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2:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Springtime Makes Grand Entrance In Tallahassee

Springtime Belles and Gents -- These high school students perform community service and are trained in poise and etiquette.
Gina Jordan/WLRN

Saturday morning temperatures in the low 40's gave way to an afternoon in the low 80's as 100,000 people packed downtown Tallahassee for the Springtime Tallahassee parade and festival.

 

The annual event celebrates the city's history and culture.

 

The parade features antebellum floats, belles and gents, horse drawn carriages and the obligatory high school marching bands.

 

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That's So Miami
1:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cafecito, Bayside, Feeding Birds And Haitian Creole: The Best of That's So Miami

@rjm_ on Twitter/ Instagram

Here we go again!  Check out some of our favorite #ThatsSoMiami poems from the last couple of days. Like what you see? Check out our Tumblr page, where we collect your submissions and post them for your viewing (laugh out loud) pleasure. Click here to make your submission.

(James Arthur Anderson, North Miami)

That’s so Miami: walk boldly to the window

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Personal Essay
9:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Saying Goodbye To Fashion Designer Lilly Pulitzer

One of the classic "Lilly" dresses by Palm Beach designer Lilly Pulitzer.
Credit Etsy.com

My wardrobe is completely Lilly Pulitzer-free. 

And today, I regret it.

As the fashion world mourns the death of the socialite-turned-designer, who died Sunday in Palm Beach at the age of 81, I find myself wondering what about Pulitzer’s signature line was so intimidating to me.

Were the sherbet orange and sea foam green prints too bold for me?

Did I feel my triceps weren’t toned enough to pull off that sleeveless shift?

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Politics
8:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Governor Says He'll Sign Internet Cafe Ban

Cleopatra's Arcade in Boynton Beach may have to shut down. Gov. Rick Scott says he'll sign a ban on internet cafes that includes senior arcades.
Credit Christine DiMattei/WLRN

 Editor's note: This story was written by intern Jordan Michael. 

Internet cafes operate under loopholes in Florida gaming law -- loopholes that will be closed after Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill into law.

The bill will ban Internet cafes, but opponents say it will have unintended consequences like closing arcades tailored to seniors.

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Arts
7:02 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Palm Beach International Film Festival: Four Documentaries To See (VIDEO)

'Haiti Untold' will have its US premiere at Palm Beach International Film Festival.
Credit Courtesy photo / Palm Beach International Film Festival

The Palm Beach International Film Festival boasts a few star-studded indie films, but the schedule also is packed with a host of alternately gritty and inspirational documentaries featuring everyday folks in extraordinary circumstances. 

The festival, which kicked off on April 4, continues through Thursday. Every day, there are a dozen or so films screening at various theaters throughout Palm Beach County. You can't be everywhere at once, so below are four documentaries to consider making a priority at this year's festival. 

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News
6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

'Owl-catraz' Revisited: ACLU Defends FAU Students Against Alleged Intimidation

Credit Christine DiMattei

“Owl-catraz” is no more.

But it seems the controversy over a private prison company’s efforts to buy naming rights to Florida Atlantic University’s stadium is far from over.

In a letter to FAU’s Dean of Students, the American Civil Liberties Union criticizes the university for an alleged retaliation against seven students for rallying against the defunct deal. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Survey: What South Floridians Think About Gun Control

Melissa Aptman was murdered in 1995. Her parents created the Melissa Institute to study the causes of violence and try to make communities safer.
Credit melissainstitute.org

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention commissioned a survey last month to measure South Floridians' attitudes about guns as opposed to the rest of the state.

Results show residents overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun purchases.

The institute in South Miami was founded by Lynn Aptman. Her daughter Melissa was shot to death during a carjacking in St. Louis two weeks before her college graduation in 1995.

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Everglades Day
5:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

How WLRN Will Celebrate 'Everglades Day' Throughout April

Katy Fox-O'Malley

On Sunday, April 7th, Florida will celebrate its first official “Everglades Day.” Established by the Florida Legislature, Everglades Day honors South Florida’s unique wetland ecosystem, the wild inhabitants who live there and all the passionate Floridians working to conserve this magical place.

As a tribute, WLRN will run a month-long TV and radio series entitled, "Guardians of the Everglades" which will profile people from a variety of different backgrounds but who are bound by a common desire to save our state's national treasure for future generations.

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Events
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Miami's Philanthropy Festival Is A Fun Way To Learn About Nonprofit Life, Work

Credit Mitchell Zachs/magicalphotos.com

The second annual PhilanthroFest kicks off Saturday at noon in downtown Miami. The event is like speed-dating for volunteers, donors, nonprofits and the people who may need them.

More than 100 organizations are participating in the event that runs from noon until 6:30 p.m. at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, at 300 NE Second Ave.

PhilanthroFest co-founder Estrellita Sibila says the festival is helpful for local nonprofits, which sometimes have to compete with organizations from out-of-town.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Yoani Sanchez, Miami Dolphins

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon today on 91.3FM WLRN:

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Music
11:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Five Local Acts You Need To Watch At The Heineken Transatlantic Festival

Miami act Psychic Mirrors are a must-see this weekend.
Credit Psychic Mirrors on Facebook

This weekend marks the 11th annual edition of the Heineken Transatlantic Festival, a project spearheaded by the Rhythm Foundation in 2003. Like most other musical events mounted by the area nonprofit, the focus here is on a confluence of sounds from across the globe.

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Florida Panther Released in PBC
8:01 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Florida Panther Released In Palm Beach County: VIDEO

A Florida panther is released April 3 into Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach County.
Credit Tim Donovan/MyFWCmedia / Flickr

Florida wildlife news often is dominated by loss: record numbers of manatee deaths, an endangered species on the brink of extinction, invasives over-taking entire ecosystems and so on.

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Urban Planning
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

How Immigration And Urbanization Make Miami A Global City On The Edge

Design for Cities 2030
Credit University of Miami

The secret to why international cities like Miami continue to grow and thrive while others might wither and die is the subject of a day-long symposium today in Coral Gables.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Senator: 'There Is Clearly A Divide" In Florida Over Gun Policy

Sen. Chris Smith says most people like the Stand Your Ground law until they learn more about it.
Credit Jordan Michael/WLRN

Results from a Quinnipiac University poll last month show Florida voters like the idea of universal background checks for gun buyers.

They also like the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, isn't surprised by either of those results.

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Palm Beach International Film Festival
7:01 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Palm Beach International Film Festival Looks To Make Stars Out Of The Audience

'Lost Boy Home' will screen at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.
Credit Courtesy photo / Palm Beach International Film Festival

On the schedule for this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival are some of the usual suspects: Independent films starring Hollywood stars given the freedom to explore something outside of the typecasting norm. But the festival, which kicks off today, also includes an opportunity for South Floridians to become the star of the show while literally exploring a city's real and imagined history. 

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