Cuban Missile Crisis
4:50 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

How Kennedy Stepped Back From The Brink Of War

Kennedy with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Jan. 15, 1962.
Cecil Stoughton White House Photographs/JFK Library and Museum, Boston

Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 5:07 pm

Fifty years ago, the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war.

On Oct. 16, 1962, the national security adviser handed President John F. Kennedy black-and-white photos of Cuba taken by an American spy plane. Kennedy asked what he was looking at. He was told it was Soviet missile construction.

The sites were close enough — just 90 miles from the U.S. — and the missiles launched from there could reach major American cities in mere minutes.

The Cold War was heating up to a near-boiling point.

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6:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Construction Firm Owner Says Crane Hit Garage

Miami Dade College Doral parking garage
Gregory A. Castillo

There is at least the first possibility of an explanation into why that five-story section of parking garage collapsed at the Miami-Dade College West Campus in Doral. It was hit with a crane two days before. That's coming directly from the owner of the construction company building the garage complex. Bill Byrne is the President and CEO of Ajax Building Corporation and says the crane struck a garage column in the outer portion of the building, but did not say if the impact happened in the quadrant that collapsed.  He also says inspectors checked the building and crane after it happened and

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Fidel Castro
5:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Fidel Castro Death Rumors Are A Familiar Story

Rumors are circulating that Fidel Castro has died, which is all too familiar.

Social media has been abuzz today with rumors that Fidel Castro might be dead. As The Miami Herald reports:

Rumors of the retired leader’s alleged passing had been circulating online since Sunday, when Castro did not congratulate Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez on winning reelection.

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Secret Service Scandal
2:38 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Secret Service Agent Found Passed Out On Sidewalk In Miami

A Secret Service agent was found passed out drunk this morning in Miami.
Ricardo Liberato/Flickr

A U.S. Secret Service agent enjoyed Miami a little too much last night.

Aaron Francis Engler, a Secret Service agent, was found passed out drunk on a sidewalk near Brickell Avenue and 7th in Miami today.

Engler was in Miami because President Obama was in town for the campaign. He gave a big speech at the University of Miami and help a fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott.

CBS 4 reports,

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1:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

MDC Doral Campus Was Growing Fast Before Garage Collapse

MDC in Doral had a huge increase in enrollment in the past few years, which is why the school had to spend $22 million on a new parking garage.
Parker Michael Knight/Flickr

Leading up to this week's fatal parking garage collapse, the Miami Dade College Doral campus was experiencing a massive enrollment boom, which is why the school was spending more than $22 million dollars on a parking garage in the first place.

According to The Miami Herald,

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Quarterback Queen
9:46 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Erin DiMeglio's Big Year: South Plantation High Quarterback Is Also Homecoming Queen

Homecoming queen Erin DiMeglio in her other role
Marisa Latzman
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman met Erin Dimeglio and produced this profile.

It's hard to imagine a more completely successful senior year. Here’s Christy Cabrera Chirinos' story in the Sun-Sentinel about how 17-year-old Erin DiMeglio got her homecoming tiara...during halftime. Click the Listen link to hear Phil Latzman's profile of the groundbreaking athlete.

From dreaming of touchdown passes to…sporting a tiara?

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Housing Crisis
7:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST - Florida Leads The Nation In Foreclosures

Florida is at the top or near it in two different categories in the news this week.

But no one is bragging about it.

The state now has a higher percentage of homes in foreclosure than any other state and comes in second for cases of investment fraud.

We explore both of these issues and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

Giant Eyeball
7:41 am
Fri October 12, 2012

'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

Quite a baby blue.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:41 am

Tell us you can resist clicking on this headline from Florida's Sun Sentinel:

"Huge Eyeball From Unknown Creature Washes Ashore On Florida Beach."

It's big, it's blue and the newspaper says "among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sent the eye off for study.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:03 am
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST - President Obama Visits University of Miami

President Obama speaks to supporters at the University of Miami.
Vivi Barros

President Obama campaigned at the University of Miami Thursday. We run down his visit, the latest poll numbers in the state and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

6:38 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: New Florida Poll Gives Romney 7 Point Lead

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
Photo: Roger Barone/TRNS

A new Mason-Dixon poll now shows G.O.P.

Broward Ranks First Among Florida Counties
5:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Florida Leads The U.S. In Foreclosures

Florida is number one when it comes to foreclosures. This is the first time since 2005 that Florida has held the top spot.

The rankings for September are based on figures released Thursday by RealtyTrac.

Within the state, Broward County has the highest percentage of homes going through the foreclosure process.

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Bad Ballots
4:32 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Shades Of 2000: Palm Beach County's Bad Ballots Mean Another Hand Count Election

2000: Lawyers and elections workers spent days squinting at Palm Beach County ballots, trying to determine who had voted for whom.
  • Barry Richard performs the robocall he sent to Palm Beach County absentee voters.

A misprint on 60,000 absentee ballots means vote-counting in Palm Beach County will be sort of special again this year.

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said each of those ballots will have to be examined, the intent of each voter discerned, and the vote transferred to a properly printed ballot so it can be read by a tabulation scanner.

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Construction Accidents
3:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

What Construction Accidents Say About South Florida's Economy

Construction accidents may mean South Florida's economy is picking up.
Toban Black/Flickr

A parking garage in Doral collapsed yesterday killing 3 construction workers, and severely injuring others.

Looking back at a history of construction accidents in the past six years, you will see that from 2006 to 2008, the region was seeing quite a bit of crane accidents, and other common construction accidents.

Jump to 2009... 2010.... 2011, it's gets a lot harder to find some.

So what happened?

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8:17 am
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: President Obama Back In Miami Today

President Barack Obama will appear at the University of Miami, this time for a campaign rally.
Sonya Herbert

For the second time in the past three weeks, President Barack Obama will appear at the University of Miami, this time for a campaign rally.  Floridians have already cast more than 76,000 ballots in the presidential election.  The campaigns for the President and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scrambling to reach out to 2 million other voters who have requested absentee ballots.

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Parking Garage Collapse
7:36 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Third Death Reported In Garage Collapse, Search Continues For Man Still Missing

photo: Gregory A. Castillo
Gregory A. Castillo

A third person has died after yesterday's collapse of an under-construction parking garage at the Doral campus of Miami Dade College.

Miami-Dade police identified the latest victim as 53-year-old Samuel Perez. He was pulled from the rubble early this morning. Also killed in the sudden collapse were Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60.  Another person is still missing.

Perez was the man whose legs had to be amputated so rescuers could get him to safety. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died today at 4 a. m.

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