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PAMM
4:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami Asks For $2.5 Million In Additional Funding From Government

Art lovers gather around the piece "Mojo Jojo" in the Pérez Art Museum Miami in December.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Pérez Art Museum Miami says it needs help. The museum, which opened in December of last year, has not received enough private dollars to meet its $14 million annual operating costs.

So, they are asking for some taxpayer help. PAMM wants the county to assist with a 60-percent increase in the museum's subsidy. That money would come from hotel taxes, the Miami Herald reports. 

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Overtown Youth Center Introduces STEM Summer Program

Credit Alonzo Mourning mans the pump for the unveiling of the Overtown Youth Center’s STEM program. CW GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Overtown Youth Center is introducing a new STEM curriculum to its summer program, aimed at underserved kids. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Aerospace company AAR funded the $350,000 program.

In a recent study, The National Science Board found while diversity in the science and engineering fields has improved, African Americans, Hispanics and women remain underrepresented in the workforce. 

Tina Brown, who runs the center, says that’s why they’re introducing this program to the kids this summer.

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What's the Story?
12:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Join Us Thursday For South Florida Trivia!

As part of our new blog What's the Story? -- where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting -- we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!

Come meet us Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood at 176 Northwest 24th St. Teams of five or less are allowed. Every team gets a WLRN or Miami Herald team member!

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StateImpact Florida
6:47 am
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless

To prepare for more high-tech lessons, schools are switching to mobile carts with wireless Internet hubs. This one is stocked with iPads.
Credit Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms.

Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network -- and the Internet.

But Lanoue doesn’t have a smartboard --- or the Internet -- in his portable classroom.

“YouTube might not be the greatest thing to let a kid use unattended," he said, "but for the teacher to use it there’s a ton of resources on there.

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The End of the Road
6:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore

The sign at the end of the road.
Credit Gregory Castillo

A drive down I-95 is full of dozens, probably hundreds, of tiny design decisions that are ultimately about driver attention. From the lettering on a road sign to the shape of a road, engineers are constantly trying to find a sweet spot between getting a driver’s attention and distracting them.

As part of our End of the Road series we wanted to ask an expert about the thinking behind some of the things drivers see everyday on I-95 but aren’t supposed to pay much attention to.

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Fourth of July
7:26 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Holiday Rush Means A Hiring Boom At Broward County Fireworks Shop

TNT Fireworks Superstore in Dania Beach was open around the clock to handle the Fourth of July holiday rush.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

The TNT Fireworks Superstore in Dania Beach has been open around the clock since July 2nd to handle the Fourth of July holiday rush.

Marketing manager Itzhak Dickstein says the company hired an extra 200 employees to manage the steep increase in customers.

To buy fireworks, customers first have to navigate police-directed traffic and find parking among the businesses near the Broward County fireworks store. 

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Venezuela Crisis
5:33 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Jetting To Venezuela Just Got Harder: Why American Is Slashing Flights

FEWER FLIGHTS: An American Airlines aircraft at Caracas' Simon Bolivar Airport.
Credit Simon_sees / Flickr/futureatlas.com

It’s going to get even tougher to find a seat on a flight to Venezuela now. International airlines are cutting if not ending their service to the South American country. And that now includes the major U.S. carrier  – American Airlines.

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Sports
12:06 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium

Is David Beckham turning his back on Miami-Dade County? Broward County officials said they expect to talk with Beckham's group about possible stadium sites for a Major League Soccer franchise.
Credit Nathan Forget / Flickr

David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.

But while the two sides haggle over a site, the Miami Herald reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.

Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.

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Money And Schools
5:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Miami-Dade Schools' Superintendent Would Like To Spend $2.9 Billion

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is working on plans for a $2.9 billion budget.
Credit Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

The public got a sneak peak of the proposed budget for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at its most recent budget workshop.

It’s not final yet, but the superintendent has sketched out a plan for the $2.9 billion budget.

You can hear more on where school leaders would like the money to go:

And you can see the presentation from the meeting:

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Health
4:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

UM Study Finds Suburban Residents At Higher Risk Of Obesity

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In a study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture, researchers found that participants who live in suburban "sprawling communities" faced greater risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. 

The study looked at the walking habits of 400 Cuban immigrants in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Jose Szapocznik, principal investigator and chair of public health sciences, believes the results from this sample can apply to the community as a whole.

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Education
1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How South Florida Colleges Are Prepping Their Students For STEM Jobs

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To keep up with the demand for STEM-related jobs, South Florida's universities are coming up with programs to help prepare their future graduates.

One of them is Discovery Though Distinction, a new effort at Florida Atlantic University to incorporate research in undergraduate programs.

The school is also planning to offer an accelerated master's degree that would take just five years.

"Our goal is to help train a very prepared workforce," says vice president of academic affairs Gary Perry. "As a university, we are part of the economic development of Florida."

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Beach
11:59 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Five Misconceptions About South Florida Lifeguards

Anthony Mariano and Erick Guzman have been Ocean Rescue lifeguards for Hallandale Beach for the past several years.
Credit Wilson Sayre

For many beach-goers, lifeguards only exist inside the tiny towers that dot the beach and in their memories of Baywatch episodes.

So what lifeguards (or ocean rescuers) actually do isn't widely understood.

Here are five misconceptions about lifeguards for you below:

1. This is a summer job for college kids.

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Transportation
6:53 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami

Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on Miami-Dade County regulations.

That taxi industry without regulations is long gone, but ride-sharing apps Lyft and UberX are here -- and they're trying their best to stay. The smartphone-based companies connect users with drivers, and like Miami's old taxis, they don't rely on county regulations.

The taxi industry isn't too happy about this. 

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Environment
6:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Task Force Releases Recommendations To Address Sea-Level Rise

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Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force released a report detailing six recommendations to the county. 

The main recommendation calls on county officials to consult experts to create an infrastructure that can adapt to rising sea levels. 

Jim Murley is the executive director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, and was the vice-chairperson of the task force.

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Environment
6:24 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Creative Commons/Flickr

Manatees have been an endangered species since 1967. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made an announcement that this classification may soon be lowered to "threatened."

But some environmentalists and government officials are opposed to this change. They say changing the label might result in more lenient rules about boat speed zones and dock-building limits. 

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