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8:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Why Are Craft-Beer Lovers So Obsessed With Their Brew?

About 20 beer-tenders worked the bar at the Funky Buddha's first anniversary party in Oakland Park. Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Maria Murriel WLRN

I always struggle to explain how enthusiastic beer geeks are about the beers they love. Yes, it's like being passionate about any other hobby: Craft beer is a community in which beer-obsessed people, myself included, get excited to befriend others who share their favorite breweries.

But the devotion of craft-beer fans still always surprises me.

At the first anniversary of the Funky Buddha Brewery last Saturday, I spotted a handful of familiar faces, Scott Rain among them. He's one of the usual suspects at these craft-beer events. Usually, he's with his friend Jeff Davis.

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Americas
11:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Jailing Of Florida's Aqua Quest Crew Raises Honduran Justice Issues

The Aqua Quest before it was impounded last month on Honduras' Miskito Coast
Credit Michael McCabe / Aqua Quest International

Six U.S. crew members of the Aqua Quest, a 65-foot ship out of Florida, have been sitting in a jungle jail in Honduras for almost a month now. The charge against them: bringing weapons into the violent Central American country illegally. But the case is questionable – especially since Aqua Quest International, the Tarpon Springs ocean exploration and recovery company that owns the vessel, was invited by Honduran officials to carry out development projects like river clearing.

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Books
11:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

From Miami To The Middle East: Journalist Nathan Deuel On His New Memoir

Journalist Nathan Deuel chatted with WLRN about fatherhood, the Middle East and Miami.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

 

Journalist Nathan Deuel grew up in South Florida, but in 2008 he and his wife, Kelly McEvers, moved to the Middle East. 

During their five years abroad, they had their first child and McEvers became NPR’s Baghdad bureau chief. The family moved around the region as the Arab Spring erupted. 

Deuel has written a memoir about that experience, called "Friday Was The Bomb." He’ll be speaking tonight at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 8 p.m. 

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Transportation
11:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Lyft, Not Uber, Ended Up Operating In Miami-Dade County

This red Ford, dressed with the symbolic Lyft mustache, is one of the many vehicles Lyft passengers can expect when they request a ride through the phone app.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

A silver car with a pink, fluffy mustache pegged to its front bumper rolls up to pick up a colleague and me. It's not a taxi, but we get in anyway. We're getting a Lyft to Publix.

Our driver, Jeniffer Erickson, greets us with a fist bump and a “hi, how are you?” She has black hair, a mild accent and friendly enthusiasm.

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The Florida Roundup
2:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Despite Record Surplus, Citizens Coastal Policyholders Likely To See Rate Increases

2005 was the last time a hurricane hit Florida. That year a string of storms and hurricanes drove several insurance companies out of Florida and thousands of homeowners to Citizens.
Credit NASA Astronaut Ron Garan

Now that the hurricane season's begun, state-backed insurer Citizens Property Insurance assures everyone, it’s in the best shape it’s ever been.

That may be cold comfort for former customers now with smaller insurers, or current customers living on the coast who may still see rate increases.

Citizens CEO Barry Gilway says after shedding thousands of policies, the company is in a very good position.

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Weather
2:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Local TV meteorologist partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to teach children about forecasting on television.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

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100 Years
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Broward Prepares To Launch Centennial Celebrations

Inside Out Broward photo installation outside of the Miramar Multi-Service Complex.
Credit Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

In 1915 parts of Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County -- then Dade County -- joined to create Broward County.

The county’s year-long centennial celebration, Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community, will play host to art and performance events with the hopes of bringing in more visitors.   

Celebration details of Broward 100, and its official logo, were released at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex on Wednesday. Presenters included Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley.

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Traffic
12:27 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Critical Mass Coincides With Game Six Of Heat Playoffs Tonight

Credit http://www.themiamibikescene.com

If you're driving through East Little Havana, West Miami, Flagami, West Flagler, West Little Havana, or downtown Miami Friday night, it's critical you take a look at the map below.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of cyclists will gather at the Government Center downtown for Critical Mass in Miami, a group bike ride that happens in cities around the world on the final Friday of the month. The ride in Miami starts at 7:15 p.m.

Tomorrow is also Game Six of the NBA playoffs, which means traffic to see the Heat play the Pacers at the AmericanAirlines Arena will be dense.

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The Florida Roundup
11:24 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Is South Florida All Aboard?

An image from Florida's last golden age of rail: A Florida East Coast Railway train crossing the famous Long Key Viaduct, Florida.
Credit State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Designers of All Aboard Florida's Miami station say the complex will remake downtown. But folks between the train's proposed stations aren't so thrilled with potentially 16 trains each way barreling through their neighborhoods. 

Also with the start of hurricane season this week, we chat with Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway. 

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Andrew Marra of the Palm Beach Post, Laura Wides-Munoz of the Associated Press, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News, and Toluse Olorunnipa of Bloomberg News. 

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Weather
2:52 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NOAA Predicts A Near-Normal Hurricane Season

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Robert Atlas from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discuss the new tools used to track hurricanes during this season and years to come.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

South Florida has started preparing for this year's hurricane season. Local, state and federal officials met this week at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami to discuss the latest developments and what this years' storms looks like for the region. 

Researchers at NOAA predict a near-normal to below-normal season this year.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget

Widening of the Homestead extension of the Florida Turnpike is among hundreds of Miami-Dade projects slated for funding in the next state budget.
Credit Florida Turnpike

Miami-Dade County is eligible for more money than any other county in the state budget -- $1.8 billion. That makes the county more susceptible to budget vetoes before the budget goes into effect in July.

The Florida Legislature handed Gov. Rick Scott a record election-year budget of $77.1 billion. Scott has the final say over the budget and can cut funding for programs at will. Miami-Dade has more line items in the budget than any other county, but all of them could be slashed with the veto pen.

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Opinion
2:38 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Please Don't Call Yoani Sánchez A Hero If You Really Don't Want To Help Her

Yoani Sanchez working in Havana.
Credit Andre Deak / Flickr

It’s hard to tell what’s most striking these days: Yoani Sánchez’s heroism or America’s hypocrisy.

Last week, when communist authorities tried to block Sánchez’s new digital newspaper, 14ymedio, Florida Senator Marco Rubio called her “one of Cuba’s most courageous” dissidents. And rightly so.

But he also called the internationally acclaimed blogger “an aspiring Cuban media entrepreneur.” And that’s where the inconsistency starts.

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Environment
7:48 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kitchen Grease Will Fuel Broward's Waste-Water Treatment Plant

Restaurant grease will power Broward County´s waste water treatment plant in Pompano Beach.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user pboyd04

  Fats, oils and grease from your favorite restaurant in Broward County will be converted to produce energy for its waste-water treatment plant in Pompano Beach.

The project, which launched last week, will impact the community both economically and environmentally.   

“We are looking at a savings of $27 million over the 17-year period,” says Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief.

Mayor Sharief says this process will create more than 400 jobs, reduce emissions that pollute the air by 30 percent and energy consumption for the county.  

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Sea-Level Rise
7:46 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Study: Our Water Use Is A Major Cause Of Saltwater Intrusion

Both sea-level rise and our pumping of groundwater contribute to saltwater intrusion. Freshwater is less dense than saltwater and will float on top. But with sea-level rise, saltwater pushes in and seeps into the freshwater aquifer. With withdrawals of groundwater, we lower the level of freshwater so there's less of it keep saltwater out.
Credit US Geological Survey

A study finds that South Florida maybe can’t blame the rest of the world for saltwater seeping into the groundwater, also called saltwater intrusion. 

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Married With Music
7:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Last Sunday Afternoon Of Music In Miami

On May 25, Byron Krulewitch and Doreen Marx celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. This is the second marriage for both.
Credit Courtesy of Sunday Afternoons of Music

After 33 years, Miami's classical music series Sunday Afternoons of Music has seen its final afternoon. 

The event was founded by husband and wife Byron Krulewitch and Doreen Marx. They brought artists from all around the world to South Florida. Each season had seven shows for children and seven shows for adults. 

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