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7:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Home Sales Rise in S. Florida

While home prices are rising in South Florida, inventory is falling.
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Housing is on the upswing in South Florida.

Sales and prices for existing homes are way up from a year ago.

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District 18 Recount
7:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Allen West Drops Recount Fight, Concedes Race To Democrat Patrick Murphy

The Winner: District 18 Democrat Patrick Murphy

Congressman Allen West has given up. According to an early post from Politico, the one-term Tea Party favorite from South Florida has acknowledged there's no way he can overcome Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy's 1,904-vote victory margin in District 18, which spreads over St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

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Broward GOP
3:01 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Broward GOP Chairman Bows Out

The GOP in South Florida loses another leader.
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Richard DeNapoli, the Chairman of the Broward Republican Party, has announced he will not run for a second term.

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Sick Pay
2:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

County Commissioner To Introduce Sick Pay Law

Commissioner Barbara Jordan will introduce a sick pay law tomorrow.
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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan is going to introduce an ordinance on Tuesday mandating earned sick pay for workers in the county.

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Miami Book Fair International
1:20 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Florida Book Awards Winners Aren't Just Accomplished Writers

The Florida Book Awards panel included four of the 2011 winners.
Credit Sammy Mack

The Florida Book Awards (FBA) panel had it all—brilliant readings, thought-provoking discussion, and a harmonica solo. It featured four of the 2011 award winners. Leonard Nash, himself an FBA winner and then judge, introduced the writers with a combination of standard credentials and lesser known facts.

Lynne Barrett (general fiction award) read from her story collection Magpies. In "One Hippopotamus," a story comes to light and a romance unfolds thanks to a so-Florida event—a thunderstorm-induced power outage.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

'47 Percent' Video Maker Worried More About Romney Ties To Asian Sweatshops

Miami New Times scored an interview with Anne Onymous, the reputed maker of the 47 percent video that so catastrophically damaged the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.

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District 18 Recount
10:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

West Considers His Options As Clock Runs Out On St. Lucie County Recount

Still No Concession: Allen West wants hearings on the recount.
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Republican Congressmen Allen West is still refusing to concede the election to his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, after an attempted recount by the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board this weekend.

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Marco Rubio
9:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

2016, Here They Come: Rubio Uses Iowa Trip To Launch Himself And The GOP Revamp

Rubio In Iowa: Only 38 months until caucus time.
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U. S. Senator Marco Rubio spent the weekend in Iowa where he starred at the 66th birthday party of Republican governor Terry  Branstad and, as many believe, soft-launched a GOP 2.0 presidential campaign.

As Politico reports this morning, the Republicans are losing no time putting GOP 1.0 in their rear-view mirror.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Why State Government Contracts Sometimes Go To Out-Of-State Companies

Gov. Rick Scott is Chairman of the Enterprise Florida board. His first term in office has been focused on growing jobs in Florida, but another government contract recently went to an out-of-state firm.
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Statewide media consultant Ron Sachs went on a Facebook rant after Florida companies were skipped over for a local government contract in Tallahassee.

“The Tallahassee Airport leadership outsourced - without competitive bidding - a web development contract for about $23-thousand to an Atlanta-based company.”

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Won't Back Down

Congressman Allen West has lost in court twice but may ask the state to intervene in his bid for the 18th Congressional seat.
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Democrat Patrick Murphy has declared victory in a contested South Florida congressional race. But Republican incumbent Allen West still isn't giving up.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: The Holiday Travel Rush Is On

More passengers are expected to pass through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this week than any other in the region.
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It's Thanksgiving week in South Florida, and for many people that means out-of-town travel. The Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport is expected to be the busiest airport in the region.
 

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Miami Book Fair International
6:47 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Duncan's Accent Makes Everything Sound Right With The World

Ed Irvin isn't short of kind things to say, whether it's about a male or female author. Here's his latest feedback: 

"Glen Duncan, author of Talulla Rising, wastes no time on small talk, launching straight into his reading. His accent brings a hypnotic, sleep-inducing serenity to his words, even as he describes a werewolf tearing the throat from a woman."

Miami Book Fair International
6:38 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Pork, Pain, Bananas And All The Usual Poetry Stuff

Kevin Young reads a poem during the poetry panel Saturday.
Ashley Jones

This was the event to end all events. A beautiful poetry reading by Campbell McGrath, Kevin Young, Richard Blanco, and Dana Gioia. Young dealt us pork and pain. McGrath bathed us in banana and creatures from the bay. Blanco showed us the shame in Legos, and Gioia recited his classic verse with effortless style. 

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Miami Book Fair International
6:13 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Book Fair One-Liners: Things We Still Don't Get About Women

Florida Book Review contributor Annik Adey-Babinski decides what part of the Book Fair to go to next.
Credit Sammy Mack

Annik Adey-Babinsky, of the Florida Book Review, shared this with us earlier:

"Building Three Chapman Hall: Naomi Wolf begins by telling the audience that she wrote Vagina: A New Biography, because she found that western society's understanding of female sexuality was 40 years out of date."

One book and 40 more years current, I'm still on the fence about society having women down to a science.

Annik Adey-Babinski is a contributor to the Florida Book Review.

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Miami Book Fair International
4:05 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

16 Candles, 140 Characters: Molly Ringwald At The Miami Book Fair

Molly Ringwald reads from her new book
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There's a lot of swooning to be done when a well-known Brat Packer decides to spend part of her day reading to you from her new book When it Happens to You. Here are just a few of the many endearing comments we've spotted on the web today about Molly Ringwald:

"The audience releases a collective groan when the presenter announces that Molly Ringwald will only be signing books following her reading. No DVDs, posters, or other memorabilia." - Ed Lavin

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