Airs on WLRN TV, August 24 , 7 p.m
11:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway

in the Keys

Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.” Filmmaker Tim Long  heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture.

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Politics
10:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Group Collects +100K Petitions, Slows Drive Until Florida Supreme Court Rules

Credit Vlado / Flickr CC

A medical marijuana group says it has cleared its first major hurdle to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot: Collecting enough voter signatures to trigger Florida Supreme Court review of the initiative's language.

Since July, People United for Medical Marijuana collected at least 110,000 signatures -- well in excess of the 68,314 needed to start the review, said the group's treasurer and director, Ben Pollara.

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People
10:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Veterans Build New Army Of Divers In Shark-Infested Waters

Sgt. Sergeant Stephen Jackel dives for the first time with two prosthetic legs off the coast of West Palm Beach.
Credit Operation: Blue Pride

Once a warrior always a warrior.

For Sergeant Stephen Wayne Jackel Jr., who walks on two metal prosthetics below the knees - he’s found a new army to join after retiring from the United States Army at 34 years old. 

“We aren’t concerned about the army we’re going to build, it’s how long its going to take to build that army,” said Jackel Jr. 

That army being raised is not land-based brigade but a group of undersea soldiers, with severely injured veterans leading the way.

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Miami Dish
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Photos: 'Burger Beast,' His Frita Obsession And A Frita Showdown

Cuban Guys restaurant served a frita made with 100 percent beef at Burger Beast's Frita Showdown event. The Hialeah restaurant opened in 2012.
David Samayoa

Sef Gonzalez, the man behind the local blog, Burger Beast, is on a personal campaign to bring more frita awareness and appreciation to Miami.

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Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism . Lynn serves as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is a member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on twitter @HatterLynn.

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Redevelopment
7:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

How Hollywood Is Cultivating Its Own Emerging Arts Scene

The digital Mona Lisa mural in downtown Hollywood.
Credit Robin Hill

Since last summer's launch of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, in which a talented crew of commissioned artists began painting walls along a three-block stretch of the city, downtown Hollywood has garnered a lot of buzz as a rising cultural district.

So far the mural project, led by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), has unveiled a new and fresh mural each month by a different artist during the city's artwalk, held on the third Saturday of every month.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Fueling Florida's Power

FPL

The demand for electricity is growing in South Florida, but Florida Power and Light has been tearing down power plants.

The power plants like the one in the slideshow above have been generating electricity for more than 50 years in many cases. Often, they burned oil to make power.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Energy

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine

The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
http://mandybaca.com/

08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas.  She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.  On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Free Medicare And Health Insurance Education

http://www.floridashine.org/

08/15/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) it’s a statewide, volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education to people and their caregivers. And more, Linda Gassenheimer speaks with Mandy Baca about her book,

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Crime
9:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Florida Ranks Third In Human Trafficking But Can't Prosecute Many Cases

The Florida Attorney General's Office says Florida is third in the nation for the number of human trafficking cases. 27 million people are enslaved worldwide, and most victims are female.
Credit Andrea Waldrop/flickr

Three children in Tampa were among 105 children rescued nationwide last month during a FBI sex trafficking sting operation.

“Operation Cross Country” focused on underage victims of prostitution and led to more than 150 arrests.

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