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10:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Escape from 'Owl-catraz': Prison Firm Pulls Out Of FAU Stadium Deal

The stadium on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University
Credit Christine DiMattei

A $6 million deal that would have given a private prison company naming rights to Florida Atlantic University's stadium is now off. And that's leaving some FAU students wondering if another donation that size is coming around any time soon.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Unable To Vote In Miami, Local Venezuelans Mobilize For Road Trip To New Orleans

Emily Bello-Pardo, National Coordinator of VotoJoven in the US, and the Executive Director of Se Habla Venezolano Foundation.
Luis Cedeno

Absentee ballots. Polling centers open for days on end. Early voting. All of these are ways in which Americans can vote for their nation’s elections. So they might be shocked to hear me tell them that 19,542 Venezuelans living in the United States have to go through a much more grueling process to be able to do the same thing they can do rather easily.

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Sun Life Stadium
1:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Renovations: We Want To Hear Your Remix

Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

ENTER OUR REMIX THE NEWS CONTEST HERE

On January 14th, 2013 the Miami Dolphins announced a controversial plan to completely renovate Sun Life Stadium. The proposed renovations to the 25-year-old facility included expanded seating, a canopy to cover fans and new high-def video screens. The Miami Dolphins promised to privately finance at least half of the cost. The remaining funding would come from a $3 million-per-year tax rebate for the Dolphins and a 1% increase to the Miami-Dade County hotel bed tax.

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Arts
11:37 am
Tue April 2, 2013

O, Miami Headlines Poetry Month: Here's How To Celebrate

 

Today kicks off National Poetry Month, and O, Miami -- the biennial, South Florida poetry festival -- has lined up a myriad of creative ways to deliver a poem to every single person in the city.

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FWC Zeros In On Lionfish
9:03 am
Tue April 2, 2013

In The Fight Against A Lionfish Invasion, Florida Turns To Creative Photo Contest

Invasive, exotic lionfish have infiltrated the waters at Biscayne Bay National Park and elsewhere in South Florida.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden / WLRN

Lionfish are the newest target of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FWC) efforts to use social engagement to tackle the problem of exotic, invasives in the state. The FWC announced last week the launch of its "Lionfish Control Team" photo contest for the month of April.

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Life in Cuba
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Yoani Sanchez on Cuba-US Relations, Her Future And Life After The Castro Brothers

Sanchez says she would want exiled Cubans living in Miami to participate in the formation of the new government in Cuba after the Castro regime ends.
Credit Terence Shepherd

Famed Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez visited The Miami Herald editorial board Monday morning. We spoke to her in our studios with translation by WLRN's Patricia Sagastume.

Sanchez discussed the way people in Cuba perceive Miami, how she hopes to change things in Cuba through her blogging and the future for Cuba after the Castro regime ends.

You can read full coverage of her visit at miamiherald.com.

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Baby Boomer Drug Addiction
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse

More baby boomers are seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs.
Key Foster Flickr/Creative Commons

Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate. 

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.

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Community Contributor
2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
Credit Theo Karantsalis

Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.

He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since.  And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.

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Marlins Park
11:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

How The Marlins Stadium Deal Has Changed South Florida

Was it the Marlins stadium deal alone or the combination with the player purge that damaged the team's relationship with South Florida?
Credit Junior Henry / Flickr, Creative Commons

The public funding in the Marlins stadium deal has been called one of the biggest boondoggles in sports history. But hardly any stadium now is built with only private funds. Why do governments fund these facilities?

On April 1, opening day of Marlins' season, Rick Horrow with WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a special roundtable, Foul Ball! The Future of the Marlins in Miami, a two-hour radio special on the impact of the Marlins stadium deal. Some of the guests included:

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Artists in Residence in Everglades
11:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

For Inspiration, Everglades National Park Inserts Artists Deep In The Swamps

Naomi Fisher is the current resident artist in the Everglades AIRIE program. Her work will screen on March 30 at Everglades National Park.
Credit Naomi Fisher / AIRIE

Discussions of South Florida artist enclaves and art incubators typically reference places like Wynwood in Miami, FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale, or downtown Boynton Beach. Rarely do the Everglades enter into the conversation. Artists in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) could change that. 

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Chewing Gum, Sweat-Free Suits, And More: 5 Observations From The Capitol

The Florida Senate meets in an organizational session. This same group was recently caught doing the Harlem Shake in Senate Chambers.
Credit flsenate.gov

We're nearly halfway through the legislative session, and your roving Capitol bureau reporters are ready for a nap.

We'll need one, since the busiest days are still weeks away.

It was quiet at the Capitol in the days before Easter. So this seemed like a good time to share some observations made while covering the Florida Legislature.

Everybody chews gum. Lawmakers and lobbyists in particular can, in fact, walk and chew gum at the same time.

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Feral Cats in Florida
8:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Feral Cats Bill Pits Animal Welfare Advocates Against Conservationalists

Feral cats are a contentious topic in Florida.
Credit Austin Evan / Flickr Creative Commons

Animal welfare advocates are at odds with wildlife conservationalists as the Florida Senate prepares this week to look at a controversial feral cat bill. 

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Transportation
8:37 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Obama Says Miami Port Project Is Model For Infrastructure Investment Nationwide

Credit Jose Iglesias/El Nuevo Herald

President Obama traveled to PortMiami Friday to talk about the importance of the nation’s infrastructure to the economy. He outlined a plan for state and local governments to fund large-scale infrastructure projects through private sector partnerships.

PortMiami provided the perfect backdrop for the announcement. The port is undergoing a series of multimillion-dollar improvements including a $915 million project to dig a tunnel under Biscayne Bay that will directly connect the port to I-395.

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News
3:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Media Frenzy Erupts After FAU Student Told To ‘Stomp On Jesus’

Gov. Rick Scott is calling for a detailed report from Florida Atlantic University after one of its students claims he was disciplined for refusing to step on the name of Jesus.
Credit StateImpact

Sometimes people stand up for their beliefs by refusing to stand on them.

Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University and devout Mormon, claims he was thrown out of class by his instructor after refusing to step on the name of Jesus as part of a classroom exercise.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Dueling Governors And Dolphins Stadium

The day before President Obama speaks at PortMiami about the economy, Governor Scott says the federal government hasn't given the state enough money to support the ports.
Credit interbeat / Flickr, Creative Commons

On The Florida Roundup, here are some of the items on our rundown:

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