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9:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Scott Wants No-Hike Tuition Guarantee For Students Who Can 'Finish In Four'

NO TIME TO LOSE: Graduating on time would be the key to a four-year tuition freeze under Gov. Rick Scott's plan.
Credit University of West Georgia

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's push to keep tuition low includes a new twist: tuition should be the same when students graduate as when they start.

Scott has offered legislation that would hold tuition steady for four years for students entering a state university this fall or afterward. The proposal is in the package he's sending to the Legislature.

And it sticks closely to something that Scott has pounded on for months: his belief that an era of nearly-annual tuition increases needs to end.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

There's Another Option When 'Miss' Becomes 'Ma'am,' At Least For Moms

Somewhere around the age of 30, I went from "miss" to "ma'am" in stores and restaurants. Maybe it was the wrinkles, the suits or the sensible purchasing decisions I was making, but I hated it. It was a massive leap from youth into some downward slope of old age.

It didn’t help that the first time I heard the dreaded “ma’am” I was standing in an Abercrombie & Fitch looking confused, staring through the dim light at an item of clothing, trying to make out if it was a shirt or a skirt.

“Can I help you, ma’am?”

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Food Prices
8:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

$5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico

EXTREME TOMATO: The price in Japan is nearly five dollars for a single tomato. In the U. S., a prediction of five-dollars-a-pound is being debunked as a scare tactic to preserve Mexican market share.
Credit www.omroundtheworld.com

Will stopping Mexican tomatoes at the border raise tomato prices prohibitively for American consumers?

An importers group predicted recently that if the 1996 tomato agreement with Mexico is terminated, tomatoes could rise to $5 a pound in American supermarkets. Florida growers now say that's a scare tactic by interest groups who favor Mexican imports. "Under no circumstances will this be true," said Edward Beckman, president of Certified Greenhouse Farmers.

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Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Youth Is No Barrier To Power In Tallahassee

MR. CHAIRMAN: Very young guys run very powerful committees in the Florida House. How did that happen?

Number crunching by a Florida university professor has led to an odd conspiracy theory about the Florida House of Representatives.

Not that Prof. Mark Soskin actually subscribes to the theory himself. As you hear on TV a lot, he's just sayin'.

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Housing
6:45 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida's Housing Market

FORECLOSED IN THE 305: Florida's balky legal process has given it the highest foreclosure rate in the U. S.

A decade ago, speculators in Florida were pumping up a huge housing bubble.

"You couldn't go wrong," Tampa real estate attorney Charlie Hounchell says. In that overheated period from 2001 to 2006, "you could buy a house and make $100,000 a year later by selling it," he says.

But the party ended in 2007 and the hangover persists. The state now has the highest foreclosure rate in the country, beating out Nevada for the first time in five years.

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Arts
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami Guitarist Aaron Lebos: Don't Use The F Word

Aaron Lebos (left) with Jim Gasior, keyboards; Eric England, bass; and Rodolfo Zuniga, drums.
Credit Brian Fernandez

When Miami native Aaron Lebos was a kid, his parents told him to choose between violin and piano. "I chose piano," he says, "obviously." But his big brother played electric guitar, and he wanted to too. He thought it was "cooler." Eventually, he got his hands on a guitar of his own and made his way through jazz studies programs at Miami Dade College, University of Miami and FIU. 

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Arts
2:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

A Zine Renaissance: Why Miami's Tech-y Young Artists Are Turning Back To Old-Fashioned Printed Paper

Edwin Beauchamp and Gusto Mendoza, the creative minds behind the new design studio Coloform, are, naturally, all over the web. Of course, like any good twenty- and thirtysomething artists of their ilk, they're all over Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, even relatively stodgy Facebook, and pretty much everywhere else in the digital world.

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Miami Art Museum
12:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Largest Hurricane Proof Glass Pane Installed In Future Museum

Latest in the series of aerial photos documenting the progess of the Perez Art Museum Miami
Daniel Rivero

Having a world-class museum set a few short feet from Biscayne Bay has both its advantages and its headaches. As the Miami Art Museum plans to make its move to future Museum Park, they know this all too well.

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Immigration
12:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Rubio's Path Through Immigration Politics May Be Tough As Illegals' Path To Citizenship

THE PATH IS THE PROBLEM: University of Miami law professor David Abraham (inset) says Sen. Marco Rubio's path to citizenship for illegals, tough as it is, may still be too much for the Tea Party to accept.

Now that a group of key senators and the president have proposed their plans for immigration reform, what would some of the proposed changes mean to South Florida's unique immigrant communities? We hear from  University of Miami immigration law specialist David Abraham.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Why An FBI Investigation Probably Won't Stop Immigration Reform

GOP opposition to immigration reform has been tempered by their loss of the Latino vote in the 2012 election.
Credit Anuska Sampedro

On the Florida Roundup: New immigration reform proposals are put on the table in Washington. How could a path to citizenship be traveled in immigrant-rich South Florida?   Plus we get the latest update on the FBI raid of a West Palm Beach eye doctor with connections with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a sponsor of a bipartisan immigration reform plan.

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Public Health
10:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Poverty, Access Issues Blamed For Poor Health In Broward's Black Communities

BABIES AT RISK: Black residents of Broward County experience higher rates of infant mortality than whites or Hispanics, according to a new Urban League health report.
Credit Kolonoj on thepeoplespoetrycorner.blogspot.com

Black residents of Broward County are much more likely than whites or Hispanics to experience infant mortality, obesity or HIV/AIDS, according to an alarming new report from the Urban League, and nobody should try to blame the results on poor lifestyle choices .

According to the Urban League's Danielle Doss-Brown, it's unarguably the result of poverty and lack of access to insurance and health care. Complicating it is a shortage of sources of healthy food in many black communities.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Sets The Record

RECORD BREAKER: Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget would put more than a billion new dollars into education.
Credit St. Petersblog

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a record-breaking $74.2 billion budget Thursday, pouring hundreds of millions of additional dollars into public schools, colleges and universities in a proposal that Democrats knocked as a public-relations gimmick.

Scott's plan would boost spending by almost $4 billion in the coming budget year, which begins July 1, with much of the increase heading to education. He said the bump reflected more incoming tax revenue brought on by an economic recovery after the fallout from the Great Recession clouded the budgets of his first two years.

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Community Contributor
7:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Polo Season In Palm Beach: Here's a First-Timer's Guide

A Coca-Cola team player at the IPC field.
Credit Nila Do

Polo season has begun. Normally, I shrug off at anything that interrupts watching the NFL playoffs, but ever since my magazine did an article on the International Polo Club and polo champion Jeff Hall, my interest in the sport has piqued. And as a rookie spectator recently at the opening match, I had no idea what to expect. For all you other rookies out there, here’s my guideline to your first-ever polo match:

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Immigration Reform
7:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Rubio's Tea Party Ties Starting To Fray

AMONG FRIENDS: Tea Party support catapulted candidate Marco Rubio to the U. S. Senate in 2010.
Credit Daron Dean/Tampa Bay Times

U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio's leadership in the movement to reform American immigration policy has complicated his once-cozy relationship with the conservative organization formerly known as the Tea Party.

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News
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Study Says Florida Could Boost Economy With More Advertising

A Taxwatch study finds that South Beach could have more international visitors - boosting the state's economy - if Florida would spend more money on advertising.
Credit mgiants/flickr

Florida gets about 87 million visitors a year. The nonprofit research group Florida Taxwatch wanted to know what would happen to the economy if that number reached 100 million.

The group did a study. The results suggest 121-thousand jobs would be created and other good things would happen to the economy.

So, the report recommends that the Legislature allocate more money for advertising.

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