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6:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity

Silvina di Pietro, 24, is a big soccer fan. She is cheering for her country Argentina during the World Cup.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

 

For Silvina Di Pietro cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country.  

Di Pietro was born in Argentina but moved to South Florida 14 years ago. She still supports her birth country's team, especially during the World Cup.

“Argentina is one of the most beloved, devoted people that love soccer,” she says. “For us it's like a religion."

She says soccer is the world’s No. 1 sport, and the best thing about it is it brings people together.  

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Voto Latino
5:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Conference Highlights Hispanic Millennials' Voting Power

Participants used photos and social media to promote Voto Latino's message on civic engagement.
Constanza Gallardo

This past weekend, a Voto Latino Power Summit was held at Florida International University, the first such summit in Miami for the first time. The summit had workshops and networking opportunities with different professionals in South Florida and the country.

Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that looks to connect with Latino Millennials across the country.

Leadership, advocacy and technology were three themes geared to get participants civically engaged in their communities

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Did The Legislature Do On Water Issues This Session?

Rainbow Springs in northern Florida
Credit Florida Trend

According to a panel discussion last Friday, the Florida Legislature did a fair job handling water issues this year. 

Legislators gave millions of dollars for Everglades restoration projects, drinking-water issues and lake clean-ups.

The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades, the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County and Oxbridge Academy hosted the discussion.

Todd Bonlarron handles legislative affairs for Palm Beach County. He says the one thing the Legislature didn’t pay enough attention to was the more than 900 Florida springs.

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Medical Marijuana
3:31 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Charlotte's Web

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on Charlotte's Web legislation.
Credit EggRole / Creative Commons

A Florida bill legalizing Charlotte's Web, a strain of low-THC marijuana used to treat severe illnesses in children, was approved today by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Advocates say Charlotte's Web benefits children who suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. 

"The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life," Scott was quoted saying in a press release.

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Pérez Art Museum
3:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Museum Park In Downtown Miami Opens To Public

A view of downtown Miami's new park
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

Museum Park opened to the public Saturday afternoon. 

The new space, bordered by the Pérez Art Museum and the Frost Museum of Science, features palm trees, sandy spots, and large open fields of grass.

It cost $40 million to build so far. Future plans include a children's garden and space for a restaurant.

Listen to the story here:

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Colombia
1:49 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the University of Miami last December.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is back from the brink. Polls had indicated he could lose his re-election bid in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But he won another four years in office – and that also breathes new life into Colombia's peace process.

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Marijuana
1:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend?

A Jamaican man tends his marijuana crop.
Credit Greg Weeks / Flickr

First Uruguay, now Jamaica. Last week, the Caribbean island became the western hemisphere’s second country to make marijuana possession OK. Is this a trend?

Ganja, as Jamaicans call marijuana, has long been part of their culture. The island’s Rastafarian religious movement promotes it as a means of enlightenment. Still, marijuana has been illegal there. Now Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica will decriminalize small amounts of ganja – up to 57 grams, or 2 ounces. Other Caribbean governments look poised to follow suit.

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LGBT Rights
1:34 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Miami Beach Will Offer Transgender Benefits This Fall

Miami Beach joins a small group of just 5 percent of cities across the country that offer transgender benefits.
Credit digital_rex / Creative Commons/Flickr

The City of Miami Beach will be the first in the state to offer transgender benefits to city employees, starting this October. The Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to offer the coverage.

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Transportation
12:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws

Credit Miami Herald

  Since 2008, many South Florida residents have experienced the horror of finding surprise red-light ticket violations in their mailboxes. These violations are the result of red-light cameras, which were originally installed by cities as a so-called “safety precaution.” Fines for these tickets can come to as much as $200.

But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.

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Transportation
12:39 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft

Credit Miami Herald

The Board of County Commissioner’s transportation and aviation committee met this week to talk taxis, Uber and Lyft. The ride-sharing apps have been facing resistance from the taxi industry and some county commissioners.

“I have a problem with companies coming into the area and setting up shop when they’ve been told that what they’re doing is illegal,” said Dennis Moss, chairman of the committee.

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Arts
12:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

South Florida Science Center Amazes This Summer

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

    The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach follows up a banner year with the fun-filled summer exhibition Mazes.  COO Kate Arrizza takes us on a tour.

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NBA Finals
11:13 am
Fri June 13, 2014

When The Heat Fall... On Photographers

Heat shooting guard Dywane Wade lands on Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz. Coincidentally, Laughlin was sitting right next to him.

The Miami Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in this 2014 NBA Finals, after winning only one game in the seven-game series. Despite the definitive loss, one group may be relieved: the courtside photographers who won't have to feel the weight of falling players for a while.

If you've seen a handful of games, you may have witnessed a basketball player trip, jump or slide off court and onto a nearby photographer (or sometimes fan). Below, read about what it's like to be on the ground when that happens.

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The Florida Roundup
11:11 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Florida Roundup: This Week In South Florida Sports

David Beckham's group hasn't said the rejection of its second site will end its efforts to bring professional soccer to Miami.
Credit C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

 

The search continues for a soccer stadium in Miami. The City of Miami tells David Beckham he cannot build on a bay front boat slip.  

But the beautiful game kicks off its quadrennial contest.  Has Brazil’s confidence on and off the field jeopardized success of the World Cup? And the Heat’s season is in jeopardy after losing two in a row to the Spurs.

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Mentoring
12:54 am
Fri June 13, 2014

100 Black Men Of America Convention Geared To Overcome Stereotypes

Dennis Wright is the president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale chapter of the 100 Black Men of America.
Credit 100 Black Men of America

 

More than 1,500 members of the civic group 100 Black Men of America are in Fort Lauderdale this week for the organization’s 28th annual convention.

The mission of the 100 is to improve quality of life within the black community and to create more educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. The group focuses on four areas: mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic opportunity.  

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Health
8:05 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Advice From Dr. Ruth: Seniors Should Have Sex In The Morning

Dr. Ruth, who always seems to be smiling, talks to senior citizens about sex at the Palace in Coral Gables.
Credit Shay Cohen

At 86, Dr. Ruth Westheimer proudly announces that she goes out every night. Maybe that explains why so many people seem to have a story about meeting the gregarious sex therapist. This one met her on a cruise. That one met her dancing the hora in a New York City synagogue. I met her waiting in line at the bathroom of Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. She lives in Manhattan but travels the country and the world (this summer she's headed to Israel and South Africa) having no-nonsense conversations about sex. 

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