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Self-Defense In Florida
9:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

'Stand Your Ground' Law Gets A Pass From State Task Force

George Zimmerman: Awaiting trial in Stand Your Ground case.
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Florida's Stand Your Ground Task Force, empanelled to review and recommend adjustments to the state's controversial self-defense policy, has concluded the law is pretty much OK as it is.

The seven-year-old law allows people who feel their lives are in danger to respond to the threat with deadly force, even if they don't choose to run for help or safety. It's most notable application was in Seminole County where Miami-Dade County teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death during an encounter with armed neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:52 am
Wed November 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West To File Lawsuit

Allen West and his wife, Elizabeth, greet supporters last year.
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Allen West says he plans to file a lawsuit to require a full recount in his bid to win the 18th District Congressional race.

Meanwhile, his opponent, Patrick Murphy, is in Washington, DC for orientation as a new member of Congress.  

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6:39 am
Wed November 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Marlins Dismantle Franchise

Jose Reyes is one of five superstar players traded by the Miami Marlins.
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Miami's new baseball team is up to its old tricks.

Just months after moving into a new ballpark, the Marlins trade five high-priced players and officially dismantle the franchise, again.


    

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Arts
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

What Goes On Behind The Scenes During Art Basel Miami Beach

Filmmaker Andrew Hevia
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A new documentary filmed during last year's  Art Basel Miami Beach features seven young artists who live and work in Miami.

It's called Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, andn it's the work of Andrew Hevia, 28, a graduate of New World School of the Arts.

Hevia produced, directed and edited the documentary which is a production of WLRN and made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Along with the artists, the film also features gallery owner Brook Dorsch.

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News
6:34 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Tampa Connection To Petraeus Scandal

MacDill AFB
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U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base is saying very little about the Tampa woman who brought to light the Petraeus sex scandal.

 She lives on Bayshore Boulevard just a few miles from the base and had hosted the former leader of MacDill's CENTCOM at several social events. 

Jill Kelley, the mother of three children and wife of a surgeon, is described as a socialite, a social liaison to MacDill and as a family friend to retired Gen. David Petraeus now former CIA director.

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News
5:07 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

FPL Crews Who Aided Hurricane Sandy Victims Heading Home

FPL Crews leave New Jersey after restoring power to some 50,000 homes and businesses.
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The Florida Power and Light workers who went up north to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy are homeward-bound.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Florida: A President's Best Friend and Worst Enemy

In a new book, University of Florida professor James C. Clark details Florida's unique role in both delighting and vexing presidents in American history.
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The  Miami Book Fair International is happening through the weekend , and all week, we're hearing from some of the Florida authors appearing at Miami-Dade College for the fair.

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Miami Book Fair International
11:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Who's Talking and Cooking

Chef Sandra Gutierrez at a cooking demonstration kitchen at Miami Culinary Institute during Miami Book Fair International last year.
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Miami Book Fair International is this week, culminating in the weekend's street fair and back-to-back author panels. If you're like me, you enjoy all of the Book Fair, but navigate it with special attention to food-related events.

Below is a list of food-related authors and cooking demonstrations at the Book Fair. I've also provided tips on where to eat nearby.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, the list below still might inspire your next food-related read.

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The House
11:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Fighting To Undo Loss To Patrick Murphy, Allen West Plays All The Angles

Never Say Concede: Allen West, above, refuses to acknowledge losing to Murphy, below, who's already in Washington for rookie Congressman orientation.
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One of South Florida's leading constitutional scholars says U. S. Rep. Allen West is likely to lose his fight to recount the votes in District 18 and regain the seat he appears to have lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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Health Care Reform Law
10:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Florida Officials May Be Getting Serious About Health Care Reform Law

Gov. Rick Scott has to start implementing health care reform in Florida.
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Last week, Floridians voted down Amendment 1 -- an amendment that basically added anti-health care reform language into our state Constitution. Specifically, the amendment would have made it illegal to implement the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act in Florida.

However, many experts said that even if it did pass, Florida's Amendment 1 simply could not overrule a federal law, which was also upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Ballot Counting
10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Don't Feel Bad Florida, Arizona Is Still Counting Ballots

Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, is also dealing with a problematic election this year.
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Florida may have been a laughingstock on the heels of this presidential election because of its continued inability to conduct an election without a flurry of snafus -- but it's important to note, folks, that we aren't the only state that took a long time to count ballots this year.

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Florida Voting
9:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Found In A Warehouse, 963 Broward Ballots Leave Election Results Undisturbed

Brenda Snipes: 'We've done pretty good.'
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Nine hundred sixty-three Broward County residents finally got their votes counted on Monday after their ballots were found forgotten in an elections office warehouse.

Noting to get excited about, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes told the Sun-Sentinel.  She said it's customary for elections workers to scour the offices and work areas for forgotten ballots after the election.

"It happens," she said. "I think we've done pretty good."

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Ballot Counting
9:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Surprise Box Of Uncounted Ballots Discovered In Broward

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes says on the whole, her office is doing "pretty good."
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Broward County is still tallying up votes in two recounts from last week’s election.  

In Dania Beach's close commission race, Chickie Brandimartie leads Mac McElyea by just 16 votes out of more than 4,000. In Hallandale Beach, it's even closer with Anthony Sanders leading Michele Lazarow by just 6 votes out of more than 7,000.

And the Sun-Sentinel reports that nearly a thousand uncounted ballots were discovered in a Broward warehouse on Monday.

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Miami Book Fair International
8:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide To Miami Book Fair: Where To Eat

The cafe at Miami Culinary Institute sells coffee, pastries and light dishes during the Miami Book Fair International.
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the  conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors; it's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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Newscast
7:34 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: What Happens Next With The Affordable Care Act In Florida

Gov. Rick Scott does not support the Affordable Care Act
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Florida is considering its options while refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Rick Scott has been a harsh critic of the health care reform law. Under Scott’s administration, Florida lead the Supreme Court case against it.

But the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act and last week, Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned the individual mandate. That leaves Scott in a tough spot for someone who would rather not implement the law.

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