News http://wlrn.org en Peace is Common Demoninator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests http://wlrn.org/post/peace-common-demoninator-local-palestine-and-israel-protests-0 <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 Demoninator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-reaches-out-communities-affected-gang-violence <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">In Miami-Dade County, one organization is working to improve the quality of life for residents who live in neighborhoods affected by gang violence.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:33:39 +0000 Nadege Green 35900 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers http://wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-wants-job-training-teacher-internships-develop-stem-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.</span></p><p>He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.</p><p>“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 John O'Connor 35921 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy? http://wlrn.org/post/why-doesnt-sunshine-state-use-more-solar-energy <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and </span>18th<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> in actual installation.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:58:05 +0000 Julia Duba 35899 at http://wlrn.org Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy? Environmental Group Threatens To Sue Army Corps Of Engineers About Dredging Near Corals http://wlrn.org/post/environmental-group-threatens-sue-army-corps-engineers-about-dredging-near-corals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental non-profit organization <a href="http://http://www.scribd.com/doc/234248707/60-Day-Notice-Letter-07-16-14-FINAL" target="_blank">has filed a letter that says it may sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</a> &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biscayne Bay&nbsp;</span>Waterkeeper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Miami alleges the Army Corps violated the Endangered Species Act by not protecting coral reefs affected by dredging at PortMiami.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:33:51 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35885 at http://wlrn.org Environmental Group Threatens To Sue Army Corps Of Engineers About Dredging Near Corals What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards http://wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-year-watching-schools-prepare-floridas-new-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?</span></p><p>Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:35:51 +0000 John O'Connor 35831 at http://wlrn.org What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards Free Rides In 95 Express Lanes Coming To An End For Hybrid Drivers http://wlrn.org/post/free-rides-95-express-lanes-coming-end-hybrid-drivers <p>To be perfectly honest, Bobby Wells, a Harley-riding, python-owning Miami lawyer, doesn’t really like his Toyota Prius.<br /><br />But he does love that red and blue “95 Express” registration decal on the bottom left of his hybrid car’s windshield.<br /><br />“Yeah,” said Wells, “the reason I bought this car was to get that sticker.”<br /><br />I-95’s express lanes — where the price of admission ranges from 50 cents to $10.50 depending on traffic — are free to registered hybrids. But that’s not going to last forever.<br /> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:38:20 +0000 Kenny Malone 35809 at http://wlrn.org Free Rides In 95 Express Lanes Coming To An End For Hybrid Drivers Vaca Frita http://wlrn.org/post/vaca-frita <p></p><p>Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;">''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."</p><p>He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Si!"</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 35783 at http://wlrn.org Vaca Frita Vaca Frita http://wlrn.org/post/vaca-frita-0 <p></p><p>Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;">''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."</p><p>He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"</p><p style="margin-left:7.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Si!"</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 35784 at http://wlrn.org Vaca Frita Miami Shores Symbolic Gay Marriage Vote Fails http://wlrn.org/post/miami-shores-symbolic-gay-marriage-vote-fails <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week, a municipality in South Florida held a symbolic vote to show support for gay marriage.</span></p><p>That vote failed.</p><p>In a 3-to-2 vote, the Village of Miami Shores decided not to support a statewide law that would allow gays to marry anywhere in Florida.</p><p>Jesse Walters, vice mayor of Miami Shores, proposed the resolution at a recent council meeting.</p><p>"Frankly," he says, "I think it's a black eye for the village, it's an embarrassment. It's a town that has a lot of gay and lesbian people."</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:58:58 +0000 Nadege Green 35795 at http://wlrn.org Miami Shores Symbolic Gay Marriage Vote Fails Coral Gables Museum Celebrates History, Architecture And Community http://wlrn.org/post/coral-gables-museum-celebrates-history-architecture-and-community <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mission of the Coral Gables Museum is multifaceted, with a focus on community as well as art.&nbsp; Caroline </span>Breder-Watts<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recently spoke with Executive Director Christine </span>Rupp<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hear the interview here:</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:45:51 +0000 Caroline Breder-Watts 35794 at http://wlrn.org Coral Gables Museum Celebrates History, Architecture And Community Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag" http://wlrn.org/post/survey-concludes-miami-dades-treatment-homeless-mixed-bag <p>A new national report&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">found a general trend toward criminalizing the homeless, and criticized the laws of some areas in Florida. The report, published by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, looked at how municipalities treat the homeless.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It found more and more cities have banned activities like sleeping on sidewalks, sitting in public spaces or storing personal possessions outside.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:35:23 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35722 at http://wlrn.org Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag" Florida Roundup: Can Gays Marry In Monroe? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-can-gays-marry-monroe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the Florida Roundup, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;judge in the <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long">Keys overturns the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.</a> But an appeal by Florida Attorney General&nbsp;Pam Bondi calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the matter.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stefania Ferro 35778 at http://wlrn.org Florida Roundup: Can Gays Marry In Monroe? Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday’s Monroe County <strong>ruling</strong> declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:51:05 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35763 at http://wlrn.org Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti http://wlrn.org/post/what-reopening-caribbean-marketplace-means-little-haiti <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being shut down for a little over a decade, the newly renovated Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti will bring life back into this tight-knit enclave.</span></p><p>The Marketplace&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">opened in 1990 and closed just nine years later due to structural and financial problems.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership was involved in the building’s renovation.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:52:13 +0000 Jephie Bernard 35761 at http://wlrn.org What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti