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Special Investigation
9:09 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Should Florida Doctors Bill Medicare For Eyelid Lifts?

A surgeon begins a upper-eyelid blepharoplasty
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill.

Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program for people over 65 typically does not cover cosmetic surgery, but for cases in which a patient’s sagging eyelids significantly hinder their vision, it does pay to have them lifted.

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News
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Why Davie Is Selling The Town's Brand New Bridge

The bridge spans the canal that divides the equestrian trail at Southwest 130th Avenue and 14th Street.
Credit Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald

 

If you’re looking to buy a brand new, never before used bridge, contact the town of Davie.

The Davie Town Council voted last year to build a bridge across the N-23 Canal. It was supposed to be a small, charming bridge for hikers and horseback riders.

But instead, they ended up with a brown, bulky bridge for vehicles-- as well as a lot of upset residents.

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Sunrise In Party City
8:30 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Audio Postcard: Magic Hour On South Beach

Malika Everette, visiting from Atlanta, posted photos of sunrise on Miami Beach to Instagram.
Sammy Mack

Sunrise is a special time on South Beach, but on holiday weekends, it's a magic hour.

Right around dawn, there's a brief overlap as the night owls wind down and the early birds gear up for a new day.

"It's peaceful, it's quiet. All of the chaos kind of dies down," observed Malika Everette, who woke up early on Memorial Day to take photos of the sunrise over South Beach. Everette planned to post the landscapes to Instagram before heading back home to Atlanta.

The dawn hours are for locals, too.

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Flawed But Fabulous
8:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

After Urban Beach Weekend, What Was The Big Deal?

The Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach was under a tent on Friday and Saturday nights as a security measure during Memorial Day weekend.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

On Friday evening the Standard Hotel and Spa was completely tented for the weekend, to reopen Sunday, while countless other businesses were closed up on Miami Beach.

Spiga Restaurant on 12th and Collins had a sign stating they were observing Memorial Day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Ostensibly, businesses like Spiga really love the troops, but no one is fooled.

It seems like Miami Beach abstracted Memorial Day in more ways than one.

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Environment
6:01 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Add 'Crazy Ants' To Growing List Of Florida Invasive Species

The fire ant is getting burned by yet another new invasive in Florida.
Credit AZRainman / Flickr Creative Commons

The giant African land snail has competition in the "strange and destructive little invasive species" department. A report released last month by University of Texas scientists shows that "crazy ants" are "invading the southeastern United States and Texas" -- including Florida. 

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The Sunshine Economy
10:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Sunshine Economy Part Four: Tourism

Host Tom Hudson
Credit WLRN

Tourism has been the fuel for South Florida's economy since Henry Flagler stretched his railroad to Palm Beach in the 1890s. It remains a significant and long-term driver of the local economy to this day.

Our program starts where Henry Flagler ignited the industry, at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The Breakers CEO Paul Leone tells us his resort has never been busier, even as it gears up for the "slow season" (which isn't slow.)

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Automobiles
9:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

A Field Guide To Miami Cars Cruising On South Beach

A Miami Impala painted with a skyline of Miami Beach.
Credit Anthony Segovia

South Florida has serious car culture and Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of year to see it in its full splendor. As Urban Beach Week draws car enthusiasts from all over the country to South Beach, there’s no mistaking a local car if you know what to look for.

“I can just look at cars and tell which one is from Miami,” says Isaac Hernandez, a Miami car enthusiast and owner of Ride Kreations.

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Digital Classrooms
8:49 am
Mon May 27, 2013

What Florida Schools Can Learn From One Laptop Per Child

First grader Adam Redding and his mother Lyndra Forbes research the parts of a plant on a classroom computer.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s family literacy night at Holmes Elementary School in Liberty City, and first grader Adam Redding is reading a poem about plants while he absentmindedly tips dirt out of a plastic cup and onto a laptop.

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Community Contributor
8:30 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami

Milton Brand wasn't welcome everywhere, but he found solace at the racetrack.

I can imagine my dad's excitement leaving gritty Newark behind him and hitting the highway in his old Studebaker bound for paradise . . . Miami Beach. I can see the bathing suit postcards guiding his way and hear the ocean calling his name: M-I-L-T-O-N B-R-A-N-D, come on down!

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Americas
8:20 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Why China Is Behind Fresh U.S. Moves In Latin America

School children in Sao Paolo, Brazil take a Mandarin-language proficiency class at the Confucius Institute, which offers language courses and Chinese cultural programs.
Credit Juan Forero/NPR

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago next week. President Obama already swung through Mexico and Costa Rica this month and next month Obama will host the presidents of Chile and Peru at the White House.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Extreme Makeover: South Florida Science Museum

Students look at Science on a Sphere, one of the new exhibitions at the South Florida Science Museum.

The South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach was built in 1961, and stayed essentially the same for more than 50 years.  All that changes this summer, as we learn from SFSM President Lew Crampton.

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Community Contributor
7:18 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Hialeah Mom Says Urban Beach Week Keeps Locals Away

Miami Beach hosts Urban Beach Week this weekend.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Tour Guide Discovers Lincoln Road Ghost Town During Urban Beach Week

Urban Beach Week's street festival began this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via modlumpkin.blogspot.com

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

Last year during Memorial Day, I hid out along the West Avenue corridor. When I went out on Sunday afternoon to the Lincoln Road Farmer's Market, I was shocked at how empty it was. 

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Caesar Salad: The Most Unconquerable Of History's Salads

Credit domesticdaddy.net

Without a doubt this is history’s most unconquerable of all Caesars!

Go anywhere in the U.S. and, from truck stops to swank spots, this is the one salad you are most likely to encounter.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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