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7:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Knight Challenge Winners Bring Art To South Florida Neighborhoods

Credit Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation announced the winners of its annual Knight Arts Challenge Monday. The foundation handed out more than $2 million in grant money.

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami Book Fair International and Palm Beach Opera were among the 49 top entries to receive grant funds from the contest. Winners represented a blend of art and technology, with projects including film, music, stage and much more.

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StateImpact Florida
9:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Florida Teachers Earn Top Ratings In 2012-2013 School Year

Sarasota County math teacher Brenda Fuoco.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

  Nearly 98 percent of Florida teachers earned a top rating, according to initial statewide teacher evaluation data released Tuesday, a slight increase over last year's results.

About one-third of teachers earned the top rating of "highly effective," up from 23 percent of teachers last year. About 66 percent were rated "effective," the largest category this year.

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News
4:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Lawyers Turning To Non-Traditional Legal Work

More law school grads are working in fields that don't resemble courtroom lawyers. A third of them hold jobs that don't require passage of the bar exam.
Credit steve_sris/flickr

Tallahassee boasts one of the highest concentrations of lawyers in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of those lawyers are in jobs that have nothing to do with being in a courtroom.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

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La Ermita de la Caridad
4:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The mural in La Ermita contains 63 figures at 747 square feet. The Virgin of Charity is depicted in the center.
Jessica Meszaros

This past weekend The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, or La Ermita de la Caridad, celebrated its 40th anniversary since it opened in Miami with funds from Cuban exiles.

La Ermita de La Caridad is a replica of the shrine in El Cobre, a village near Santiago de Cuba. The Miami shrine overlooks the sea that connects Cubans to their homeland.

Julio Estorino is a retired Cuban journalist who took part in building La Ermita in Miami 40 years ago.

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Cowpoke Songs
1:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

A Word on Food: Menudo

Click the play button above to hear the audio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

Long before any Hispanic boy bands tormented or tantalized the radio air waves, the soup/stew Menudo was a siren song sung to me for the first time back in my younger days in a little grocería named ‘La Bodega’ in Diamond Lake, Illinois. 

Maybe it was the alleged attributes of Menudo being able to cure a hangover that first led me to its pleasures. It must've been something strong to convince me Menudo is not made with things I normally consumed in my boyhood.

No hangover is required at all anymore for me to long for some of that homemade, restorative soup. And I had a hunch I’d find some of that in Homestead where one can find the best concentration of Mexican food to be found in either the counties of Miami-Dade or Monroe.

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Art Basel
11:13 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How To Basel Like WLRN Staff

Maybe you even want to take some ambient sound for your memories?
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

We won't claim to be experts at this, but most of us at WLRN-Miami Herald News have been in the thick of an Art Basel fair or two. Through years of reporting on Miami's biggest annual art event, we've gathered a few favorite Basel traditions.

If you want to know how we survive Miami Art Week, and do it like us, read on.

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Art Basel
10:33 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Miami Muralist's Walls Brighten Art Week With Local Color

Jessica Meszaros WLRN

  Art Basel Miami Beach begins Thursday, and although the fair brings in outside art for exhibits not always open to local talent, Miami artist David Lavernia is looking forward to it.

"This is like Christmas for every artist in Miami," Lavernia, 27, says. "Your mind will be blown by all the amazing work you're seeing."

He says Basel's presence every year is "a huge advantage" to Miami artists.

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Art Basel
8:08 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Basel Recap: What You Missed Over The Weekend

Share your thoughts on what you see (use the hashtag #ArtOrJunk) and what you hear (#OverheardAtBasel). Above is a section from an installation made of painted wood scraps. #WhatIsArt?
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News brings Art Basel to you through our digital coverage -- and our community of listeners.

Art Basel goes beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the next few days, we want to know what you think about the art, people, and events you're seeing throughout South Florida during Basel.   Here are two things we're looking for:

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Living in South Florida
2:33 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Tell WLRN: How Much Is Enough To Live In South Florida?

How many piggy banks do you need?
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr user Low Jianwei

Following national discussion about minimum wages, livable wages, and government assistance, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to explore just what it takes to live in South Florida.

No one is exempt from paying for things: food, clothing, rent, bills -- the list goes on. Some of us can easily afford life's expenses, while others struggle to make ends meet.

We want to explore your views on these topics through a series called "How Much Is Enough?"

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Mid-Day Links
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29

Potato kugel from 'The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat'
Credit Donna Turner Ruhlman

Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:

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Documentary
8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Gentrification Film Shown In Wynwood Just Before Basel Madness

Old-Wynwood resident, Oria, is featured in "Right to Wynwood," a film about gentrification in Miami's art district.
Credit Natalie Edgar

Crowds frequenting Wynwood's eccentric bars and restaurants likely don't think of the old neighborhood's longtime residents, some of whom have had to leave their homes after the area's recent art revival.

But some Wynwood natives have been pushed out. The neighborhood's gentrification is explored in the documentary "Right to Wynwood."

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Books
8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Creating The Public Library For The Future

Credit Miami Book Fair International

Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have a big financial hole to fill. In order to stave off closing branches and laying off dozens of employees, the Miami-Dade County Commission this year raided the library's reserve fund. That will leave an estimated $20 million deficit in the next fiscal year. In order to generate ideas for the library of the future, library director Raymond Santiago has gathered together a task force with "everything on the table." That means the possibility of higher taxes to support public libraries.

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StateImpact Florida
11:19 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

In Immokalee, Parents Promise To Speak Spanish With Their Children

Immokalee Community School offers classes to help parents encourage bilingual children.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

To get into Florida colleges and universities you have to have studied — or be able to speak — a second language. But Florida students don’t have to take foreign language classes to graduate from high school.

So in a part of the state where most families already speak a second language, Immokalee Community School is leaning on parents to make sure their children stay bilingual. As a condition of their children attending the school, every parent has signed a contract to speak Spanish with their kids for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

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The Sunshine Economy
10:29 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

High-Priced Art Is Booming: The Business of Basel

Credit Christie's

  

Sale 2791. Lot 8A. "Three Studies of Lucien Freud." $142.4 million.

On the evening of Nov. 12 at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the 1969 oil painting on canvas by Francis Bacon set a record price for publicly auctioned art. Its auction price may bode well for those hoping the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach will lead to big business. But even if there are no nine-figure sale prices, a rebounding housing market and rallying stock market are expected to lift the spirits, and possibly prices, of the business around Basel.

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Animal Welfare
7:52 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

How Much Is That Puppy In The Shelter Window? Name Your Price This Friday

Broward County's animal shelter is making sure you can get a good deal on more than toys and TVs.
Credit AScappatura/Flickr

You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.

Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.

“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”

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