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Education Policy
11:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

What Did You Learn In School This Year? Tell Us Your Story

What did you learn in school this year? Tell us!
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It was a big year for education policy in Florida.

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Community Contributor
10:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Urban Beach Week "Gets A Bum Rap," Says South Beach Resident

Urban Beach Week kicks off this weekend in Miami Beach.
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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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Journalism
7:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Final Days Of One Herald Plaza In Pictures

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Last week, the Miami Herald shuttered its building on the bay.

Located at One Herald Plaza, the beige box on the water is affectionately known as 1HP. Conference room meetings were interrupted by someone spotting dolphins. Water spouts could be seen forming from the cafeteria windows. Depending on the person, the building was either a testament to architecture done without aesthetics in mind, or an ideal place to do journalism.

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Business
7:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Why Miami Is Now A Hub For Latino TV

Hosts Jorge Ramos (left) and Maria Elena Salinas (center) sit with President Obama at the University of Miami September 20, 2012 in Coral Gables.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

If you had to guess where most of the TV programming for Latinos is being produced these days, where would you guess? L.A., New York, Texas? How about Miami? A recent deal has solidified Miami as a major television hub.

Ana Sagastegui was born in Peru. She has worked in the Miami TV industry for 20 years. Sagastegui remembers how different Miami was then. Just a few broadcast studios but plenty of open space.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo)

Northern mockingbirds are usually about ten inches in length, with a fifteen-inch wingspan, grayish upper portions, white undersides, and white patches on the tail and wings. The female has slightly less whiteness in its feathers than the male.
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In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? The Birdist's Nicholas Lund thinks not.

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Dance
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ballet Provides Cuban Defectors A New Start In Miami

Annie Ruiz Diaz says she left Cuba because she wanted to try out more styles of dance beyond what the National Ballet of Cuba performs.
Credit Gregory Castillo/Miami Herald

The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami operates out of an old, white mansion in Little Havana. Just like any company, the dancers start their day with ballet class.

But what makes this company different is that it’s a holding station for dancers who defect from Cuba, a place where they can stay in shape and get help finding permanent jobs.

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High School
12:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Miami Herald Honors Students With Silver Knight Awards

Aminda Marques Gonzalez (left), executive editor of The Miami Herald, and Manny Garcia (right), executive editor of El Nuevo Herald, present a Silver Knights award in business to Michael Jones from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Broward County.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald Staff

Many of this year’s Miami Herald Silver Knight winners are well-acquainted with adversity — through their own families’ personal heartaches or the struggles of those living halfway around the world.

But a telling theme emerged Wednesday night at the 55th annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony: Rather than become despondent over life’s unfairness, these high school seniors vowed to make a difference, and that spirit of determination has led to some far-reaching accomplishments.

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Recreation
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Where To Learn All About The History Of Ocean Diving

The library inside Islamorada's History of Diving Museum.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

One of the earliest pieces of writing known to humanity is the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Babylonian legend that’s formative to the history of literature.

In it, Gilgamesh himself attaches stones to his feet, weighing him down to the bottom of the sea, so he could get the Plant of Eternal Youth. It is the first known record of someone plunging to the bottom of the sea on a breath hold dive.

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Community Contributor
7:46 am
Thu May 23, 2013

INKarnation Weaves Two Artists Together At Bridge Red Studios

Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips have more in common than the first letter of their first names, although at first it might not seem so. Rifas’s work should be familiar to many – in particular her linear, site-specific installations that involve optical illusion and delicate interventions. Her pieces can be found at MAM, MOCA and, until recently, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (which closed last year). Phillips is on the early end of her career, but has also had a lot of recent exposure, at the ArtCenter/South Florida and the Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, to name a few outlets.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New Internet Cafe Ban Leaves Chuck E. Cheese Alone

Popular gaming chain Dave & Busters features slot machines where players insert enough tokens to claim prizes.
Credit Greg Castillo/The Miami Herald

When is a gambling machine, not a gambling machine?  Apparently when it is inside a Chuck E. Cheese.  

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Biking
6:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes

Bicycling and the environment have a close relationship in South Florida.
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In a state that is noted for its dedicated car culture, it seems a given that residents and tourists would benefit from any measurable decrease in road congestion, car exhaust, and air pollution. As National Bike Month winds down and South Florida, communities make moves to become more bike friendly, it pays to talk about the potential environmental impact of having more bicycles and less cars on Florida's roads. 

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Community Contributor
8:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed

We’ve asked a few of the authors of standout poems for our That’s So Miami project to explain the inspiration behind their work. Find the winners of our contest and more entries here.

  I’m from Miami

Can you say that?

Not many can

Some came by raft

The water’s warm

The people mostly cold

By wearing limited clothes

They can be very bold

English often coming

after Spanish, spoken first

Even Creole is common

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Invasive Species
7:22 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Man Wrestles, Kills Record-Size Python In Florida City

A state wildlife worker lies next to the body of a 18-foot Burmese python captured by Jason Leon of Palmetto Bay.
Credit Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Jason Leon said he has two regrets about slicing the head off the longest Burmese python recorded in Florida:

He wishes he didn’t have to slay the beast, and he wishes his bedroom walls were big enough to mount the snake’s skin.

“I’m actually really mad I had to kill it,” Leon, 23, said Monday.

“But at one point it coiled around both of my legs and my waist, and I wasn’t going to take a chance on letting that thing get to my neck.”

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Biking
6:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Bicycling In South Florida Isn't As Good As It Should Be, But It's Getting Better

The bicycling community in South Florida is showing signs of growth.
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Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida should be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling. 

RELATED: How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida

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Oklahoma City
1:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

South Florida Offers Help, Hope To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Our biggest rivals in the NBA? No matter. When tragedy strikes we stand together.
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When devastation on the scale of what we are seeing in Oklahoma City hits, the whole world feels the pain.

Especially in Miami, where we have had our city leveled and destroyed at various times in our history, notably Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992, which we recently revisited in a radio documentary.

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