Technology
7:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

How A Mobile App May Someday Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

Doctoral candidate Leon Brown analyzes a graph measuring the user’s gait.
Credit Leon Brown/FSU

Wendy Nader remembers when her mom started showing obvious signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“I would talk to her on the phone and she would repeat what she had just told me two or three times in one conversation,” Nader said. “When she started doing that, it was a huge red flag. It wasn’t too long after that, that she started getting lost.”

Nader’s mom, in her early 70’s at the time, would drive to a Miami mall or bank where she was a regular – only to forget where she was.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:30 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Public Debt On TSE: Counting Up The Dollars And Sense

Credit U.S. Federal Reserve / Truth In Accounting

The debate in Congress over raising the debt ceiling was focused on the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. That's a huge number that has been increasing rapidly since the Great Recession. The chart above from the U.S. Federal Reserve shows the federally reported public debt jumping from $6 trillion after the 2001 recession to almost $17 trillion this fall.  

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Speed Boat Racing, Jimmy Buffett, Graffiti Art: A Half Century At The Miami Marine Stadium

Click through the slidshow to see how the Miami Marine Stadium has changed over the last 50 years. Here, boats are being lowered into the basin for a race in the 1960s.
courtesy Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

The Miami Marine Stadium has been through several incarnations over the past five decades, and the latest is the subject of a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum.

Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, opening Oct. 17, traces the building’s distinctive history, from its early days as a speed boat racing venue to today as a giant, graffiti canvas and parkour playground.

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Food
2:57 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Discovering Guava Cake Specialities In The Everglades

Joanie Griffin, owner of the historic Tamiami Trail restaurant, Joanie's Blue Crab, is all smiles with her daughter Terri Rementeria. The pair took first place in a recent guava coconut cake contest in Everglades City.

Just like Key Lime pie is an iconic dessert from the Florida Keys, some locals claim the guava cake, or some form of it, is a mainstay Everglades favorite.

The name "guava" is derived from the Greek word meaning "edible fruit."

But despite its gastronomical attributes, many people would be surprised to learn that the common guava is officially listed as an invasive species.

Reporter Patricia Sagastume traveled to edge of the Everglades to see how one town is not likely to condemn this tasty fruit.

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StateImpact Florida
12:12 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Join Us Tonight For A Conversation About Common Core

Join the conversation tonight.
Credit Renjith Krishnan / freedigitalphotos.net

Tonight marks the second of three Common Core hearings Florida is holding in an effort to get feedback from parents and communities about the state’s new education standards.

Whether or not you can make it to Davie tonight, we want you to be part of the conversation.

StateImpact Florida is teaming up with our partners at WLRN-Miami Herald News and Florida International University’s journalism program to cover the event.

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Recreation
10:46 am
Wed October 16, 2013

The Sport Of Hardcourt Bike Polo Is Flourishing In South Florida

FTL Bike Polo players at night.

Forget American football for the moment. There's a lesser known sport gaining traction around the world and in South Florida, especially Broward County.

Hardcourt bike polo cropped up in Seattle in the early 2000s and is an underground version of grass bike polo, which was invented in Ireland in 1891.

Players form teams of three or four and use handcrafted mallets made from ski poles to skillfully maneuver a ball into a goal.

The games are played on streets and hard surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts and roller hockey rinks.

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Community Contributor
7:36 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Questions Linger After Sedwick's Death In Cyberbullying Case

On September 9, Rebecca Sedgwick committed suicide, at least in part, because of cyberbullying.

Rebecca Sedgwick will never graduate from high school or attend the prom. She’ll never sit in the stands of a homecoming football game.  She did not live to see her 13th birthday.  On September 9, she killed herself.

And last night, over a month after her death, two girls -- ages 12 and 14 -- have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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If I Were Mayor
7:30 am
Wed October 16, 2013

What Would You Do If You Were Mayor? Tell Us

Credit The Simpsons ™ & © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on the issues affecting your community through a series entitled, If I Were Mayor.

How would you improve your town? Give us your ideas and tell us why this issue matters to you.

In addition to publishing your ideas and stories, we're taking them to the mayors themselves. 

Use the form below to tell us:

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The Sunshine Economy
7:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Public Debt On TSE: Lining Up Lenders for Landing

Credit Tom Hudson

Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

The federal government may be partially shut down and flirting with an unprecedented debt default but the Broward County Aviation Department had no trouble borrowing $450 million this month.

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