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Federal Judge Darrin Gayles will take at least another two weeks to consider whether the American Shoal Light House – located in the Florida Straits 7 miles off Sugarloaf Key – constitutes dry land. If he rules that it does, the 21 Cuban migrants that took refuge in it can stay in the U.S.

The group of migrants swam to the lighthouse after traveling by raft from Cuba, and were taken onto a Coast Guard cutter after an eight-hour standoff on May 20th. 

Monroe County Public Library

  The Monroe County Public Library system has five branches that are spread across 100 miles, from Key Largo to Key West.

But the library's collection has traveled much much farther. It can go anywhere with an internet connection.

  In 2007, the library started posting images from its history collection online, on the photo-sharing site Flickr. Recently, that site surpassed 16 million views.

Rubio, Curbelo urge Congress To Fund Zika Fight Faster

Jun 3, 2016
Marco Rubio and Carlos Curbelo
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Coming off of a two-day trip to Honduras, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio joined forces with U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo at an event Friday to implore members of Congress to come to a speedy compromise on funding to fight Zika.

Congress is set to negotiate on a proposed 1.1 billion dollar spending package to combat the virus. President Obama already put on the table a 1.9 billion dollar plan.

 

Rubio shared his support for spending as much money as it takes, for as long as it takes, to stop the virus.

 

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The crown jewel in Donald Trump’s resort hotel portfolio will not play host to a PGA tournament next year. After 54 years, the tournament is getting a new home in Mexico City. Organizers say the World Golf Classic at Trump National Doral is moving south of the border because of sponsorship money, but how did Trump’s politics play into the decision?

AP (left) and Ariana Cubillos (right) / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Donald Trump haters are fist-bumping in South Florida this week after the PGA hauled a major pro golf tournament out of the Trump National resort here in Doral to Mexico – the country that’s had more rhetorical sand kicked in its face by presidential candidate Trump than any other.

Express Lanes On I-95 To Be Revamped With New Poles

Jun 2, 2016
Orange traffic posts
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

 

Third time is the charm. Or so hopes the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), who has launched yet another plan to prevent dangerous  “lane-diving” or weaving in and out of the express lanes of I-95 in Miami-Dade County.  

 

Starting immediately, the current poles that define the express lanes from Downtown Miami to the Golden Glades Interchange will be substituted for new, sturdier models. They will also be placed closed together -spaced 5 feet instead of 10 feet- to discourage drivers  from running the poles over.

Colorado State University

    

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is here and for the first time in decades South Florida will have to get through it without a man who was a pioneer in hurricane research. Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University (CSU) died in April. He's perhaps best known for his data-driven seasonal hurricane forecasts, which have been used for over 30 years.

WLRN talked to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, who started out as Dr. Gray's protegé and eventually became the other half of CSU’s hurricane forecast dynamic duo.

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Parents at an exclusive boarding school in Boca Raton are upset over the way administrators are communicating about the abrupt departure of a headmaster and the hiring of two law firms to investigate possible sexual abuse at the school.

Reporter Andrew Marra has been writing about this issue for the Palm Beach Post. He says it's unclear whether the two events are related. Our interview, below, starts off with a description of St. Andrew's School.

Rowan Moore Gerety

As a high school freshman, Aaron Willis was paralyzed from the waist down in a drive-by shooting while riding his bike in Wynwood. Wednesday, Willis graduated from Booker T Washington High School on the honor roll.

 

Willis wore a look of sheer determination as he walked across the stage to claim his diploma, walking with the aid of crutches and robotic leg supports. The friends and classmates who filled the auditorium lost it, their screams gradually coalescing into chants of “Aaron, Aaron.”

 

Fox Vs. Trump: Former Mexican President On The Donald's Doral Golf Grief

Jun 1, 2016
Spencer Parts / WLRN.org

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump got bad news today: The PGA announced it’s moving a major pro golf tournament from the Trump National resort here in Doral to Mexico.

That country's been the target of some of Trump's  harshest campaign rhetoric – he's called Mexican immigrants "drug traffickers" and "rapists" and has pledged to make Mexico pay for a border wall – and the PGA tournament is relocating to Mexico City in large part because it got a better deal to move south of the border to the Chapultepec Golf Club.

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Mental health care ranks among the most expensive kinds of health care in American medicine—and having a 

mental illness or behavioral disorder can drive up costs for other kinds of care.

But new research suggests that the Affordable Care Act has helped young people with mental illnesses afford health care—especially young blacks and Latinos.

Start of Hurricane Season Brings Gov. Scott To Hialeah

Jun 1, 2016

There was a lot of knocking on wood for good luck when Governor Rick Scott visited the Hialeah Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He was reminding Floridians June 1 marks the start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Scott was quick to ask residents to prepare supplies now, in case of a major storm hitting South Florida later.

Courtesy of Desmond Hanks, KISS Fashions

Desmond Hanks is making alterations to a blue velvet crop top at his sewing machine.

It’s prom season and his Miami apartment doubles as his workspace

Prom dresses in various stages of finish are everywhere--in the living room, hanging on hallway walls and in bags waiting for pick-up.

Most of his clients are high-school girls, but middle schools and even pre-schools are also throwing proms this time of year.

Lynnette Cantos

At the beginning of each performance, Speakfridays host and founder Robert Lee starts  by reciting to newcomers and regulars alike the night’s catchphrase:

“Can I speak?,” Lee shouts. And the audience responds  with a resounding, “Yes you can.”  Started in 2006, Speakfridays has been a staple of Miami’s underground art and culture scene for the last 10 years. Originally located in a warehouse in the Bird Road Arts district, the show moved to Wynwood last year in search of  larger accommodations.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

A massive new mixed-use development in Brickell is nearing completion and promises an improved downtown pedestrian experience. Brickell City Centre, a 5.4-million-square-foot complex, includes luxury condos, office space, hotels and a shopping center.

The development is fully funded by the Hong Kong-based Swire Group, which has taken an innovative approach to access, including an already completed underground parking structure which stretches for five city blocks. 

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