Politics
8:44 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: An Interview With Florida Gun Lobbyist Marion Hammer

Marion Hammer
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Marion Hammer is one of Florida's most-influential lobbyists. She served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1995 to 1998, is a member of the NRA board and has been the executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state's NRA affiliate, since 1976.

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Arts Season
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

How Shakespeare Is Bringing Together U.S., U.K. Talent At GableStage

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will adapt and direct Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” as part of a collaboration between Miami’s GableStage, The Public Theater in New York City and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Credit George Schiavone

When Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” goes up at Miami’s GableStage in January, audiences will be watching the work of three great theater companies instead of just one.

They'll also see a ravishing Haitian ruler defending her homeland against French colonizers, not an Egyptian queen squaring off against her Roman conquerors.

The production, directed by Miami-native Tarell Alvin McCraney is an international collaboration between GableStage, New York City’s Public Theater and England’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

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Americas
6:30 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Why So Many Latinos Are Becoming Muslims

Latino Muslims marching in New York. The sign they're carrying says in Spanish: Reclaiming our Islamic Heritage.
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Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by WLRN Americas Editor Tim Padgett.

Most Latinos know the country is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month right now. What far fewer Latinos know is that next week marks Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

“Her Own Little Paris In Miami”

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband.
Marice Cohn Band for The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

North Miami Beach Supports Voting Rights for Felons

Councilwoman Barbara Kramer and Desmond Meade worked to pass resolution to support voter restoration for felons.
Credit Patricia Sagastume

Click the play button to hear the audio version of this post by Reporter Patricia Sagastume.

Florida has some of the strictest laws concerning a felon’s right to vote. They must apply for executive clemency after a five- or seven-year waiting period. And that’s only if they are deemed eligible.

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Aerospace
4:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Billionaires Bezos, Musk Face Off Over Unused Shuttle Launch Pad

A shot of Cape Canaveral from space.
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NASA's proposal to lease out an unused shuttle launch pad has ignited a bitter battle between two billionaires -- PayPal's Elon Musk and Amazon's Jeff Bezos -- as congressional members weigh in and the Government Accountability Office investigates.

Funding to maintain launch pad 39A ran out September 30, and NASA wants to lease out the pad to a commercial space company before it deteriorates in the Space Coast's salty air.

Musk's SpaceX and Bezos' Blue Origin both submitted bids. SpaceX wants exclusive use of 39A, but Blue Origin wants the pad for multiple users.

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Transportation
3:19 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Senators Eye Expansion Of New Rail Line Linking Miami-Orlando

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All Aboard Florida won’t stop along the Treasure or Space coasts when passenger service starts to speed between Miami and Orlando in late 2015.

Platforms for passengers may someday be in those east coast communities and at more distant points across the state.

First, backers of the $1.5 billion private venture by the subsidiary of Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries want to know they'll have a chance to recoup their investment before adding stops.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

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10/08/13 - Tuesday Topical Currents examines the complex world of large-scale ocean container ships.  Super-sized ships can lade 15,000 truck-able containers on board.  They may be longer than three-football fields . . . and as tall as Niagara Falls.  We’ll speak with Rose George, author of NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING:  Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate.

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Business
8:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Gambling Study Raises Doubts At Florida Senate Hearing

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A massive expansion of gambling throughout Florida could boost state coffers by $1 billion a year instead of a $22 million loss previously estimated, authors of a gaming study told a Senate committee on Monday.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Q&A With Paul Krugman: How Illiteracy In Economics Impacts U.S. Politics

Prof. Paul Krugman
Credit Tom Hudson

Since 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Princeton University professor Paul Krugman has been a loud and consistent voice calling for more government stimulus to help the American economy recover from the Great Recession, induced to a large extent by the financial implosion on Wall Street.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt

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