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12:00 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Florida Roundup: Cuban Adjustment Act

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

Cuban Adjustment Act

A Sun-Sentinel yearlong investigation finds more than $2 billion within two decades was fraudulently brought into Cuba and how the Cuban Adjustment Act plays a role in letting the criminals get away without prosecution. 

Haiti

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Politics
12:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

As Obama Rushes To Post New Cuba Trade And Travel Regs, Will Havana Reciprocate?

A car in Havana sports Cuban and U.S. flags in advance of talks there to normalize relations between the two countries.
Credit Day Donaldson / Flickr Creative Commons

On Thursday President Obama finalized a big part of his efforts to normalize relations with communist Cuba. And they take effect Friday, much earlier than expected. They include loosening travel and trade restrictions – but the question from those who know the Havana regime well is: Will Cuba loosen up too?

The new regs make it much easier for Americans to travel to Cuba and spend money there. They can even use U.S. credit cards. They can also do more business with Cubans – export capital goods like telecom equipment and help finance small Cuban enterprises.

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Feature
12:11 am
Fri January 16, 2015

WATCH: Why A Wynwood Developer Is Biding His Time In A Hot Miami Market

A view of the side of David Lombardi's Museo Vault, a fine art storage facility on Northwest 29th Street.
Credit Daniel Ducassi

At a time when investors are paying record prices for land in Wynwood, real estate broker and developer David Lombardi is choosing not to build on his Wynwood properties.

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Environment
6:18 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wilderness Island Attracts Wildlife — And Party Crowd

The sandy beach and serene atmosphere at Boca Grande makes the island attractive to wildlife like sea turtles — and boaters looking for a place to party.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The islands west of Key West have been designated as a national wildlife refuge since 1908, when Teddy Roosevelt created the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. The intent was to protect birds from plume-hunters who were killing them for feathers to adorn ladies' hats.

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STEM
5:33 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Amateur Radio Club Connects Miami Students With Space Station

A student asks a question of European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoferretti while Dade Radio Club of Miami president Miguel Garate looks on.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

At first, the kids in the auditorium at Richmond Heights Middle School weren’t sure a they'd hear a voice above the ear-burning static.

Dade Radio Club of Miami president Miguel Garate kept signaling the space station.  

“NA1SS, NA1SS, this is Richmond Heights. Over,” Garate said repeatedly, trying to hail the space station.

They had just minutes before astronaut Samantha Cristoferretti would be out of range.

A voice cut through the white noise.

“This is November Alpha One, I-S-S. I read you three by five,” Cristoferretti said.

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Culture
4:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

South Florida Fandoms: Florida SuperCon And Magic City ComicCon

All sorts of characters showed up for the inaugural Magic City Comic Con.

    

There are more than 60 different conventions for comic book collectors, anime and Cosplay enthusiasts, toy collectors and science fiction fans in the state of Florida every year. They are relatively small affairs, nothing close to the mega-events such as Comic-Con International in San Diego, which attracts more than 100,000 fans annually.

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Transportation
3:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Miami-Dade Meeting To Improve Cycling Conditions Focuses On M-Path

A shot of the Miami-Dade M-Pass bridge in South Miami.
Credit Daniel Christensen / Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 3.0

  On January 12, cyclists, county officials and Dutch cycling experts convened at HistoryMiami in downtown for ThinkBike2015, a four-day workshop focused on making Miami a more connected and safer place for cyclists.

Dutch officials went through a slideshow of road projects that have made the Netherlands one of the safest places in the world to ride a bicycle and showed a short film illustrating cycling culture in the low-lying European kingdom.

Another short video drew “aahs” and gasps.

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Education
9:07 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Foes Of High-Stakes Public School Testing To Meet In Fort Lauderdale

Rosemarie Jensen, administrator for United Opt Out, an organization opposing high-stakes testing.
Credit UnitedOptOut.com

Across Florida, parents and teachers are pushing back against standardized testing in public schools. One way is simply “opting out” – or keeping their children from taking the test.

And now a national organization opposed to public education's reliance on standardized tests is bringing its message to Fort Lauderdale.

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News
1:35 am
Thu January 15, 2015

New Push To Repeal Florida's Foreign Landowner Ban

Florida is the only state that hasn't repealed its law relating to foreign land owners.
Credit Jarek Radimersky/flickr

A new push is underway to get some anti-immigrant language out of the Florida Constitution. The law relates to foreign property owners.

People who aren’t eligible for American citizenship can't own property in Florida. It’s written in Article 1 of the state Constitution.

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Feature
1:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Black While Policing: A Miami Officer Shares His Experience

Major Delrish Moss with the City of Miami Police Department talks about being stereotyped as a black man and as a police officer.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Right now, there's a national discussion happening around race and how police treat black men. 

But what happens to that conversation when you pair being a black man with also being a police officer?

Miami Major Delrish Moss talks about his experiences — from being a high school student who cleaned floors at the Biscayne Federal Bank to now being a Miami Police Department officer.

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Latin America Report
12:27 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Why It's Time For A Reality Check On Normalizing Relations With Cuba

An unidentified Cuban exile speaks out against President Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba at a downtown Miami rally on December 30.
Credit Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

What President Obama did on December 17 was hardly going to prevent what Cuban leader Raúl Castro did on December 30.

Obama last month announced plans to normalize relations with communist Cuba, which were severed 54 years ago. As if to test the waters in the wake of that historic decision, a new Cuban dissident group called Yo También Exijo (I Also Demand) called a free-speech gathering in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución for December 30.

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News
7:02 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Florida Legislative Support Grows For Film And TV Tax Incentives

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After last year’s legislative session, Florida failed to secure the tax incentive money it needed to lure more movie and television projects to the Sunshine State.

But things could change in 2015. And Palm Beach County lawmakers want to play a starring role in replenishing those funds.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Supporters Want Solar Choice On 2016 Ballot

Solar energy supporters are trying to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot. If they succeed, they’ll need at least 60 percent of the vote for it to pass.
Credit Mike Ray/flickr

A petition drive now underway in Florida would get a solar power amendment on the ballot in 2016. If voters approve the proposal, individuals who use the sun to generate electricity would be able to sell that electricity.

For now, only Florida’s utility companies can do that.

Supporters must collect 683,149 signatures to get the proposal before voters. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the amendment for it to be placed in the Constitution.

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The End of the Road
6:57 am
Wed January 14, 2015

LISTEN: A Father-Daughter Dance With I-95 Destiny

Nina Galoppi has her father Fabio's word that, once she gets her real license, he'll have this PT Cruiser painted pink.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Sixteen-year-old Nina Galoppi says she and her friends simply call I-95 "The Big Road." Many of them avoid it altogether, opting instead for slower, smaller roads to get around.

"It's a really scary road when you think about it," Galoppi says. "That’s where the adults, that’s where trucks, everyone drives there. You don’t want to drive there if you don’t have to."

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News
10:45 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Palm Beach County Lawmakers Make Sober Home Bill Top Priority

Rep. Pat Rooney (R-Palm Beach Gardens)
Credit Florida House of Representatives

Palm Beach County lawmakers say tightening regulations on so-called "sober homes" will be one of their top priorities during this year's legislative session in Tallahassee. 

Sober houses are group homes for people recovering from drug or alcohol dependencies. In recent years, the facilities have become a booming business in parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. But critics complain many of the facilities are bringing noise, traffic and even drug dealing to their single-family neighborhoods.

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