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Prison Sentencing
5:59 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Study: Florida Makes Inmates Serve More Of Their Sentences Than Other States

Florida inmates are more likely than others to max out their sentences.
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A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences --- serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.

The study found that 64.3 percent of Florida inmates, or 21,426 offenders, were released in 2012 without conditions, monitoring or support.

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Housing
4:02 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

No Report Card, No Apartment

Two South Florida housing developments are being sued over a report card requirement.
Credit www.beloitwi.gov

Sonoma Bay and Marsh Harbour housing developments are facing a federal lawsuit.

Both of the housing complexes require parents to provide their children’s school records, specifically their report cards.

A fair housing group in Palm Beach County was alerted to this fact after the developments placed an ad on Craigslist.

Vince Larkins, the president and CEO of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches says it violates the Fair Housing Act.

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StateImpact Florida
11:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

How A Conflict In Florida Policies Means The End Of A Student Help Desk

Students man a computer help desk at Ocoee High School and assist classmates. The school has to end the program because of a state requirement for end-of-course exams.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A recurring theme in Florida education is that policies intended to address separate issues can and do conflict with each other.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Thu June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014: Palm Beach County Prepares For Mosquito-Borne Illness

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Arts
8:16 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Electro-Fractal Artist Paints At The Intersection Of Art And Science

Cory Hunter, an electro-fractal artist from Miami, uses electricity to create branching patterns on a cardboard canvas.
Credit Andrew Soria / RAW: Miami

  

Cory Hunter slowly drags the tip of a metal rod across a cardboard canvas. Long, branching patterns emerge on the surface as sparks of electricity flare out.

Hunter studied chemical engineering at the University of Florida, but now he's an artist who paints with high-voltage electricity.

The branching patterns that have become a staple of his paintings are something that typically happens in nature -- usually as a result of lightning striking a tree, the air, or another “non-conductor.”

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News
5:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya

Palm Beach County has several recommendations to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from spreading in the area.
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Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and 10 people total in the state.

The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.

“Look at your house, environment, make sure that you don´t have any standing water," says Tim O´Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "If you do, drain it off as much as possible.”   

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Miami Stories
4:04 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

A Miami Story: The Litzes Take Miami

Sheila and Norman Litz's engagement photo

This story, as told by Ronni Litz Julien, is part of an oral history series. 

Sheila Presser (Bronx-born) and Norman Litz (a Philadelphian) both moved to Florida with their families in 1946. 

Sheila graduated from South Broward High School, named “wittiest” in her senior class.  Norman graduated from Miami High School, a left-handed star pitcher on the baseball team; he was also known as “Lefty Litz.”  Upon graduation, the University of Miami offered Norman a baseball scholarship; he pitched for two years as a Miami Hurricane. 

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
12:40 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Caramelization

Pictured from left to right, Onions in a skillet going through the cooking process of caramelization.
Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word On Food. Airdate: May 24, 2014

Inevitably I have a conversation with nearly every chef that comes to work with me as well as the students who attend my cooking classes. It has to do with a cooking term “caramelization”.

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Transportation
11:02 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway

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Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.

The fines don't seem to be scaring off Uber, the company that faced opposition from county officials last year. Wednesday, Uber plans to launch a service similar to Lyft, UberX, and will offer free rides through June 20. 

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Local Breweries
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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