This Miami Life http://wlrn.org en Woman Who Killed Grandmother Finds Poetry In Prison http://wlrn.org/post/woman-who-killed-grandmother-finds-poetry-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In her dark poetry, Alma Rosa </span>Maseda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explores the jagged emotions of her troubled teen years, a creeping sense of loneliness and isolation — and a burst of seemingly inexplicable violence.</span></p><p>Just some of the details of her past — drugs, gangs, mental illness — would weave a complex, painful narrative. But Maseda’s life plumbed depths few young women ever reach.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:10:30 +0000 David Ovalle 32478 at http://wlrn.org Woman Who Killed Grandmother Finds Poetry In Prison How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-wants-revitalize-downtown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine sipping an iced cappuccino on Flagler Street beneath a lush shade tree, next to the very road that really kicked off Miami.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Or meandering through a long, lazy park inserted in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the InterContinental Miami Hotel and Resort.</span></p><p>Not possible, you say?</p><p>Quite possible, says Javier Betancourt, the Deputy Directory of the <a href="http://www.miamidda.com/">Miami Downtown Deve<span style="line-height: 1.5;">lopment&nbsp;Authority.</span></a></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:40:12 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 32427 at http://wlrn.org How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown 9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Old Miami Herald Building http://wlrn.org/post/9-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-old-miami-herald-building <p>It's been roughly one year since WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News staff left One Herald Plaza, the former Miami Herald building. 1HP will soon be demolished completely, but the building will always be rife with touching (and bizarre)&nbsp;memories.&nbsp;</p><p>This #FlashbackFriday, WLRN and Miami&nbsp;Herald reporters, editors and human resources staff take us back to their memories of&nbsp;1HP, with nine things you probably didn't know about the iconic building.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Editor's note: The eighth memory in this post contains a graphic, uncensored image.</em></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:50:50 +0000 Selima Hussain 31998 at http://wlrn.org 9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Old Miami Herald Building Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy http://wlrn.org/post/army-vets-become-fishermen-therapy <p>The trip begins with a high-speed ride on a black flats boat, deep into the wilderness of Sawgrass Recreational Park in Weston. The captain picks a spot, anchors and then digs into one of the boat’s many hidden compartments to select the bait, settling on two “wacky worms.”<br /><br />The two fishermen set up the fishing rods, crack a few jokes and talk about strategy — “When you feel him tug that line a couple times, point your rod right at him and hit him, hit him good.” They begin casting, looking for bass and anything else that might bite.<br /> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:57:17 +0000 Lance Dixon 31331 at http://wlrn.org Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy Why You Don't Get Speeding Tickets From Your SunPass (And Why @EvanBenn Owes Us) http://wlrn.org/post/why-you-dont-get-speeding-tickets-your-sunpass-and-why-evanbenn-owes-us <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Two weeks ago we brought you a story about</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">&nbsp;how the Florida Highway Patrol has been flooded with complaints about </span><a href="http://endoftheroad95.tumblr.com/post/75480081046/i-95s-narrow-shoulders-and-speeding-car Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:56:27 +0000 Kenny Malone 28004 at http://wlrn.org Why You Don't Get Speeding Tickets From Your SunPass (And Why @EvanBenn Owes Us) Dear Miami, Take The 'Chinese' Out Of 'Chinese New Year' http://wlrn.org/post/dear-miami-take-chinese-out-chinese-new-year <p></p><p></p><p> <title></title> </p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post. &nbsp;The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.</em></p><p>Happy New Year!</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:15:27 +0000 Ly Nguyen 27444 at http://wlrn.org Dear Miami, Take The 'Chinese' Out Of 'Chinese New Year' I-95 Has A Speed Limit!? http://wlrn.org/post/i-95-has-speed-limit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">I spent last Thursday, in the thick of afternoon rush hour, at the I-95 on-ramp just southwest of the </span>Arsht<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;"> Center. At around 4:30 p.m., the scene is one-half auto show, one-half salmon-spawning.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:50:17 +0000 Kenny Malone 26938 at http://wlrn.org I-95 Has A Speed Limit!? How A Book And A Brain Help Win Lotteries In Little Havana http://wlrn.org/post/how-book-and-brain-help-win-lotteries-little-havana <p>In Hialeah’s Power Food Supermarket, a lottery cashier named Isabel takes a pause between customers.<br /><br />In nine years working at the store, she has seen many hopeful people play the different Florida lottery games. The 1 in 10,000 chances of winning big with a Play 4 ticket might seem disheartening, but Isabel knows about a Cuban lottery superstition that ignores the statistics.<br /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Enrique Torres 26806 at http://wlrn.org How A Book And A Brain Help Win Lotteries In Little Havana Buses: The Future Of Transportation In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/buses-future-transportation-south-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">Behold the future, South Florida.</span></p><p class="p2" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"><span class="s1">Commuter Mary Hammett rides a transport module that zips down what many call “I-95.” It moves faster than most cars. Hammett relaxes in the back and pulls out her iPhone, which automatically logs in to the module’s WiFi network.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:58:39 +0000 Kenny Malone 26638 at http://wlrn.org Buses: The Future Of Transportation In South Florida Name That Tweet: What Is This Bird, Anyway? http://wlrn.org/post/name-tweet-what-bird-anyway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I didn’t see it at first.&nbsp;</span></p><p>I was just getting into my car in the WLRN parking lot when I heard the warbling.&nbsp; It seemed the bird song was carried along on the air in surround sound, with a resonance that my colleagues inside the building would envy.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25984 at http://wlrn.org Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz http://wlrn.org/post/do-you-sound-youre-south-florida-take-nyt-quiz <p>Our Miami talk is markedly different from the Southern drawls heard farther north in the state, but even within the four South Florida counties, twangs and tones are varied.</p><p>The New York Times this week released a dialect map to show its readers how their speech lines up with their hometowns. A quiz asks readers how they pronounce words like "caramel" and "aunt," and the answers generate a color coded map, which also highlights three of the cities whose residents speak most like the quiz taker.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:44 +0000 Maria Murriel 25594 at http://wlrn.org Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow http://wlrn.org/post/photos-how-south-florida-babies-react-snow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:</span></p><blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow&nbsp;is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.</em></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:57:44 +0000 Elaine Chen 25500 at http://wlrn.org PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow A Snowball's Chance in Hell: What Are The Odds Of A White Christmas In Miami? http://wlrn.org/post/snowballs-chance-hell-what-are-odds-white-christmas-miami <p><em>This story originally ran Dec. 21, 2012.</em></p><p></p><p>Once upon a time, snow fell in Miami.</p><p>Seems whenever the weather gets even moderately cold, someone somewhere in South Florida invokes Jan.&nbsp;19, 1977 -- the day it snowed in Miami.</p><p>Not only did the snow make front page news in The Miami Herald, the front page about snow made <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Miami-Herald-Front-Pages-1903-1983/dp/0810913437"><em>The Miami Herald Front Pages</em> book</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Arnold Markowitz wrote the day's story, the beginning of which reads as follows:</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:29:18 +0000 Kenny Malone 5251 at http://wlrn.org A Snowball's Chance in Hell: What Are The Odds Of A White Christmas In Miami? Cafe Pilon: From Door-To-Door Peddling To The American Dream http://wlrn.org/post/cafe-pilon-door-door-peddling-american-dream <p>Cuban coffee -- in white styrofoam containers, its brown liquid leaking through the lid, accompanied by tall stacks of thimble-like cups -- is everywhere in Miami.<br /><br />If you talk to the drinkers at small cafeteria windows called "ventanitas," the older Cubans will say you’re not Cuban if you don’t drink the coffee. To round out the traditional Cuban look, they pair a cup with a white guayabera button-down shirt.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23242 at http://wlrn.org Cafe Pilon: From Door-To-Door Peddling To The American Dream A Wild Frontier In West Kendall http://wlrn.org/post/wild-frontier-west-kendall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southwest </span>132nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue was on the edge of Miami in 1972, when </span>Marily<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reyes and her husband Frank moved into their new home just south of Bird Road. Their view across the narrow avenue was elephant grass for six long years.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Coburn 23006 at http://wlrn.org A Wild Frontier In West Kendall