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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. 

Miami-Dade, 'Focus Of The Political Universe' In Senate Races

May 31, 2016
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Florida State Senate

Miami-Dade County --- long the epicenter of Florida's bloodiest political battles - is hosting three key state Senate races whose outcomes could help reshape the chamber.

The Senate seats are up for grabs for the first time since a fresh map went into effect this year, the result of a legal fight over the anti-gerrymandering "Fair Districts" standards approved by Florida voters in 2010.

Susan Walsh / AP via Miami Herald

This was a tense day for democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela’s leftist government got smacked by the Organization of American States. Haiti may have to redo a presidential election. And both crises reflect a discouraging regional failure.

Regarding Venezuela, the OAS has taken an unprecedented action: It invoked the Inter-American Democratic Charter to decide if the country should be suspended from the OAS.

Surge In Cuban Migration Shows Up At MDC

May 31, 2016

The wait began long before daybreak: By sunrise, more than 100 people had shown up. At 8 a.m., the line stretched down past the end of the building and snaked across the parking lot. Tickets to Hamilton? The new Star Wars movie?

No. The prize today was a coveted spot in English classes through Miami Dade College’s REVEST program, or Refugee/Entrant Vocational Education Services Program. George Delacruz brought his wife to sign up at 4:30 a.m. “Everybody knows, you know, ‘Hey, you have to be early. If not, you’re out!’”

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is reminding boaters to take one more step before loading up and leaving the Keys: Tie down your boat. If not, you can wind up like the unfortunate driver Tuesday morning whose boat came off its trailer on the Overseas Highway in Marathon. A tow truck was called to the scene and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. Besides that expense, failing to properly secure your boat is a civil infraction that can result in a ticket.

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Imagine lush mangroves, romantic background music and about two dozen good looking members of the opposite sex. Sounds like the perfect place to meet your mate. 

At least that's what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is going for, as it tries to get  the Magnificent Frigatebirds of the Florida Keys to relocate their nesting sites.

Courtesy Leal

These days, Venezuela’s street soundtrack isn’t salsa or joropo. It’s a loop of anti-government chants and blasts of teargas cannisters.

It’s clashes between police and protesters calling for the removal of socialist President Nicolás Maduro – as the Western Hemisphere’s most oil-rich nation suffers deeper social, political and especially economic collapse.

But amid the angry unrest and crippling food shortages there are a few sanctuaries where Venezuela’s future looks a little less miserable – even a little less torn apart.

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