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12:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading April 13-19

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This week's most read stories include: The demise of the FCAT, drinking beer and practicing yoga, the golden years of marijuana smuggling and six plaintiffs who plan to fight the state’s ban on gay marriage.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System

Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel and Republican Rep. Erik Fresen spoke at the WLRN and Miami Herald town hall on the child welfare system.
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For more than a year, the Miami Herald dug through Department of Children & Families records and police reports to find out how and why nearly 500 children died over the past six years after falling through the Florida Department of Children & Families’ protective net.  

The investigative series, Innocents Lost, uncovered the disturbing stories and found that the agency had embraced a family preservation philosophy without ensuring all the necessary social services were in place to keep children safe in troubled homes.  

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Closing
4:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

David's Cafe Serves Its Last Colada

After 37 years, David's Cafe closed its doors for good this weekend.
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David’s Café, an iconic South Beach haunt for locals and tourists alike, closed its doors for good this weekend.

Located the corner of 11th Street and Collins Avenue, David’s was flanked road construction that has dragged on for almost a year. The project has blocked sidewalks and increased gridlock. Adrian Gonzalez, owner, blamed the construction and the recession for sealing the café’s fate.

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Legalizing
9:21 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Why Rep. Katie Edwards Supports Medical Marjiuana

Rep. Katie Edwards supports the research of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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Before there was a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Florida on this coming November ballot, there was West Broward Representative Katie Edwards.

She represents parts of Davie, Plantation and Sunrise.

A democrat from District 98 with a background in agriculture and applied economics -- along with a law degree -- Edwards first made a legislative effort to address the possibility of medical marijuana in 2013.

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Medical Marijuana
9:16 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Petitioners To Supporters: Thanks For The Signature, Now Give Us Your Vote

CANNABIS CLINIC -- This is one in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2012. Floridians will only decide whether to allow limited medical uses.
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TALLAHASSEE -- The campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida took it up a notch this weekend with coordinated phone banking and outreach in 13 Florida cities. The objective? Make sure everybody who signed the ballot petition follows through with a vote on election day.

At a shady roadside church in Tallahassee, a handful of volunteers gathered with ice tea, a platter of sandwiches and tablet computers full of the phone numbers of everybody whose signatures helped bring Amendment Two to the November ballot. That's somewhere between 800,000 and a million Floridians.

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Music
9:13 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Record Store Day Is Black Friday For Vinyl Lovers

Lines wrapped around Radio-Active Records on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
Credit Andrea Richard

Today digital music sales are a huge part of the music industry. And record stores are now a rare entity.  

But as we told you last week, there's a renewed passion for vinyl. Call it a vinyl revival, a resurgence of music with a tangible element.

This popularity stirs up once a year on Record Store Day. It's like a field day for record collectors.

Last Saturday, Radio-Active Records had a line of people since 3 a.m., waiting to get their hands on limited-edition merchandise.

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The End of the Road
8:12 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Train Is The New... Train? I-95 Traffic Helps Resurrect Old Miami Rail

A Florida East Coast freight train runs through the middle of downtown West Palm Beach. South Florida's urban core developed around the FEC tracks. Now two projects hope to run passengers along the line for the first time in almost 50 years.
Credit Kenny Malone

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.

Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.

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What's The Story?
12:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Join Us Tuesday For A Night Of South Florida Trivia!

Come hang out with us!

To launch our news project What's the Story - where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting - we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!  

The subjects will be about South Florida history and pop culture. Here are some examples (for the answers, please scroll to the bottom):

1.  On Miami Vice, Don Johnson’s character, Sonny Crockett, had a pet named Elvis who was also a retired college mascot.  What kind of animal was Elvis? 

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A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Sopa De Pollo

Click play to hear the aired edition of A Word on Food. Air-date: 4/19/2014

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Gabriel García Márquez
12:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Gabo And Gringos: Did Magical Realism Bridge Or Divide The Americas?

Gabriel García Marquez, 1927-2014
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Gabriel García Márquez, who died Thursday at age 87, provided one of the eerier moments of my journalism career.

In 1996, a colleague and I had been conducting a series of interviews with the Colombian Nobel laureate about his newest book, called “News of a Kidnapping.” It was a nonfiction work on his country’s violent drug-crime culture. Shortly after García Márquez sent the final proofs to his publisher, I called him at his Mexico City home and he sounded shaken.

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The Florida Roundup
12:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Should People Without Permits Be Able To Carry Guns During A Hurricane?

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Hurricane season is a few months away, and that may be what was on the mind of legislators this session.

The Legislature is likely to pass a bill allowing people who do not (and maybe even could not) get a concealed-weapons permit to carry a gun if there is a state-declared emergency.

The Miami Herald’s Fred Grimm called it the "Zombie Apocalypse bill."

This week on the Florida Roundup, we'll discuss what the bill is all about, who's pushing for it, and why she Sheriff's Association is a bit concerned about it.

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Record Store Day
12:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales

Sweat Records
Diego Saldana-Rojas

South Florida's vinyl record stores will open early Saturday morning, on the seventh annual dawning of Record Store Day.

The international event promotes independent record stores and aims to boost their business. The day is highlighted by special releases only available to independent retailers, and re-issues of classic records.

Evan Chern, owner of Yesterday & Today's Records in Miami, says his store experiences a spike in sales that day.

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FOUND Magazine
11:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

This Guy Will Publish The Love Letters You Lose

Davy Rothbart collects lost notes, letters and lists. He then publishes them in his magazine FOUND.
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Davy Rothbart is a writer, contributor to This American Life and filmmaker. But he is probably best known as founder and collector of lost things for FOUND Magazine, a publication made of "anything that people have found."

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Venezuela Crisis
5:34 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Florida Senators In Doral To Make Stronger Call For Venezuela Sanctions

Florida Senators Bill Nelson (left) and Marco Rubio in Doral Thursday morning.
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Not one but both Florida Senators came to Doral Thursday morning to show solidarity with the state's large Venezuelan community.

In their bipartisan appearance at the Arepazo Dos restaurant, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio said U.S. sanctions against Venezuela's socialist government - which has been widely criticized for its heavy-handed response to anti-government protests - may be a stronger possibility now. 

Hear the full story below.

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Books
4:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead At 87

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  The AP reports Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City Thursday, April 17.

Read the full story at NPR.org.

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