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Medical Marijuana
7:41 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Miami Entrepreneurs Trained To Capitalize From Cannabis

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The Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) held a day-long seminar last weekend in Miami with the goal to train businesspeople on establishing legitimate, legal cannabis businesses.

According to the CCI's president Bob Calkin, entrepreneurs need to be ready if medical marijuana use is approved by voters in November.

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Apps and Activists
11:31 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hackathon For Cuba Developers Try To Free The Island's Internet

One of the competitors during his solo presentation to the judges.
Diego Saldana-Rojas WLRN

At LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend, local software developers and designers formed teams to compete for the best app that would give Cubans on the island uncensored Internet access, calling it the first ever “Cuba Hackathon.”

The event was organized by Roots of Hope, a network of young professionals working to “empower Cuba’s youth.”

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Art and Money
11:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style

C1's bathroom wallpaper has literally got some eyes on it.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

 A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based C1 Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.

It's the first financial institution to open the Wynwood Arts District of Miami -- the neighborhood better known for its street art than safety-deposit boxes.

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Links
10:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Jan. 27-31

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Modern-day slavery in Brazil, Bitcoin's rising popularity among South Florida merchants, rent spikes, human trafficking and a killer whale dominated the top stories this week.

Bitcoin in South Florida: Real Business Taking Virtual Money: Flower shops, burger joints and -yachts? The digital currency Bitcoin is gaining wider acceptance among merchants, including a few in South Florida.

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Riders On the Road
3:16 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Here Is Tonight's Critical Mass Map And Info

Commuters beware: Critical Mass Miami will hold its monthly bike ride throughout the city tonight. 

Riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Government Center downtown and the ride will end at The Filling Station Express on Northwest First Avenue. The 13-mile ride will pass through several neighborhoods, including Little Havana and the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. See the map below for the complete route.

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Human Trafficking
2:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

For Sex Slaves And Forced Laborers, Trafficking Trail Leads To South Florida

LIVES IN BONDAGE: According to best estimates, 27 million people are held in slavery around the world.
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A day-long conference on human trafficking at Broward College on Thursday was an opportunity for experts in the field to shift the emphasis back to the bigger part of the problem. Many of the victims are girls and women who are captured and forced into prostitution but three times as many become slave laborers and many of those wind up in South Florida.

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Tattoos Are Clues
7:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims

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The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012. It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended a fundraiser for Kristi House. Kristi House is the county's child-advocacy arm that focuses on getting help for sexually abused children. At the fundraiser was a young girl who once had been trafficked and exploited for sex. She described how she was be forced in and out of a

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Farm Bill
7:09 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly

One of the first U.S. food stamps.
Credit Library of Congress

The U.S. House of Representative voted Wednesday to approve a new farm bill after a two-year standoff. It cuts $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but the brunt of those cuts won’t be felt in South Florida.

The food stamp program accounts for almost 80 percent of the current farm bill. With pressure to reduce spending, it was inevitable that the program would be scaled back.

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Taxis
3:38 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

MIAMI HERALD: Taxi Tech Upgrades Coming To Miami-Dade County

Michael Cruz, of Lyfekloud, demonstrates virtual dispatch equipment installed in a taxicab outside Miami-Dade County Hall Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.

An overwhelming majority of county commissioners signed off Tuesday on sweeping legislation requiring all cabs to take credit cards and install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.

Drivers will have six months to install SunPass. Credit-card machines will be required in two years. GPS and backseat security cameras will be required in 30 months.

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Endeavor Miami
12:45 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

New Report Says Entrepreneurs Are Attracted To Miami

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Days after Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was quoted in the Washington Post saying his city would never become a tech hub, a small-business group released a report that says entrepreneurs are attracted to the Miami area.

RELATED: Tech CEOs Respond To Philip Levine

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Music & Culture
6:46 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Pete Seeger and Allen Aunapu in 1969.
Credit Christina Leps

Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.

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News
1:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca

Credit Animal Legal Defense Fund

For years, animal-rights activists have been trying to win freedom for the captive orca known to Miami Seaquarium audiences as “Lolita.”  A recent announcement by federal officials could be the first step.

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South Florida crimes
7:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Domestic Violence Or Human Trafficking? The State Is Just Learning To Tell

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, says she had never heard of any criminal cases involving human-trafficking victims in Miami.

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Digital Currency
7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

North American Bitcoin Conference Comes To Miami

Finance Professor Charles Evans speaks at the North American Bitcoin Conference
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Bitcoin users from around the world attended this year's North American Bitcoin Conference this past weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Moe Levin, who organized the conference, says attendance exceeded his expectations.

"I was expecting 800 people and now there are 1,200," Levin said. "It [was] a hugely successful Bitcoin conference."

Conference goers attended workshops held by Bitcoin-accepting and facilitating merchant vendors, like bitpay and 3DCart.  

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Links
2:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WLRN's Top Five Stories Jan. 20-24

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Among the stories you liked most this past week are a race between a car and a bus and a debate on the state of Miami Beach as a tech hub.

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