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Florida's Aquifer
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply

Florida's current computer models for tracking underground water flow are coming up short.
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr Creative Commons

Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifers is integral to maintaining  a safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes," according to some critics. 

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Cats and Wildlife
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Are Cats A Threat To Nature Or Simply Man's Favorite Scapegoat?

Is this the face of a killer? He would be, if given half the chance.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

A teddy bear of a cat stretches across a desk. His baseball-sized orange paws skim the keyboard as his purring body contorts into a position that exposes an expansive patch of striped belly. The tableau, which plays out in my home office on a near-daily basis, is a pleasant distraction from this week's reminder that my loyal companion is a natural born killer.

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Wynwood Walls (And Streets)
2:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

New Project Means Literally Every Wynwood Surface Will Be Covered With Art Until We Run Out Of Space

A rendering of Carlos Cruz-Diez's proposed crosswalk for the Wynwood Ways project
Credit Photo via Curbed Miami

When the late Tony Goldman first led the development charge through Wynwood's formerly industrial corridor, one of his defining ideas was the sponsoring of legal, large-scale street art. The original handful of murals he commissioned, by marquee names like Shepard Fairey, now stands preserved in a specific attraction that's practically an outdoor museum, the Wynwood Walls on NW Second Avenue and NW 25th Street.

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Gun Policy
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Visualized: Guns and Murder in Florida

Florida homicide data from 2000 to 2011 shows that, over the last decade, the likelihood that a murder in Florida will involve a firearm has steadily increased.
Credit Grant Smith / FCIR

The horrific killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., revived the debate over gun control in the United States. President Barack Obama outlined his controversial proposal for gun control last Wednesday, including requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, strengthening the ban on assault weapons, and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Florida's Aquifer
11:16 am
Wed January 30, 2013

How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply

Florida's current computer models for tracking underground water flow are coming up short.
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr Creative Commons

Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifer is integral to maintaining  safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes" according to some critics. 

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Public Insight Network
11:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers

39 states - including libertarian-leaning New Hampshire - ban texting while driving. Florida isn't one of them.
Credit taestell

Florida is one of only 11 states that does not prohibit texting while driving.  Though state legislators have already introduced 3 texting ban bills for the upcoming session, similar bills have failed in the past several years. 

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Miami Dish
10:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Interview: Overtown Music Project’s Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg

In this occasional column, we chat with people in South Florida who don’t work in the food business about what and where they eat.  

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Legislators Want To Deny Licenses To U. S. Graduates Of Free Cuban Medical School

HEADED FOR THE BLACK LIST: The Latin American School of Medicine is the world's largest medical school. Republicans in the Florida Legislature want to make sure that American graduates of the Cuban school cannot get Florida medical licenses.
Credit Toronto Star

American medical students who get their diplomas in Cuba could forget about practicing in Florida if legislative bills filed by two Hialeah Republicans are passed this session.

State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. said Americans who overlook human and civil rights abuses just to get a cheap medical degree lack the "moral clarity to serve patients in Florida."

The Senate bill, SB 456, was filed by State Sen. Rene Garcia.

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This Miami Life
8:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Amateur Food Photographers Get Bad Rap From Restaurants

The picture-worthy meatballs at Osteria Acqua y Farina.
Credit Eric Barton

 

Every couple of months, I finally plug my phone into the computer. iTunes annoyingly asks if I want to upgrade something or other, and then I download what looks like a year’s full of photos. There are plenty of my dog, friends, the wife, and whatnot. And then reams of food.

Lots of food. Some are things I’ve cooked myself. Others are dishes I’ve forgotten about from just weeks ago, taken after that third glass wine or just on a random Tuesday night that long ago blurred into yesterday. 

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The Art of Science
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: Turtles

A living fossil, sea turtles still nest up and down the busy and overbuilt South Florida coast and travel past our shores throughout the year. The various species of ocean roaming turtle are approximately 200-300 million years old but because they lay their eggs on our beaches, scientists are able to closely study the nomadic animals. For this reason, and with modern techniques such as satellite tagging, we can occasionally glimpse closely into their mysterious lives.

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The Chapman Archives
6:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Jonestown, Cocaine Cowboys, Mariel Boat Lift: One-Of-A-Kind Photo Collection Needs A Home

Retired Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman in front of less than half of his massive archive of photos, negatives, slides and newspapers.
Kenny Malone

In a small house in west Miami-Dade, Tim Chapman has nearly filled his guest bedroom with cardboard storage boxes, each one carefully labeled with a year.

“I’ll show you a couple years,” said Chapman, moving pulling a box from a teetering stack. “This is Mariel right here, the first slide.”

Chapman holds up a color slide of an iconic photo he took during the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980.

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Florida Panthers
4:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Florida Panther Was Saved By Its Cougar Cousin From Texas, Report Says

Today's Florida panther owes the Texas cougar for its survival as a species.
Credit USFWS/Southeast

Today's Florida panther is struggling for survival, but things could've been much worse, according to a recent report from the University of Florida. Research shows Florida's big cats were given a boost in 1995, when eight female cougars from Texas were brought in to help diversify the ailing Florida population, the News-Press reports.

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Arts
2:19 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Why Rising Local Artist Kubiat Nnamdie Loves Fire Signs, Hates Specialization

Rising local artist Kubiat Nnamdie is showing at Abracadabra, a group exhibition and fundraiser for the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
Credit Photo by Jaime Salazar

Look through the oeuvre of Nigeria-born, Miami-based artist Kubiat Nnamdie, and you'd be hard-pressed to predict the next medium he might approach. This self-taught twentysomething, currently showing in the Abracadabra group exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, started in photography. He began with inspiration  from lensmen in fashion (Mario Testino) and fine art (David Benjamin Sherry). But, he says, expressing himself through photos led to a greater interest in light, form, and overall feeling.

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Tax Incentives
2:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State Asks For Half A Million To Reclaim $20 Million From Bankrupt Company

Scene: Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after investors and state and local governments sunk a total of $135 million in cash, land and tax credits into the digital animation studio.
Credit openDemocracy /Flickr

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is asking state lawmakers for half a million dollars in order to recoup a $20-million investment in the now-defunct digital animation studio, Digital Domain.

And according to local experts, Florida has a tough fight ahead to get its money back.

The state originally gave Digital Domain $20 million in incentives in order to lure the company--and jobs--to Port St. Lucie. Four months ago, the firm filed for bankruptcy, shut down and let go 300 Florida workers.

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Super Bowl Ads
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Does This Volkswagen ‘Jamaican’ Commercial Cross A Racist Line?

Screen shot from Volkswagen commercial. Watch the spot by scrolling down to the last paragraph

With the Super Bowl only a few short days away, anticipation is building up for the superstar lineup of commercials.  The spots are widely known to be the products of endless hours of brainstorming, and deeper pockets than the average citizen can fathom.

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