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Congress
7:37 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Gifts And Flaws Controlled 'Mercurial' Career Of Departing Congressman David Rivera

RIVERA: Not everyone counts him out.
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Time's nearly up for South Florida Republican Congressman David Rivera who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Joe Garcia in November.

It's a stall in a remarkable political career that always kept Rivera one or two adroit steps ahead of political and personal disaster.

Still, his last round of problems -- now under investigation by the FBI and the IRS -- may lead to criminal charges with possibly uncomfortable ramifications for Rivera's close friend, U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

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100 Years of Tobacco Road
6:30 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Miami's Oldest Bar Turns 100

The upstairs main stage at Tobacco Road: many blues legends, including John Lee Hooker and Koko Taylor, have performed on this stage.
Credit Phil Latzman

Editor's note: We've been re-airing some of our favorite stories of 2012. This one is from November.  

In my 22 years living in South Florida, if there's one establishment I can't enough of--it's Tobacco Road.

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Year In Review
3:42 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Yearly Roundup: New Districts, New Voting Problems, New Economic Hope

Even Santa's Enchanted Forest was in the patriotic spirit November 6th.
Credit Bob B. Brown, Flickr

In an election year and a redistricting year, you might have expected this. The biggest stories of 2012 ended up being an election and redistricting.

A third ongoing story also pervaded the year's news: The economy continued its long, slow rise from the ashes of the recession, and by year's end the rebound – while facing the possible stomach-punch of a fiscal cliff setback – appeared to be solid.

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Guns
1:26 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Surge Of Permits Propels Florida To Top Of National Concealed Weapons Heap

VISIBLE FOR NOW: Florida recently issued its one-millionth concealed weapon permit.

After the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the country renewed a debate over gun control. At the same time, Florida quietly marked a milestone. It became the first state to issue more than a million permits allowing residents to carry concealed weapons. From Miami, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

GREG ALLEN: It's the holiday season, and at American Armory, a gun store in Homestead, Florida, the atmosphere is festive.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD)

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Labor Dispute
12:57 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Port Strike Averted As Dock Workers, Terminal Operators Agree To Extension

STILL WORKING: PortMiami is the nation's 11th largest shipper of containers. It's estimated a longshoremen's strike would cost the Miami-Dade County economy tens of millions of dollars a day.
Credit PortMiami

Longshoremen and East Coast and Gulf Coast port operators have agreed to a 30-day extension on labor negotiations, averting a potentially crippling strike that would have halted container traffic at many of the nation's largest seaports, according to a federal mediator.

The strike would also have idled cargo but not cruise ship operations at PortMiami and Port Everglades. PortMiami is the nation's 11th largest container port and a lengthy strike would be costly to the regional economy.

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Year In Review
12:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Florida's Top Story In 2012: Trayvon Martin

TOP STORIES: The deaths of Robert Champion, left, and Trayvon Martin created top 10 news stories in Florida in 2012.
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The unrelated killings of two young men, two state government controversies, election developments and a multi-fatality car crash made up the top 10 Florida news stories of 2012, according  to an Associated Press survey of newspaper editors.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

How South Florida Will Remember 2012

Floridians may most associate 2012 with its irrelevance in the presidential election, when the nation had declared the winner and Florida was still counting ballots.
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We were once again in the center of the political universe, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons as the state that can't vote straight.  It was also the year that the death of a black teen from Miami Gardens named Trayvon Martin made us reassess race relations, and the right to stand your ground.    

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Arts
11:23 am
Fri December 28, 2012

What Happened in ArtsYear 2012

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A bustling Art Basel Miami Beach, the 1,000th Random Act of Culture, a vote of popularity for Delray Beach’s Arts Garage and major change for the Miami City Ballet.

All this and more took place in 2012.

WLRN is seriously committed to covering the arts and a lot of our staff was in the thick of the arts world.

We asked some voices you may just know to identify a few of the influential happenings.

So here are thoughts from Alicia Zuckerman, Arianna Prothero and Christine DiMattei in what we like to call “ArtsYear 2012.”

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7:03 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Gen. Schwarzkopf Death Keenly Felt In Florida

Lead in text: 
Gen. "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, the U. S. commander during the first Gulf War, became a rock-star presence in Tampa after his wartime service. He died there Thursday after a long illness.
  • Source: Tbo
  • | Via: Tampa Tribune
Norman Schwarzkopf spent his last hours at home in Tampa, surrounded by family who shared stories that made them laugh, according to his daughter, Cindy Schwarzkopf. The family had come to town to celebrate Christmas. While her father was in declining health, his death was unexpected, she said.
Unemployment
6:53 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Florida's Jobless Teeter On Fiscal Cliff

LIFELINE: 119,000 jobless Flordians would lose unemployment checks immediately in a fall from the fiscal cliff.

 

Tumbling off the fiscal cliff will immediately cut the economic lifeline for 119,000 Floridians who depend on extended unemployment compensation now funded by the federal government.

It would also mean an immediate increase in the payroll taxes paid by every American wage-earner. But the long-term unemployed will be especially vulnerable if Congress and White House negotiators are unable to reach an agreement to head off automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts by Monday.

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South Florida History
6:25 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Virginia Key Beach Park Works To Restore Swimming

A restoration project is underway for Virginia Key Beach Park.
Credit Guy Forchion

Just a few miles away from downtown Miami lies a natural beach in the city’s largest park.

The 82-acre Virginia Key Beach Park remains a bit of a hidden gem. The historic beach still attracts those looking for a quiet place to relax despite one drawback.

In season, about 2,000 people visit Virginia Key Beach Park every weekend even though swimming isn’t permitted.

“It’s a disadvantage - one we’re overcoming," said Guy Forchion, head of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.

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Port Strike
4:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Scott, Ports Call For Resolution As Strike Looms

Longshoremen contracts at 15 East Coast and Gulf Coast ports are set to expire on Saturday at midnight.
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Gov. Rick Scott and executives of Florida's largest ports Thursday called on negotiators to avert a strike that could cripple the majority of container shipments along the eastern and gulf coasts as early as this weekend. 

Barring an agreement between longshoremen and shippers, the group urged President Barack Obama to use his authority to keep containerized cargo moving while talks continue, saying any interruption would have a ripple effect throughout Florida and across the country.

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The Year That Was
3:30 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

South Florida's Notable Deaths Of 2012

Hundreds of cyclists showed up for a memorial bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway following the hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, 36.
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South Florida lost a number of notable figures in 2012.

Bee Gees singer and former Miami resident Robin Gibb died at 62 after a battle with cancer.

Tony Goldman, the developer credited with turning South Beach and Wynwood into thriving destinations, died at 68 from heart failure.

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Election 2012
1:46 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

2012: A Year Of Electile Dysfunction In Florida

Voting lines, both before the election--and on November 6th itself, made Florida the butt of more jokes in 2012, and exposed major flaws in the system
Credit Benjamin Thompson on flickr

In 2012, Florida remained the state that can't vote straight. 

President Barack Obama sent Florida's GOP leaders in to shock by winning the state in November, and some Democrats followed his coattails to make the state slightly bluer. But while licking their wounds, Republicans remain in firm control of Florida's agenda.

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Interstate-95
12:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Palm Beach County To Get Express Lanes

EXPRESS LANES: The fast toll lanes will run from Glades Road on the bottom of he map to Linton Boulevard at the top. The new FAU interchange will be at Spanish River Boulevard, which is NW 40 Street on this map.

Transportation engineers are planning to install pay-per-drive express lanes as part of the next big I-95 makeover in Palm Beach County.

Already in use in Miami-Dade County and under construction in Broward, express lanes provide a faster, limited-access drive for commuters who can commit to the entire distance. Tolls rise and fall as a function of traffic congestion.

In Miami, the tolls range from 25 cents to six and seven dollars, according to traffic conditions.

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