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Clad in abstract angled siding swaddling 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, Miami’s newest art museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA), is now open to the public.

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Lake Okeechobee’s receding water is offering a clearer view of Irma’s environmental impact.

The water is down by about a foot since the hurricane but remains high at more than 16 feet.

Paul Gray of Audubon of Florida says the water and muck stirred from the lake’s bottom prevent sunlight from reaching important plant communities.

And those plants serve as nurseries for fish.

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More than two million cubic yards of debris has been hauled out of the Florida Keys since Hurricane Irma. But many residents of the Lower Keys say they are still waiting and they are tired of living in a trash-lined landscape.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott is on a statewide tour touting his budget proposal for next year. But the Legislature is distracted, he said Thursday afternoon during a visit to a Miami elementary school.

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Oil is Venezuela’s only real economic asset, accounting for more than 95 percent of its export revenues. But its oil industry has been wrecked by neglect and corruption. The government is now purging that industry’s leadership. But it’s probably too late.

They say oil is as much a curse to Venezuela as it is a blessing. The South American country has the world’s largest oil reserves. But its oil wealth has long been looted by corrupt ruling elites. Or, in this century, by a corrupt socialist revolution.

Rodrigo Abd / AP via Miami Herald

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UPDATED November 30, 7 a.m.

As of Thursday morning, we are still awaiting the final results of Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras. (That's because Honduras is a lot like Florida.) With 89 percent of the votes counted, the conservative incumbent, President Juan Orlando Hernández, holds a razor-thin lead over his liberal challenger, TV star Salvador Nasralla.

Anna Christy was enthralled when she first heard opera. The voices of great opera singers Placido Domingo and Thomas Hampson captivated her. 

“When I was 10, this was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,” Christy said.

It was then that she knew she wanted to be involved in opera. 

Christy is a distinguished soprano opera singer who plays Lucia in the timeless classic Lucia di Lammermoor, an Italian opera by Gaetano Donizetti centered around a family's attempt to force their daughter into marriage for monetary gains. 

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Miami residents rallied outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral Wednesday to oppose the GOP tax bill. In the spirit of the season, they were decked out in Santa hats, carrying a cardboard Grinch version of Sen. Rubio and singing their own versions of Christmas carols--from "We Wish For A Better Tax Bill" to "You're A Mean One, Rubio."

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Sixteen men are facing charges in an investigation targeting drug dealers in Boynton Beach. The busts are focused on curbing the opioid overdoses overwhelming the city.

Police arrested 10 men during a sweep throughout Palm Beach County on Tuesday. Authorities confiscated $1,240, two handguns and dozens of plastic bags of heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana, according to the Boynton Beach Police Department.

The busts are part of Operation Cherry Pill, a yearlong investigation aimed at pulling alleged drug dealers off the streets of Boynton Beach.

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Sister Margaret Ann greets her students as they’re dropped off to school in the morning.

She helps open car doors, gushes over a student’s cute dog and warns a group heading to the Everglades on a field trip to be on their best behavior because alligators are nothing to play with.

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The Urban League of Broward County has partnered with national investment bank Morgan Stanley to create a better way for minority-owned businesses in the county to get the resources they need to grow. 

The two organizations announced the creation of what’s called a 'capital access fund,' a pool of money that minority-owned businesses can use as small business loans. 

 

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Lady Gaga is bringing more than just entertainment to Miami this week.

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A ban on vaping in workplaces is one step closer to appearing on the 2018 ballot after a panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.

Former state Sen. Lisa Carlton, a member of the commission, said people are being adversely affected by public vaping because a ban on smoking in workplaces was passed by Florida voters in 2002, well before electronic cigarettes and other devices became available.

She wants to expand the current smoking ban to include vaping devices.

Today on Sundial: Carlos Alvarez, known to college football junkies as the “Cuban Comet,” joined us to talk about his arrival to the United States, his love for the game and how he used it as a platform to break racial barriers.

Alvarez and his family arrived in the U.S. in 1960 when Alvarez was 10 years old. In Cuba, his dad attended law school with Fidel Castro and wanted no part of the Cuban communist revolution. When the family arrived in Key West, Alvarez’s dad advised him and his siblings to “become Americans” because they were never going back.

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The leader of Miami-Dade County public schools sharply criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies Tuesday morning during a keynote that sounded like part stump speech, part sermon.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho delivered an impassioned address opening a bipartisan summit on immigration reform at the University of Miami, relating his own “journey” as a Portuguese immigrant who was once in the U.S. illegally.

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