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Climate Change
6:32 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Maps: How Sea Level Rise Could Impact Miami-Dade County

A map of the current sea level in south Florida.
Credit Marco A. Ruiz / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County is grappling with how to repair and replace parts of its aging sewage system, under pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Water and Sewer Department has drawn up a $1.5 billion plan.

However, the clean-water advocacy group Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper says the plan doesn’t take into account the potential for sea level rise at its three coastal treatment plants on Virginia Key and in North Miami and South Miami-Dade.

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Salome at Palm Beach Opera
4:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Horrifically Beautiful' And Bloody 'Salome' Comes To Palm Beach Opera

Blood, lust, incest, and revenge are on the bill at Salome at Palm Beach Opera.
Credit Courtesy photo

Incest. Psychosis. Sexual taboo. Murder. A make-out session involving a severed head. Salome isn't the typical night at the opera. Likewise, the production at Palm Beach Opera this weekend is something of a departure for the South Florida cultural institution. 

"For us, German repertoire is not so often done," said Scott Guzielek, Palm Beach Opera director of artistic operations. "It's a great way for our audience to be exposed to a different style of music."

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Sports
2:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

FIU Begins Inaugural Season Of Beach -- Scratch That -- Sand Volleyball

FIU begins its inaugural sand volleyball season this month.
Credit Josh Ritchie

The sport that Podschweit, Stepanova and the rest of the inaugural Florida International University sand volleyball team will play this spring is a far cry from the bikinis and golden tans that some might have envisioned. For starters, when the NCAA established it as a collegiate sport last year, modest clothing was regulated.

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Arts
11:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Miami "Downtown Soul" Act Ketchy Shuby Aims To Conquer SXSW

Miami act Ketchy Shuby is heading to Austin for its first SXSW showcase.
Credit via facebook.com/KetchyShuby

Six-piece "downtown soul" collective Ketchy Shuby is a rare local act that easily crosses genres and crowds. There are dashes of grinding psych for the garage kids, touches of reggae for the rootsy hippies, plenty of soul for the crate-diggers -- and basically everyone gets down to funk, right? "We generally play soul music," explains Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez, the band's singer and guitarist. "But we draw inspiration from other genres like Ethiopian jazz, psychedelic rock, and '70s music."

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Climate Change and Coral Reefs
7:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Climate Change Could Ruin Snorkeling And Fishing In Florida

Ocean warming and acidification are causing a decline in Florida's coral reefs, which are popular with fish and humans alike.
Credit NOAA / Flickr Creative Commons

The future of some of Florida's smallest and most seldom seen inhabitants is under threat from climate change, and that could spell big trouble further up the food chain, scientists say. South Florida's coral and algae populations are declining as ocean temperatures rise and there's an economic factor to consider, according to researchers who study the coastal underwater ecosystems. 

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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How A Fake Train Station Could Improve Public Transportation In Miami

Although the Purple Line was imaginary, organizers hope it will one day lead to more public transportation in Miami.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Over the weekend, public transit advocates in Miami built a temporary train station along an imaginary transit line. They called it the Purple Line, sticking with the theme of Miami’s other two commuter rail lines, the Orange and the Green. Organizers of the project say this mock train station is going to help improve public transit in the city.

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South Florida Science Museum
1:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

U.S. Lags In Science & Tech Education, While Science Fairs Boom In Palm Beach County

The engineering competition at the South Florida Science Museum aims to get kids interested in science and tech jobs.
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At the recent WLRN/Miami Herald-sponsored Town Hall on Session 2013 panelist Sen. Jack Latvala mentioned the need to focus on science and technology education to better prepare Florida's kids for a tech-centric global job market. It's a point echoed by Lew Crampton who serves as president and chief executive officer for the South Florida Science Museum.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Live Chat: What You Should Know From This Week In South Florida

On The Florida Roundup, here are some the events that caught our attention:

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Conservation Lands May Go Up For Sale
8:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

State Conservation Lands That Are Home To Endangered Bird Could Be On The Chopping Block

The South Florida Water Management District is assessing lands that are in the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow's breeding range.
Credit MyFWC.com / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A state agency is considering designating large tracts of state-owned lands as "surplus," including sections that are home to a near-extinct bird endemic to Florida. Surplus lands can be made available for public sale or trade, or used in ways that differ from their original intention as conservation lands.

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Transit Station In The Design District? The Pop-Up Purple Line Miami Makes It So

Credit Via @LeahSwanky on Twitter

If you're friends with any civic-minded folks on Facebook -- or people who just like to get around without a car -- you've probably come across this lovely little meme this week. We've known for quite a while that Miami public transit is lacking. But this handy web graphic, by Leah Weston via her Twitter account, @LeahSwanky, sure throws it into stark relief, doesn't it?

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Film Festivals
11:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Seven Lesser-Known Film Festivals Already Happening in Miami This Month

The Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival returns this April.
Credit via wcff.org

The Miami International Film Festival started last week on March 1, bringing scads of film and megawatts of international star power. And while it may be the biggest celebration of film this month in town, it's not the only one. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has, for the second time, dubbed March Miami Film Month in an effort to promote the city's art cinemas.

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Environmental Issues in Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013

A number of bills before the 2013 Session hold interest for Florida's environmental groups.
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The Florida Legislative Session 2013 is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of  bills before lawmakers. Organizations like Audubon of Florida are focused on proposed measures that would impact environmental funding, wildlife protection, water quality and land use and conservation.  

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Subtropics Festival
6:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Architecture Is Alive: Some Reasons Why You Should Go to Subtropics Experimental Music Festival

An amplified triangle.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler / WLRN

It’s hard to explain to someone what “sound art” is. These are encounters that bend our traditional definition of music, and the truth is CDs and MP3s simply cannot reproduce the experience. 

Luckily, the Subtropics music festival is literally your sounding board—both an introduction and advanced course—and a navigational chart for becoming conquistador of sound.

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Slice of Life
3:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sandcastle Sensations

Sandcastle by Victor Leong

Victor Leong is affectionately known by many as the Sandman.  He has been building  sandcastles professionally on Miami Beach since 1992.

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Politics
2:57 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Hallandale Mismanaged Millions In Redevelopment Funds, According To Report

Dr. Deborah R. Brown with former congressman Kendrick Meek.

Broward’s Inspector General has found that Hallandale Beach officials “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in public funds “entrusted to the care of its Community Redevelopment Agency,” according to a report obtained by BrowardBulldog.org.

  “The OIG (Office of Inspector General) investigation substantiated the allegations and uncovered numerous deficiencies in the city’s administration of the CRA,” says the 50-page preliminary report. It has not been released publicly  that has not been released publicly.

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