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7:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Polo Season In Palm Beach: Here's a First-Timer's Guide

A Coca-Cola team player at the IPC field.
Credit Nila Do

Polo season has begun. Normally, I shrug off at anything that interrupts watching the NFL playoffs, but ever since my magazine did an article on the International Polo Club and polo champion Jeff Hall, my interest in the sport has piqued. And as a rookie spectator recently at the opening match, I had no idea what to expect. For all you other rookies out there, here’s my guideline to your first-ever polo match:

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Immigration Reform
7:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Rubio's Tea Party Ties Starting To Fray

AMONG FRIENDS: Tea Party support catapulted candidate Marco Rubio to the U. S. Senate in 2010.
Credit Daron Dean/Tampa Bay Times

U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio's leadership in the movement to reform American immigration policy has complicated his once-cozy relationship with the conservative organization formerly known as the Tea Party.

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News
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Study Says Florida Could Boost Economy With More Advertising

A Taxwatch study finds that South Beach could have more international visitors - boosting the state's economy - if Florida would spend more money on advertising.
Credit mgiants/flickr

Florida gets about 87 million visitors a year. The nonprofit research group Florida Taxwatch wanted to know what would happen to the economy if that number reached 100 million.

The group did a study. The results suggest 121-thousand jobs would be created and other good things would happen to the economy.

So, the report recommends that the Legislature allocate more money for advertising.

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Musical Tribute To Spec's
6:49 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Swan Song For Spec's Music Stores

Herald Music Critic Howard Cohen Still Keeps His Eye On Helen Reddy.
Credit Howard Cohen

In 1973, future Miami Herald music critic Howard Cohen burst into the Spec's Music store on South Dixie Highway in Coral Gables with of all the energy of a 10-year-old about to begin a 40-year habit.

That's because he was.  

He and his mother had piled into their 1971 yellow Ford Pinto for the express purpose of taking home Helen Reddy.  At least in the form of her hit single, "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)." 

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Florida Python Challenge
4:10 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

The Python Challenge Scoreboard So Far: 37 Less Burmese Pythons In The Everglades

The Burmese python is persona non grata in the 'glades.
Credit wildxplorer / Flickr Creative Commons

With just a little more than a week remaining in the hunt, the 2013 Python Challenge has seen the capture and (hopefully relatively swift and painless) killing of 37 Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- which is sponsoring the hunt -- announced the latest kill count on Tuesday morning via its official Facebook page.

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Arts
2:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Watch This Video Of Local Works By 16 Street Artists In Under Two-And-A-Half Minutes

Paint a dumpster? Why not. Look for this collaboration between 131 and Lister in the video.

When the Miami-based artist who goes by 131 Projects moved into the Bakehouse Art Complex in 2009 for a residency, he realized something troubling about the place. A painter known for tightly woven, almost frenzied abstract canvases, he cut his teeth in Miami's quasi-legal street art world. And, to someone with a background in dashing through brightly painted alleyways, the Bakehouse walls looked pretty empty.

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The Art Of Science
12:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Three Miami Thinkers Take On Beavers At The End Of The World

A group of Miami-based artists and scientists went to Tierra del Fuego as part of Ensayos, a multi-disciplinary research project.
Photo by Melissa Memory

In 1946, a bizarre cargo shipment stopped over at the Pan American Airlines headquarters in Miami. En route to Tierra del Fuego, the southern most tip of South America, fifty North American Beavers were temporarily housed in a walk-in refrigerator maintained by the airline. The door of the fridge, however, was made of wood.

This is oversight at its worst; Beavers in a prison made of wood.

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South Florida Theater
11:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Why Is Maltz Jupiter Theatre Flourishing While Other South Florida Theaters Shutter Their Doors?

Maltz Jupiter Theatre is riding high on 23 Carbonell nominations.
Credit Alicia Donelan / Courtesy Maltz Jupiter Theatre

 Andrew Kato, producing artistic director for Maltz Jupiter Theatre, would never criticize another South Florida theater company, especially for following its artistic vision. The fact remains, however, that the theater he oversees -- which just nabbed 23 nominations in the Carbonell Awards -- is flourishing while other South Florida theaters have shuttered their doors.

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Public Insight Network
10:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Do You Know Who Your State Legislators Are?

Redistricting last year may have had a role in making it more difficult for PIN members to name their state legislators. Above, a map showing pre-redistricting Senate district boundaries (in red) and current Senate district boundaries (in black).

The state Legislature, perhaps more than Congress, passes laws that have a direct impact on the day-to-day life of a Floridian: how much you pay in sales tax, how much time you have to vote, how you obtain a gun.

Tallahassee is in our lives every day. It's only 480 miles away. And yet, for many in South Florida, it might as well be on another continent. 

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Florida Water
9:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Our Rivers And Springs Are Getting Sicker, Former Fla. Governor Says It's Because Of 'Bad Policies'

The Loxahatchee River in Palm Beach County is a popular spot for outdoor recreation.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

 A scathing guest column that appeared Wednesday in the Orlando Sentinel says "severe budget cuts are seriously compromising the ability of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and Legislature and water management districts to adequately protect our state's natural resources."

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Community Contributor
7:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Tony Succar Mixes Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson

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Child Abuse Law
7:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Florida Wants You To Know: You Are Legally Responsible For Reporting Child Abuse

Florida has launched a campaign to help people identify signs of child abuse.
Credit http://dontmissthesigns.org/

The toughest child abuse reporting law in the nation went into effect in Florida last October.

It used to be that only parents or caregivers suspected of abuse had to be reported.  

Now, anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected is required to report it regardless of the suspect.  Failure to do so could lead to a felony charge resulting in a five year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.

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Artists Collaborate
6:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Check It Out: What Happens When An Inaugural Poet And A South Florida Painter Make Art Together

Two maps of the world - one of how Europeans thought of the world before Columbus, the other after.
John Bailly

A painter who lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University has collaborated with inaugural poet Richard Blanco to create paintings based on his poetry.

Their project, Place of Mind, will be exhibited in February in a New York gallery. The pieces were originally exhibited in 2007 at the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library.

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Cats and Wildlife
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Are Cats A Threat To Nature Or Simply Man's Favorite Scapegoat?

Is this the face of a killer? He would be, if given half the chance.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

A teddy bear of a cat stretches across a desk. His baseball-sized orange paws skim the keyboard as his purring body contorts into a position that exposes an expansive patch of striped belly. The tableau, which plays out in my home office on a near-daily basis, is a pleasant distraction from this week's reminder that my loyal companion is a natural born killer.

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Florida's Aquifer
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply

Florida's current computer models for tracking underground water flow are coming up short.
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr Creative Commons

Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifers is integral to maintaining  a safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes," according to some critics. 

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