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The End of the Road
7:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95

Inspired by I-95: A.R. Ammons was on I-95 when he saw the inspiration for one of his most decorated works.

Interstate 95 inspires more than just four-letter words, it turns out.

Twenty five years ago, poet A.R. Ammons and his wife were driving home from a visit with family in South Miami. Somewhere north of Dade County -- on I-95 -- Ammons looked out his window and there it was: one of South Florida’s infamous mountains of trash.

Garbage: A Poem was born.

garbage has to be the poem of our time because
garbage is spiritual, believable enough

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Greyhound Racing
6:03 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Senate Committee Aims To End Greyhound Racing

GREYHOUND HEY-DAY: Visible in this undated photo from Hollywood Kennel Club is something you don't see anymore: crowds coming out to watch dog racing.
Credit Hollywood Kennel Club/Flickr

The Florida Senate's Select Committee on Gaming makes its last stand in Tallahassee this week with a couple of bills that could end greyhound racing in the Sunshine State. It's the only gambling issue that still remains within the committee's grasp.

Click below to hear the radio story:

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Common Core
6:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests

Parents at a Brooklyn school opt out of state tests earlier this week.
Credit Girlray / Flickr.com

The civil disobedience taking place during New York's statewide testing season may offer a preview of what's to come when Florida unveils new Common Core-tied tests next year.

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STEM
1:01 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Students Battle It Out In Fort Lauderdale Robotics Competition

Students prepping their robots for competition
Credit Lisann Ramos

Florida has been putting an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education. And with STEM, comes tests -- and competitions.

The South Florida Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is happening through Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. FIRST is an acronym -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. 

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The Florida Roundup
11:53 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What?

Marie Rachelle Dominique, 47, asks counselor Bernard Guiteau at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami about signing up for health insurance.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

The sign-up is over: now the coverage.

The deadline to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passes with hundreds of thousands of Floridians signing up. Who’s covered? Who isn’t? And at what price?

Those are some of the questions we're asking this week on The Florida Roundup. Also on our radar: 

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Opinion
11:50 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure

Cuban woman walk by wall graffiti in Havana.
Credit Flickr

If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship – look no further than Thursday’s excellent Associated Press article about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.

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Session 2014
10:29 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Governor Scott Could De-Liberalize State Supreme Court On His Last Day

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: A Senate bill could give Gov. Scott the power to remake the court on his last day in office.
Credit Fammy on flickr

On the day his successor takes power, a defeated or departing Florida governor would be allowed to appoint replacements for state Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the same day.  That's in a controversial bill the state Senate passed on Thursday. And that governor could be Rick Scott four years from now, when the court's liberal majority face mandatory retirement all at once.

Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lawmakers Want To Change The Way MDX Does Business

MDX is under scrutiny by state lawmakers after a toll change on the Dolphin Expressway.
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An effort to increase the state’s oversight of MDX - the Miami Dade Expressway Authority - barely passed the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday. 

The bill was weakened significantly.  

A plan to cut the number of board members from 13 to 9 was thrown out. So was a provision that would have required the county commission to approve toll increases.

Even after those changes, a string of speakers stood up against the bill. Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin came to Tallahassee to support MDX.

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This Is Where
9:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time?

Poet Robert Hass will be in Miami on Saturday, April 5.
Credit Margaretta K. Mitchell

The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building.

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Topical Currents
2:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

“Drunk Tank Pink:” Unexpected Forces Which Influence Lives; Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.

4/03/14 - Topical Currents begins with NYU marketing professor Adam Alter.  His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing and psychology. Most of us think we act independently from the world around us.  Alter refutes the notion in his book, DRUNK TANK PINK: AND OTHER UNEXPECTED FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK, FEEL, AND BEHAVE. It’s been found that pink surroundings make people more passive, and less prone to violence. ADAMALTERAUTHOR.COM

And more.

Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.

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News
1:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Starting Up In South Florida By 9 Entrepreneurs

Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

We caught up with several South Florida entrepreneurs about their trials and triumphs in starting a business in South Florida. 

Jordan Melnick started "Sktchy", an app that connects artists with subjects to draw, paint or sculpt.

Q: What was the moment you realized South Florida would work well for your business?

Pandwe Gibson started EcoTech Visions, a business incubator with a focus on environmental companies.

Q: What is the most difficult part about starting a business in South Florida?

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Sea-Level Rise
10:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas

Some lower-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas than coastal areas.
Credit Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.

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Music
6:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays

Credit Bernard Hacker

While the EDM and light shows were going off Sunday at Ultra, a string quartet at the Gale Hotel in South Beach played alongside a DJ and composer.

Backed by DJ Benji B and composer Grant Windsor, The Deviation String Quartet from London re-interpreted songs by artists like Drake, Sampha and Pepe Braddock.

The concept started in 2011, when Benji was asked to DJ at the London Eye, the big wheel overlooking the Thames River in London.

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MDPLS Contest
6:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month

Brian Colleary of the Miami-Dade Public Library System and 2013 poetry contest winner James Lachterman at the WLRN Studios.
Credit Kelley Mitchell

It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James Lachterman.

And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.

And now, with April and National Poetry Month upon us again, the search is on for the next winners. Young adults from the ages of 12-19 are eligible, with a valid library card, of course.

This year’s theme is technology.

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida

Chief Ian Moffett of Miami-Dade County Public Schools supports the state's new standards.

National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a position paper last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.

Here’s the paper’s summary of the connection:

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