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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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Race For Senate District 34
2:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

State Of The Race Turns Sachs, Bogdanoff Into Generic Partisan Placeholders

The R and the D: With Republican autocracy at stake, the records of Bogdanoff, left, and Sachs matter less than their parties.
Credit Candidate web sites

Must be awful to be objectified like this, particularly if you're a serious state senator like Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Hollywood) or Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach).  They're running for their second terms against each other in the Senate's only incumbent-on-incumbent cage match.

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Politics
11:05 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Republicans Like Their Chances In Florida

More Good News, You Say? Stars seem to be aligning for Republican prospects in Florida.
Wikimedia

Reporters from Politico are among the media mob in Boca Raton, where President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for the last debate tonight at Lynn University, and what they have detected is a pronounced Republican swagger.

Why is the GOP so confident of its chances in the nation's largest swing state? Polling, mostly, among other persuasive reasons, plus the great gift of our state economy remaining in the tank. But the Democrats are not wholly despondent, writes Politico:

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One Herald Plaza
10:06 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Preserve It? Or Knock It Down? Future of Miami Herald HQ May Be Decided Today

Herald on the Bay: A waterfront site meant economical newsprint delivery by barge.
Wikimedia

The other big debate today is about the Miami Herald's maybe historic (but maybe not) bay front headquarters and what its new owners, Genting Resorts World, will be allowed to do with it.

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Debate Watch Parties
8:07 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In Miami (Stiff Drink In Hand, If Necessary) (Updated)

The Local Craft restaurant and bar in Coral Gables
Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:48 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: All Eyes On South Florida In Final Presidential Debate

South Florida will be in the national spotlight Monday night when Lynn University in Boca Raton hosts the final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.

Learn more on the role of Florida in the election and hear other stories in WLRN Miami Herald News.

Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:14 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Scott Weighs In On Race-Based School Standards

Brittany Randolph Flickr/Creative Commons

Florida Governor Rick Scott tells the state Board of Education to do better when it comes to a new edict on passing scores by race and ethnicity.

Details on that story and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.
 

News
6:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: How New Unemployment Numbers Add Up

The Job Hunt Goes On For Many.
Rachel Larue

 This is actually the last statewide and local jobs report we'll receive before Election Day on November 6th.The unemployment rate is down in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties and statewide, but not for the same reasons. 

Politics
6:14 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

How Most College Students Would Prefer To Vote

Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Forget booths and absentee ballots.

College students would rather vote using their thumbs, according to a study conducted by telecommunications giant AT&T.

AT&T conducted the survey on one of the most politically galvanized campuses in the nation -- Lynn University in Boca Raton.  American politics have played a major role at Lynn since last fall, when the university was chosen to host the last Presidential debate of 2012.

Out of nearly 300 students surveyed, 58 percent say they would use smartphones to cast their ballot if "mobile voting" were available.

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Miami's Middle Class
3:33 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report: Miami Is Unaffordable Because People Aren't Making Enough Money

Miami is the least affordable city in the U.S. because people aren't getting paid enough.
Tax Credits/ Flickr

According to a report released this week from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Miami is the least affordable metropolitan area for middle class Americans.

And it's not because Miami is more expensive-- it's because the middle class here isn't making enough money compared to other big cities.

This week's study highlighted the cost of housing and transportation in major metropolitan areas-- but in relation to household incomes.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Bells Of Bok Tower: New Carillonneur Named At National Landmark

Steve Newborn/WUSF

The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla., is a national historic landmark. The tower has one of the world's finest carillons-- an instrument made up of 60 bells.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gov. Scott On Race-Based Scoring: ‘We Should Have High Standards For Everybody'

The State Board of Education strategic plan utilizes race-based scoring to help close the achievement gap.
Jamesnaruke/flickr

Gov. Rick Scott wants the State Board of Education to change its plan to set passing scores based on a student’s race. But he isn’t saying what the board should do to alter the plan.

Every child should be performing on grade level in subjects like math and reading, Scott says. “I mean, I learn differently than other people learn, but I do know that all children can learn,” Scott says, “and we should expect we should have high standards for everybody.”

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Airport Security
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Nightline Showcases Miami International Airport Security

MIA security shows off their training to ABC News.
ABC News

ABC's Nightline profiled Miami International Airport's security this week. 

The news show talked to security personnel at MIA about what they see in the airport day to day and the extensive amount of people, dogs and machinery used to keep the airport safe.

In true Miami fashion, security personnel mentioned that in their time working at MIA they have witnessed people smuggling birds, body parts and even human fetuses (which are used as part of a Haitian ritual) in their luggage.

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Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup
11:50 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special At Lynn University

Streaming The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special live from Lynn University!

Host Phil Latzman, along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers are discussing U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Panel members include:

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The Florida Roundup
11:46 am
Fri October 19, 2012

LIVE BLOG: Florida Roundup Pre-Debate Special At Lynn University

Photo from the Florida Roundup pre-debate special at Lynn University
Deb Acosta WLRN-Miami Herald News

There's one more presidential debate left and the political party starts today at noon.  Join us for a live, two-hour, pre-debate special from Lynn University. We'll be tweeting, blogging and live-streaming the whole event.

Host Phil Latzman along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers will discuss U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Tweet us @WLRN, #LynnDebate to give us your input on the conversation.

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