Odd News
5:37 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Earthquake Off Cuba's Coast Felt In Key West, Residents Not Rattled

Credit Google Maps

There was a magnitude 5.1 earthquake between Key West and Cuba Thursday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of Key West, and there was no tsunami warning. Here's the news you heard on air:

Key West residents Pam Hobbs, Cori Convertito and author Janet Hartwell talked with WLRN's Sammy Mack about feeling tremors. See some of their quotes in the Storify below, and hear their voices here:

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Culture
3:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

GardenMusic Festival Kicks Off At Fairchild

The Sixth Floor Trio performs at Fairchild. Pictured from left to right are Harrison Hollingsworth, Johnny Teyssier and Teddy Abrams.
Credit Marva Hinton / WLRN

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables kicks off its second GardenMusic Festival Thursday, Jan. 9. The event features everything from chamber music, to jazz, folk and even Broadway standards.

Members of Sixth Floor Trio, the group that developed the musical program for the festival, say that’s by design.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Master Class in Indian Cooking

Raghavan Iyer
http://www.raghavaniyer.com/

01/09/14 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Raghavan Iyer award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author.  His latest book is Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking.  He teaches us how to create Indian-style dishes with ease.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Take Stock In Children Miami

From Take Stock in Children's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/TSIChildren

01/09/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with a look at the non-profit “Take Stock In Children” organization.  It provides children of low-income families with mentors . . .  from entrance to middle school through high school.  College transition and scholarships are in the mix as well.

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Army Veterans
9:05 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

'Honorable' Or 'Honorably'? Difference Keeps Disabled Miami Veteran Off The Bus

Credit Tom Curtis / freedigitalphotos.net

A U.S. Army veteran from Miami-Dade County has been told he's not "honorable" enough to qualify for a veteran's transit pass and he's filed a lawsuit against the county transit agency.

It's a dispute over words and how the military grades soldiers as they return to civilian life. But a benefit hanging in the balance could potentially make a big difference in the lives of low-income veterans.

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News
5:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Senator Says Florida's Troubled Unemployment System May Violate Federal Law

Florida's new unemployment benefits system, CONNECT, was supposed to provide convenience and better service. Instead, many applicants are going weeks, even months, without unemployment checks.
Credit floridajobs.org

The trouble with Florida’s revamped unemployment website is getting more attention in Washington. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is again calling for a federal investigation.

More than 200,000 jobless Floridians use the website to file for weekly benefits worth up to $275.

The new website debuted in mid-October after the state spent four years and $63 million upgrading equipment.

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StateImpact Florida
4:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Jacksonville School Replaces KKK-Affiliated Name

The new name, Westside, is a nod to the neighborhood.
Credit Sammy Mack

Nathan B. Forrest High — the Jacksonville school named for the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader — has a new name.

The Duval County School Board voted to rename school #241 on Tuesday. Starting in the fall it will be Westside Senior High.

From the moment it was named in 1959, there’s been controversy over Forrest High, home of the Rebels.

In 2008 the school board elected not to rename the majority African-American school.  The votes fell along color lines.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Making Healthcare Reform Work for You

Dr. Melissa Clarke
http://www.drmelissaclarke.com/

01/08/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with patient advocate and author Dr. Melissa Clarke.  She gives tips on how one can become more proactive in treatment of serious conditions.  She’s written EXCUSE ME DOCTOR!  I’ve Got What?  Studies show that patients who are more engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes than those who are passive – and may save money, as well. Of course, we’ll take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm.

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Americas
10:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Beauty Queen Murder Shines Light On Venezuelan Violence

This May 23, 2005 file photo released by Miss Universe shows Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005, posing for a portrait ahead of the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Venezuelan authorities say the soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela and her husband were shot and killed resisting a robbery after their car broke down. Prosecutors said in a statement that Monica Spear and Henry Thomas Berry were slain late Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela’s main port.
Credit AP file photo

  Venezuela got a tragic New Year reminder of one of its most pressing problems: violence. Mónica Spear, 29, a former beauty queen and a popular soap opera star who was raised in Orlando, was killed Monday night during a presumed highway robbery.

Authorities said her partner Thomas Henry Berry, 49, reportedly from the U.K., was also killed and that their five-year-old daughter was injured in the incident.

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Sports
6:59 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Miami Dolphins 'Part Ways' With General Manager Jeff Ireland

Credit JOE RIMKUS JR. / Miami Herald

  The Miami Dolphins and general manager Jeff Ireland parted ways on Tuesday afternoon, ending a six-year tenure with the team, including the past four in which he had final say on all personnel decisions.

The Dolphins did not name a replacement. Assistant general manager Brian Gaine and former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli are among possible candidates, though the team did not indicate who would be considered.

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