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6:20 am
Thu March 28, 2013

South Florida Seniors To Lawmakers: Hands Off Our Arcades

Above: 75-year-old Emma Illel plays one of the games at Cleopatra Arcade in Boynton Beach. Below: Outside Cleopatra, a message for Florida lawmakers
Credit Christine DiMattei

Playing cards -- even though you hate it.

Going shopping -- although you already have a closetful of clothes.

Staying home and watching television? Yawn.

Golf?  Not on your life.

Many of the senior citizens who gathered Tuesday in solidarity at Boynton Beach’s Cleopatra Arcade paint a grim picture of a future without their beloved senior arcades.

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Politics
11:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

How To Create A Specialty License Plate In Florida

Florida has more than 100 active specialty license plates, including the "Trees Are Cool" plate.
Credit www.flhsmv.gov/dmv

Have an idea for a specialty license plate in Florida?

You can create one by jumping through a few hoops, forking out some cash, and convincing the Legislature to approve it.

Just as lawmakers pass bills that Gov. Rick Scott signs into law, both the House and Senate have to vote for proposed specialty plates.

Take the proposed Sun, Sea, and Smiles specialty plate. For an additional $25 above the cost of a standard plate, drivers may soon be able to get a specialty plate that raises money for a half-dozen Caribbean-related charities.

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The Environment
8:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Volunteers Pull 57,154 Pounds Of Litter From Natural Areas

ERM volunteers pull old tires and other debris from a Palm Beach County-managed natural area.
Courtesy photo ERM

On a recent Sunday morning, a group of hikers paused on a heavily canopied trail to observe a bird perched high atop a tree, its body silhouetted against the rising sun. A brief hush took hold as binoculars focused in on the back-lit bird, loudly churring its morning song. Bodies shifted for a better view, until: "Yep, great crested flycatcher!"

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Community Contributor
2:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

With Majority Of Floridians In Favor, Lawmakers Debate Medicinal Marijuana

Goldstein's daughter would benefit if medicinal marijuana is approved in Florida.
Credit Photo provided

My dedication to legalizing medical marijuana results from personal experience. My daughter has epilepsy, and although she was always compliant with her medication, she continued to have occasional seizures. When she moved to California for her job, and had yet another seizure, she met with a neurologist, who recommended that she join a medical marijuana dispensary. That was in 2000. She has not had another seizure since.

But she cannot come home to visit us in Florida. Because of our marijuana laws, she cannot legally maintain her doctor-recommended medical regimen.

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Politically-Charged Art in Boynton Beach
10:01 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Miami Artist Who Faced Censorship In Pembroke Pines Moves Sex Exploitation Statement to Boynton

'Baby Whores and Other Political Commentaries' will feature work by EVol i ART, plus many others.
Credit EVol i ART

South Florida artist Virginia Erdie strives to be "a little bit of an activist" with her work. It's fitting, then, that her art has ruffled a few feathers along the way. Her next major installation almost didn't see the light of day.

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Florida Session 2013
8:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Governor Scott: "I Made The Tough Choices, Now We're Making Smart Choices"

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Phil Latzman

 

We spoke with the governor about his hopes for this legislative session, his political turn to the left, his support of Medicaid expansion and teacher raises, the issue of illegal internet cafes, guns, jobs, property insurance and a proposed texting-while-driving ban.

HIS POLITICAL SHIFT

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How Do Sharks Feel? Not As Cold As You'd Suspect
6:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Here's What It Feels Like To Pet A Live Shark

Writer Tricia Woolfenden performs a nictitating membrane reflex test on a female bull shark during a shark tagging expedition.
Credit Megan Jacobson / Sharktagging.com

When we caught the first shark of the day, I'd already spent a good hour or so turning Neil Hammerschlag's words over in my head, like a gambler might fidget with a lucky coin in his pocket: 

"We might not see any sharks today." 

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

South Florida Artists Squeezed Out Of Local Galleries and Museums

Marcus Bickler: more local galleries ought to show works of South Florida artists.
Credit Photo provided

When Art Basel came to Miami Beach in 2002, I couldn’t have been happier. I was about to graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art and had plans to return to Florida. It seemed this was the place to be – outside of New York, that is. Over the years, Art Basel has grown, with satellite shows and pop-up galleries expanding throughout Miami.

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Miami Dish
11:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Supper Club Brings A Slice Of Persia To South Florida

Salad shirazi or chopped salad with tomato, cucumber, parsley and lemon juice
Credit Trina Sargalski

Last month, Josh's Deli in Surfside was transformed into the Saffron Supper Club. The lights were turned down, and the duck prosciutto and smoked salmon were tucked away. Candles covered the long diner counter, and an infatuating aroma of nutty rice tahdig greeted dinners.

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Questions From Town Hall
10:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Bookseller Wonders, Why Doesn't Florida Get Sales Tax For Stuff You Buy On The Internet?

FIVE YEARS, FIVE TRIES: State. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda says no-new-tax sentiment has blocked her attempts to pass an Internet sales tax bill.
Credit Rick Stone

Florida's sales tax is a huge competitive downside for local retailers who sell the same products as their Internet competitors.

Because online sellers rarely collect the sales tax, it leaves the brick-and-mortar shops at a roughly 7-percent price disadvantage. And that's why business and retail lobbies have been demanding sales tax collection for online sales for years.

The issue arose during the WLRN-Miami Herald Session 2013 Town Hall last month, where we heard from Fort Lauderdale bookseller Donna Mergenhagen.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Saying Goodbye To The Miami Herald Building That Once Housed The Community’s Pulse

A worker in the press building at One Herald Plaza.
Credit Photo by Eric Barton

On a mostly sun drenched South Florida day, about 900 former Miami Herald employees—myself included-- joined the current staff on Wednesday to reminisce, cry, and mourn the loss of the once proud building by the bay that will soon become a hotel/condo and possible mega casino now planned for the old property.

The Miami Herald isn’t going away. The newspaper operations, along with news partner WLRN, will move out to Doral in April.

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Science
7:02 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Impact Of Tamiami Trail Bridge 'Will Be Huge,' Says Conservationalist

The Tamiami Trail bridging seeks to restore historic water flows to the Everglades.
Credit Balthazira / Flickr Creative Commons

State officials, local dignitaries, and conservationalists gathered last Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Tamiami Trail bridge project. The plan took more than two decades to achieve and is part of a larger effort to restore fresh water flow to the Everglades.

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News
5:43 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Update: FAA Closes Boca Raton, North Perry Control Towers, Spares Opa-locka

Air traffic controller Ron Wooldridge guides in flights at Boca Raton Airport. Boca is one of two small South Florida airports losing their control towers to sequestration cuts.
Credit Christine DiMattei

North Perry and Boca Raton airports are among 149 small facilities nationwide where federal budget cuts have forced closures of air traffic control towers.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the decision today, nearly a month after it released a preliminary list of towers that could be affected.  

The tower at Miami-Dade's Opa-locka Airport had originally been considered for closure, but it's now on the list of only 24 towers nationwide that will be kept operational.

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Religion
3:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Miami Archdiocese Uses TV Ad To Draw Catholics To Confession

Archdiocese of Miami coat of arms
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Archdiocese of Miami is using a TV ad to encourage the Catholic faithful to come to confession this weekend as part of the Lenten season.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Medicaid Expansion, Dolphins Stadium: What You Should Know From This Week's News

Join us for a conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon, for an all-staff show during the pledge drive. 

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