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9:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Midnight Alert Tone Meant Your Smart Phone Had Just Become A Public Facility

SPEADING THE WORD: Amber Alerts the old way, left, and the new smart phone way which relies on software that government ordered installed on all post-2011 phones.
Credit amberalert.gov, Florida Today

Right now, it’s Amber Alerts for missing children and possible emergency messages from the president.

But the fact is -- as many South Floridians found out this weekend -- the government has found a way to co-opt your smart phone for its own purposes.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Miami Dolphins Ask Taxpayers To Go 'Halfsies' On Stadium Facelift

An artist's rendering of a renovated Sun Life Stadium
Credit Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

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News
5:43 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Miami's Regalado And Other U.S. Mayors Say Will Ease Gun Violence

Mayor Regalado's office is hosting a gun buy back program in Miami starting January 19th.
Credit Arianna Prothero

On the one month anniversary of the Newtown, CT school shooting, mayors across South Florida and the country called for stricter gun regulations on Monday. Among them was Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

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Sun Life Stadium
3:05 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Dolphins Unveil Stadium Renovation Plan; Taxpayers' Half Would Come To $200 Million

$400 MILLION STADIUM PLAN: Modular seating is one of the features of the Sun Life Stadium renovation plan. The team wants public funding for half of that.
Miami Dolphins

New seating, new scoreboards and shelter for the fans from the sun and rain.

That's how Miami Dolphins majority owner Stephen Ross envisions Sun Life Stadium after a $400 million renovation for which he hopes the taxpayers will pay half.

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Florida Perspective
2:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Key West: A Complete View From The Edge

BEGINNING AT THE END: A coffee break leads to a new way to consider the Florida Keys.
Credit Daniel Rivero

I had set out to find a real cafè con leche during the half-hour break in the Key West Literary Seminar, and the task proved to be more difficult than anticipated. As I sat on the curb at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming, sweating and sipping my reward, I spotted a family walking my way.

They were obviously tourists, probably from the Midwest and looked fresh off the cruise ship.

The couple was about to pass me when the wife noticed the sign on the nearest pole, directly in front of me. "It read ‘Begin US1. Mile 0."

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Sun Life Stadium
7:41 am
Mon January 14, 2013

We're Not The Marlins, Dolphins Say, But We Do Need Tax Money For Our Stadium

NEEDS WORK: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants a partial roof and reconfigured seating at Sun Life Stadium and he wants taxpayers to fund some of the renovations.
Credit Wikimedia

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has an appointment with reporters today to discuss his plans to go after public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

The cost estimate is $400 million, says the Miami Herald, some of which Ross apparently hopes to raise from state and local government sources.

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Environment
6:47 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Fearing Underwater 'Silent Spring,' NOAA Seeks Public Comment On Coral Decline

Credit FlickR/mattk1979

Corals are not as visible as panthers, manatees or dolphins.  But scientists say they deserve just as much protection -- and respect -- as other animals beloved by Floridians. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed extending federal protection to 66 species of coral, including seven local species that scientists say are nearing extinction.

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Haiti
8:01 am
Fri January 11, 2013

On The Anniversary Of The Haiti Earthquake: Has The Diaspora 'Checked Out?'

Jacqueline Charles
Credit Twitter

It's been three years since an earthquake leveled Port au Prince and shook all of us indirectly in South Florida, home to the nation's largest population of Haitian-Americans.

Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles remembers January 12, 2010, well.

That day, Charles was in the process of writing a story about Haiti's latest mess, a controversy over the government taking a loan from Venezuela to help the country rebuild an airport.

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Florida Everglades
7:43 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Now, It's Personal: Sen. Bill Nelson Headed To The 'Glades To Hunt Enemy Pythons

WATCH OUT, SNAKE: Sen. Bill Nelson will be packing a pistol and a machete when he joins the Everglades python hunt.

The big Everglades python hunt starts Saturday and, so far, 670 people have signed up for the fun and a chance at cash prizes.

Among them is our intrepid U. S. Senator, Bill Nelson. He and a companion -- described in the Tampa Bay Times as a "rancher from Davie" -- will strap on pistols and machetes on Thursday  to go after the huge Burmese pythons that Nelson has  worried so much about, occasionally to the amusement of his Senate colleagues.

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Gun Policy
7:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Appeals Court: Union Leader Can Take Gun To Work

Florida law allows people to carry concealed guns at work, even without a permit.
Credit Fear and Loading/flickr

An appeals court says a South Florida union leader can have a gun at work, even without a concealed-weapons permit.

This case revolves around whether a union is considered a “place of business.”

State law allows people to have guns at work even if they don’t have a permit.

But Torrence Little was arrested anyway.

In June of 2011, someone reported a man with a gun in a union hall parking lot in Ft. Lauderdale.

Little had a gun in his waistband under his shirt. Police took him into custody on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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Health
9:50 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida's A 'High Activity' Flu Area, CDC Says; How You Can Protect Yourself And Others

SEASONAL MISERY: Five percent of Florida hospital admissions are flu cases.
Credit CBS

Flu season has begun with a bang and more than half the states, including Florida, have been classified "high" activity areas by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control.

It's worse than usual, doctors say.

The Miami Herald says five percent of Florida emergency room and clinic visits are by patients with flu symptoms. Two Florida children have died and the last time the state saw such widespread flu was in 2009.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part IV
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

After The Haiti Earthquake, Fabienne Jean Dances Again

Fabienne Jean sits at home with her prosthetic leg propped up.
Credit Nick Kozak

 

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.

He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start  a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio. 

But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter. 

In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now. 

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Media
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Questioning Newtown: FAU Professor Takes Scorn To Suggest Government Faked The Story

SOLE SOURCE: For a brief time after the Newtown school shootings, the only information was given out in official news conferences.
Credit AP

In the national media today, James Tracy is the nutty professor. The whacko professor. The one-man argument for abolishing tenure.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part III
6:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Slideshow: Fabienne Jean, Three Years After The Haiti Earthquake

Fabienne Jean sits contemplative at home.
Nick Kozak

All week long we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago this month. 

A prosthetic technician from Boston heard her story and fitted Fabienne with a fake leg. He tried to help Fabienne recover in other ways too. He hatched plans to help her start her business, buy a house and open a dance studio to raise money for Haitian amputees. 

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, Fabienne's recovery has been a slow, frustrating process. 

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Why Wading Birds Are Getting A Little Less Busy In The Everglades

Nesting numbers of wading birds are considered an important measure of the health of the overall system.
Credit Vlabed/Flickr

Breeding numbers were down for some bird species for the third straight year in a row in the Everglades.

Nesting numbers for wading birds fell by 38 percent compared to the past decade. That's according to an annual survey compiled by the South Florida Water Management District.

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