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12:41 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

International Space Station Visible From Miami Thursday Morning

The International Space Station.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Celestially minded Miamians (and anyone else interested) will be able to view the International Space Station (ISS) with the naked eye Thursday morning, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA’s “Spot the Station” widget identifies specific dates and times that the ISS will be visible without a telescope.

These windows, however, are narrow — the next opportunity for viewing the ISS will occur Thursday at 5:47 a.m., and it will only be visible for two minutes.

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News
7:10 am
Wed January 7, 2015

With New Child Safety Law In Effect, AAA Gives Away Free Booster Seats

An example of a booster seat.
Credit AmateurX / Flickr

The country’s largest auto club is making it easier for Florida parents to comply with a revamped child car seat law.

As of the New Year, state law now requires that children need to be secured in car-safety seats until the age of six.  Previously, kids could transition to regular adult seat belts as young as age four.

Each Friday, throughout the month of January, AAA will be giving away free booster car seats.

AAA Director of Traffic Safety Culture Michele Harris says the organization takes child safety seriously.

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History
7:09 am
Wed January 7, 2015

When Key West Was Cuban

Key West Cigars box label
DeWolfe and Wood Collection Monroe County Public Library

 In the '60s, '70s and '80s, waves of Cuban immigrants crossed the Florida Straits, seeking political freedom and economic opportunity. Soon they were starting their own businesses and winning political office, infusing Cuban culture into the DNA of a South Florida city.

The city was Key West. And this was the 1860s, '70s and '80s.

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Medicine
7:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Researchers Are Testing A New Tool To Diagnose Concussions

IPortal - PAS goggle, from medical equipment manufacturer Neuro Kinetics Inc.
Credit University of Miami Miller School of Medicine med.miami.edu

According to a report from the NCAA, a little more than seven percent of injuries in college football are concussions. 

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News
1:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

After Alcohol Incidents, Broward Judge Resigns From The Bench

Broward County Judge Gisele Pollack was suspended without pay last May.
Credit floridacountyjudges.com

A Broward County judge with a history of alcohol problems is being recommended for removal from the bench. Judge Gisele Pollack has been a judge since 2004, overseeing low-level cases in the county's misdemeanor drug court.

Pollack admitted being drunk in the courtroom in December 2013. She agreed to stop drinking alcohol altogether, but the same thing happened a few months later.

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News
10:34 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Miami-Dade Couple Getting Marriage License: "The Mundane Becomes Magical"

Deborah Shure and Aymarah Robles show the ticket that holds their place in line for a marriage license.
Credit John O'Connor / WRLN

The counter on the wall of Miami-Dade County's marriage license office says 59. Deborah Shure and Aymarah Robles hold number 60.

Robles says they’ve been waiting 15 years to be able to marry each other. Minutes before, a Miami-Dade judge said same-sex couples could get marriage licenses.

“And I’m still crying and I don’t think it’s going to stop today," Robles says.

Shure and Robles ducked out after the verdict to grab an early spot in line. Dozens of couples followed.

About an hour later, their wait was over.

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News
9:23 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Same-Sex Weddings At Broward Group Ceremony, But Not Marriage Equality

Clerk of Courts Howard Forman officiates at a mass same-sex marriage ceremony at the Broward County courthouse. About 40 of the approximately 100 couples who got marriage licenses stayed to take their vows.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

  In Fort Lauderdale, about 100 couples were issued legal marriage licenses starting at a minute after midnight. Some will have to endure the state's three-day waiting period before they can marry. But 30 or 40 same-sex pairs who qualified for waivers stayed behind to take their vows in a mass ceremony.

The first couple in line was the first to be married. Melissa Keller and Joanne Stiger got the special treatment of a ceremony in the court clerk's chapel with County Judge Kathleen McHugh officiating.

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News
8:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Florida Keys' First Gay Marriage Becomes Public Celebration

Aaron Hunstman and William Lee Jones were the first gay couple to receive a marriage license and wed in Key West.
Credit Carol Tedesco / Florida Keys News Service

At 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, the two men who won the first ruling overturning Florida's ban on gay marriage became the first gay couple to get married in Monroe County.

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones exchanged vows in front of 500 people — including close friends, attorneys, total strangers, TV crews and a few tourists.

The Rev. Steve Torrance, a chaplain with the Key West Police Department and minister with the Metropolitan Community Church declared them legally married, and the couple was greeted with cheers, applause and the sound of a conch shell.

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The End of the Road
8:24 am
Tue January 6, 2015

What To Expect From Broward's Upcoming I-95 Express Lanes

95 Express Phase 2 is expected to open in the spring of 2015.
Credit Images from FDOT.

South Florida drivers will need to relearn the ins-and-outs of the I-95 express lanes. Specifically where to get in and where to get out.

“Phase 2” of 95 Express will extend the so-called “Lexus Lanes” to Broward Boulevard. Weather permitting, the expansion is scheduled to open this spring. Those plastic divider poles could start popping up this month.

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News
8:22 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Palm Beach County's Same-Sex Group Wedding A Festive Affair

Newlyweds Liz Mabry (l.) and Cristina Jimenez (r.) show off the matching t-shirts they wore for their wedding at the Delray Beach courthouse.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In downtown Delray Beach Monday night, same-sex couples who gathered to get hitched in a group wedding were greeted by balloons, flowers and dancing in the streets.

The doors of the South County Courthouse opened at 10:30 p.m. so marriage licenses could be processed before the ceremony. By then, dozens of couples were lined up outside, and a few started slow-dancing on the sidewalk after someone docked an iPod to a speaker.

Shortly after midnight, about 80 couples exchanged vows in a civil ceremony presided over by County Clerk Sharon Bock.

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Feature
7:56 am
Tue January 6, 2015

After Half A Century Together, Florida Retirees Become Gay Marriage Activists

Robert Collier, left, and Charles Hunziger, right, at their Fort Lauderdale home.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Robert Collier and Charles Hunziger have been together for 52 years.

They are one of nine same sex couples who sued Florida to recognize their marriages in a federal case that ultimately struck down the state’s gay marriage ban Tuesday.

Collier and Hunziger say they never meant to become gay activists, to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit that would change Florida law. But as they started getting older, they started thinking about how they wanted to leave things better than they were for them.

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Medicaid
4:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Federal Judge Rules Florida In Violation Of Medicaid Laws For Kids

A federal judge has ruled Florida's medicaid is in violation of several laws when it comes to medical care for children.
Credit StockMonkeys / Wikimedia (stockmonkeys.com)

After nearly a decade-long fight, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s Medicaid program violates several federal laws when it comes to healthcare for children.

Judge Adalberto Jordan found the care provided through the insurance program for the poor failed to “promote quality of care or equal access” for kids.

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Sunshine Economy
2:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

U.S. Cuba Policy Changes: Opportunity Or Entrenchment?

Credit WLRN

Miami is not a top departure point for American goods headed to Cuba. So say the official U.S. government trade statistics. Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is the second-largest American port from which goods are sent to Cuba.

Yes, despite the 53-year-old trade embargo, America still does a little business with Cuba. The U.S. sells fresh and frozen chicken, soybeans, corn and an assortment of other food and medical supplies. 

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Gay Marriage
12:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Miami-Dade Becomes First County In Florida To Issue Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples and their attorneys in Miami celebrate Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel’s decision to lift the legal stay she had placed on her July decision declaring Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County will become the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, 10 hours before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state.

In an 11 a.m. hearing, Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the legal stay she had placed on her sweeping July decision declaring the ban discriminatory.

“In the big picture, does it really matter whether or not I lift the stay or leave it until tomorrow?” she said from the bench. “I’m lifting the stay.”

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The Florida Roundup
5:26 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

LISTEN: Understanding Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

As of Friday, Jan. 2, courts in three of four South Florida counties were prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Credit Peetje2 / Creative Commons/Flickr

2015 began with a clarification over same-sex marriages in Florida. All county clerks can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Before that happens, take a moment to hear this interview with the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus. You'll learn all the background info you need to understand what's going on in the courts locally and in Tallahassee.

Key points:

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