Latin America Report
4:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

From Scorched Earth To Palm Beach: The Maya Are Coming To Florida

An outreach worker in indigenous Guatemalan garb aids a Maya family in Palm Beach County.
Credit The Guatemalan-Maya Center, Lake Worth

The Maya have many cool nicknames. The Greeks of the New World. Men of Maize. But you can add a more unfortunate moniker – the Children of Scorched Earth – to explain why they’re suddenly one of Florida’s fastest-growing immigrant communities.

The Maya are the largest indigenous group in the Americas, descendants of the glorious pre-Columbian civilization that occupied southern Mexico and northern Central America. Most live in Guatemala – where in recent decades they’ve faced one violent plague after another.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

The Art of Quitting: How it Matters in Life, Love & Work

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work
www.loveworkbalance.com

02/25/14 - Today’s Topical Currents looks at what is usually considered a cop-out, or profound weakness.  Quitting.  But often it’s the pragmatic answer to many situations.

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Snow In Miami
11:58 am
Tue February 25, 2014

This Is What It Sounds Like When You Put Miami Babies On A Pile Of Snow

Despite - or perhaps because of - the warm weather, a group of 2- to 3-year-olds enjoy the snow at a preschool in Little Havana.
Credit Elaine Chen

When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. 

On the other hand in South Florida, a somewhat common winter tradition is for schools to pay to haul in snow. What kid doesn't like snow? Well, it wasn't a big hit among these 1 year-olds at a preschool in Little Havana. 

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Feb. 27 Starting @ 8pm
11:32 am
Tue February 25, 2014

It's All About History On WLRN-TV. Tune In Thursday Nights!

The Black Kung Fu Experience

WLRN continues to celebrate Black History Month with new programs that unite more than a century of history and culture.

The Black Kung Fu Experience (8:00 pm)

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Wed., Feb. 26 Starting @ 8pm
10:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

The Best Of British TV! Doc Martin, Scott & Bailey, Midsomer Murders

Doc Martin: Movement

You can find the best of British comedy and drama every Wednesday night on WLRN Channel 17.

Doc Martin: Movement (8:00 p.m.) 

Bert Large could be the man to put Portwenn on the culinary map. Dissatisfied with his lot in life he abandons his plumbing business to open his own restaurant.

Scott & Bailey (9:00 p.m.)

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College Culture
9:03 am
Tue February 25, 2014

FAMU Brings Anti-Hazing Message To South Florida Through Music

"Groove 87" brought anti-hazing awareness throughout the mini-concert in Miami to make high school recruits feel safe.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

Florida A&M University's music department toured South Florida this past weekend to recruit high school students and promote its anti-hazing stance. After their drum major Robert Champion of the Marching 100 was beaten to death in 2011 during a hazing incident, the university is trying to get young musicians to feel safe at their institution. 

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Politics
9:08 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Democrat: Republicans Waging Class Warfare On Average Floridians

Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, says Republicans have spent years giving away tax breaks and other perks to the wealthy and the large corporations at the expense of working families.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Florida’s Republican leaders announced their policy goals last month for the upcoming legislative session.

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Arts
5:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

In Lake Worth, Ephemeral Street Art Is The Year's Biggest Event

Lake Worth's 20th Annual Street Painting Festival
Andrea Richard

Artist Bill McCaffrey took 15 hours to complete a chalk painting of a Titanic scene on the street in Lake Worth, before the rain came and washed it away. But that's OK with him.

"The longer I do street art, I become less possessive of my work," he says. "You learn to let it go."

McCaffrey was one of the featured artists at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, in which he has participated for 17 years.

The two-day festival drew a crowd of nearly 100,000 people to the small town over the weekend.

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Links
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 17-21

Luisa Toledo and her grandson Michael Toledo
Credit Kenny Malone

If you were to read the week's top stories as just one, the plotline would be a little like this: A caffeine-driven abuela is on the loose. She is wanted on multiple charges, including robbing several Key West homes, criminal mischief at the Perez Art Museum, speeding on the I-95 express lanes and forcing musician Julio Iglesias out of his home and into a party.

But they're really five different stories. Here they are:

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If I Were Mayor
3:23 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas

Credit Courtesy of Craig Cates

Our final If I Were Mayor interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates.

Mayor Cates is a 4th generation Key West resident and has been the mayor of Key West since 2009. Though he got his second term with 70 percent of the vote, in 2013 he garnered only 54 percent, a difference he attributes to his approval of a controversial dredging study and his support for a 24/7 homeless shelter

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