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4:21 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Miami Artist Releases 'No Propaganda' Book About Cuba

The cover of "True Cuba."

Perhaps embodying the experience of many Miami residents, Jonathan Brooks is torn between two lands. His American father and Cuban mother raised Brooks in an environment that he describes as equal parts “Que Pasa U.S.A.?” and “I Love Lucy.”

Brooks, a writer, photographer and filmmaker, recently published the book "True Cuba," partially in response to "Vamos a Cuba," which was pulled from Miami-Dade County public school libraries in 2006 for portraying what critics called an unrealistic depiction of life on the island.

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Arts
3:09 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

What Conducting A Video Game Concert Sounds Like

Scott Flaven, resident conductor at the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, is preparing for their newest show - Frost Plays Video Game Music.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

Ever wonder what Beethoven or Mozart might think if they were asked to assemble a score for the newest edition of a Playstation video game?

Scott Flaven, the visiting conductor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, says video game music is rapidly becoming the forefront of music composing.

So students got together and decided to create an ensemble of music from their favorite video games. Some of the games that inspired them include Portal, Bioshock, Super Mario Bros. and Pong.

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Politics
11:12 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Florida Roundup: U.S. And Cuba At The Summit

  On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top news with area journalists. 

Summit of the Americas

The State Department recommended this week removing Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism - a move that could speed up normalizing relations with the island. Though no formal announcement has been made yet to remove Cuba from the list, Obama said a decision on it would be soon. The two leaders will be together at the Summit of the Americas for the first time.

Presidential Aspirations

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Schools
8:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Miami-Dade and Broward Participate in 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day'

Credit Jessica Lucia / flickr Creative Commons

You might see some new and young faces in the office today.

That's  because Miami-Dade and Broward schools are allowing kids to miss a day of school to take part in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

The day is designed to expose young people to different workplaces and inspire them to consider various career choices.

Kids who don't go to school today are excused, but they will have make up any school work they might miss.

The national “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day” is actually April 23rd, but that is a testing day in Florida. 

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Water
1:09 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Pressures Mount On Lawmakers To Buy Sugar Land For Everglades Restoration Plan

Protestors outside of the South Florida Water Management District.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Last November Florida voters passed an amendment that allocated billions in state funds in the course of 20 years for land conservation.

Now environmental groups are urging Florida lawmakers to buy a huge swath of land from U.S. Sugar for Everglades conservation. The plan would store and clean excess water from the lake on the purchased land that would eventually flow down to Everglades National Park.

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Business
4:44 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

South Florida Tech CEO Talks Raising Capital & Raising Kids

Joanna Schwartz is the CEO of EarlyShares, which connects accredited investors with private funding opportunities. In April 2015, her company launched www.property.com.

In our continuing series on female leadership, we look at the technology sector. Certainly it is a lucrative industry and it's been criticized for gender imbalance.

Women make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce, even though more women now enroll in college than men.

And here's another interesting data point -- women in Western countries use the internet 17 percent more than men do. So how does this all compute in terms of female leadership?

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Newscast
7:43 am
Thu April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015: Family Releases Video Of Man Killed By Miami Gardens Police

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
2:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Family Releases Video Of Mentally Ill Man Killed By Miami Gardens Police

Screen grab of Officer Eddo Trimino shooting at Lavall Hall offscreen.
Credit Miami Gardens Police

The family of a mentally ill man who was killed by a Miami Gardens police officer in February released the video of the shooting to the media Wednesday at a press conference.

The family says police were called on Feb. 15th because Lavall Hall was wielding a straw broom outside his house. They needed help to get him to a mental health hospital.

Police ended up killing Hall.

Moments Up To The Shooting

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Commentary
1:40 am
Thu April 9, 2015

How Obama Rescued The Summit For Latin America – And How He Could Ruin It Again

A worker makes final preparations for the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Credit Arnulfo Franco / AP

Here’s the conventional line you're hearing about President Obama and this week’s Summit of the Americas:

Up to now, Obama had been doing many smart things to improve dysfunctional U.S.-Latin American relations. On issues like immigration, the drug war and especially Cuba – in December he announced the U.S. would restore diplomatic relations with its cold-war communist foe – a gringo president was finally getting it.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:57 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rick Scott Says Feds Can't Be Trusted To Pay For Medicaid

Credit Abe Aboraya / WMFE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando this week, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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Mosquito Control
2:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Florida Keys Hope To Add New Weapon In War Against Mosquitoes: Genetic Modification

Carrie Atwood, a domestic inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, uses a flashlight to search for aedes aegypti larvae.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In the fight against mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, domestic inspector Carrie Atwood has a few indispensable tools. She carries a dipper — essentially, a plastic cup at the end of a stick. She has a flashlight for looking into the backs of plants and pots. And she has a turkey baster.

"That's good for getting into bromeliads, which is a plant that holds water at the base of the leaf," Atwood said. "We use that to dip in there or just any other kind of tight space where the dipper won't go."

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News
8:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Study: More Florida Teens Turning To E-Cigarettes

Companies market e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking, but teens are turning to them for recreational use.
Credit Lindsay Fox/flickr

More teenagers are trying electronic cigarettes - known as e-cigarettes - according to a study by the University of Florida. Researchers found that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products.

E-cigarettes produce vapor from a liquid that comes in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum and cotton candy. The liquid can be bought with or without nicotine. 

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The Caribbean
7:39 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Obama Heads Into Jamaica And The Caribbean As Venezuela Withdraws

Kingston, Jamaica
Credit Lechmoore Simms / Flickr

President Obama heads this week to the Summit of the Americas in Panama where he’ll meet with the hemisphere’s other heads of state. But Obama first travels on Wednesday to Jamaica – where Caribbean leaders may be happier than usual to see him.

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Latin America Report
7:37 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Communist Cuba Once Produced Capitalist MBAs – And Needs To Graduate A Lot More

Guennady Rodriguez shows off his Cuban MBA degree at his Miami home.
Credit Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Guennady Rodriguez may be a Cuban émigré, but his musical tastes aren’t exactly counter-revolutionary.

Inside his apartment near Miami International Airport, Rodriguez likes to pull out his guitar and strum tunes by Pablo Milanés, a Cuban troubadour who’s considered a favorite of the Castro regime.

It’s when the 33-year-old Rodriguez puts on a suit and tie and goes to work in downtown Miami that his break with Havana becomes obvious. Rodriguez is a senior sales executive at a large international company that organizes corporate events.

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Traffic Safety
7:13 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Keys Sheriff Protests Year-Old Crosswalk After Crash

A crosswalk sign wound up between two of the cars involved in last week's pile-up on U.S. 1 in Key Largo.
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay is protesting a year-old crosswalk on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo after a three-car pileup at the site last week.

Ramsay said the first he or any of his officers heard about the crosswalk was when it was installed a year ago by the state Department of Transportation.

"We were not advised, not informed, not asked. Our input wasn't taken by FDOT in any manner or form," Ramsay said. "We were surprised like everyone else when it showed up one day, just popped up. It was just a total surprise."

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