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The End of the Road
4:46 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

How Much Do Free 95 Express Trips Cost The State?

Florida's future highway: express lanes but no free rides.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is finished with free trips in the fast lanes. The newly opened 595 Express and the planned 75 Express and Palmetto Express projects do not and will not include free rides for anyone.

But 95 Express, the first system of its kind in Florida, was the exception. Those lanes were created by converting high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes into toll lanes, so HOV toll exemptions were initially grandfathered in.

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Wildlife
9:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lobster Mini-Season Comes With Restrictions In The Keys

The two-day recreational mini-season for spiny lobster is hugely popular in the Keys, despite special restrictions along the island chain.
Credit Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The two-day spiny lobster sport season -- known as the mini-season -- is intended to give recreational lobster hunters a chance to  get their hands on the tasty crustaceans before commercial traps go in the water.

In practice it's become a hugely popular opening rush in the Florida Keys, where lobsters are usually plentiful.

This despite the fact that the Keys carry special restrictions during mini-season.

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Transportation
9:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Young Jewish Professionals Now Crowdsourcing Funds To Help Bubbies

Rachel Schapiro, (left) and Hinda Adle, (center) interview Rita Grossman, (right) at a JCS meal site on South Beach. Rachel, and Hinda, are part of a group of young professionals, called the Jewish Community Services Alliance, interviewing seniors. The group is hoping to raise $18,000 by September to receive a $165,000 grant from Florida's Department of Transportation.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

Rita Grossman’s lifeline to the outside world is a white mini-bus with big, blue letters that announce: Jewish Community Services of South Florida...Senior Ride.

“I don’t know what I would do without it,” said Grossman, 88, of Miami Beach. She points to her cane propped in the corner of a South Beach community center: “If I wanted to walk anywhere with that, I’d have to start at 8 a.m. and just keep going.”

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Internships
6:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A WLRN Intern?

Your local public radio station is on the hunt for fall interns. Interested? Here's the deal:

WLRN-Miami Herald News offers interns significant professional experience in a supportive environment. These are not coffee-making internships.

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Election
6:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie To Tour Breweries Statewide

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie on Tuesday announced a month-long, 30-city campaign tour of some of Florida's local breweries.

Wyllie for Governor campaign manager Danielle Alexandre says they chose to tour breweries because "the craft-beer industry had come under fire with legislators in Tallahassee."

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Arts
6:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Miami Artist Sues American Eagle Outfitters For Copyright Infringement

Credit David Anasagasti vs American Eagle Outfitters Inc

A popular Miami street artist is suing retail giant American Eagle Outfitters for using his murals in a global marketing campaign without compensating or crediting him.

Miami artist David Anasagasti, better known as Ahol Sniffs Glue, claims the retailer  used his artwork to sell its cut-off shorts and surfer T-shirts.

The artwork in question are the droopy eyeball-motif murals Anasagasti painted in Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

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Immigration
6:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Gang Violence Pushes Even The Prosperous To Flee Central America

Saira, 23, fled Honduras with her two children, ages 7 and 4, to Miami.
Credit Saira / Courtesy

The country is grappling with how to handle the influx of Central American children who have come to the United States over the past few months. And as Central America has become more and more violent, more families have been coming to South Florida too.

Over the last year more than 55,000 families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s almost six times more than the same time period a year ago.

Florida is one of the top five states receiving this influx of immigrants.

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News
5:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

FAU Calls On Techies And Entrepreneurs To Improve Cyber Security

The Technology Business Incubator is teaming up with the Center for Cryptology and Information Security to call develop programs with South Florida entrepreneurs.
Credit FAU

Florida Atlantic University has started a collaborative project to bring South Florida tech entrepreneurs' businesses to life.

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HistoryMiami
4:18 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Miami Stories: Grandaughter Recounts Day Trips With Abuela

Family photo taken after Olga's brother Henry’s First Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception Church. Pictured from left to right, her father Henry, mom- “Cuqui”, Grand Aunt Estelita, Maternal Grandmother Olga, Paternal Grandmother Abuela Nena (on which story is based), Olga in front of her and her two brothers Henry and Dave.

This story, as told by Olga Perez-Cormier, is part of an oral history series. 

It was always exciting when Abuela would tell me that she needed to go downtown for the day. This meant she had business to attend to at “El Refugio,” the Cuban Assistance Center. This also meant that we would do a little shopping. As a reward for helping her translate and get around, she would treat me to lunch at McCrory’s.

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News
6:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning

Dr. John Gorrie's ice machine is on display at John Gorrie Museum State Park in Apalachicola, FL.
Credit mamabird50/flickr

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.

“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.

“My father-in-law’s from Miami,” Hancock says. “He started me in this, trained me up hands-on, came up learning the trade and been doing it for 18 years now.”

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Arts
6:34 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

An Appreciation Of Film Composer Jerry Goldsmith

Composer Jerry Goldsmith doing what he loved best.

The late Jerry Goldsmith was one of the most gifted and versatile film composers of the 20th Century.

Here's an appreciation by Scott Eyman, author of the recent New York Times best-seller "John Wayne: The Life and Legend."

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Amendment Two
6:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups

GETTING WELL: Dorothy Short keeps symptoms at bay in this shot from the 1938 exploitation film "Reefer Madness." New polls show medical marijuana polling at around 88 percent with smaller majorities in favor of legal recreational pot.
Credit Reefer Madness/public domain

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.

Quinnipiac pollsters in Florida surveyed 1,251 registered voters on the medical marijuana question. The result? Overwhelming support: about 88 percent in favor.

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.

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Legislation
6:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cruise Passengers Call For Regulation, Industry Disagrees

The Cruise Lines International Association calls the Cruise Passenger Protection Act 'a solution in search of a problem.'
Credit Ines Hegedus-Garcia / Flickr.com

A bill that would lead to better protections for cruise passengers has yet to move forward in Congress.

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. 

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. 

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StateImpact Florida
5:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Algebra Project Teaches Miami Kids To Write Better Math Problems

Algebra Project founder Bob Moses.
Credit miller_center / Flickr

Fifty years ago Bob Moses organized volunteers to register voters in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer.

And for decades, Moses has been fighting for civil rights as an educator.

He won a MacArthur Genius Grant to develop a new way to teach algebra in largely low-income and minority schools.

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The End of the Road
6:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke

The fuel tax makes up 90 percent of the Highway Trust Fund.
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While state transportation departments around the country have been scrambling in anticipation of a potential Highway Trust Fund insolvency, Florida officials aren’t sweating quite yet.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund, which trickles down and helps pay for everything from highways to sidewalks, will run out of money in August. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would temporarily fix the problem.

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