Politics
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Q&A: The Effort To Make Medical Marijuana Legal In Florida

The proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida includes a state database that would track users, caregivers and growers.
Credit TheNewsHerald/Flickr

Organizers who want medical marijuana legalized in Florida have completed the first step toward getting a proposed constitutional amendment on next year's ballot. 

The United For Care campaign says medical marijuana is legally providing relief and therapeutic value to residents in 19 states and the District of Columbia, so why not Florida?

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The Cuban Kitchen
4:24 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Submit Your Favorite Stories, Recipes For #CubanKitchen

Credit Isabel Echarte

Cuban cuisine has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your kitchen table to hear your stories of cooking Cuban dishes.

What are your favorite memories of being in, around, or inspired by a Cuban kitchen? Tell us what made them special click here.

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Social Welfare
4:23 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

At DCF, An Untold Epidemic Of Abuse, Neglect And Death

Esther Jacobo, the interim secretary of the Department of Children & Families, said she has ordered a review of child fatalities caused by abuse and neglect.
Credit Marsha Halper / Miami Herald file

On the day before she died, Jewel Re’nee Howard sat on the porch, in her grandmother’s lap, having her hair twisted into ponytails made pretty with pink and purple beads. She played outside the home with neighborhood children, ate noodles, talked and giggled, as she had so many days before, about her dream of becoming a princess.

Less than 15 hours later, Jewel was dead — her liver torn and mangled, ribs crushed, her tiny body bruised and bleeding internally.

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Transportation
4:21 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Cyclists Rally In Miami Beach To Remind Drivers Of Traffic Safety

Cyclists hold signs and line 16th Street in Miami Beach.
Credit Karelia Arauz

On Saturday, August 16, a group of friends and supporters gathered for a "Cyclist Respect Rally" on the bike lane of 16th Street near the intersection with Jefferson Avenue in Miami Beach.

Along the street, they stood in a line between the car lane and the bike lane to create a human barrier where event coordinator Jessica Hunter was hit by a car earlier this month.

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Civil Rights
3:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Miami Groups Gear Up For March On Washington Anniversary

About 200 people marched through West Little River on Sunday, August 18th.
Credit Patience Haggin

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, local groups staged a “Pre-March on Miami” on Sunday.

About 200 people marched through a neighborhood in West Little River singing spirituals. The event was organized by the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Eating On The Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Wild strawberries and herb garden

08/19/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with health writer Jo Robinson.  Her latest book discusses of nutrition, and the eons of time when humans subsisted on wild flora and fauna. Her latest book is EATING ON THE WILD SIDE:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health. After generations of breeding more palatable fruits and vegetables, much of their original nutritional clout has been diluted. Robinson has tips to reclaim the nutrients and flavors lost.

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Environment
8:39 am
Mon August 19, 2013

How Artificial City Lights Are Killing Baby Sea Turtles

One in every three sea turtle hatchlings disorient to artificial light in Broward County
Staci-Lee Sherwood, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection

South Florida is at the height of sea turtle nesting season, the time of year when thousands of turtle hatchlings burst out of their nests and instinctively use moonlight to guide them out to the ocean.

Although conservationists have made progress in dimming the lights along the beach, they're still running up against a form of light pollution that's hard to control.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Education

A new school year is underway for hundreds of thousands of children in South Florida. A new year brings with it the potential of new learning, new skills... and new challenges.

Are our kids learning what they need to in order to compete in the global job market of the future?

South Florida schools welcome back students August 19 and WLRN's Sunshine Economy looks at the education industry with "Getting Schooled, Public Education in South Florida."

WLRN's State Impact Florida education reporter Sammy Mack co-hosts the program.

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The Cuban Kitchen
6:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ropa Vieja: The Cuban Dish That Tastes Like Home

Isabel Echarte looks at a photo of Cuca, the woman who taught her mother how to cook ropa vieja.
Credit Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Ropa vieja literally means “old clothes.” It’s not the most appetizing name for food, but it fits the dish, a type of beef stew, pretty well. For me, ropa vieja really IS like old clothes—familiar and used endlessly, and comfortable for those very two reasons. It is the dish I grew up with, being the meal my mom best knows how to cook.

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Petra Mayer is an associate editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for the weekend editions of All Things Considered. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

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