Cuban Art
4:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

University Of Miami Honors Cuban Sculptor Roberto Estopiñán

Roberto Estopiñán in his studio in Havana, Cuba, 1942.
Credit Alejandro Anreus / Courtesy

Cuban-born sculptor Roberto Estopiñán used his island’s tumultuous decades as his muse.

His art reflected Cuba's political turmoil during the 1950s and later became more naturalistic during his exile.

Also a printmaker and draftsman, Estopiñán was a pioneer of direct carvings using wood and of welding techniques in Latin America. He is also recognized for his 1980s bronzes of the female torso.

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3:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Key West In Talks With Airbnb About Vacation Rentals

Airbnb is a hugely popular homesharing and renting website. But the city of Key West, which strictly limits vacation rentals, has brought five code compliance cases against the company. It is now in settlement talks.
Credit Airbnb

Airbnb is a hugely popular way to find someplace to stay on vacation. More than 25 million guests have used the service, according to the website.

But in the Florida Keys, renting your home for less than a month requires a special license. The city of Key West's Code Compliance Board agenda for this week included 14 cases against unlicensed vacation rentals.

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Immigration Reform
11:30 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Immigrant Groups To DACA, DAPA Candidates: Don't Get Discouraged

Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Maria Rodriguez, stands with local immigrants affected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to postpone action on President Obama's Immigration Executive Action.
Credit Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. That hold was put in place by a Texas judge in February.

This decision further delays the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Those would prevent deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

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5:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

CVS Testing Hispanic Market With New “Y Más” Stores

CVS has launched twelve CVS/pharmacy y más locations in South Florida, including this brand new store on SW 8th Street.
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Cafecito, bilingual staff, money transfer services, an expanded discount fragrance counter. But wait -- “y más.”

CVS has launched 12 “CVS/pharmacy y más” stores in South Florida. In Miami, Hialeah, Doral, Homestead and Kendall, CVS says it has converted 11 existing locations and added a brand-new store to launch its Hispanic-centric store concept.

This comes less than a year after the Rhode Island-based giant bought Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy, touted as the largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain in the country.

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4:17 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

FAU Professor Creates Program To Block Texting While Driving

An effort to make texting while driving a primary offense in Florida was voted down by lawmakers in April.
Credit Paul Oka/flickr

What if our cell phones could automatically block our ability to text behind the wheel? A Florida Atlantic University professor says he’s developed software to make that happen.

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Latin America Report
6:21 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Bandwidth And Bikinis: Cuban Entrepreneurs Make Web Pilgrimages To Miami

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
Credit Tim Padgett /

Part 1 of Cuba Online

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage – not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez’s schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami’s high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

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12:26 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Hundreds In Miami March For Right To Know What's In Their Food

Hundreds took to the streets on Biscayne Boulevard near the Arsht Center in Miami to protest genetically modified organisms in foods, or GMOs.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

It started with a trickle, a couple dozen people organizing signs and props at the Metromover station near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Eventually, it grew to a few hundred. These were protestors from groups like Occupy Miami, Green Party of Florida and GMO Free Florida.

The groups were marching in solidarity for labeling of genetically modified foods, or what has become known as GMOs. One of the biggest manufacturers of GMOs, and the main target of the criticism from this weekend's protest, is Monsanto.

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9:14 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair Set For This Weekend In Little Haiti

The Haitian and Caribbean Book Fair will celebrate literature as well as Haitian culture.
Credit Creative Commons via Serge Toussaint

Authors from Haiti will be celebrated this weekend during the third annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti.

The event is sponsored by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, a group dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in the United States.

Sosyete Koukouy Founder Jan Mapou says one of the main goals of the book fair is to get people reading, particularly young people.

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Keys Storm Plan
2:59 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Florida Keys Residents Will Shelter At Miami-Dade Fair Grounds During Hurricanes

Hurricane Irene, August 2011.
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As Atlantic hurricane season nears, Monroe County wants to make sure Florida Keys residents are prepared.

One big change in Monroe County’s hurricane plan is that Florida International University will no longer be a shelter for the general public, according to Irene Toner, director of Monroe’s Office of Emergency Management.

She says only Monroe residents with special needs will shelter there. The general population will instead stay at Miami-Dade Fair Grounds, which will allow pets.

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1:11 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

David Beckham Looks To An Unlikely Partner To Bring Soccer To Miami

David Beckham greets Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to talk about plans for a Major League Soccer team in Miami
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Yes, David Beckham's people are back in Miami to talk about a stadium. No, there's still no answer as to whether or not a deal is ready to be made. 

Beckham's group is meeting with University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and MLS Commissioner Don Garber today to talk about another possible site for a stadium. This time they're looking at a possible partnership between Beckham's group and the University of Miami.

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Florida Roundup
11:47 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Florida Roundup: LIP Funding, Police-Community Relations in South Florida

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Today on the Florida Roundup, the federal government offers Florida $1 billion for the Low Income Pool, a program that funds healthcare costs for the uninsured. With ten days left for the special legislative session to begin, is the federal offer enough to relieve the tension in Tallahassee between the House and Senate?

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Decadent Departure
10:59 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Exit Interview: Bittersweet Farewell to L.A.-Bound Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith

Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith whipped up meringue with champagne vinegar instead of water. Until recently, she was the executive pastry chef for the Genuine Hospitality Group.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Hedy Goldsmith is the mastermind behind rich-and-salty chocolate chunk cookies, coconut lime macarons and praline panna cotta.

Until last month, she was the executive pastry chef with the Genuine Hospitality Group, which includes Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria (where you can still find the biscotti-of-the-day), among other Michael Schwartz restaurants.

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Audience Response
4:55 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Feedback: Cubans Do Listen To Radio Martí

Radio and Tv Marti's staff, broadcast live messages to families in Cuba from their relatives visiting the 13th Cuba Nostalgia Fair 2011 taking place at the Fair-Expo Center at Tamiami Park in West Miami. Saturday May 21, 2011.
Credit Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

  This is a reader-submitted response to our May 20 story titled "Radio Martí Turns 30 -- But Is Anyone In Cuba Listening?"

I strongly disagree with the characterization in Wilson Sayre's May 20 radio report that "only sketchy data exists" on Radio Martí's audience. Independent research confirms that 20 percent of Cubans report listening to Radio Martí in the last seven days. Further, we have numerous testimonials from Cubans on the island about our programs.

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5:48 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Meg Cabot Returns To World Of The "Princess Diaries"

Meg Cabot, who majored in art in college, illustrated "From The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess." It's the first time she's illustrated one of her own books.
Credit Meg Cabot / Macmillan Publishing

Writer Meg Cabot is best known for the Princess Diaries series, made famous by two movies starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. But she quit writing that series in 2009, when Princess Mia graduated from high school.

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Sun Sentinel
5:30 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Months-Long Circumcision Battle Coming To Close

Heather Hironimus went into hiding with her son and is reportedly being held on charges of interfering with custody.
Credit Broward County Sheriff's Office

Heather Hironimus has filed suit, gone into hiding and, ultimately, wound up in jail trying to stop her 4-and-a-half-year-old son's circumcision. The Sun Sentinel reports the South Florida mother dropped her federal lawsuit Wednesday.

In 2012, Heather Hironimus and her son's father, Dennis Nebus, signed a parenting plan that included an agreement to have their son circumcised.

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