Miami http://wlrn.org en The Importance Of A Name In South Florida Politics http://wlrn.org/post/importance-name-south-florida-politics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Going into your family's profession probably gives you an advantage over the average&nbsp;newbie: you know the ins and outs, have connections in the industry, and maybe even got some on-the-job experience.&nbsp;The same advantage holds true for elected office.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:00:43 +0000 Elaine Chen 31732 at http://wlrn.org The Importance Of A Name In South Florida Politics Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley http://wlrn.org/post/why-miamis-tech-scene-shouldnt-try-compete-silicon-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot of people have been throwing a lot of cold water lately on the notion of Miami as a high-tech “Silicon Beach.”</span></p><p>Even Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine this year called it “the dumbest idea in the world.”</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:21:37 +0000 Tim Padgett 31548 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley The Venetian Causeway Is Falling Apart http://wlrn.org/post/venetian-causeway-falling-apart <p></p><p>The Venetian Causeway is falling down. Crumbling, at least.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:22:50 +0000 Kenny Malone 30909 at http://wlrn.org The Venetian Causeway Is Falling Apart Miami Shedding Its Tabloid Image, Gaining Int'l Respect – At Least In The Legal World http://wlrn.org/post/miami-shedding-its-tabloid-image-gaining-intl-respect-least-legal-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s never a shortage of unusual legal proceedings in Miami. It’s just that very few of them ever enhance the city’s image, as last month’s court hearings on Justin Bieber’s genitalia so charmingly reminded us.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:40:12 +0000 Tim Padgett 30469 at http://wlrn.org Miami Shedding Its Tabloid Image, Gaining Int'l Respect – At Least In The Legal World Churchill's Pub Owner Closes Sale And Local Punks Speculate http://wlrn.org/post/churchills-pub-owner-closes-sale-and-local-punks-speculate <p>Dave Daniels has lived on-site at his Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti since it opened in 1979. This Monday, his colleague Mr. C announced Daniels finalized a deal to sell what I call Miami's local CBGB.</p><p>Last time I interviewed Dave Daniels, he made comments about his pub's kitchen renovations and the pleasantness of a young woman's company, and in between he talked about the local bands his stage helped bolster and the local journalists whose write-ups had done them justice.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:36:31 +0000 Maria Murriel 30491 at http://wlrn.org Churchill's Pub Owner Closes Sale And Local Punks Speculate Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/memo-doralzuelans-barrio-visits-are-more-effective-witch-hunts <p></p><p>Of all the on-scene reporting from the deadly anti-government protests in Venezuela, Frank Bajak of the Associated Press may have written one of the most<strong> <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/venezuelan-student-protesters-seek-woo-poor">important pieces</a></strong>&nbsp;this week – and it didn’t involve tear gas or street barricades.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:11:31 +0000 Tim Padgett 29545 at http://wlrn.org Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-history-professor-dr-paul-george <div></div><div>03/17/14 - Today on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> we visit noted historian <strong><a href="http://www.historymiami.org/tours/">Dr. Paul George</a>&nbsp;</strong>of <strong><a href="http://historymiami.org">History Miami</a></strong>. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 29335 at http://wlrn.org South Florida History with Professor Dr. Paul George How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts http://wlrn.org/post/how-doral-woman-became-victim-anti-chavista-witch-hunts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pietra </span>Diwan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes pride in the master’s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.</span></p><p>As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. That’s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:29:04 +0000 Tim Padgett 29078 at http://wlrn.org How A Doral Woman Became A Victim Of Anti-Chavista Witch Hunts This Is What It Sounds Like When You Put Miami Babies On A Pile Of Snow http://wlrn.org/post/what-it-sounds-when-you-put-miami-babies-pile-snow <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">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.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:58:51 +0000 Elaine Chen 28405 at http://wlrn.org This Is What It Sounds Like When You Put Miami Babies On A Pile Of Snow Chocolate And Chávez: Valentine's Day Confronts Venezuela's Strife http://wlrn.org/post/chocolate-and-ch-vez-valentines-day-confronts-venezuelas-strife <p></p><p>Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. Big deal. This is Valentine’s week, when cocoa matters more than crude – and what’s important is that Venezuela produces the world’s best chocolate.</p><p>Problem is, will politics soon drag down Venezuela’s <em>cacao</em> (cocoa) industry the way it’s reduced the country’s oil output? On Feb. 14, at least, that’s a worrisome question, especially inside gourmet chocolate shops like Romanicos.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:10:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 27771 at http://wlrn.org Chocolate And Chávez: Valentine's Day Confronts Venezuela's Strife Here Is Tonight's Critical Mass Map And Info http://wlrn.org/post/here-tonights-critical-mass-map-and-info <p>Commuters beware: <a href="http://www.themiamibikescene.com/2014/01/miami-critical-mass-friday-january-31st.html">Critical Mass Miami</a> will hold its monthly bike ride throughout the city tonight.&nbsp;</p><p>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&nbsp;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.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:16:56 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 27259 at http://wlrn.org Here Is Tonight's Critical Mass Map And Info Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal http://wlrn.org/post/liza-minnelli-coral-gables-museum-singersongwriter-mickey-carroll-miami-arts-cal <p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Ed Bell & Paul Leary 26809 at http://wlrn.org Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students http://wlrn.org/post/entrepeneur-brings-tech-education-minority-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;started the program <a href="http://codefevermiami.com" target="_blank">Code Fever</a> last year to reach that goal.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 26627 at http://wlrn.org Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students 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? Miami Immigration Conference Presses On, Reform Or Not http://wlrn.org/post/miami-immigration-conference-presses-reform-or-not <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: normal;">In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:14:52 +0000 Tim Padgett 23913 at http://wlrn.org Miami Immigration Conference Presses On, Reform Or Not