Public Services
1:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Miami-Dade School District May Ease Impact Of Library Closings

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Hoping to soften the blow of expected library closings due to county budget cuts, the Miami-Dade School Board may open some of the district’s facilities after hours to fill at least part of the coming void.

Some 14 Miami-Dade libraries are slated to close as County Mayor Carlos Gimenez grapples with tight finances.

The issue has been among the most scrutinized aspects of Gimenez’s 2014 budget proposal, which won’t be set until September.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

South Florida L♡ves Miami Spice

From the Miami Spice Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ilovemiamispice

08/08/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rolando Aeda of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Steven Haas Chairman of the GMCVB who give us the scoop on this year’s Miami Spice two tier program: luxury restaurants at $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch and Fine Dining restaurants at $33 for a 3 course dinner, $19 for lunch.  We discuss the business of Miami Spice and what it brings to the community and get tips on how to enjoy the many offerings.

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Music
1:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Natalie Cole Records Dad Nat King Cole’s Spanish-Language Classics

When she was 8 years old, Natalie Cole went to Mexico City with her father. And while Nat King Cole’s daughter was accustomed to his stardom, she was startled by the adulation he received.

“The people thronged to see him as we were walking the streets — he was like a king,” says Cole, leaning back on a sofa at a Wynwood music studio last week.

It was her first trip to Mexico, but the city’s plazas and her first piñata were less memorable than the crowds’ enthusiasm.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A Rollicking, Eye-opening Look Of A Life Spent (and Misspent) In The Hotel Industry

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08/08/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with luxury hotel employee Jacob Tomsky, author of the hotel memoir HEADS IN BEDS.  He started as a parking valet, and then managed housekeeping at a top New York City hotel, before going behind the front desk. He has many tales to tell:  from how to get free movies in your room, or ransack the mini-bar at no charge.  Want a room upgrade?  Give a nice tip upon check-in. And more . . .

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Hasn’t Given Up Stadium Fight

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross holds a press conference to announce renovation plans for Sun Life Stadium on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The team's bid to get public funding later failed in the state legislature.
Credit Alexia Fodere

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Wednesday that he remains committed to winning public dollars for the team’s proposed stadium renovations, and would not rule out a return to Tallahassee in 2014.

“Have I given up? The answer is no,” Ross said, speaking to reporters during his first major news conference since last spring’s legislative defeat.

Ross’ bid for both state and county financing for the $350 million rehab project died when House Speaker Will Weatherford declined to put the bill up for a vote during the legislative session.

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The Sunshine Economy
10:55 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Miami's 'Minuscule' Fashion Industry

Penguin, Perry Ellis and Jantzen are some of the global fashion brands that trace their corporate ownership to the Doral headquarters of Perry Ellis International.

Over several decades George Feldenkreis built the company into the firm it is today selling $1 billion worth of merchandise worldwide.

Feldenkreis came to Miami from Cuba in 1961 and began by manufacturing and distributing auto parts. Instead of bushings and pistons, Feldenkreis oversees a business today that includes fashion design, manufacturing, technology, distribution, licensing and retailing.

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Invasive Species
8:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Eating Iguanas In Southwest Florida With Jackson Landers

Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species, with a nutria.
Credit Courtesy of Jackson Landers

Jackson Landers grew up in a vegetarian household. Now he hunts and butchers much of his own meat. In the past five years, he's focused on hunting and eating invasive species.

In his book, Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Eating and Hunting Invasive Species, ​the 35-year-old Landers chronicles his travels around the country as he learns to hunt, butcher and eat various invasive species.

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Soccer
8:07 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Fútbol Fashion Guide From The Guinness International Champions Cup

I challenge anyone to find a creepier picture from Wednesday's ICC matches! Real Madrid fan George Rodriguez hides behind a complimentary cardboard Cristiano Ronaldo mask.
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

Real Madrid rather convincingly defeated Chelsea 3-1 Wednesday night, claiming the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup at Sun Life Stadium.

A nearly sold-out crowd of 67,273 fans turned up for the two-match card that began with a third-place showdown between the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan (0-2). 

Yes, there was world-class soccer. And yes it was star-studded (Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Milan's Mario Balotelli both scored in there respective matches).

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

People
6:21 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Chancellor To Leave Florida For Higher Ed Post In Pennsylvania

Frank Brogan
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Florida Chancellor Frank Brogan was named to a similar position in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, signaling an end to his four-year tenure as head of the State University System.

The board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tapped Brogan for the position during a meeting Wednesday. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported that the vote was 15-0, and that Brogan would make $327,500. He will start the job Oct. 1.

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