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2:01 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

FIU Basketball Coach Richard Pitino Employs 'One-Day Plan'

Richard Pitino comes to FIU after stints at Louisville, Kentucky and Florida.
Credit Photo by Doug Garland

Florida International University basketball coach Richard Pitino calls it the “one-day plan.” It is not a complicated thing.

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Miami Dish
11:51 am
Mon March 4, 2013

'Vegan Before 6' Creator Mark Bittman On His Diet Philosophy

Journalist, New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman
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New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman adopted a diet of eating plant-based foods before 6 after his doctor gave him a wakeup call about his poor health. The author still eats the cheeses and meats he can't bear to give up, if he desires, but only after 6,  and in moderation.

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Human Trafficking in Broward
7:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Here's How – And Why – One South Florida Woman Is Training To Climb Mount Everest

Jill Taylor, Tina Yeager, Jen Klaassens, and Debbie Dingle will tackle Mt. Everest to raise awareness of human trafficking in South Florida.
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For tourists visiting Fort Lauderdale, a stroll across the massive 17th Street Causeway Bridge affords a rare panorama of bustling Port Everglades and the city-block-sized cruise ships that navigate the waters leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. For Jen Klaassens, it's an invaluable training ground.

"I go up and down the 17th Street Causeway Bridge and back and forth," Klaassens said. 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Why Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Isn't Budging

State Senator Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale), a strong proponent of changing Stand Your Ground, says constituencies outside of South Florida are particularly opposed to any conversation about amending the law or gun control regulations.
Credit Jessica Meszaros/WLRN
  • A conversation about Stand Your Ground and Gun Control at the WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall.

On The Florida Roundup, here's what we're talking about from this week's news:

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Family Law
11:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill

WHO GOT THE MERCEDES? Florida alimony payers say current law allows too much unfairness and needs to be reformed.
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  When WLRN's Public Insight Network asked for comments about the alimony laws in Florida, it tapped into a very deep vein of anger and resentment.

Commenters told us about ex-husbands who could no longer plan to retire because of their lifetime alimony obligations. We heard from second wives who worried that the courts could come after their own income if it increased their husbands' ability to pay.

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Humidity and Worker Productivity
7:31 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Humidity Will Worsen With Climate Change And With It, Worker Productivity

As temperatures around the country rise, worker productivity will take a dive.
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Anyone who has tried to tend a garden or walk the dog in the height of a South Florida summer understands the energy-zapping qualities of a heat and humidity combo. A recently released study reports that climate change will mean an increase in those sticky, sweaty days.

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Theater And Twitter
6:14 am
Fri March 1, 2013

'Tweet Seats' In Theaters Spark Battle Between Technology And Tradition

A Palm Beach Opera performer gets in on the act for one of the company's special "Tweet Seat" events
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Christine DiMattei tells us why some South Florida theaters are experimenting with "Tweet Seats."

On stage at the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Opera is performing Rossini's Cenerentola, the Italian version of Cinderella.  In the second to last row of the house, 27-year-old Jennifer Pfaff's thumbs are going a mile a minute on her smartphone:

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Prosecutors Clear Cop Who Allegedly Threatened Suspect In Bathtub With Taser

Coconut Creek Police Officer James Yacobellis allegedly used the threat of a taser to interrogate a suspect.
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A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime.

Civil rights advocates call Officer James Yacobellis’ interrogation of Blake L. Robinson on Aug. 15, 2011, a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture.

But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.  In fact, their case closeout memo expressed tolerance for police use of the Taser as a technique to enhance an interrogation.

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Town Hall
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall

Audience members weighed in at our live Town Hall event. Now it's your turn.
Credit Jessica Meszaros

Redistricting, property insurance, Medicaid expansion and political transparency were among the topics covered during this week’s Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Live Event
3:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Couldn't Join Us Monday? See What You Missed At The Town Hall On Session 2013 At The Broward Center


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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald have brought it to you.

Tonight we will be holding our second annual Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature.  Follow a play by play rundown of the show below, and join in by using the comment box, or by sending us a tweet to #FL2013.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Lauren Book Tells Tale Of Tragedy To Help Other Sexual Abuse Survivors

Lauren Book, daughter of lobbyist Ron Book, is the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids.

The person who robbed me of six years of my childhood wasn't a stranger, or even an acquaintance. My abuser was my live-in female nanny, someone who my parents trusted implicitly.

I know what you’re probably thinking: this is unimaginable. This would never happen to my family, or to my child, or in my house. But 90 percent of sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. When the victim is a child, the abuser is likely someone they – and their parents – not only know, but trust.

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Banksy Controversy In Miami
12:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Banksy in Miami: Behind The Scenes At The Questionable Graffiti Auction

Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) 2012 by Banksy
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It seemed general consensus that no one really knew the facts about the auction last Saturday of a piece by graffiti artist Banksy. Certain parties weren't talking. In retrospect, the answer may have been simply that Fine Arts Auctions Miami knew what may be coming, that it would have to withdraw the piece over questions about who actually owns it. 

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Does Little Haiti's Cultural Scene Need To "Reintroduce" Itself?

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Last week, Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami posted an interesting interview with the organizers of a new event in Little Haiti dubbed "Sunday Stroll." The monthly event starts this Sunday, March 3, organized by the underground art studio and gallery Yo Space, and supported by Sweat Records and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Melnick interviewed Yo Space's founder, Yuval Ofir, who wants to introduce a wider audience to small, creative businesses established in the area:

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Florida Property Insurance Rates
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Property insurance costs are high and on the rise in Florida.
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Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it's no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night's Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

"The legislature is in a terrible box," said Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a panelist at Monday's event. "This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with."

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texting-And-Driving Ban Likely To Get Driven Out Of Florida Legislature – Again

As I lean my motorcycle into the curve that takes me onto I-95, I roll the throttle to accelerate up to highway speeds. Up ahead I see a car going well below the minimum speed of 45 mph, with the left turn signal on but swerving to the right. I give this big unknown a wide berth, and as I pass, I see the person gabbing it up on a cell phone.

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