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 An Appreciation Of Film Composer Jerry Goldsmith http://wlrn.org/post/appreciation-film-composer-jerry-goldsmith <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The late Jerry Goldsmith was one of the most gifted and versatile film composers of the </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's an appreciation by</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Scott </span>Eyman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, author of the recent </span>New York Times <span style="line-height: 1.5;">best-seller "</span>John Wayne: The Life and Legend<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:34:55 +0000 Caroline Breder-Watts 36283 at http://wlrn.org An Appreciation Of Film Composer Jerry Goldsmith 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 Algebra Project Teaches Miami Kids To Write Better Math Problems http://wlrn.org/post/algebra-project-teaches-miami-kids-write-better-math-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago Bob Moses organized volunteers to </span><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation/watch/bob-moses-on-the-freedom-summer-290118211650" style="line-height: 1.5;">register voters in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>And for decades, Moses has been fighting for civil rights as an educator.</p><p>He won a MacArthur Genius Grant to develop a new way to teach algebra in largely low-income and minority schools.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:53:45 +0000 John O'Connor 36252 at http://wlrn.org Algebra Project Teaches Miami Kids To Write Better Math Problems FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke http://wlrn.org/post/fdot-florida-relatively-good-shape-if-highway-trust-fund-goes-broke <p>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.<br /><br />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.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:05 +0000 Kenny Malone 36162 at http://wlrn.org FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke Butter http://wlrn.org/post/butter <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u><span style="line-height: 1.5;">BROKEN OLIVE BUTTER</span></u></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Norman Van </span>Aken<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. © Copyright 2014</span></p><p><em>The olives here are "broken" so we can remove the pits. Then we make a simple </em><em>‘</em><em>compound</em><em>’</em> <em>butter with them with plenty of herbs, garlic, and spices to serve on the beef. Allow the butter to soften a little before placing directly on meat or fish that are hot from the grill, pan or oven.</em></p><p>Yield: 1 ½ Cups</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 36083 at http://wlrn.org Butter 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 Applications For New School Choice Program Higher Than Expected http://wlrn.org/post/applications-new-school-choice-program-higher-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you want one of the roughly 1,800 new scholarships for students with disabilities that allows parents to mix and match services for their children, you better get an application in soon.</span></p><p>More than 1,200 families applied for a Personal Learning Scholarship Account, or PLSA, in the first week of applications. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for students autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other significant learning challenges.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:55:58 +0000 John O'Connor 36159 at http://wlrn.org Applications For New School Choice Program Higher Than Expected 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 The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-taking-affordable-out-affordable-care-act-0 <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:42 +0000 Christine DiMattei & Sammy Mack 36141 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? As Ramadan Comes To A Close, Local Muslims Come Together To Break Fast http://wlrn.org/post/ramadan-comes-close-local-muslims-come-together-break-fast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They break the fast with a meal after sundown called </span>iftar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. <em><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/unique-eats-ramadan-edition">(See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)</a></em></span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:26:00 +0000 Carla Javier & Jephie Bernard & Selima Hussain & Constanza Gallardo 36101 at http://wlrn.org As Ramadan Comes To A Close, Local Muslims Come Together To Break Fast Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict http://wlrn.org/post/sholom-mohamed-brothers-spite-israeli-palestinian-conflict <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mohamed </span>Ghumrawi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Sholom<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Neistein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have been friends for six years.</span></p><p>Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:04:21 +0000 Selima Hussain 36106 at http://wlrn.org Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 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