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Wynwood Wandering
12:16 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

What I Learned In A Night Of Wandering Wynwood During Art Basel

I swear this isn't an oxymoron. Taken at Wynwood Cigar Factory
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Early Thursday, I was forecasting the long day and night ahead of me and came up with a plan: I would wander the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood for the night, and I would blog about it.  The specific assignment that I gave myself was to comb one block, and write a profile of all the street art and the happenings that I would bear witness to.  One block.  One story.  No big deal.

Easier said than done.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Tallying It Up: Election Problems, Citizens Insurance And Miami-Dade Prayer

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is touring around the 5
Credit Dan Grech

On the Florida Roundup :  Local leaders and scientists gather in Palm Beach county to discuss how sea-level rise is “sinking in” in South Florida.  Citizens Insurance is awash with complaints about its "incentive plan" to have private insurers take over some of its policies. Will you be paying for it, hurricane or not? 

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Arts
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Miami Light's Revolutionary Dance

Gloria's Cause

For artburstmiami.com

We are sometimes reminded that history is malleable.

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Casino Gambling
10:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Knowing When To Fold 'Em, Genting Abandons Casino Law Petition Drive

LETTING IT RIDE: Genting is betting millions it can persuade Florida lawmakers to authorize resort casinos
Credit Leong Sze Hian

With new leadership running the Florida Legislature and gambling regulation prominently on the table, the Genting Group has abandoned its plan to seek voter approval of a casino gambling amendment.

Genting, the Malaysian gambling behemoth which bought the Miami Herald headquarters with a plan to create a fantastical seaside casino, now says it will slow down and work with -- instead of around -- the Legislature.

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The Florida Vote
9:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines

DIFFERING BY DEGREE: Gov. Scott thinks four hours is an acceptable wait in a voting line, Sen. Boxer says one.

A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.

U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill -- called the LINE Act -- on Thursday. If it passes, states would have to come into compliance before the next federal election. That would involve applying formulas that determine how many voting machines and poll workers have to be available for the expected number of voters.

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Newscast
8:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Give Us More Money, And We Wont Raise Tuition'; Tri-Rail Expands Weekend Service

Five years in a row of budget cuts to the state university system has meant fewer classes and higher tuition. 

A group of state university presidents met at the state Capitol this week  to try to strike a bargain with state lawmakers.  Their message: "Give us more money, and we won't raise tuition this year."

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Newscast
7:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Halts Petition for Casino Amendment; More Art Basel; Knicks Beat the Heat

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put plans on hold to petition for a casino amendment on the 2014 ballot. 

Halting the petition means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Florida.

Art Basel
7:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

From The Blogs: Art Basel, Day One

Credit Snapshot of #ArtBasel Instagram Feed

For those of you unable to weather the traffic, costs and crowds at Art Basel this week, fear not. Here at WLRN -- and with the help of local blogs and newspapers -- we have a rundown of what's been happening at Art Basel.

Party Time

Before the actual galleries even open, in true Miami style, much of Art Basel is all about the parties. 

If  you were stuck in traffic Wednesday night, you can thank the many parties kicking off Art Miami this week.

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Art Basel
7:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How To Basel: Aqua Hotel Is An Art Basel Oasis

This is the eighth year Aqua Hotel has hosted an art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Credit Arianna Prothero

There is a lot to do in Miami during Art Basel so you may not want another item added to your list of “must sees.” Nevertheless, consider including this fair: Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins and 15th  Street in Miami Beach. 

The fair has a laid-back vibe, lots of art and a good-sized crowd that feels happening without being claustrophobic.

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Art Basel
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Fine Art Meets Internet Culture In Wynwood During Art Basel

Mallikarjuna and Ritter wanted a GIF of President Obama dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies but couldn't find one. So they made it themselves. It went viral.
Credit Krutika Mallikarjuna and Chris Ritter / Buzzfeed.com
  • Moving the Still festival organizers and artists tell us what's so great about the GIF.

Remember those unsettling dancing babies? The ones that got passed around the Internet in the days before social media and eventually made their way onto the Fox TV show, Ally McBeal? Those were GIFs.  

GIF stands for graphics interchange format. It's a series of still images, looped --  and last month, after 25 years of existence, it was named the Oxford English Dictionary 2012 American word of the year.

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Public Insight Network
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dade Commission's Polarizing Call To Prayer

The Miami-Dade Commission has brought back the spoken prayer to hold before their official hearings.
Credit wilson.cheong

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s 8-3 decision to reinstate spoken prayer before its official meetings is sparking passionate responses on both sides of the issue. 

A sponsor of the bill to bring back spoken prayer, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, called it a matter of "freedom of speech," while Commissioner Sally Heyman, part of the trio opposed to the measure, said it was "unfair to members of the community to be subjected to a religious point of view."  Since 2004, the commission has opened its meetings with a moment of silence during which commissioners and the public could do as they pleased. 

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Composer/Architect Discusses Airport Installation At Art Basel

Travelers arrive at MIA to the sounds and sights of Christopher Janney's Harmonic Convergence.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Christopher Janney's sound and light installation for Miami International Airport was unveiled during last year's Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, he's back to discuss the piece on a panel during Design Miami, today (Friday, Dec. 7) at noon. 

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Holiday Flash Mob
5:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

WLRN Wants You To Be Part Of A Radio Flash Mob

Credit WLRN

Get ready to tune into 91.3 and take part in WLRN's very first holiday flash mob.

If you are at your office, grab lunch, and tune to 91.3 FM for an hour of beautiful holiday music guaranteed to stem the stress of the day and clear your head. If you are in your car, roll down your windows and turn up the volume and let the world around you share in the incredible harmonies of the Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire.

  • What: Radio Flash Mob!
  • When: Friday, December 7th at 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Where: 91.3 FM
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Arts
4:22 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Basel Leaves Brushstrokes On Broward Art World

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti.
Credit C. DiMattei

While Art Basel takes Miami by storm, the feeder bands have already reached the fine arts community in Broward County.

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti says he is readily jumping aboard the Art Basel bandwagon by launching his second annual "Basel Broward" event this week.

Rossetti started calling for artist entries for Basel Broward about six weeks ago.

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Art Basel
2:44 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

A Male Blogger Considers The Amazingly Awesome Shoes To Be Seen At Art Basel

I know why I got the assignment to write about the shoes. It's because I'm an older, generally well-meaning white guy whose cluelessness, tinged with naive sexism, would be more hilarious than these actual shoes from Art Basel.

Let me be clear, I see nothing funny about this. And I am a little offended by the idea that men are not capable of forming reasonable opinions of women's shoes.

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