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8:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Why Does Florida Look So Weird? A Visit to The Miami International Map Fair

Pineda Map circa 1520
University of Alabama

J. Michael Francis, Professor of Florida History at the University of South Florida, spoke excitedly to a crowd of eager history enthusiasts at the Miami International Map Fair last Sunday. His talk, “Mapping Florida,” was a unique look at early South Florida history.

“Can you name five people that lived in Florida,” Francis’ talk began, “from 1513-1765, and any that aren’t Spaniards?”

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Science
6:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

6 Reasons To Attend Everglades Day Festival On Saturday At Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

A rescued barred owl at Everglades Day in 2011.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

 It's often said that there is no other place in the world like Florida's Everglades. Despite man's best efforts, the 'glades endure as one of the world's most widely recognized sources of biodiversity and an example of the fragile nature of human/ecological relations.   

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Florida Panther Released
4:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Despite Release Of Rescued Panther, 2013 Off To A Rough Start For Endangered Florida Panther

This Florida panther was rescued as a kitten and released on January 31 of this year.
Credit Tim Donovan / FWC

The upbeat news of a Florida panther's release at the end of January was dampened by confirmation of the recent deaths of two panthers in the wild.

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Arts Garage Delray Beach
3:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Fate Of Arts Garage In Delray Beach To Be Decided On Feb. 12: Organization Asking For Public Support

Arts Garage is asking for public support via Change.org.
Credit via Arts Garage Change.org petition

Artists and art lovers in Delray Beach are waiting with bated breath for the Delray Beach City Commission's decision on what will happen to the space currently occupied by Arts Garage.

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Arts
11:30 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Loud and Proud: A 6-Step User's Guide To The International Noise Conference

The International Noise Conference returns to Churchill's Pub in Miami tonight, lasting through this Saturday, and this year's edition is a special one. It's the conference's 10th anniversary, and it's also, as we pointed out earlier this week, the first one boosted by a Knight Arts Challenge grant. That nod of institutional legitimacy gives weight to the fact that, even though the proceedings at the event can get loud, it's not all just a bunch of noise.

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Arts
10:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Chefs Help You Decide Where to Eat In Miami

A screen shot from Chefs Feed
Credit Chefs Feed

 A couple of free Smartphone apps give the lowdown on where chefs like to eat, providing an alternative to reviews on Yelp and Google. The Chefs Feed app and the Find. Eat. Drink.  app/website give  recommendations from chefs for the curious eater who wants to know about the hole-in-the-wall spots favored by chefs Jose Mendin of Pubbelly or Michelle Bernstein of Michy's.  The apps are also a good resource for out-of-towners visiting during South Florida's busy tourism season.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

One Wary Dolphins Fan Weighs A Publicly-Funded Roof For 'Joe Robbie Stadium'

A panoramic view from Marlins opening day, before the team moved to Miami.
Credit Wiki Commons

SunLife Stadium, which I will forever lovingly call Joe Robbie Stadium, in honor of the man who built it, on his own, with no public funding, is in need of some sprucing up. The current owner is asking for public money to help in this endeavor. A public that is very wary of rich team owners asking for financial help—think Marlins.

So, is this a replay of a Greek tragedy?

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Festival this Weekend
7:42 am
Thu February 7, 2013

John Cage Centennial: These Videos Will Make You Question The Definition Of Music

John Cage in 1982
Credit Betty Freeman/ courtesy of the John Cage Trust

Starting tonight, the New World Symphony celebrates (a little belatedly) the centennial of experimental composer John Cage, who died at age 80 in 1992. (His "centennial" means the 100-year anniversary of his birth, which was on Sept. 5, 1912).

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Art That Will 'Move' You
6:55 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Boynton Beach Is Staking Its Claim In Kinetic Art

"I Ching" by Jeff Kahn. All sculptures in this slideshow are on display in Boynton Beach. Each is numbered so you can find them on the map below. This is #2.
Courtesy of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

What is made out of aluminum, weighs 400 pounds yet sways and dips gracefully in the wind? A kinetic art sculpture in Boynton Beach called "Palm Dancer."

It's one of several pieces on display as part of the city's first International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium.

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Florida Environment
3:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Got Opinions On Florida's Environmental Future? State Agencies Want To Hear From You

The tricolored heron (as pictured here at Green Cay Wetlands in Delray Beach) is on the FWC's list of species under consideration.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

Citizen scientists and environmental stewards take note: Two state agencies are in the process of soliciting public comment on issues that could impact Florida's overall ecological outlook. 

First up is the South Florida Water Management District, which is accepting public comments on four parcels of land in the Upper Lakes Management Region located north of Orlando. These include Tibet-Butler Preserve, Shingle Creek, Lake Marion Creek and Reedy Creek, and SUMICA. 

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Diane Rehm Unplugged
1:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

A Date With Diane Rehm, South Florida-Style

Diane Rehm At Work.
Credit Diane Rehm

South Florida listeners of The Diane Rehm Show are eagerly anticipating her visit this week, as one of the more well-known hosts of the NPR radio family. For those of you who are able to attend and for those of you who wish you could, WLRN's Kelley Mitchell sat down and talked with Diane in advance of her arrival. So, brew a cup of tea and get comfortable -- and get ready to know the candid Diane.

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And So It Goes
11:30 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Saying Goodbye To My High School: A Personal Farewell

Kelley Mitchell, center, along fellow John Marshall students Ed Howard, left and Sherrill Scott, right, in Oklahoma City, OK.
Credit JMHS Staff

I just had one of those "When Life Kicks You In The Teeth" moments.

No, nobody's dying, and, yes, it could be worse, but I'm still reeling a bit.

I've found out that my high school is being torn down.

John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. 

The school we all couldn't wait to follow our brothers and sisters to, even if I had neither.

The school where I took driver's ed and learned from the wrestling coach who was required to be the instructor one hour a day to 'Don't never 'ccelerate during a turn.'

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Session 2013
10:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Plan's First Approval May Encourage Public Funding For Other Teams

RENOVATIONS: This is what the Dolphins might do with Sun Life Stadium if its funding bill gets passed. Other sports teams would also like tax funding for their own renovation plans.

A Florida Senate committee's smiling approval of the Miami Dolphin's request for stadium renovation money may have set off a flurry of similar campaigns by sports teams and enterprises around the state.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved sales tax breaks that would help the Dolphins finance a $400-million renovation of Sun Life Stadium. The team is still hoping for a penny increase in the hotel bed tax for the rest of the public share of the bill, which it says will be less than half of the total cost.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

When A Juice Fast Turns Into A Week Without Food, Then 21 Days Without A Meal

Alex de Carvalho on July 17, 2011, and Sept. 18, 2011.

I could hardly believe what I was looking at. There it was, star­ing right at me. I could no longer ignore, deny, or post-rationalize what I already knew as the dig­i­tal evi­dence stared me down and waved its mer­ci­less accusatory fin­ger at me. This marked the end of the line for me, three months ago to the day.

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Energy
8:21 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Plug To Be Pulled On Stricken Florida Nuke

DOOMED PLANT: Crippled by poorly done repairs, Duke Energy's Crystal RIver nuclear plant will become the first in the southeastern U. S. to close.
Credit southernstudies.org

Disabled by bungled repair work more tan three years ago, Duke Energy's Crystal River nuclear power plant will not be reactivated, company officials have concluded.

The plant in Citrus County on Florida's west coast will become he first in the Southeastern U. S. to close.

Four coal-fired generators will remain in place at the Crystal River site and the company is considering whether to build a new natural gas generator to replace the energy that the 900-megawatt CR3 nuke has produced since it opened in 1977.

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