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12:28 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Wynwood Is Dead. Long Live Wynwood.

Seen in Wynwood during Art Basel 2013.
Credit Mark Hedden / WLRN

There are an exasperating amount of think pieces on the Internet about Wynwood. Its rise, fall, flourish and continued economic growth have all been continually documented both locally and across the world. There has been change recently and people have noticed.  Businesses never thought possible are moving in while most of the serious, professional artists have physically moved their studios downtown, to Little Haiti and even Opa-Locka.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell

Suzan McDowell, President and CEO of Circle of One Marketing, tells us about lessons she's learned in her career.
Credit Tom Hudson

As a regular digital feature of the Sunshine Economy, we'll be asking local CEOs how they got where they are and what they think of the business community in South Florida.  

Suzan McDowell is the President and CEO of Circle of One Marketing, a public-relations and community-outreach firm. A Jamaican-American, Suzan was named one of South Florida’s top 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013 by Legacy Magazine and the Miami Herald.

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Small Business Administration
11:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Palm Beach County's Flash-Flood Victims Get Financial Help

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open at the Palm Beach County Library’s Hagen Road Ranch branch in Delray Beach until Thursday, February 13.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Help is on the way for people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the freak flash floods that hit parts of Palm Beach County in January.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has set up a disaster recovery center in Delray Beach where flood victims can apply for low-interest loans.

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Education
11:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Speaks To Miami Students About Peace, Bullying

Samuel Marder speaks to a fellow violin player and Miami Arts student after his presentation.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Sasha Crewsberkowitz, a student at Miami Arts Charter School, knows a few things about the Holocaust -- especially since she played Anne Frank in a performance. This week she learned some more from Holocaust survivor and world-renowned violinist Samuel Marder.

He spoke to middle- and high-school students at Miami Arts about the consequences of prejudice and bullying.

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If I Were Mayor
11:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mayor Carlos Hernandez: Hialeah Gets A Bum Rap

Carlos Hernández is mayor of Hialeah, one of the few towns with a "strong mayor" system.

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves. We spoke with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, who was re-elected last fall.

Here are excerpts from our conversation with him:

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Futbol vs. Football
10:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

PHOTOS: Beckham Announces Soccer Franchise For Miami

From left to right: Garber, Beckham, Gimenez
Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Retired soccer superstar David Beckham announced Wednesday at the Perez Art Museum Miami that he will establish a Major League Soccer franchise in the city. After the sport folded in South Florida in 2001, Beckham will bring back a new team and a new stadium.

Read the full story here.

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Community Contributor
8:15 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dear Miami, Take The 'Chinese' Out Of 'Chinese New Year'

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Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Happy New Year!

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Medical Marijuana
7:41 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Miami Entrepreneurs Trained To Capitalize From Cannabis

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The Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) held a day-long seminar last weekend in Miami with the goal to train businesspeople on establishing legitimate, legal cannabis businesses.

According to the CCI's president Bob Calkin, entrepreneurs need to be ready if medical marijuana use is approved by voters in November.

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Latin America Report
7:36 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Colombia's Peace Crisis: Pres. Santos Confronts The Skeptics – And The Spies

Credit El Nuevo Herald

This week’s Colombian voter poll had to feel like a back-handed compliment for President Juan Manuel Santos.

The new survey by the Bogotá research firm Ipsos-Napoleón Franco shows Santos with a 17-point lead over his closest competitor in his bid to win re-election in May. But Santos garners just 25 percent of the vote. Half of those polled said they were undecided or intend to cast a blank protest ballot. That’s hardly cause for cumbia dancing at the Casa de Nariño presidential palace.

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StateImpact Florida
4:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language

Learning to write computer code could replace foreign language courses.
Credit XKCD / XKCD.COM

Florida students could choose computer programming courses instead of a foreign language as part of a bill to help Florida schools add more technology and digital instruction.

The bill would require state colleges to accept two years of computer programming if the courses applied to a student's major. State universities would have the option of accepting those courses instead of a foreign language.

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Apps and Activists
11:31 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hackathon For Cuba Developers Try To Free The Island's Internet

One of the competitors during his solo presentation to the judges.
Diego Saldana-Rojas WLRN

At LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend, local software developers and designers formed teams to compete for the best app that would give Cubans on the island uncensored Internet access, calling it the first ever “Cuba Hackathon.”

The event was organized by Roots of Hope, a network of young professionals working to “empower Cuba’s youth.”

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Art and Money
11:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style

C1's bathroom wallpaper has literally got some eyes on it.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

 A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based C1 Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.

It's the first financial institution to open the Wynwood Arts District of Miami -- the neighborhood better known for its street art than safety-deposit boxes.

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Links
10:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Jan. 27-31

Credit Tom Hudson

Modern-day slavery in Brazil, Bitcoin's rising popularity among South Florida merchants, rent spikes, human trafficking and a killer whale dominated the top stories this week.

Bitcoin in South Florida: Real Business Taking Virtual Money: Flower shops, burger joints and -yachts? The digital currency Bitcoin is gaining wider acceptance among merchants, including a few in South Florida.

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Arts
10:29 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Exhibit Gets On The Factory Floor With Warhol's 'Baby Jane'

Jane Holzer stands in front of her portrait by Warhol
Jacek Gancarz

What ever happened to Baby Jane?

Not Bette Davis' Baby Jane, that horrifying child star turned cosmetically challenged psychopath, but the young model known throughout the 1960s as 'Baby Jane' Holzer.  The Palm Beach native -- and her role as artist Andy Warhol's friend, confidante and collaborator -- is the focus of an exhibit now showing at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

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The Sunshine Economy
12:28 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

It's a Currency. It's a Dessert Topping. It's Bitcoin!

What is bitcoin exactly?
Credit casascius.com

Arrests in New York and Florida in late January indicate the global virtual currency Bitcoin has the attention of federal prosecutors: A top executive with a Bitcoin trade organization was one of those charged. The second man arrested was Robert Faiella, at his home in Cape Coral.

Faiella was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and operating an unlicensed money exchange business.  They are accused of helping push money through the online drug marketplace Silk Road.  

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