2012 may be remembered in Latin American for what didn't happen more than for what actually did, especially in Venezuela and Cuba.
The year began ominously for Venezuelan nationals living in South Florida. The U.S. State Department expelled the country's consul-general, alleging she was involved in a cyber-terrorism plot. In January, Venezuela's Miami consulate was shut down by President Hugo Chavez, who was facing a tough reelection campaign.
tvOur friends atWUSFin Tampa have been collecting holiday stories and traditions from around the state for a series they call "Florida Holidays."The following was originally posted byWUSFreporterDalia Colón.
Confession: Publix holiday commercials turn me to mush.
Maybe it's the music. Maybe it's because I'm already in the holiday spirit. Or maybe it's just good marketing.
But Florida led the nation with new death sentences for the year: 21, more than twice as many as Texas. California, with 14 death sentences, was the only other state to achieve a double-digit performance.
Our friends atWUSFin Tampa have been collecting holiday stories and traditions from around the state for a series they call "Florida Holidays."The following was originally posted byWUSFreporterDalia Colón. It came to her as an email with subject line "That's so Florida." Here's a strange tale from Anna Maria Island resident Peggy Bode:
Our friends at WUSF in Tampa have been collecting holiday stories and traditions from around the state for a series they call "Florida Holidays."Becky Wanamaker shared this story on WUSF's Facebook page and Scott Finn, WUSF's news director, originally posted this story.
Every December, our family drives to Orlando for a little winter wonderland fun at the Gaylord Palm's ICE! show. We bundle up in those big, heavy blue coats and marvel at the beautiful sculptures that created wonderful Christmas vignettes.
For the last 14 years, WXPN host and producer Robert Drake has programmed and hosted a 24-hour holiday-music marathon called The Night Before, aired from midnight to midnight on Dec. 24. We decided this year to put more jingle in the jangle and create Jingle Jams on XPN2, a 24/7 stream of holiday music.
There are many ways to describe South Florida; subtle is not among them.
A few days after the well-decorated (and well-lit) parade of boats known as Winterfest passed through Fort Lauderdale's stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, our news director, Dan Grech, took a boat tour along part of the parade route.
"I do find it odd," said Dan, a Pennsylvania native, "boating through the canals of Broward County, in December, looking at reindeer and snow-frosted Christmas tree decorations."
What's the deal, you’re wondering, with Jewish people and Chinese restaurants on Christmas?
Sun Sentinel religion writer Lois Solomon traces the long history of America's Jewish Christmas dinner and how immigration and cultural diets played a part in creating the tradition. It even found a place in the record of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearing:
Before we start the new year, we want you all to get to know us a little more intimately. Turns out our work coffee mugs say a lot about us!
We've psychoanalyzed each other's coffee mugs to bring you this audio postcard from us, your WLRN reporters, editors, anchors, bloggers, producers and social media gurus. I would say this is one of those posts you actually want to listen to.
Check out our slideshow and tell us which one of us is your work-coffee-mug-soul-mate.
Today is Nochebuena, Christmas Eve, and for many Hispanics, that means roasting a whole pig. This Christmas tradition scared journalist and author Carlos Frias as a boy. But he got through it with one piece of advice: “Never look a pig in the eye.”
Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event: