We all know that you need water to make beer. After all, beer’s up to 95 percent water. But you also need water to grow the other stuff that’s in beer, like barley and hops. Hops are the flowers of a kind of hemp plant. They’re what gives beer its aroma and flavor.

(10-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Dade Heritage Trust . . . South Florida’s largest historic preservation organization.

Founded in 1972, the Trust has been instrumental in numerous campaigns to save not only historic buildings, but the rich culture of the area.

It’s housed in the original 1905 office building of Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of the midtown hospital complex.

We learn much more about what important buildings are targeted for preservation.  

(10-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles Florida International University President, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the fifth president in the University’s history. 

F-I-U has the second largest student body in Florida, and the fourth largest in the U.S.

Dr. Rosenberg is a political scientist who specializes in Latin America, and also Chairs the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Hillary Clinton drove home a message to her supporters at a Palm Beach County rally Wednesday:  vote early.

“Go to any early voting site in your county,” Clinton said. “You can go between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast your ballot. In fact, you can go right after this rally to the Lantana Road Branch library — just three miles away.”

Clinton stopped at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

More than 10 million people nationwide have cast early ballots.  Two million of those were Florida.

In another sign of president Barack Obama's policy of engagement with Cuba, the American delegation to the United Nations abstained for the first time in 25 years to vote against the General Assembly resolution condemning the embargo against the island. You can read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald:

Disenfranchised By Bad Design

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This Nov. 8, even if you manage to be registered in time and have the right identification, there is something else that could stop you from exercising your right to vote.

The ballot. Specifically, the ballot's design.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of the most controversial law enforcement officers in the United States. Now, his days may be numbered — thanks in part to an immigrant-led movement to oust him.

The strength of the movement was evident recently in a Phoenix parking lot, where about 500 volunteers gathered to knock on doors and persuade voters to oppose the Maricopa County sheriff. Organizers call this the biggest canvass to date against the sheriff, who has been in office nearly 24 years and is running in a tough re-election race.

David Rapaport, a casting director for comic book-inspired shows like The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, loves interacting with fans on social media.

Many people have recently congratulated him on his work on 100 episodes of Arrow, a milestone that the CW series will hit in November. Supergirl fans were thrilled that the show cast Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s series, as the president of the United States in a recent episode.

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One of Hillary Clinton’s messages was clear even before the candidate took the stage Tuesday in Coconut Creek.

‘Vote Early’ -- with a Florida orange for the ‘o’ -- hung above the risers behind the podium where the Democratic presidential candidate would speak.

“I feel good, but boy, I’m not taking anything for granted,” Clinton said, addressing an enthusiastic audience of about 1,750 people at Broward College North Campus. “[This election] it’s so important for Florida -- there are so many issues we need to draw attention to.”