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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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Florida Legislature
7:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nothing Says 'Miami' To Tallahassee Like A Vat Of Paella (And A Pitch For Funds)

A TON OF STUFF: The seafood, rice and chicken dish known as paella is dished up at the capitol to celebrate Miami-Dade County.
Credit Rick Stone

TALLAHASSEE -- If your plan is to manufacture paella on an industrial, thousand-meals-a-batch scale, first thing you need is a truck. And a trailer, with a heat source. A giant cooking pan, maybe a dozen feet across. And, of course, a ton of food.

Literally a ton.

"It's maybe two thousand pounds of stuff," said Chef Bijan, the official paella chef of Miami-Dade Days at the state capitol. "Chicken, crab, shrimp, saffron, peppers."

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Needle Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program

These needles were found under an I-95 overpass in Overtown.
Hansel Tookes

A group of students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is behind an effort to get Florida to implement a syringe-exchange program in the state. A bill under consideration in the Florida Legislature would establish a pilot program in Miami-Dade  allowing intravenous drug users to turn in dirty needles and syringes in exchange for clean ones.

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That's So Miami
3:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Love or Hate Miami? Tell Us In Verse

 

In honor of National Poetry Month, WLRN - Miami Herald News is teaming up with the O, Miami poetry festival to bring you That's So Miami--a project documenting your thoughts about Miami, in verse.    

We want to see your Miami, not “CSI: Miami” or “Miami Vice” or “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach.” The only rule is that your poem has to begin or end with the phrase, “That’s so Miami.”

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Poetry Project
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Foreclosure, Citrus Trees, Failed Relationships And Traffic: Best Poems From That's So Miami

Gallo/ Chicken
@JessicaGross on Twitter

Happy National Poetry Month!! All month long we will be bringing you the best poems from our ongoing That's So Miami project, a joint venture with O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Miami Dish
11:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Where To Eat In Miami: Restaurants To Add To The New York Times List

Mixed seafood ceviche take-out from My Ceviche in South Beach
Credit Andres Aravena

In her March 22 article in the New York Times, Liesl Schillinger wrote that she wanted to capture the Miami restaurants and tourist haunts that are  "uncool" and serve "the salty fried food, the lime-drenched cocktails." 

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Medical Marijuana
10:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

What's Snuffing Out Medical Weed In Florida?

SURVIVING ON POT: ALS patient Cathy Jordan has outlived her prognosis by decades, she believes, because of marijuana.
Credit Rick Stone

    

A medical marijuana bill sponsored by two South Florida Democrats has reached the end of the line in Tallahassee.

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