Clinic and Haitian activists talk about a study that asks the U.S. to stop deportations to Haiti. Left to right: Geoffrey Loudin, UM law student, Edwidge Danticat, author, Marleine Bastien, activist.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

After the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United States halted all deportations to the island nation.

One year later, deportations resumed to Haiti amid a deadly cholera outbreak.

Wildrick Guerrier was one of 27 men deported to Haiti from the U.S. on Jan 20, 2011, according to a recently released study by human rights groups that documents the impact of returning deportees to a post-earthquake Haiti.

Guerrier developed cholera-like symptoms after being jailed in Haiti, a customary practice when deportees return. One week after his arrival, he died.

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3:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Take a 360-degree peek at Greenland's Nuuks and crannies

The Ilulissat icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a stunning ice wall that seems to defy gravity as it reaches up into the clear, blue sky.

Google Street View

Show of hands: How many of you out there have travelled or plan to travel to Greenland?

It's a bit off the beaten path, isn't it? But now you can get up close and personal with Greenland's glaciers, fjords and ancient Viking ruins with Google's Street View technology — despite the seemingly small number of streets on offer.

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3:11 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

A proposed Montreal high-rise may be located on an aboriginal burial ground

Construction on 900 de Maisonneuve West office building development project in downtown Montreal has been halted.

Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

The future site of a 27-story office tower may also be an ancient aboriginal burial ground.

Canadian real estate developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has halted construction on a Montreal office tower after a member of the public expressed concerns about the site.

“The construction process was actually in a very preliminary stage where we were doing small excavation work so the timing was right to do this voluntary pause,” says Ivanhoé Cambridge spokesman Sébastien Théberge.

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Housing
2:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

These Liberty City Tenants Are About To Lose Power

The apartment complex in Liberty City that's in danger of losing power due to outdated and illegal power meters.
Credit Lisann Ramos

A Liberty City apartment complex has been in the spotlight recently due to complaints from its tenants about the deplorable living conditions. Now the building is facing a power outage this Friday due to illegal and outdated power meters, which the landlord has not updated.

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2:56 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

A Canadian beagle takes the top prize at America's biggest dog show

America’s top dog is actually Canadian.

A plucky, 4-year-old beagle named Miss P scored a major upset on Tuesday night when she trotted away with the coveted Best in Show prize at the the 139th Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

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2:54 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

This man got a glimpse of life under ISIS control — in Libya

An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014.

Reuters

Libya has been without a functioning government since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with rival militia groups vying for power.

Chaos and lawlessness has created fertile ground for extremist groups such as ISIS to sneak in. And one place they have managed to take control of is the coastal city of Derna.

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12:50 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The America that most Americans never see

Crater Lake National Park

Photo courtesy of Michael Bonocore (@michaelbonocore)/US Interior Dept.

Often vacationing foreigners outnumber Americans in visiting some of the most stunning parts of the US. And many are rarely visited. They make up a big share of the 20 most popular images from the US Interior Department’s wonderful Instagram feed, which updates daily.

Yosemite National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Sequoia National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Zion National Park

Crater Lake National Park

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