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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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Session 2013
7:23 am
Wed February 6, 2013

First Approval For Internet Sales Tax 'Reform'

INTERNET KILLED THE COMPUTER STORE: Senators who voted for the Internet sales tax say it's a fairness issue for traditional retail.

TALLAHASSEE -- An annual effort to collect taxes on Internet sales began again in the Legislature on Tuesday, with a Senate committee agreeing to offset any new money collected with other tax breaks in a bid to appease anti-tax lawmakers.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a measure (SB 316) by committee chairwoman Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would require Internet vendors who sell to Florida residents to pay state sales tax.

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Dance
7:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

'BrazzDance' Director Augusto Soledade Draws Inspiration From Miami Scene

MIXED ROOTS: 'Cordel,' one of Augusto Soledade's repertory works, take cues from hiphop, tango and Brazilian narrative poetry.
Credit Mitchell Zachs

Since his arrival in 2004, Brazilian native Augusto Soledade has been trailblazing and opening paths for dance in Miami at an unprecedented pace and efficacy. 

Like his signature ASIWAJU educational project (asiwaju is the Yoruban term for “he who opens the path”), Soledade is committed to creating new spaces and platforms for dance and ensuring that Miami becomes a global and sustainable player of the genre.

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Andre Barbosa Squatter
6:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Andre "Loki Boy" Barbosa, The Boca Raton Mansion Squatter, Making International Headlines

The waterside view of Loki Boy's Boca digs.
Credit Zillow

A tale of squatting usually calls to mind an abandoned warehouse in the industrial section of a dusty and diminished American city: That's not how the story goes in southern Palm Beach County.

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The Art of Science
3:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: Mr. Williamson’s Submarine Tube

Sp.69, Sp.71, Sp. 72, 1924, watercolor on paper 11 3/4 x 9 inches

  “I call this my magic window.” -Captain Nemo from the 1916 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Arts
2:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

9 South Florida Arts and Culture Blogs You Need to Read Right Now

Miami Alive celebrates everything from underground music to urban design.
Credit by Melanie Gapany

A happy side effect of South Florida's booming arts scene is that the related blogosphere is booming as well. For a while, blogs by major media outlets were the only game in town, but that's quickly changing. Of course, these still provide essential daily reading.

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Energy
1:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

FPL President Says Controversial Nuclear Fee Has Been Good For Jobs And The Economy

Florida Power and Light President Eric Silagy
Credit http://www.nexteraenergy.com/company/bio8.shtml

Phil Latzman's interview with FPL president Eric Silagy.

Florida Power and Light is the state's largest utility serving roughly 4.6 million customers.

Since 2006, FPL customers have been paying what's called a "Nuclear Cost Recovery Fee," which enables the utility to charge in advance for future costs of building and improving nuclear power plants.

Since then, about $320 million has been raised to add 525 megawatts of new power to Turkey Point in South Miami-Dade.  

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