6:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

160 Florida Men Named In Boy Scouts' Documents Stemming From Sex Abuse Case

Boy Scouts' 'Pervision Files' Released.

At least 160 Florida men are on the list of  1,247 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing young scouts from the years between 19-65 and 19-85.

The information comes out of a lawsuit filed in Oregon by a firm that won an $18 million dollar judgment against the Boy Scouts two years ago.

Oregon Public Radio also pressed for the release of the documents.

Lawyers in that case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations by flagging them as "ineligible to volunteer."

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Boy Scout Sex Abuse
3:58 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Scores Of Floridians Named In Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

Perversion Files: Accusations are laid out in 20,000 documents.

The Boy Scouts' "perversion files" have been released and the names of at least 160 Floridians are among the 1,000 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing Boy Scouts between 1965 and 1985.

Lawyers involved in the case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations but never reported them to authorities.  Many were flagged as "ineligible to volunteer." 

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Week After Latest Death Rumors, Cubans Get Letter From Fidel Castro

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in March, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Havana.
L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:19 am

One week after the latest rumors of his death, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has emerged — sort of — in a letter he's said to have written.

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8:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay is one of hundreds around the country planning to take part in this event.
Laura Coburn

After the final vote is cast next month, the country may be in need of some healing and reconciliation.

That's the idea behind Election Day Communion.

Hundreds of churches across the country will be holding services election night and serving communion including one in South Florida.

Reverend Spencer Potter is the rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay.

He says the service will be a time for the whole congregation to unite.

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7:31 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Newscast: 500,000 Votes Already Cast in Florida

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As the debates and rhetoric continue this election season, more than half a million Floridians have already had their say through absentee voting.

You can hear that story and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.


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6:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Nelson, Mack Tangle In Debate

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Connie Mack had a testy debate marked by personal attacks.
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Florida's US Senate candidates squared off in their one and only debate Wednesday night in Davie.

Hear what was said between Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Connie Mack in WLRN-Miami Herald News.

6:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Obama Campaign Memo Claims Victory In Voter Numbers

Obama Campaign Says New Voter Numbers Have Grown
Luke Sharrett

Debate performances aside, President Barack Obama is already claiming a "ground game" victory in Florida.

His campaign has sent out a memo touting gains made in voter registration and absentee voting numbers compared to four years ago

It also points out that the campaign never left Florida after the 2008 win over John McCain, and has trained 20-thousand people to register voters.

The campaign also says voter registration among black and Hispanic voters has increased substantially since the last election.

Mosquito Birth Control
5:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Key West Gets A Step Closer To Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Experiment

The FDA has signed on to partner a study that would introduce genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West.
Eli Christman/ Flickr

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to work with a British company looking to test out genetically-modified mosquitoes in the U.S.

British biotechnology company Oxitec Ltd has been waiting for a U.S. federal agency to sign on as a partner so they could test out these altered mosquitoes in Key West.

In the past few years, Key West has had a problem with mosquitoes in the area spreading Dengue-- but Oxitec thinks they can kill off a large part of this mosquito population with their altered mosquitoes.

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2:16 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

USAID Head Talks About Haiti

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID

The head of the United States Agency for International Development was in South Florida to speak to Florida International University students about possible volunteer service with the government organization.

Rajiv Shah  stopped by the WLRN-Miami Herald studios and spoke at length about his agency’s work in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

“I’m very confident that Haiti will emerge a stronger and more resilient country."

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Meningitis Outbreak
10:24 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Federal Investigators Search Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 7:42 pm

"The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts on Tuesday said federal agents raided the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people and sickened more than 200 others," Reuters writes.

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9:03 am
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions

The new travel rules go into effect next year.
Neil Wilkie Flickr/Creative Commons

Cuba is changing the rules regarding how its citizens travel abroad.

What was behind the move, and will it matter for those looking to leave the island?

Get an in-depth look in WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Superbowl In Miami
7:52 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A 2016 Miami Super Bowl May Depend On A $225M Facelift For Sun Life Stadium

Super Bowl XLI, Feb. 4, 2007 in Miami. It rained.
Credit Chris Vicente on flickr

Miami is a finalist for Super Bowls in 2016 an 2017. Only problem: There are other finalists - San Francisco and Houston - and each has a younger, better-looking and better-equipped stadium. The possibility of hosting the big game, the Miami Herald reports today, may put some steam behind a drive for taxpayer-funded renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

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7:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida In The Running for Super Bowl 50

The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts met in Super Bowl XLI which was held in South Florida in 2007.
M. Kirch Flickr/Creative Commons

Is South Florida Super Bowl ready?

The region is a finalist to host the big game, but what will it take to secure that bid?

We explore that issue and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

Foreclosure Settlement
8:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Foreclosure Settlement Will Rain Checks On Thousands In South Florida

Sign Of Anger: Banks are finally settling with people who lost their homes to sometimes questionable foreclosure methods.
Credit SEIU International

There's been a big consumer protection settlement for people who lost their homes to foreclosure and checks could be on the way early next year. Did you lose your home to foreclosure? And was your mortgage serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo?  The Sun-Sentinel is reporting you may be eligible for a $2,000 check.

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7:39 am
Tue October 16, 2012

NEWSCAST: Body Found In Rubble of Miami Dade College Garage Collapse

The garage collapse at Miami Dade College's West Campus happened a week ago.
Gregory A. Castillo

Nearly a week after the garage collapse in Doral, it appears that the final victim has been located.

And in other Miami Dade news, health officials are investigating the death of a high school senior from meningitis.

These stories and more on WLRN Miami Herald News.