News

Pages

Community Contributor
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Fight For Civility In A Facebook Generation Begins With A Salutation

The Earl of Grantham will not be signing his letters

 

The other day I got an e-mail that was signed “Brgrds.” Brgrds?? What does that mean? Oh. Right. “Best Regards.” So, why on earth the author didn't just take the extra three (?) seconds and five key strokes to actually write the words “Best Regards,” I have no idea, but it was a big “aha!” moment for me. 

Read more
Session 2013
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Two Years Later, State Voting Law Fixes Take Root Where The Problem Was Caused

In Tallahassee, a series of proposals to repair the state election system is finding broad support in the Legislature that many say broke the voting process two years ago.

A Senate bill instituting one of the reforms proposed by Secretary of State  Ken Detzner has already been filed and there are clear signals from a House elections subcommittee that it will prepare a bill to launch the rest of them.

Read more
South Florida Traffic
8:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Study Makes It Clear: SoFla Traffic Is Terrible

TIME SUCK: South Floridians spent an average of 47 hours waiting in traffic in 2011, an hour more than the year before.

Researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute have quantified what most South Florida drivers already know deep in their guts: they are wasting more time, money and gasoline than ever sitting in worsening traffic.

The bottom line for the average commuter in 2011: 47 hours standing still behind the wheel, an increase of an hour over the previous year.

Read more
Medicaid
7:07 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Federal Approval Launches Florida's Transition To Medicaid By Managed Care

SENIORS FIRST: Florida's new managed care system for Medicaid could allow some seniors to 'age in place,' rather than move too soon to nursing homes.
Credit Kaiser Health News

TALLAHASSEE -- Federal health officials have approved a key part of Florida's effort to transform its Medicaid program, clearing the way for tens of thousands of seniors across the state to move into managed-care plans.

Read more
Arts
6:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Warning: These Images Are Meant to Confuse You

Lose yourself in this print at Butter Gallery in Wynwood.
Credit by Yuri Tuma

Go to Butter Gallery, a second-floor loft in a burgeoning mini-district of galleries in far-west Wynwood, if you're into being on a natural high. It's there that you'll find a solo show, Sym City, by local artist Yuri Tuma, whose quest for total Op Art abstraction is finally reaching full steam. The seven works on view comprise prints and one holographic work that takes bits of reality, flattens, mirrors and  repeats them into (legally) trippy infinity.

Read more
World AIDS Museum Florida
6:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Proposed World AIDS Museum In Search Of A Home In Wilton Manors

AIDS quilts were among the first recognizable forms of public memorial to victims of the disease.
Credit orsorama / Flickr Creative Commons

The World AIDS Museum is in search of a permanent home and it's hoping to set up shop in the Fort Lauderdale area. Organizers have their eye specifically on Wilton Manors, a neighborhood with an active LGBT community.   

Read more
Arts
4:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Got a Creative Cultural Idea to Make Miami Better? The Knight Foundation Wants to Give You Money

An upcoming "Weird Hialeah" bus tour rolls along thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant.
Credit via knightarts.org

Knight Foundation and its Knight Arts Challenge grants have lubricated the city's arts community for the past five years, funding projects great and small that benefit the greater cultural good.

Those free projections on the side of the New World Symphony building and events in the Soundscape park? Knight money. The sculpture garden at the Bass Museum? Knight money. Those off-beat Weird Miami bus tours? Yep, also Knight money.

Read more
Documentary Airing This Week
4:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Cuba's Secret Side: How To Order A Pizza In Havana

Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months filming in Cuba clandestinely-- and was detained over a dozen times

Airing Sunday, February 10 and February 17 at 2:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Filmmaker and author Karin Muller had always heard the argument over Cuba, but was never satisfied with what she learned.

According to some it is a tropical paradise, and according to others it is a police state that people are dying to escape from.

Read more
Miami International Film Festival
3:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami International Film Festival's Lineup Denser Than Ever

Miami International Film Festival tickets for the general public go on sale Friday.
Credit pedrosimoes7 / Flickr

Ten days, 117 feature-length films.

That’s right, the Miami International Film Festival has released the lineup for the much-anticipated event at the end of the month.

And, in its 30th year, it’s denser than ever.

The Miami Herald noted a few bound-to-be favorites:

Read more
Public Library
2:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Go Ahead, Download Those Songs – But Legally, Through Miami-Dade Library

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week from a digital collection of 3 million.
Credit Pixomar / freedigitalphotos.net

They can’t charge you late fees for this service.

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week, and keep them indefinitely.

The music service, Freegal, features a collection of about 285,000 artists and 3 million songs. It tracks each user’s downloads and resets every Monday.

Read more
Air Travel
10:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Down To One Runway, Ft. Lauderdale Airport Will Be Vulnerable To Mishaps And Delays

ONE: That's how many runways the airport will have while a runway expansion project is underway. Analysts say any runway mishap could close the airport down.
Credit Broward County Aviation

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International will increase its capacity for yearly takeoffs and landings by more than 50 percent once its new runway goes live 20 months from now.

But it's going to be tricky in the meantime. Building the new runway will require closing one of the airport's two existing runways and that will expose flights and travelers to the risk of unforeseen -- and possibly lengthy -- delays.

Read more
College Tuition
9:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Scott Wants No-Hike Tuition Guarantee For Students Who Can 'Finish In Four'

NO TIME TO LOSE: Graduating on time would be the key to a four-year tuition freeze under Gov. Rick Scott's plan.
Credit University of West Georgia

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's push to keep tuition low includes a new twist: tuition should be the same when students graduate as when they start.

Scott has offered legislation that would hold tuition steady for four years for students entering a state university this fall or afterward. The proposal is in the package he's sending to the Legislature.

And it sticks closely to something that Scott has pounded on for months: his belief that an era of nearly-annual tuition increases needs to end.

Read more
Community Contributor
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

There's Another Option When 'Miss' Becomes 'Ma'am,' At Least For Moms

Somewhere around the age of 30, I went from "miss" to "ma'am" in stores and restaurants. Maybe it was the wrinkles, the suits or the sensible purchasing decisions I was making, but I hated it. It was a massive leap from youth into some downward slope of old age.

It didn’t help that the first time I heard the dreaded “ma’am” I was standing in an Abercrombie & Fitch looking confused, staring through the dim light at an item of clothing, trying to make out if it was a shirt or a skirt.

“Can I help you, ma’am?”

Read more
Food Prices
8:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

$5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico

EXTREME TOMATO: The price in Japan is nearly five dollars for a single tomato. In the U. S., a prediction of five-dollars-a-pound is being debunked as a scare tactic to preserve Mexican market share.
Credit www.omroundtheworld.com

Will stopping Mexican tomatoes at the border raise tomato prices prohibitively for American consumers?

An importers group predicted recently that if the 1996 tomato agreement with Mexico is terminated, tomatoes could rise to $5 a pound in American supermarkets. Florida growers now say that's a scare tactic by interest groups who favor Mexican imports. "Under no circumstances will this be true," said Edward Beckman, president of Certified Greenhouse Farmers.

Read more
Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Youth Is No Barrier To Power In Tallahassee

MR. CHAIRMAN: Very young guys run very powerful committees in the Florida House. How did that happen?

Number crunching by a Florida university professor has led to an odd conspiracy theory about the Florida House of Representatives.

Not that Prof. Mark Soskin actually subscribes to the theory himself. As you hear on TV a lot, he's just sayin'.

Read more

Pages