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Energy
1:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

What FPL's President Thinks About Nukes, Renewables

A view of Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point nuclear power plant in South Miami-Dade County.
Credit www.fpl.com

  

In a wide-ranging interview back in February, Florida Power & Light President Eric Silagy addressed a number of issues facing the state's largest utility.

The responses prompted a slew of feedback on topics ranging from storm preparedness and climate change to renewable energy sources.

Nuclear Power

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Education
1:06 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

FAU President Resigns After 'Significant Controversies'

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders resigned effective immediately from her top post at the university. She'll stay on as a member of the faculty.
Credit fau.edu

Mary Jane Saunders has quit.

The president of Florida Atlantic University says bad publicity splashed across national headlines was too much.

Next month would have been Saunders’ three-year anniversary as president.

While the university is showcasing her string of accomplishments, there was no way to get around a spate of missteps in recent months.

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Publishing
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Bookstores Don't Reflect Miami's Literary Health

The recently closed Barnes & Noble in Aventura.
Credit Broward Palm Beach New Times

Many have taken the recent closing of Barnes and Noble in Aventura and the general dearth of bookstores in Miami as an omen, a portentous sign that the city is somehow culturally headed in the wrong direction.

And the easy takedown of South Florida, both nationally and from locals, is that a lack of bookstores is representative of a stupid populace, or an uncultured mass mostly focused on booze and partying.

But bemoaning the death of the bookstore is missing the point. It’s happening everywhere. And it’s not just a South Florida issue.

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Jewish Museum Of Florida Shares Stories Of Struggles

Housed in a former synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU features the original 1936 stained glass windows and marble platform, or bimah, from which sacred scripture was read.

 

In 1887 Marcus Weinkle’s loving parents buried him alive. That act likely saved the 13-year-old’s life and certainly set in motion an odyssey that took him from his native Russia to, eventually, Central Florida.

  His story – and that of countless other Jewish immigrants with a Florida connection – comes alive in the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Miami Beach.

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Sports
7:20 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Swimming Hall Of Fame In Broward Moving To California?

The International Swimming Hall of Fame may leave Fort Lauderdale when its lease with the city expires in 2015.
Credit Victor Martinez/Flickr

If the city of Santa Clara has its way, the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale may move to California.

That's right, Santa Clara, the city that just built a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers and is neck-n-neck with South Florida in a bid for Super Bowl L.

Santa Clara says it plans to raise $2 million for an endowment to support the swimming hall as well as $10 million to move it to the West Coast.

The hall has also received inquiries from England and China.

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Miami Art Museum
6:46 am
Wed May 15, 2013

How A Miami Billionaire's $100 Print Became A $20 Million Collection

How it all began: The $100 Joan Miro lithograph that launched Perez's collection in the late 1960's. It still hangs in his office.
The Related Group

"It was ages ago," says Jorge Perez with a laugh, recalling the first artwork he ever invested in.

It was purchased when Perez was still a young student in New York, years before he became a billionaire developer and the man Time Magazine dubbed the "Donald Trump of the tropics.”

"It was a Miró.  A Miró lithograph.  It cost me $100,” says Perez, with another chuckle.  “I still have it in my office.”

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Climate Change
6:03 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React

Shore birds in South Florida are facing down the threat of rising sea levels.
Credit Hunter-Desportes / Flickr Creative Commons

Humans aren't the only species facing an uncertain future in South Florida should current sea level rise predictions prove accurate. Migratory and resident shore birds also would feel the pinch of encroaching salt water, beach erosion, and shore line and habitat loss. 

When examining current land modeling and other scientific data, in addition to physical evidence, "It becomes clear what a substantial threat sea level rise will be," said Julie Wraithmell, director of Wildlife Conservation, Florida, for the National Audubon Society. 

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Environment
2:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North

Roseate spoonbills are increasingly ditching South Florida for points north.
Credit Patdaversa / Flickr Creative Commons

The roseate spoonbill -- often mistaken by confused tourists for the non-native flamingo -- is one of Florida's great iconic species. Dubbed "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds" by naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, the gangly creatures are an increasingly rare sight in South Florida. 

According to a feature in the May-June issue of Audubon Magazine, spoonbills have been vacating South Florida in droves, heading north to more hospitable (read: often less developed) lands.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Dolphins Spend $10M On Failed Stadium Vote

The Florida legislative session ended without state approval of public money to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Credit sunlife.com
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Arts
6:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Boynton Beach's Growing Arts Scene Keeps Things "Fresh And Green"

Artists will work to repaint the bay doors in the Boynton Beach Art District with colorful murals as part of an ongoing public exhibition.
Credit ActivistArtistA / Boynton Beach Art District

As one of the key players behind the up-and-coming Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD), artist and gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero is getting no down time during South Florida's "off season." Barrero is among the region's year-round residents who stick it out during the slow, sultry months to ensure his pet projects make it through to grow another season.

"It's time to get the community to really step it up if we're going to become a year-round arts scene," said Barrero, who owns ActivistArtistA, which serves as something of a launching pad for many of the BBAD projects. 

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Americas
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Feels Pain Of Guatemala Genocide, Narco-Terror

Guatemala in recent years has been the site of massacres perpetrated by narco-gangs that are all too reminiscent of the 1980s butchery.
Credit wbur.org

The last time I spoke with former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt, in 2003, he was running (unsuccessfully, thank God) for President—and he was delusional as ever.

Every bit as unhinged from reality as he’d been two decades before, during the darkest days of Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, when as military dictator from 1982-83, he led a “scorched earth” campaign that killed thousands of mostly indigenous Maya peasants.

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Community Contributor
8:46 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Miami Theater Center Redefines Itself With "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree"

Miami Theater Center spreads its wings with a performance of “Inanna and the Huluppu Tree."
Credit Pavel Antonov

The Miami Theater Center is growing. IFrom the annual contemporary performance SandBox Series to being the new home for Mad Cat Theater Company, MTC has redefined itself as a vibrant center of culture in sleepy Miami Shores.

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Community Contributor
8:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included

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.

Green sequin bikini.

Purple hair and skinny.

Red lipped.

Boob equipped.

Blue high heeled kid.

I saw it, I did.

Thats so Miami.

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Arts
7:01 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Yes, Art Abounds North Of Wynwood

Galleries now occupy former warehouses north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Photo courtesy FAT Village Facebook page

Last week's satirical Fort Lauderdale slam by The Onion claimed the city “lacks any kind of cultural depth," something hotly disputed by locals.

So, where are the cultural gems in Broward and Palm Beach counties? Don’t get fooled by the wealth of strip malls, high-rises, and balmy palm tree landscape.

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Radio
6:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Health Care

Special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.
Credit WLRN

HEALTH CARE

From world famous beaches to international trade flows, South Florida has become one of the world's most vibrant and diverse economies.

Through a series of one-hour radio programs, special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on Mondays in May and June exploring The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.

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