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4:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hugo Chávez Returns to Venezuela: Now What?

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez with his daughters last week in Cuba while continuing to recover from cancer surgery. Chávez returned to his home country this week after an extended two-month absence.
Credit Twitter

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is back in his home country after more than two months recovering from his latest cancer surgery in Cuba. Celebrations ensued throughout the country on Monday as he made his way back to the capital, Caracas, following his extended absence.

But as tens of thousands of Venezuelan expatriates monitor in South Florida, his return may raise more questions than it answers.

For example:

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Nakatani Gong Orchestra
2:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Tatsuya Nakatani Brings Gong Music To South Florida

If you are percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, you take ten gongs, make your own bows, truck them around the country, and assemble an ad-hoc ensemble in each city to magnify that experience into something acoustically mind-blowing.
Makoto Takeuchi

For artburstmiami.com

A gong hangs suspended from its stand, light dancing across its bronzed surface, each hammered dent hinting at some mysterious overtone waiting to be released. If you grab the right mallet and strike it, that light turns into sound, the complex interplay of indentations drives the air, caresses your eardrums, and vibrates your body. The sound swells, fills the room, and gradually dissipates.

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Dry Tortugas
12:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Dry Tortugas Dispatch: Beckoning Birds, a Lighthouse, and No Ghost

A seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park
Nathaniel Sandler

In two nights sleeping under the arches at Fort Jefferson, I never saw the ghost. It is legend, or hearsay, but the myth persists. I trawled the halls regularly, even audibly coaxing at times to Dr. Samuel Mudd, the villainous co-conspirator against Lincoln, or any other poor soul who may have lived a life unfulfilled and made a specter amongst the fortified brick. There were plenty of candidates.

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Arts
11:01 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'The Magic Flute' At The Broward Center: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Andrew Bidlack as Tamino in the Florida Grand Opera's production of 'The Magic Flute'
Credit Gaston de Cardenas

For opera newbies, there's a lot that's surprising about the Florida Grand Opera's production of The Magic Flute, which arrives this week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Director Jeffrey Buchman's conception of the 1791 Mozart work turns the whole thing into a trippy pop-culture anachronism, with costumes, scenery, and a little stage patter that's somewhere between the rockabilly '50s and all-out fantasy-land.

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Annual Shark Migration
8:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Thousands Of Sharks Make Annual Migration Along South Florida's Coast

Blacktip sharks are among the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.
Credit Ross Elliott / Flickr Creative Commons

Discovery Channel's Shark Week isn't until August, but South Florida is in the midst of its own shark celebration of sorts. Now through the end of April, the inshore waters off the coasts of Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County will teem with shark activity.

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Community Contributor
7:09 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Five Social Media Lessons Learned From Surfing

This just might teach you a thing or two about social media.
Credit Photo by Josh Vajda

In October, the best surf we have experienced in South Florida in a generation got me thinking about how surfing taught me important lessons about social media. Our shared passion for surfing was evident in five ways, which are similar to what happens on social media.

 

1. Behavior, Culture, and Norms

 

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Then & Now

Stock photo of 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Credit Trina Sargalski

Thursday is the first day of the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. In our interactive timeline (below), we take a look back at the indulgent and now-famous South Beach Wine & Food Festival last year, in 2005 and back in 2001, when it was still known as the "Florida Extravaganza."

How have ticket prices, visiting chefs, food trends and popular events changed (or not changed) over the years?

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Session 2013
3:40 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Local Legislative Leaders Talk Priorities For Florida's Session 2013

State senators Maria Sachs (D-Boca Raton), left, and Anitere Flores (R-Miami)
Credit Florida Senate

What's on state lawmakers agenda for the upcoming session? Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Boca Raton) discuss what's on their list with WLRN's Phil Latzman.

For Republican Anitere Flores, there's little hesitation when she's asked what she'll be working on first when the session begins. 

"The most important issue that I'll be tackling this year," she says, "is Citizens Property Insurance."

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Community Contributor
2:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Citizens Insurance Rate Hikes Seem Like Bait And Switch To This Homeowner

Florida Gov. Rick Scott hasn't made specific proposals for insurance reform, but legislators are considering a bill that could increase Citizens rates dramatically.
Credit Photo by Creative Commons user MrX

As a very young man, I remember getting a phone call from mom (then a bank VP) telling me to get my butt out of the house and get some money in my account because I was about to be overdrawn.  The point is, I learned from a very young age to watch my expenses and know how much I could afford. When funding a home, for instance, it always makes sense to try to figure not only what your current payments will be but to also adjust for things getting more expensive—such as taxes and insurance.

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Sea walls in Palm Beach County
8:29 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Sea Walls Designed To Save Beaches May Actually Speed Up Erosion

Hurricane Sandy and seasonal high tides destroyed much of Fort Lauderdale's beach.
Credit daspader / Flickr Creative Commons

The beach is emblematic of Florida life, so it computes that waterside residents in Palm Beach County are scrambling to find ways to keep the beach from crumbling into the ocean. Unfortunately, proposed sea walls -- meant to slow the beach erosion widely seen throughout South Florida -- actually hasten the problem, according to some environmental groups and government officials. 

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Sea Level Rise
6:10 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Tallahassee Lawmakers Hear How Rising Seas Threaten South Florida

South Florida lawmakers gather at the Capitol to hear about the threat of rising seas.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The rising sea level threat facing South Florida communities is on the radar of the region's lawmakers.

They recently met at the Capitol to hear from a panel of experts.

Monroe County administrator Roman Gastesi says the waters off Key West have gone up 9 inches in the last hundred years, and the rise is accelerating.

“What we’re looking at now is 9 to 24 inches in the next 50 years,” Gastesi says. “Three to seven (inches) in 20 years.”

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Pythons in Everglades
4:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Python Challenge Hunter: "It's Eerily Quiet In The Everglades"

A young Burmese python at the Python Challenge awards ceremony.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

Tom Rahill knows the Everglades. He has been camping, hiking, clearing trails, and "hanging out" in Florida's River of Grass for an estimated 35 years. When he sweats, Rahill says he "even smells like the Everglades." A participant in the recently-wrapped and much-maligned Python Challenge, Rahill recognizes that much of the press and public appear unimpressed with the contest's final tally of 68 snakes.  

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New Documentary Airing This Week
2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway: Q&A With Filmmaker Tim Long

Airing on WLRN Channel 17 on the following dates and times:

Friday, February 22 @ 11:30 pm

Saturday, February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 @ 9 pm
Wednesday, February 27 @ 7:30 pm

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Miami Fashion
10:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Are You Wearing The Miami Art Scene? A New Clothing Line Is Designed To Bolster Local Artists

Credit Photo by Joshua Weaver

There are a few nearly inarguable aspects about the "new Miami" -- the young, smart version of the city spreading through its central core:

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All Florida Boca Raton Museum of Art
7:57 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Artists Have An Edge In This Year's "All Florida" Competition

The Boca Raton Museum of Art's 'All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition' is open to emerging and established Florida artists.
Credit Boca Raton Museum of Art

Changes in the Boca Raton Museum of Art's 62nd annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition will give a leg up to artists who submit their works by the competition's Feb. 28 deadline.

The cutoff date for the show is earlier than in previous years, and submissions were at about "one-third" their usual level, said assistant curator Kelli Bodle. 

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