News http://wlrn.org en Florida Senators In Doral To Make Stronger Call For Venezuela Sanctions http://wlrn.org/post/florida-senators-doral-make-stronger-call-venezuela-sanctions <p><span style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Not one but both Florida Senators came to Doral this morning to show solidarity with the state's large Venezuelan community.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:34:53 +0000 Tim Padgett 30956 at http://wlrn.org Florida Senators In Doral To Make Stronger Call For Venezuela Sanctions Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead At 87 http://wlrn.org/post/nobel-laureate-gabriel-garcia-marquez-dead-87 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The AP reports Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City Thursday, April 17.</p><p>Read the full story at <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=304191659" target="_blank">NPR.org</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:39:47 +0000 Maria Murriel 30955 at http://wlrn.org Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead At 87 UM Docs Put On Sonic Experience To Stress Importance Of Vocal Health http://wlrn.org/post/um-docs-put-sonic-experience-stress-importance-vocal-health <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:31 +0000 Lisann Ramos 30932 at http://wlrn.org UM Docs Put On Sonic Experience To Stress Importance Of Vocal Health Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End http://wlrn.org/post/concern-public-records-access-florida-legislative-session-nears-end <p>With two weeks to go in the lawmaking session, open government and ethics measures favored by watchdog groups are stalled in the Florida Legislature. There is a two-part concern about citizen access to public records.</p><p>The first worry is about the number of public-record exemptions that are pending this year. Barbara Petersen of the First Amendment Foundation says it's a dozen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:54:29 +0000 Rick Stone 30915 at http://wlrn.org Concern For Public-Records Access As Florida Legislative Session Nears End How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion http://wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-gay-marriage-advocates-plan-win-court-public-opinion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.”&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30743 at http://wlrn.org How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-ban-biometric-data-collection-florida-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools won’t be able to collect the fingerprints or other biometric information of students under </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0188" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a bill approved by the Florida Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The new requirement is part of a broad package designed to protect kids’ privacy.</p><p>When lawmakers in Tallahassee talk about biometrics, they’re talking about hands and eyes being scanned or fingerprints being collected.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:13:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 30886 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools 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 Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-lionfish-may-need-rehearse-their-final-words <p></p><p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.</p><p>It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.</p><p>The lionfish&nbsp;population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:43 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30891 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding http://wlrn.org/post/former-dcf-admin-system-suffers-overload-and-underfunding <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><i style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Join the Miami Herald and&nbsp;WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News for a town hall on how to fix the child welfare system at 6 p.m. Thursday, April&nbsp;17&nbsp;at the Doral headquarters of the Herald.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2014/innocents-lost/town-hall/index.html" target="_blank">Learn more at MiamiHerald.com.</a></strong></i></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:18:39 +0000 Jack Moss 30858 at http://wlrn.org Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-may-limit-homeless-ability-urinate-public <p><strong>Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.</strong></p><p>---------------------------------------------</p><p>How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:57:50 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30850 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? http://wlrn.org/post/was-cuban-twitter-dumb-or-defensible-or-both <p>Confession: When <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure">I criticized ZunZuneo</a> </strong>as the story emerged earlier this month, I left something important unsaid.</p><p>I support its basic intent. That is, the effort to help Cubans or anyone else access news, information and opinions that authoritarian governments around the world try to block.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:56:43 +0000 Tim Padgett 30729 at http://wlrn.org Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? Surprise Amendment Could Change Jackson Contract Negotiations http://wlrn.org/post/surprise-amendment-could-change-jackson-contract-negotiations <p><span class="dateline" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">TALLAHASSEE --&nbsp;</span>A high-profile healthcare bill moving through the Florida House could strip the Miami-Dade County Commission of its authority to make the final decision on labor union contracts at the county’s public hospital system.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:26:50 +0000 Kathleen McGrory 30854 at http://wlrn.org Surprise Amendment Could Change Jackson Contract Negotiations Humphrey Bogart Film Festival Returns To Key Largo http://wlrn.org/post/humphrey-bogart-film-festival-returns-key-largo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival returns to Key Largo&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for its second year May 1 to 4. &nbsp;Renowned film critic and historian Leonard&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maltin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will also be back as a special guest. &nbsp;He recently spoke with Caroline&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Breder-Watts</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about his impressions of one of the major classic film festivals in the United States.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:32 +0000 Caroline Breder-Watts 30803 at http://wlrn.org Humphrey Bogart Film Festival Returns To Key Largo $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs http://wlrn.org/post/30-million-miami-dade-homeless-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.</span></p><p>The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.</p><p>The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:13 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30776 at http://wlrn.org $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs PhilanthroFest Held Again For Miami's Non-Profits http://wlrn.org/post/philanthrofest-held-again-miamis-non-profits <p>What do the Parks foundation of Miami Dade, The Awesome Foundation and the Wounded Worriers of South Florida all have in common? They were participants in the third annual PhilanthroFest held this weekend on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.</p><p>People slathered on sunscreen, milled around the dozens of Little white tents and talked community engagement.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:20:47 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30759 at http://wlrn.org PhilanthroFest Held Again For Miami's Non-Profits