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6:14 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Boynton Beach Arts District Picks Up The Pieces After Flood Loss

Boynton Beach Arts District founder Rolando Chang Barrero surveys a heap of soil, all that's left of the District's urban garden
Credit Christine DiMattei

There goes two-and-a-half years of work.

That’s what Rolando Chang Barrero says he was thinking as he surveyed the damage from last week’s flash floods on the Boynton Beach Arts District he founded not long ago.

“I was scared to open the door,” says Chang Barrero of the scene he walked into last Friday.  “The water was above the door about seven inches.  I just didn’t want to open the doors or the gates because I didn’t know what I was going to find.”

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How Much Is Enough?
5:35 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

How Many Renters Are In Your Neighborhood? These Apps Will Tell You

City Data's housing map.

Something about housing stats in particular seems a bit more voyeuristic than say, just the average age of a neighborhood's residents. Housing numbers create a figurative window into people’s private spheres that is a bit uncomfortable at times, but the stats help visualize in a different way the place we call home.

Here's a list of websites that map different aspects of Miami's housing market:

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If I Were Mayor
8:52 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado Responds To Your Ideas

What would you do if you were in charge of Miami?

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves.

We spoke with Miami mayor Tomás Regalado who won a second term last November.

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Theater
8:04 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Carbonell Nominations For 2014 Announced

Credit Alicia Donelan / Courtesy Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The 38th annual Carbonell Award nominations are out, and Palm Beach County came out on top with the most nominations at 62. The Maltz Jupiter Theater topped all other theaters, carrying 19 nominations.

The Maltz is no stranger to Carbonells, having received more than 20 nominations per year in the past two years.

Notable nominees include two recently established Boca Raton theaters: Slow Burn Theater Company and the Wick Theater and Costume Museum.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Jan. 17 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

A Night Of Drama! DCI Banks, Dalziel & Pascoe, Circus

DCI Banks

Every Friday night turn on WLRN Channel 17 to watch some of the most compelling crime, drama and mystery shows on English-language television.

Here's an idea of the exciting programs you're likely to see: DCI Banks is a British crime series built around Inspector Alan Banks and based on the well-known novels by Peter Robinson. Dalziel & Pascoe is another British crime drama about two detectives from Yorkshire and based on mystery novels by Reginald Hill.

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Arts
7:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Trio Of Scientists Create Miami's First-Ever Sci-Fi Film Fest

Founders of the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival (L to R) Edward Figueroa, Eric Swain & Troy P. Bernier
Credit T. Bernier

Beam everybody down, Scotty.  Or to downtown Miami, to be exact.

From Jan. 17 to 19,  the Hyatt Regency is set to be invaded by all kinds of interplanetary voyagers and time-travelers -- courtesy of a film festival celebrating all things sci-fi.

About 50 science fiction, fantasy and horror films from around the world will be screened at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival this weekend.

MiSciFi, as it’s called by its founders, is being billed as the first of its kind in Miami.

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StateImpact Florida
6:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

What Education Is Like At An All-Girls Public Middle School

Ferrell Preparatory Academy students Ariana Jerome, Shawna Kent, Elena Postlewait and Destiny Jackson all say they prefer their all-girls school to the co-ed schools they previously attended.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Earlier this week we told you about a bill that would create a pilot program for single-sex elementary schools. Now, we asked Karen French, the principal of all-girls Ferrell Preparatory Academy, a public middle school in Tampa, about the differences in single-sex and traditional schools.

Q: I assume you’ve taught at both coed and single-sex schools. Is that right?

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News
5:52 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

World Ambassadors Explore Trade Opportunities In Miami

Wilfredo Fernandez addresses the ambassadors at The Space Miami.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Ambassadors to the U.S. from all over the world left D.C. to touch down in Miami for a program called "Experience America," sponsored by the Department of State.

"This is a remarkable city," says Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Oman's ambassador. This is the 13th Experience America trip, and Al Mughairy says she attends as many as she can. "This gives us as ambassadors the opportunity not only to see the U.S. but also to meet the different communities within the states." 

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Weather
5:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

South Florida The Warmest In The State, Even In The 40s

Credit Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

This weekend will be the coldest of the 2013-2014 so far, and South Florida can expect frost, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. 

Here's a message from WLRN's meteorologist Jeff Huffman: 

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Theater
3:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

How A Shakespeare Play Could Transform Miami Into 'Broadway South'

Chuckwudi Iwuji as Enobarbus and the cast of 'Antony and Cleopatra'
Hugo Glendinning

  The four-week run of a rarely done Shakespeare play at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach could be a defining moment for South Florida theater.

The set for “Antony and Cleopatra” is minimalist.  The costumes, unelaborate.  The play, which chronicles the dying days of ancient Rome’s Second Triumvirate, is a collaboration between another mighty trio – England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, New York’s Public Theater and Miami’s own GableStage.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Thur., Jan. 16 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK

On Thursday nights, WLRN looks back at the people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world. 

On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events -- a string of historic legal and legislative successes by America's gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:

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Politics
6:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Florida Senate President Considers Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Strain

A strain of marijuana that doesn't get users high has been found to help children who suffer from chronic seizures. The strain, known as Charlotte's Web, is currently available only in Colorado. Lawmakers are considering a proposal to make the strain legal in Florida.
Credit tylerericsson1/flickr

Desperate pleas from parents of sick kids got the attention of legislative leaders in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week.  

“We just need solutions quickly. We don’t have time. Time is not on our side,” said Seth Hyman from Weston. “Rebecca unfortunately could have a seizure today back in our hotel and die.”

“All the medications he’s on – it’s not a guarantee. He’s actually suicidal right now,” said Renee Petro from Uthia, talking about her son Branden. “He wants to kill himself. He’s 12.”

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How Much Is Enough?
5:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent

The sight for many home seekers in Miami, 'for sale' signs are few and far between.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Foreign investors have been gobbling up properties all over South Florida, often paying with cash. And banks are less willing to take a risk with families who need financing in lieu of cash.

This affects the percentage of income South Floridians spend on housing, because when it's harder to purchase a house, more people rent. And when more people are renting, rent prices go up.

For six years now, home-seeker Lionel Lightbourne has been looking for a home with his wife and the seven kids they have between them, aged 15 to 28.

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Politics
8:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

More Tanning Salons Than McDonald's: Why The Tanning Bed Bill Is Back

Credit Newtown graffiti / Flickr CC

  

The World Health Organization lists tanning beds among the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation.

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Sunshine Economy
8:07 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida

South Florida's two ports expect trade and tourism to pick up the pace in 2014
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

The dawn of a new year brings with it new promises and old challenges.  

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