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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.
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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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Community Contributor
6:34 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On

Gov. Scott has yet to activate a website meant to make state government more transparent.
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Florida taxpayers have spent $5 million on a budget transparency portal called Transparency 2.0 that promised to herald a new era for citizen access to the state’s informational stores.

Currently, questions remain as to whether the public will ever be able to use the program, which is ready to go but has sat unused for a year and a half.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Proposed Bill Would Protect LGBT Floridians Against Discrimination

A bill filed Thursday would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Florida Civil Rights Act already bans discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and marital status.
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Some two dozen states ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Florida isn’t one of them.

According to News Service of Florida, however, a bill filed in the House Thursday hopes to change that:

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Science
5:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Python Challenge Final Tally: 50 Dead Snakes And A Whole Lot Of Unanswered Questions

The Python Challenge: a bust or a boon? Depends on how you look at it.
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The wacky challenge that grabbed national headlines -- and perhaps more than its fair share of derision -- will come to a head Saturday morning, when the 2013 Python Challenge awards are presented in Miami.

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Great Backyard Bird Count
4:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

This Weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count Allows South Florida Birders To Shape Science

The painted bunting is just one of many species a South Florida birder might tally in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
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Dust off those binoculars and brush up on your birding skills. The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count is on and South Florida is a historical hotbed of action.

The four-day count -- a joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada -- is a large-scale citizen-science project with participants from around the globe. There's no cost to join and it's open to birders of all levels, from the casual feeder watcher to hardcore "listers." 

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Red Light Cameras On School Buses?
12:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

This Bill Could Mean Tickets From School Buses

Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater filed a bill in the House on Tuesday that would allow school districts to install cameras on school buses. This is an attempt to identify drivers who illegally pass buses when children are boarding.
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A familiar yellow school bus slows to pick up a group of giddy children at the corner. Florida drivers, perhaps caught in the morning rush to work, know they’re supposed to stop. After all, the bus’s retractable red stop sign and flashing lights serve as glaring reminders. But are motorists actually following the law?

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The State Of Florida's Union: Thirsty Marco Rubio And Spanish As A Second Language

Although Doral's City Council unanimously rejected the largely symbolic proposal to officially make Spanish its second language, Spanish is often a necessity for living in South Florida.
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On the Florida Roundup, we take a look at the week in news in our region and state:

  • As President Obama addressed the Congress and the nation, how is the state of Florida’s union?  From voting and gun rights to climate change, we take a look at what resonated here from the President’s speech.
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Live Chat on Tuesday, 4pm
7:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013?

February 19 At 4pm

StateImpact Florida and WLRN are holding an online education chat in advance of our WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall, where you'll get the chance to ask lawmakers about their education priorities this legislative session. 

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Hip Hop Symphony
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

VIDEO: A Hip Hop Symphony? Pablo Malco Shows South Florida Kids They Can Fulfill Their Visions

Dancer/actor/producer/teacher Pablo Malco is staging a Hip Hop Symphony in April in Fort Lauderdale.
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Pablo Malco, born in Brooklyn and raised just outside of  Houston, always felt like something of "a misfit" in his youth. His parents are from the West Indies/Trinidad and even when he moved to southern California at the age of 16, he struggled to find a community with the diversity he craved.

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida puts education reform to the test.
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StateImpact Florida journalists John O'Connor and Sarah Gonzalez travel the state to report on how education issues affect you.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

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Morikami Museum Curator Retires
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Morikami To Say Sayonara To Long-time Curator, Promises Public Won't Feel Any Pain

Tom Gregersen will retire at the end of the year from his 35-year post at Morikami Museum in Delray Beach.
Credit Morikami Museum

Changes are ahead for one of the country's largest museums dedicated to showcasing and preserving Japanese culture and history. Tom Gregersen, senior curator of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, is leaving his post after 35 years with the institution. Gregersen came to the museum about six months after its initial launch in 1977, meaning he's been there "pretty much from the beginning." 

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Sea Level Rise Maps
2:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Interactive Maps Paint A Picture Of Sea Level Rise In Florida

This map, from 1917, shows Florida before the issue of sea level rise was on the mind of many a coastal resident.
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 A new study from a German research institute identifies urban areas most threatened by sea level rise and indicates that although sea level rise has been occurring for more than a century, it's not happening at a steady rate around the globe. This is due to regional variances in temperature, circulation, and ocean density.

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Town Hall on Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Veteran Tallahassee Lobbyist Says His Profession Gets A Bad Rap

Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."

The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients.  But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.

Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.   

We asked Adams why his profession is so maligned. 

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Sweet Taste Of Latin America
11:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

How Chocolate Is Sweetening Ecuador's Economy

Santiago Peralta of Ecuador's Pacari Chocolate brings his sweet treats into the WLRN-Miami Herald Studios.
Credit WLRN Staff

There's a chocolatier in Quito, Ecuador, who is trying to sweeten the economic history of South America.

Santiago Peralta was tired of watching his country's prized cacao beans being shipped around the world so others could create prize-winning chocolate.

He was also weary of the low wages that simply exporting raw goods produced in his country.

So he had an idea. Start his own chocolate-making company and send ready-made Ecuadorian chocolate bars around the world instead.

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