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Prof. James Tracy
6:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

FAU Prof With Controversial Newtown Theories Says He Was Misunderstood

JAMES TRACY: 'There are certainly people that lost their loved ones, there is no doubt of that.'
Credit Ryan Murphy / University Press

Most of the victims of the Newtown school massacre were just like Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy's daughter: seven-year-old first graders at a public school.

"If a similar tragedy were visited upon me and my family, I would be beside myself," he says. "But I think one of my ways of healing would be attempting to find out what went wrong, where was the failure."

But trying to start a public discussion of the public's small hope of ever finding out what went wrong has been costly. 

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Classical Yogi
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New World Symphony Hosts Its First Yoga Night

The combination of newage exercise and classical concert is unexplored territory for New World Symphony.
Jessica Meszaros

In its latest experiment with performances and outdoor spaces, New World Symphony will host an evening of music and meditation this Friday.

The symphony is partnering with lululemon to produce a night of classical music and yoga training on the 11th at 7 p.m. 

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Health
9:50 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida's A 'High Activity' Flu Area, CDC Says; How You Can Protect Yourself And Others

SEASONAL MISERY: Five percent of Florida hospital admissions are flu cases.
Credit CBS

Flu season has begun with a bang and more than half the states, including Florida, have been classified "high" activity areas by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control.

It's worse than usual, doctors say.

The Miami Herald says five percent of Florida emergency room and clinic visits are by patients with flu symptoms. Two Florida children have died and the last time the state saw such widespread flu was in 2009.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida Docs Want To Keep Lucrative Drugs Scheme While Cutting Workers' Comp Costs

COST DRIVER? Florida doctors insist their profitable way of dispensing medications does not increase the cost of workers' compensation.

With another legislative fight brewing, the Florida Medical Association is signaling that it could play a large role this year in a debate about limiting the amount of money doctors can charge for dispensing drugs to workers' compensation insurance patients.

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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Eleanor Sobel's New Domestic Partnership Bill Will Be 'Lucky' To See Debate, Critic Says

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE: Sen. Eleanor Sobel's domestic partnership bill is seen as a challenge to Florida's one-man-one-woman requirement.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) has filed a "domestic partnership" bill for the March session of the Florida Legislature. It would allow same-sex couples to establish recognized relationships that provide at least some marital benefits.

One opponent of the bill said it would not get far in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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City of Doral
7:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Meet The New Mayor Of 'Doralzuela'- The First Venezuelan Born Mayor In Florida

Doral mayor Luigi Boria
Credit City of Doral

Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won't be able to attend his scheduled swearing-in this week. But his congressional allies have voted to allow the ceremony to be delayed while he recovers from his cancer surgery in Cuba. 

It's estimated that more than 100,000  Venezuelans now live in South Florida legally and many more are undocumented residents who left their homeland to flee Chavez’s leftist regime.

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Town Hall on Session 2013
6:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Happening Tonight: Help Us Make Tallahassee Accountable At Session 2013 Town Hall

Credit Flickr/ StevenM_61

 

Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald will bring it to you. 

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part IV
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

After The Haiti Earthquake, Fabienne Jean Dances Again

Fabienne Jean sits at home with her prosthetic leg propped up.
Credit Nick Kozak

 

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.

He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start  a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio. 

But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter. 

In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now. 

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Media
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Questioning Newtown: FAU Professor Takes Scorn To Suggest Government Faked The Story

SOLE SOURCE: For a brief time after the Newtown school shootings, the only information was given out in official news conferences.
Credit AP

In the national media today, James Tracy is the nutty professor. The whacko professor. The one-man argument for abolishing tenure.

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The Next Generation Of American Artists
1:09 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Talented Young Artists Flock To Miami For YoungArts Week

Credit Matthew Fang/Flickr

About 150 talented, young artists from across the country are in Miami this week to hone their skills through classes and performances.

They were chosen from a pool of 10,000 applicants to take part in the 32nd annual YoungArts Week. Twenty of the participants are from Florida.

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Weird Florida
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Weird Florida Quiz: Watch, Answer, And Get A Free Book!

Answer the quiz below and you just might get a copy of this very unique book. You have to watch the show to answer, of course!
Daniel Rivero

 

If you live here, you know: Florida is weird. 

It’s so weird, we sort of take it for granted.

Which is part of why WLRN is proud to present Weird Florida: On The Road Again. This latest hour-long documentary is the follow-up to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Fla. to Juneau, Alaska. 

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Poetry
9:21 am
Wed January 9, 2013

For His Inaugural Poet, Obama Chooses Miami Cuban-American Richard Blanco

INAUGURAL POET: Richard Blanco will be the first Hispanic to read at a presidential inaugural.

In 1961, Robert Frost became the first poet to read at a U.S. inauguration when he recited "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's swearing in. Since then, only three other poets have taken part in subsequent inaugural ceremonies: Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. Now, there's a fifth.

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Higher Education
8:20 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Second Florida Bill Allows In-State College Rates For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

RESIDENT RIGHTS: Bills in Tallahassee would grant in-state college rates to children of some undocumented parents.
Credit Florida Immigrant Coalition

Another relief bill is being offered by a Miami-Dade legislator for Florida residents who have been denied in-state college tuition rates because of their parents' immigration status.

Republican State Sen. Anitere Flores' bill (SB 180, filed Monday) is similar to a measure (HB 17) that Miami State Rep. Carlos Trujillo filed early in December.

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Voting Problems
7:09 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix

A LONG READ: Senate President Don Gaetz said the long, dense ballot was as daunting as the book of Leviticus.

When Gov. Rick Scott recently listed ways he thinks Florida could reduce voting difficulties and long polling lines, he drew the most attention for a change of course in suggesting that more early voting might help.

But another idea Scott raised may have more far-reaching implications for public policy in Florida, and might even be more difficult to accomplish than the politically volatile suggestion about early voting.

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