South Beach
11:03 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Former Versace Mansion In Miami Beach Auctioned For $41.5M

Casa Casuarina, the former Versace mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, still draws frequent tourists to its front entrance. The property was auctioned Tuesday in a bankruptcy proceeding.

The former Versace mansion fetched a top bid of $41.5 million from a group that included New York’s Nakash family, which controls Jordache Enterprises, at a court-ordered bankruptcy auction Tuesday.

After the auction, Joe Nakash, the winning bidder and owner of the Victory Hotel next door, said he plans to ask for the right to use the Versace name and operate the mansion as a hotel in conjunction with the Victor.

Lamar P. Fisher of Fisher Auction Co. conducted the auction Tuesday morning inside the ornate 10-bedroom, 11-bath mansion.

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Heller McAlpin is a New York-based critic who reviews books regularly for NPR.org, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

Miami
8:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Iconic White Tiger At Zoo Miami Is Euthanized

Carlita taking a dip at her exhibit pound.
Credit Zoo Miami

After a nearly 20-year career as part of a landmark exhibit at Zoo Miami, the white Bengal tiger known as “Carlita” was euthanized on Monday, the zoo announced.

Carlita was born in July 1992 and was transferred to Zoo Miami, where she began her career as part of the Tiger Temple exhibit in February 1994. She was paired with two other typically-colored Bengal tigers, Lyric and Roshe, and her color — or lack of it — helped her stand out and added to her popularity among zoo visitors, said zoo spokesman Ron Magill.

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Apple $2500 Gift Card Drawings

General rules:

1. PRIZE: The prize is an Apple gift card with a value of $2500 (“grand prize”) and a second Apple gift card with a value of $1,000 (“early bird” prize), which can be used for the purchase of anything at the Apple Online Store or Apple Retail Store.

Americas
4:18 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles Delivers Message To Supporters In Miami

Henrique Capriles Radonsky waves to supporters gathered at the James L. Knight Center following a speech in which he urged Venezuelans living in the United States to continue working for a Democratic change in Venezuela.
Credit JOSE A. IGLESIAS / El Nuevo Herald Staff

Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles — who has been criticized by certain segments of the opposition that would like to see him take a more radical position against Nicolás Maduro’s regime — came out Sunday to convince nearly 5,000 people at a Miami convention hall that he knows exactly what he’s doing.

Capriles, who ran against the late Hugo Chávez in an election in October and then did it again versus Maduro in April, said he feels that change will come soon to his country and called on Venezuelans to continue supporting him and join the fight.

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Ariel Gonzalez
1:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Leftover Angst About The Vietnam War

Tim O'Brien
wikipedia.org

09/16/13 - Ariel Gonzalez interviews Tim O’Brien, about his book "JULY, JULY," which deals with leftover angst about the Vietnam War.  Mr.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Trauma of Everyday Life

Dr Mark Epstein
www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Epstein-MD/201450013207216

09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein.  He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE.  Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma.   Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.

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Business
11:39 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Peer-To-Peer Boat Rental Companies Arrive In South Florida

Gene Correa, assistant dock master at Rickenbacker Marina, shows this boat's features to Simons Chase and Lori Anne Wardi, who rented the boat from Matias Aguirre on Boatbound.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / Miami Herald Staff

Getting out on the open sea, wind in your hair, enjoying the ride with your family and friends. Then there’s the boat payments, storage fees, fuel, maintenance and repair — these costs can quickly sink the dream of boat ownership.

Ahoy, mates — a new breed of boat-sharing services is entering the hot South Florida boating market. San Francisco-based Boatbound.co set up its East Coast headquarters on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne and launched nationally in June.

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Environment
11:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Sea Turtle Nesting Numbers Soar In Florida

Some of the green turtles removed from a nest last month at Biscayne National Park. It was the first green turtle nest ever documented there. The turtles were released in the ocean.
Credit Biscayne National Par

When the late Archie Carr, a pioneering University of Florida ecologist, first began documenting the decline of sea turtles in the 1960s, the future looked grim — particularly for the green turtle.

The green turtle had long been a Florida seafood menu staple, usually served up in the famous soup. But with the population largely eaten out of existence in state waters, most meat had to be imported.

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Health Care
10:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

More Companies Steering Retirees To Private Health-Insurance Exchanges

Private health insurance exchanges have existed for several years but are separate from the public health insurance marketplace being created by the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands of retirees covered by company health insurance plans will soon see their benefits shifted toward private health-insurance exchanges.

IBM and Time Warner announced the change last week. They’ll provide retirees money to buy Medicare Advantage or supplemental Medigap policies instead, part of a push by businesses to move away from the increasingly costly group-coverage model.

American Airlines may follow. Its parent company, AMR Corp., is seeking approval to make the change from a federal bankruptcy court judge.

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