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Norman Van Aken's Word On Food
3:43 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Caldo Gallego: White Bean Soup From Spain Is A Taste Of Key West

Caldo Gallego is a white bean soup made with pork, potatoes, collard greens, boniato and garlic.

It may surprise some of you but I used to be quite shy when it came to going into restaurants and trying dishes and ingredients I had not known growing up, (as I had) in a small town in Northern Illinois. Now I am known for being “all in” when it comes to that… but we all have our ‘earlier selves’...don’t we?

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Venezuelan Election
3:30 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Campaign Heats Up Ahead Of Sunday's Vote To Replace Hugo Chavez

A Venezuelan flag flutters in the wind. On Sunday, South Floridians pick a successor to Hugo Chavez.
Credit Guillermo Esteves

This Sunday, Venezuelans return to the polls for yet another presidential election.

This vote is to replace the late Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last month after winning re-election in October.

Interim president Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's former vice president, has tried to embody his former boss as he runs for the permanent job. The man who was defeated in the fall -- Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles -- is waging a more aggressive campaign.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Deal Close; Rubio's Role In Immigration Reform Grows

Dolphins rendering of proposed $400-million renovation of Sun Life Stadium
Credit www.miamidolphins.com

Marathon talks between the Miami Dolphins and Miami Dade County officials appear to have delivered a tentative deal.

In the agreement, the Dolphins would receive $7.5 million a year in hotel sales taxes to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The deal also stipulates that the Dolphins repay the county between $110 million and $120 million over the next 30 years. The team would face huge penalties if it fails to bring high-profile sporting events to the stadium, including four Super Bowls and four college football championship games.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Just Like That, Kaboom! Adds Three New Playgrounds In Miami

Kaboom! plans to build 150 playgrounds this year.

For the third Saturday in a row an under-utilized patch of land in South Florida was transformed.

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Seminole Tribe Photo Exhibition
7:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Rediscovered Photographs From 1910 Offer A Glimpse Of Seminole Life In The Everglades

Photos from the Julian Dimock collection will be on exhibition through the end of the year.
Credit Julian Dimock Collection / American Museum of Natural History

Throughout the month, WLRN will celebrate the Everglades in audio, visual, and written form. On Sunday, Florida's singular River of Grass got a national shout-out when the weekend edition of NPR's "All Things Considered" profiled an exhibition of recently "rediscovered" photographs of Seminole subjects living in the Everglades in 1910.

In her introduction to the story, host Jacki Lyden spoke of her annual spring pilgrimage to the Everglades: "There's nothing quite as evocative as the Florida of mangrove swamps and inhospitable terrain that you will find in the Seminole territories..."

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News
7:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Silence Isn't An Option For Miami's Holocaust Survivors

Credit Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Isaac Klein is standing arm-in-arm with his wife at the edge of three small steps. They lead down to a pond that surrounds Kenneth Treiester’s famous Sculpture of Love and Anguish.  

Klein shared his personal account of tragedy at the hands of the Nazis.  “I will tell you a little story, a sad story about myself,” he said. “I am a holocaust survivor and one of the twins of Dr. Joseph Mengele.”

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Arts
3:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Poetry In Motion: A Chat With O, Miami's P. Scott Cunningham

P. Scott Cunningham at O, Miami 2011
Credit Robby Campbell / From the NEA website

P. Scott Cunningham is the founder of O, Miami, a biennial poetry festival in Miami organized by the University of Wynwood and with support from the Miami-based Knight Foundation. The festival is happening this month.

WLRN: Tell us a little bit about yourself. The real P. Scott Cunningham. 

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unlike Most States, Florida Forbids Nurse Practitioners From Prescribing Some Drugs

Florida law restricts nurse practitioners from prescribing all kinds of medicine.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Once upon a time, nurses were not allowed to take blood pressure – only the doctor could do that. Times change.

  But they haven’t changed enough. For 19 years, nurse practitioners in Florida have tried to get the right to practice to the full extent of our education and capability, which includes prescribing scheduled substances. So far, our efforts have been fruitless.

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Politics
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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