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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

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Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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Democratic Party
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

President Wants Wasserman Schultz To Stay On As DNC Chair

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Weston) also serves as Democratic National Committee chairwoman.
Credit Congressional web site

After  helping direct a successful re-election campaign, a top Democratic official says President Obama wants South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as party chair.

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Lawn Care Culture
11:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What The Biodiversity Of South Florida's Front And Back Yards Says About Our Culture

Image: Advertisement for Enviro-Turf ™

South Floridians already know what recent census data tells us: increasingly, urban living is actually suburban living. Today’s American cities continue to spread well beyond their traditional urban cores, transforming former farm fields, forests, and wetlands in the process. In South Florida, the suburbs connect and subvert the boundaries of once distinct cities. They are patchy landscapes where residential developments, strip malls, and auto-repair shops intermingle. The suburbs are also the place most of us call home.

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Death On Two Wheels
9:26 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Why Nostalgia Can Be Fatal For Old Bikers

Living To Ride: Some retired bikers can't resist the call of the road.
Credit From the movie "Waking Ned Devine"

Motorcycle deaths are on the rise in Florida. And within that finding is another story: older bikers  dying in increasing numbers.

University researchers say riding motorcycles is a popular hobby for retired Baby Boomers, many of whom rode when they were younger. But now, according to the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa, their reflexes, eyesight and overall bike skills have eroded, and some of them are no longer safe on the road.

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Fiscal Cliff
8:36 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Florida Economy, Taxes, Jobs Teeter On Cliff

Precarious: Florida's economy and employment and the tax obligations of its residents are balanced on the fiscal cliff.
Credit Stuart Miles

What would a plunge off the fiscal cliff mean in Florida?

Disaster, according to the data. Higher taxes, job losses and probably a recession because of curtailed consumer spending.

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7:27 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Worries About 'Hurricane Tax'

Gov. Scott told the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Annual Insurance Summit that Citizens increases the chance Floridians will get hit with a hurricane tax.
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Governor Rick Scott says he's worried that Citizens Property Insurance could cost Floridians money when they can least afford it - after a major storm.


 

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6:39 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida's Unemployment Fund Close To Solvency

After Florida's unemployment fund was depleted, the state was forced to borrow money from the federal government with interest to cover unemployment claims.
Credit Elyce Feliz / Flickr/Creative Commons

As more Floridians find jobs, the state's unemployment compensation trust fund is expected to have a surplus again in six months. The fund has been running a deficit for nearly four years.
 

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Women's Rights
6:29 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Why Two Lawmakers Are Still Trying to Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment In Florida 40 Years Later

State Sens. Arthenia Joyner (pictured) and Gwen Margolis are trying to get Florida to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment again.
Credit MyFloridaHouse.gov

Forty years ago, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), an amendment adding language to the U.S. Constitution that says "equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

The amendment was the result of a historic surge of women's rights activism in the country. It took decades to get the amendment passed in Congress, but it did indeed pass at a federal level.

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News
4:48 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: How Miami Reps Helped Pass STEM Act

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Miami-area Republicans helped the U.S. House pass legislation to give out more high skilled visas.

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Beautifully Destroying Miami
4:22 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pre-Art Basel: Overlooked Area Of Downtown Miami Transformed Into Street Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey wall under construction
Daniel Rivero

The Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (O.P.R.A.) is collaborating with Kelly "RISK" Graval of Risk Rock Studios, Los Angeles to transform ten buildings in a blighted section of downtown Miami into a street art gallery.

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The Florida Roundup
2:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

How Climate Change Is Reshaping South Florida

The Keys are particularly vulnerable to a rise in sea level.

On The Florida Roundup: Hurricane season has officially ended.  South Florida was saved from any severe hurricanes, but we see the effects of climate change as beaches erode, roads crumble and flooding inundates parts of region.  

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Dirty Politics
1:32 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Sorry, We Can't Hear Jim Greer's Story About A Golf Cart Full Of Prostitutes

A judge is stopping the release of a story involving top GOP officials, the Bahamas, a golf cart (not this golf cart)... and maybe prostitutes.
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I am sorry, everyone, but a judge doesn't want to let us all in on some of the more "defamatory'' and "salacious" aspects of the saga of Jim Greer, the former Florida Republican Party leader who was accused of defrauding the party to the tune of $200,000.

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Health Care
11:20 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Why You're Seeing Catheter Ads On TV

Operators Are Standing By: Why are they selling catheters on TV? Because new Medicare policy has made a new market.
Credit Rick Stone

To the TV watcher sitting with wide eyes, tightly crossed legs and an image burned indelibly into his mind:

Sorry about all the catheter commercials you've been seeing lately. Thought you'd like to know where they came from and why it's actually a good thing.

New Policy, New Market  

Some of your fellow Americans have just gotten a new medical benefit that they really needed, an increase from Medicare in their monthly catheter allotment from 24 to 200.

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News
11:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Viter Juste, founder of 'Little Haiti,' Dies at 87

Viter 'Pere' Juste
Credit Carl Juste

"Little Haiti" has lost perhaps the man who could be called its father and the man who is credited for the name.

Viter Juste has died at the age of 87.

He was born in La Gonaive, Haiti in 1924 and after first going to New York, he and his family made their way to Miami in 1973.

He started with a house in Buena Vista and a record store in downtown Miami, "Les Cousins."

That led to creating the first Haitian newspaper for the growing community,  Haitian Florida and the Haitian American Community Association of Dade.

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Florida Grand Opera
11:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Conducting Enhanced Moving 'La Bohème'

La Bohème At The Arsht: Tenor Arturo Chacóno-Cruz and soprano Aylin Pérez.
Credit artburstmiami.com

WLRN contributor Celeste Fraser Delgado loved Florida Grand Opera's La Bohème with its moving performance by soprano Aylin Pérez in the title role.

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