10:41 am
Thu October 25, 2012

"It Would Have Been A Total Holocaust"

Henry Mack as he appeared as Army commander of Nike Hercules Missile Base in 1962
Dr. Henry Mack

Fifty years ago we came within a pushed-button of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. 

Dr. Henry Mack, IV remembers it well. 

The 81-year-old resident of Sunrise, Florida was one of those with a finger on that button during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Dr. Mack was an Army officer back then, commanding a Nike Missile base in Carleton, Michigan and an order away from launching a nuclear warhead. "It was probably the most challenging assignment that I had in my 20 years of service; knowing that I could be the single individual that started World War III."

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8:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Newscast: Miami Voters Run Into Trouble

While election day is November 6, a lot of people in Florida have already voted.
Credit Samantha Celera / Flickr/Creative Commons

Some Miami-Dade voters have had problems casting absentee ballots in person in Doral, and Miami Congressman David Rivera is accused of ethics violations.

We run down these stories and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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7:12 am
Thu October 25, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sandy Strikes in Cuba, Jamaica

South Florida may feel the effects of Sandy tonight.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba overnight, and the storm is blamed for one death on the island and another in Jamaica.

Find out how the system could affect South Florida in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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6:59 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Congressman Hit With 11 Ethics Charges

The state ethics commission claims Congressman Rivera misused campaign funds and falsified disclosure forms among other allegations.
US House of Representatives

All of the misconduct alleged by the commission supposedly occurred while Rivera was a state legislator. In a statement , Rivera denied the charges and accused the Ethics Commission of political motivations.

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Hurricane Season
11:55 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Sandy Is Now A Hurricane

Sandy became a hurricane this morning, the 10th of this active season, as it approached Jamaica. A tropical storm watch continues in Florida from the Keys north to the Brevard-Volusia county line. South Florida is not in the cone, but it can expect wind and rain Thursday though Saturday. Here's the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

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8:36 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Newscast: Major Kudos For Miami-Dade Schools

The district had been a five-time finalist for the Broad Prize before winning it this year.
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The Miami-Dade school district has received one of the most prestigious national education awards.

The Broad Prize is considered the top award in public education.

Listen to WLRN Miami Herald News to find out what made the district stand out among schools from all over the country.

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6:52 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NEWSCAST: Parts Of South Florida Under Tropical Storm Watch

South Florida could feel the effects of Sandy as early as Thursday afternoon.
National Weather Service

A tropical storm watch is in effect from the Upper Keys north to Jupiter Inlet.

Find out where Tropical Storm Sandy is now and what to expect this weekend in WLRN Miami Herald News.

6:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lynn University Debate Through Voters' Eyes

What's Red and White and Blue All Over? Lynn University.
Lynn University

And now, on the other side of a pretty prestigious political night for South Florida - one last look at the Presidential debate at Lynn University.  Kenny Malone was onsite at Lynn University and wanted to watch the debate through the eyes of the Florida voter. 

5:01 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida License Plate Proposal Delayed After Outcry From Tax Collectors

Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy

The redesign of Florida license plates is on hold.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants new license plates that are easier for toll booth cameras and red light cameras to read.

But the agency withdrew its request for approval by the Florida Cabinet Tuesday.

The DMV is tweaking the plan in part because of concerns by county  tax collectors that private companies will be hired to issue the new plates.

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8:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Newscast: T.S. Sandy Could Bring South Florida High Winds

South Florida could be dealing with some rough surf by the weekend.
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Tropical Storm Sandy is still south of Jamaica, but forecasters say South Florida could be feeling the effects of this system by the weekend.

Listen to WLRN Miami Herald News for more on how this storm could affect the region as well as Jamaica and Cuba. 

7:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Ex-City Official, Alleged Cronies Charged In Miami Beach City Hall Bid-Rigging Case

Suspects: From the tip, Lopez, Landrin and Lopez's wife, Maria Pineda. Investigators say she financed a Mercedes with corrupt money.
Credit Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

Miami-Dade prosecutors say Gus Lopez knew what others were bidding for city contracts in Miami Beach and he sold the information to help competitors submit lower and winning bids.

A former city procurement director, Lopez and business partner Pierre Landrin Jr., are accused of racketeering and unlawful compensation. Lopez' lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated.

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7:16 am
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Presidential Debate Gives Boca A Boost

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke to WLRN after the debate.
US Senate Official Photo

Last night's presidential debate was a boon for Boca Raton, and Florida's freshman Senator Marco Rubio is advocating changes to the decades-old Cuban Adjustment Act.

WLRN Miami Herald News has details on these stories and more.

President Obama In Delray Beach
7:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Crowd Gathers In Delray For Obama Rally

Entrepreneur Under The Lights: The gathering crowd of Obama supporters is a market for cool t-shirts. The president speaks at 10:15.
Christine DiMattei

T-shirt vendors and extremely committed Obama supporters have been lining up since before dawn at the Delray Beach Tennis Center for a rally with the president that's scheduled to begin at 10:15 a. m. For everybody else, the big post-debate story this morning will be traffic. Police are advising drivers to avoid West Atlantic Avenue near the Tennis Center and public transit commuters should be ready for today-only changes on routes 1, 70, 80 and 81.

7:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

#LynnDebate 2012: WLRN Live Blog

Media room at Lynn University's gym.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News is live-blogging from Lynn University, the site of the last presidential debate here in Boca Raton. You can check back here at for highlights and updates.

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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