Once Forbidden, Hialeah Pigeon Competitions Now Legal

Jun 27, 2012
Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

High above the Miami sky, two pigeons are falling in love.

And on the ground, Mario “Mayito” Lopez is beaming.

This is what he has trained his prized pigeon, El Bastardo, to do: elegantly seduce lady birds and bring them back to roost.

With a plump neck and iridescent green and purple feathers, El Bastardo is a champion in the local world of pigeon breeding. It’s a world Lopez has been infatuated with since he was a boy in Cuba, where raising, breeding and training birds to woo one another is a way of life.

A behind-the-scenes look at artist Subi Roberto's undertaking of an ambitious mural in Downtown Miami.

Searching for Broward’s Underappreciated Buildings

Jun 5, 2012

Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Mar-a-Lago National Historic Landmark. City Park Municipal Garage.

Does something from the above list feel out of place?

In a recently released list from the American Institute of Architects, the sole building from Broward County that made the rank among the 100 top buildings in Florida was a parking garage.

That just can’t be.

SLICE OF LIFE: Horse Riding In Davie

Jun 1, 2012

A look at equestrians in Davie, Florida.

Weird Florida Day 4 Wrap-Up

May 25, 2012

What a great time we had in Florida’s haunted eatery, Ashley’s Restaurant.  The owner, Greg Parker admitted to witnessing some unexplained activities and one staff member said she will never close the restaurant alone.  We met with ghost hunter Owen Sliter who demonstrated some techniques to tracking paranormal activity and though he didn’t find much, he did managed to get a little spooked in the room where an alleged murder took place.  Friday night we will catch a street performer, The Great Cindini in West Palm Beach who eats f

A network of Florida facilities that supports people with disabilities will lose nearly $1.6 million this year – just as the social services provided by the network are needed most.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

There is a place on school campuses for students who break the rules.

In some Florida schools, it’s called SCSI.

Marcus Pryor, a junior at Miami Northwestern Senior High, thinks it stands for School Criminal Scene Investigation.

SCSI actually stands for School Center for Special Instruction. And in Miami, it’s where students go when they get an in-school suspension.

It’s an alternative to out-of-school suspension Florida schools can use for offenses considered minor, like consistent tardiness, wearing baggy clothing or cutting class.

Curses, Criminals And Canals

May 4, 2012
Kenny Malone

Years ago, Terence Cantarella had the idea to navigate Miami-Dade’s canals via canoe.  He’s not an experienced paddler or an avid outdoorsman, but he wanted to seize a homegrown opportunity for adventure: “I wasn’t going to explore the world’s oceans like Jacques [Cousteau]. I don’t have the time or money for that. I was going to spend four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade county via the canals.”

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

Apr 26, 2012
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

David Samayoa

Yesterday evening at Scotty’s Landing, the WLRN Miami Herald News staff celebrated the end of the Canoe Project and welcomed Terence Cantarella back on dry land. WLRN Miami Herald News anchor Arianna Prothero led a Q & A with Terence about his journey.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

Danna Contreras doesn’t like the new FCAT.

The sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami emigrated from Colombia three years ago.

She wears thick, pink-rimmed glasses and she squints a lot. She says the new computerized version is harder to take.

“I think I am better with paper, not on the computer because sometimes my eyes hurt,” she said.

That’s not the only reason she’s worried about her reading score.

“I have difficulty speaking English and the vocabulary is really hard,” she said.

Jose Iglesias, El Nuevo Herald

Terence Cantarella, the man behind WLRN’s Canoe Project, crossed multiple lanes of traffic yesterday– and Jose Iglesias of El Nuevo Herald got it all on video.

Sights And Sounds From Day Two Of The Canoe Project

Apr 17, 2012
Jose A. Iglesias for El Nuevo Herald

Listen to Terence Cantarella talk about what it is like to be canoeing through some of Miami’s canals by himself while also looking at some of the images he posted on Twitter earlier today.

Arnold Markowitz

Considering the amount of time we here at WLRN Miami Herald News have been talking about canals recently, due to our immersion into the Canoe Project, Arnold Markowitz, a listener, offered to us some information about an interesting characteristic of Miami canals: they have some pretty great fishing!

WLRN Miami Herald News reporter, Trina Sargalski, recently chatted with Arnold Markowitz, a local fishing expert here in Miami, about why he loves fishing in Miami’s canals.

El Nuevo Herald via YouTube

Jose Iglesias of El Nuevo Herald has put together some great videos featuring Terence Cantarella, the man behind the Canoe Project.

In these videos Terence shows us his route on a map, what he packed for his trip and how he gets around dams.

Watch below: