News http://wlrn.org en How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning http://wlrn.org/post/how-mosquitoes-helped-bring-world-air-conditioning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer in the South can be unbearable without air conditioning. That’s why folks like Sam Hancock stay busy. He’s tuning up an air conditioner at a home in Tallahassee, and it’s very hot.</span></p><p>“Most days it is. Attics are the worst,” says Hancock, a service technician with Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning. He’s among the more than 300,000 people in the United States employed in the industry.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:46:54 +0000 Gina Jordan 36214 at http://wlrn.org How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups http://wlrn.org/post/pollsters-say-medical-marijuana-support-runs-high-most-florida-demographic-groups <p>If the latest poll is believable, nearly nine out of 10 Floridians are prepared to vote "yes" on the medical marijuana Amendment 2 in November.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinnipiac pollsters in Florida surveyed 1,251 registered voters on the medical marijuana question. The result? Overwhelming support: about 88 percent in favor. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters younger than 30 were the most enthusiastic, with 95 percent in favor. Voters older than 65 were the least supportive -- but, even there, the yeses were 83 percent of the total.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:30:03 +0000 Rick Stone 36287 at http://wlrn.org Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups Cruise Passengers Call For Regulation, Industry Disagrees http://wlrn.org/post/cruise-passengers-call-regulation-industry-disagrees <p>A bill that would lead to better protections for cruise passengers has yet to move forward in Congress.</p><p>Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on cruise passenger safety. The hearing was called by committee chairman and senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia, who sponsored the Cruise Passenger Protection Act.&nbsp;</p><p>At the hearing, lawyer and International Cruise Victims Association board member Philip Gerson testified. He is the legal representative of a 15-year-old victim of rape on a cruise ship.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:03:19 +0000 Carla Javier 36215 at http://wlrn.org Cruise Passengers Call For Regulation, Industry Disagrees Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-circuit-judge-rules-favor-gay-marriage <p>Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed.&nbsp;</p><p>In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."</p><p>Zabel&nbsp;ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed.&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:55:51 +0000 Carla Javier 36181 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage Critical Mass Tonight In Miami and Fort Lauderdale http://wlrn.org/post/critical-mass-tonight-miami-and-fort-lauderdale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's that time of the month again.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, the Critical </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mass swarm&nbsp;of bicycles share the road with cars&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Miami and Fort Lauderdale</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The event usually happens at the end of every month -- to represent the <a href="http://www.themiamibikescene.com/2014/07/friday-july-25th-630pm-ride-starts-at.html">Miami Bike Scene</a>&nbsp;in Miami and to inspire road sharing.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:16 +0000 Selima Hussain 36148 at http://wlrn.org Critical Mass Tonight In Miami and Fort Lauderdale Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale http://wlrn.org/post/miami-seaquarium-fined-no-barrier-between-trainers-and-killer-whale-0 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Miami </span>Seaquarium<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:04 +0000 Julia Duba 36149 at http://wlrn.org Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-be-discussed-symposium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The impact of sea-level rise on South Florida will be the topic of discussion at the </span><a href="http://www.artmarshall.org/portal/sea-level-rise-symposium#.U9FSmo1dU9U" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Second Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Friday.</span></p><p>Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:57:06 +0000 Nadege Green 36089 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training http://wlrn.org/post/programs-offers-inner-city-youths-professional-field-training <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://urgentinc.org/drupal/?q=content/about-us" target="_blank">FACE</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.</span></p><p>The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:48:09 +0000 Wilson Sayre 36040 at http://wlrn.org Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting http://wlrn.org/post/taxpayers-saddled-miami-dade-police-settlement-botched-sting <p>Miami-Dade County taxpayers are most likely on the hook for settlement payments in a county police sting operation where three alleged home invasion robbers were killed, along with the confidential police informant working with the department.</p><p>It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and <a href="http://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/County-Agrees-to-Pay-600k-for-Deaths-in-Botched-Miami-Dade-Police-Sting-267103161.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_MIBrand" target="_blank">NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation</a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:33 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 35989 at http://wlrn.org Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting Hear From Children Seeking Refuge In Miami From Violence Below The Border http://wlrn.org/post/hear-children-seeking-refuge-miami-violence-below-border <p>As tens of thousands children from Central America have been fleeing for the United States, U.S. society is trying to figure out how to deal with the crisis -- at many different levels.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:59:41 +0000 WLRN Staff & Miami Herald Staff 36057 at http://wlrn.org Hear From Children Seeking Refuge In Miami From Violence Below The Border Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys http://wlrn.org/post/same-sex-couples-still-will-not-marry-keys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.</span></p><p>Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long"> last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry</a>. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Nancy Klingener 36055 at http://wlrn.org Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys First Responders And Safety Advocates Raise Awareness of Child Deaths By Heatstroke In Cars http://wlrn.org/post/first-responders-and-safety-advocates-raise-awareness-child-deaths-heatstroke-cars <p><a href="http://www.ggweather.com/heat/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">According to research at San Francisco State University,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Florida is second in the nation in child deaths from heatstrokes in hot cars.</span></p><p>Reggie McKinnon lives in Cape Coral. He lost his daughter Payton to heatstroke in March 2010 after he left her in his car.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:41:38 +0000 Carla Javier 35985 at http://wlrn.org First Responders And Safety Advocates Raise Awareness of Child Deaths By Heatstroke In Cars Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo http://wlrn.org/post/dueling-appeals-court-decisions-leave-obamacare-subsidies-limbo <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia;">Some<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Obamacare<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>insurance subsidies were struck down by one court but upheld by another during a tumultuous day for the Affordable Care Act. One of&nbsp;the rulings is a direct threat to the tax credits that have recently helped thousands of Floridians buy health insurance.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:13 +0000 Rick Stone 35978 at http://wlrn.org Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change http://wlrn.org/post/scientist-governor-stop-spreading-doubt-about-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying </span><a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/05/rick-scott-wont-say-if-he-thinks-man-made-climate-change-is-real-significant.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"I'm not a scientist"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:31:03 +0000 Gina Jordan 35947 at http://wlrn.org Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change Peace Is Common Denominator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests http://wlrn.org/post/peace-common-denominator-local-palestine-and-israel-protests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians and concerned citizens gathered in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale to protest for peace in the Gaza Strip.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And on Sunday, thousands of Israelis and concerned citizens gathered in front of New World Symphony in Miami Beach -- to protest for peace in Israel.&nbsp;</p><p>While the protesters differed in ideas of how the&nbsp;Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be handled, both sides wanted to see one thing: p<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eace.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:40:32 +0000 Selima Hussain 35902 at http://wlrn.org Peace Is Common Denominator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests