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Broward Schools
2:23 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Broward County Property Owners Will Pay More For Public Schools

Broward County property owners will pay a little more for public schools next year.
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Broward County property owners could pay a little more for public schools next year.

The county school board tentatively approved a $3 billion spending plan Tuesday.

The Broward County schools’ budget cuts tax rates slightly, but rising property values will mean larger tax bills for homeowners. The owner of a $225,000 home would pay $14 more per year, district officials said.

The school board is expected to take a final budget vote in September.

In November, Broward County voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow $800 million.

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News
1:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Miami-Dade Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

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More than 187,000 Miami-Dade County residents are expected to receive their absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary election.

The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is reminding voters not to allow just anyone to fill out their ballots.

"Do not allow anyone to mark your ballot unless you are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write," the agency wrote in a press release.

The department also warns voters not to give their absentee ballots to anyone other than a specified designee.

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Economy
12:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Study: Miami Bouncing Back From Recesssion, Hialeah Not So Much

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Miami’s post-recession recovery is going relatively well; Hialeah’s is not, according to a new study from WalletHub.

The company, which provides online financial analysis tools for individuals and small businesses, looked at 18 different metrics to develop their own recovery ranking: changes in home value, the poverty rate and the foreclosure rate, to name a few.

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Dance
12:48 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

AileyCamp Miami Teaches More Than Dance

Students rehearse a West African dance during AileyCamp Miami.
Credit Justin Namon / Courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

Alvin Ailey was one of the most respected choreographers in the history of American dance.

He said: “Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.”

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Arts
12:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

"The Miami Generation: Revisited" Still Exhibits Yearning For Cuba

"The Miami Generation" of Cuban-exile artists in 1983.
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The recurring image of a pierced heart in a gallery at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is almost certainly coincidental. But former Miami Herald art critic Helen Kohen says for this exhibit, titled "The Miami Generation: Revisited," the motif is fitting.

"It’s an enormously strong symbol of a huge change in your life and a huge switch-over,” says Kohen. “To lose their native land. To be an exile."

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South Miami
9:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ransom Everglades Offers Swim Lessons To Kids Without Pools

The partnership between Ransom Everglades School and South Miami hopes to teach life-saving swim skills.
Credit Wilson Sayre

  A few kids in South Miami, a city with no public pool, are getting the opportunity to take free swim lessons at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove.

Tina Scott, a pediatrician in South Miami, arranged the partnership between the city and private school to address the lack of swimming skills she regularly saw in her patients.

“One of the things that I do when I see patients is to ask about water: Do you live near water? Do you have a pool in your backyard? A canal? To make sure that the kids actually know how to swim,” she says.

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StateImpact Florida
9:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Trouble With Algebra Problems? A Solution In Miami Classrooms

Teacher Sara Weinberg talks Miami Northwestern High School students through an Algebra Project assignment.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Math is a language. And like any language, teachers need to help students translate the language into terms they understand.

“This idea is to learn a language you have to talk it... you have to engage in it,” says Algebra Project founder Bob Moses.

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Politics
8:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

How A Miami Republican Almost Got Immigration Reform Passed

Mario Diaz-Balart speaks with the Miami Herald's editorial board about immigration reform on July 7, 2014.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald staff

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) spent the whole year trying to convince fellow House Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform.  

By going to many Republicans one by one, Diaz-Balart says he had solidified the votes to pass immigration reform for the first time since Ronald Regan was president.

He had found a simple solution that gained GOP support: Apply current paths to citizenship to every immigrant already in the country – but putting those who entered illegally at the back of the line instead of the front.

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News
7:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northside Miami-Dade District Welcomes New Police Station

The new Northside District station will open officially on Friday.
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Miami-Dade police officers are enjoying some much-needed desk space at the new Northside District station.

The new $9.6 million building, at 799 NW 81st St., features a circular bullet-proof reception, four jail cells, several conference rooms and houses the only cold-case squad in the county.

“It says something to know that you’re coming to a new facility," says Adrian Cummings, the administrative lieutenant at the station.

He says the building offers more space for the 214 police and civilian staff.

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The End of the Road
4:46 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

How Much Do Free 95 Express Trips Cost The State?

Florida's future highway: express lanes but no free rides.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is finished with free trips in the fast lanes. The newly opened 595 Express and the planned 75 Express and Palmetto Express projects do not and will not include free rides for anyone.

But 95 Express, the first system of its kind in Florida, was the exception. Those lanes were created by converting high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes into toll lanes, so HOV toll exemptions were initially grandfathered in.

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Wildlife
9:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lobster Mini-Season Comes With Restrictions In The Keys

The two-day recreational mini-season for spiny lobster is hugely popular in the Keys, despite special restrictions along the island chain.
Credit Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The two-day spiny lobster sport season -- known as the mini-season -- is intended to give recreational lobster hunters a chance to  get their hands on the tasty crustaceans before commercial traps go in the water.

In practice it's become a hugely popular opening rush in the Florida Keys, where lobsters are usually plentiful.

This despite the fact that the Keys carry special restrictions during mini-season.

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Transportation
9:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Young Jewish Professionals Now Crowdsourcing Funds To Help Bubbies

Rachel Schapiro, (left) and Hinda Adle, (center) interview Rita Grossman, (right) at a JCS meal site on South Beach. Rachel, and Hinda, are part of a group of young professionals, called the Jewish Community Services Alliance, interviewing seniors. The group is hoping to raise $18,000 by September to receive a $165,000 grant from Florida's Department of Transportation.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

Rita Grossman’s lifeline to the outside world is a white mini-bus with big, blue letters that announce: Jewish Community Services of South Florida...Senior Ride.

“I don’t know what I would do without it,” said Grossman, 88, of Miami Beach. She points to her cane propped in the corner of a South Beach community center: “If I wanted to walk anywhere with that, I’d have to start at 8 a.m. and just keep going.”

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Internships
6:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A WLRN Intern?

Your local public radio station is on the hunt for fall interns. Interested? Here's the deal:

WLRN-Miami Herald News offers interns significant professional experience in a supportive environment. These are not coffee-making internships.

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Election
6:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie To Tour Breweries Statewide

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie on Tuesday announced a month-long, 30-city campaign tour of some of Florida's local breweries.

Wyllie for Governor campaign manager Danielle Alexandre says they chose to tour breweries because "the craft-beer industry had come under fire with legislators in Tallahassee."

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Arts
6:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Miami Artist Sues American Eagle Outfitters For Copyright Infringement

Credit David Anasagasti vs American Eagle Outfitters Inc

A popular Miami street artist is suing retail giant American Eagle Outfitters for using his murals in a global marketing campaign without compensating or crediting him.

Miami artist David Anasagasti, better known as Ahol Sniffs Glue, claims the retailer  used his artwork to sell its cut-off shorts and surfer T-shirts.

The artwork in question are the droopy eyeball-motif murals Anasagasti painted in Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

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