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9:47 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida Roundup: Sensitivity In Classrooms

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  On the Florida Roundup, we talk to the area's journalists about the week's top stories.

2011 Memorial Day Weekend Shooting

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Politics
2:23 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Senator: Not Much Government In The Florida Sunshine

Paula Dockery is a Republican who served 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She is now a syndicated columnist.
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This is Government in the Sunshine Week, a week celebrating the importance of open government and freedom of information.

The recent firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is an example of government leaders making decisions out of the public purview – violating the spirit of Sunshine Week and Florida’s Sunshine Law.

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News
12:46 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Seminole Tribe Looks For Opening In Gambling Talks

Florida's compact with the Seminole Indians gives them exclusive rights to operate banked card games at seven of the tribe's casinos.
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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 18, 2015…… In the latest hand in a public game of poker between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, tribal leaders provided a glimpse Wednesday into behind-the-scenes negotiations --- or lack of negotiations --- on renewing a lucrative part of a $1 billion gambling deal with the state.

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Sports
12:51 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Running Beyond Marathons: Obstacle Races In South Florida

The finish line, like the starting line, will greet runners with the Battle Frog.

Millions of runners are searching for a new challenge. They want something with more danger and fun than a traditional marathon event.

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Feature
11:49 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Miami Transgender Youth Discuss Family Life, Bullying And Inclusion

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Six young people sat around a table sharing their personal stories to an audience of about 20 people.

Jack Lee Jordan was first. He said he knew he was a boy from a very young age and not his assigned birth sex of female. His mom took it hard.  She cried a lot and was in denial, he said.

He remembers a shopping trip where he asked his mom for a suit and tie.

“She said, ‘You’ll never be a boy, so stop asking me these things,’” Jack recounted.  

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Americas
6:01 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The Caribbean Wants Cruise Passengers To Spend More On Islands Instead of Boats

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp (right) talks with USVI Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty at the Cruise Shipping Miami convention this week on Miami Beach.
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Cruise Shipping Miami – the cruise industry’s premier convention – is taking place this week on Miami Beach. One big and lingering topic is how our Caribbean neighbors can leverage more revenue from all those ships stopping at their ports of call.

Some 125 countries are represented at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Cruise Shipping Miami. But those with the most at stake may be the island nations of the Caribbean.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Miami's Coast Is Getting A Natural Face-Lift

The dunes on Miami Beach that have been restored as a natural defense against sea level rise.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Several South Florida municipalities have been making efforts in coastal restoration.

The city of Miami approved major projects on that front in 2010. It did so in an attempt to implement natural solutions to sea-level rise. 

Conservationists are in the process of removing invasive plant species in beach dunes that cause coastline erosion. They are also installing plants that allow dunes to grow and better absorb water.

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News
10:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Police Will Face No Charges In 2011 Memorial Day Shooting On Miami Beach

In this screengrab taken from a YouTube video, Herisse’s car is shown speeding down a Miami Beach street Memorial Day weekend as officers surround it with guns drawn and fire.
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  Prosecutors will not charge the police officers who killed a motorist on South Beach in a hail of bullets after a chaotic chase during Memorial Day weekend four years ago.

In a long-awaited ruling on the controversial incident, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office officially ruled Tuesday that the 12 officers were “legally justified” in killing Raymond Herisse after he plowed into several cars and nearly ran over several bicycle cops. Police bullets — over 100 were fired in all — also wounded four bystanders.

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Development
4:09 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Miami-Dade Commission Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Mega-Mall

American Dream Miami, the proposed mega-mall.
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The Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to approve a land deal for the development of what would be the nation's largest mall.

The proposed mega-mall, American Dream Miami, would cost approximately $4 billion to build and would occupy 200 acres of west Miami-Dade. The park would contain aquatic attractions such as an indoor ski slope, a water park and a submarine ride.

The land deal allows Triple Five -- the mall's developer -- to purchase the 82 acres of Miami-Dade property owned by the state.

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Twitter Chat
3:59 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Ask Mayor Philip Levine: How Is Miami Beach At 100?

Pier Park in Miami Beach, 1957.
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WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman and the Miami Herald's Joey Flechas brought Miami Beach residents' questions, along with their own, to Mayor Philip Levine last night.

You can see our Twitter chat about life on Miami Beach below or find it on Twitter at @WLRN using the hashtag #MB100

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News
12:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Broward School Board Suspends Teacher Who Used Slur Against Muslim Student

Deyab Houssein Wardani, left, and his father Youseff Wardani.
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The Broward County School Board voted Tuesday to suspend a teacher who was accused of calling her student "a raghead Taliban."

Maria Valdes, a French teacher at Cypress Bay High School, will be suspended for five days without pay and must complete mandatory diversity training.

The school board passed the item with no discussion.

Valdes allegedly made the comments to 14-year-old Deyab Houssein Wardani as he entered class wearing a hoodie.

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Environment
12:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

General To Congress: Climate Change Will Threaten Our National Security

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A leader must possess imagination. -- Omar Nelson Bradley, Army General, World War II, Korean War

Military leaders depend on imagination. Conflict can spring up anywhere in the world, so leaders must be thinking about every possible scenario, every consequence on action taken or not taken. And that's what a group of retired admirals and generals are asking of political leaders: Have imagination. Consider all the possible consequences of climate change and its impact on the national security of the United States.

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School Funding
10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

Sen. Don Gaetz has filed an amendment which would force school districts to share local construction money with charter schools.
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School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator.

Sen. Don Gaetz, former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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News
9:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Transgender Equality Tops Agenda At TransCon Gathering

TranCon, a day long conference on issues concerning the transgender community, was held at Barry University March 14,2015.
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TransCon, a day-long conference at Barry University, called for more public education about trans issues.

There were workshops that covered health issues, employment and spirituality. But one of the best-attended gatherings addressed discrimination and transgender equality.

Charo Valero, a field organizer with SAVE DADE, a gay rights organization, was one of the moderators at the “Next Step With Prejudice Reduction Workshop.”

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StateImpact Florida
9:43 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Testing, School Choice, Phys. Ed.: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville." Florida public media stations will air the movie this month. Check local listings.
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This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series, "180 Days."

One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rated school districts, according to South Carolina's ranking.

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