Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Community Contributor
12:10 am
Thu July 4, 2013

10 (And A Half) Things People Should Know Before Moving To Miami

Welcome to Florida.
Credit State Archives of Florida / Florida Memory, floridamemory.com/items/show/163687

I’m a Northern California boy, through and through. I grew up ten minutes north of Berkeley, went to college at Davis, about forty five minutes away, and then was fortunate enough to have the industry I went to school for bloom around me. I spent my post-university career living around the Bay Area, the last four years in the Mission in San Francisco. I am attuned to things that are uniquely San Francisco: burritos, surly Asian women serving me pho, co-workers into fringe politics, passive-aggressiveness.

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Congress
4:26 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved'

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami)
Credit http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/

 

South Florida's longest serving Congressperson says she's changed with the times.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican from Miami, has served in the house for 24 years and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act when it passed in 1996.

"I have evolved, just as the country has evolved."

She explains why she went from supporting DOMA to applauding its undoing by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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Food
4:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Meet Hunters Who Discover New Fruit For South Florida

Noris Ledesma poses with mangos at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
Credit Kaylois Henry

If you've ever found yourself biting into a tangy sapote, or a lush mango, give a small thanks to fruit hunters.

Fruit hunters are an intrepid band of explorers, growers and researchers. For decades, they have introduced most of the fruit that we enjoy in South Florida. The area's climate is conducive to growing most of the tropical fruit from nearly all the world's continents. Fruit hunters will travel the lengths of the earth, as well as mining their own back yards, in search of the newest, rarest and tastiest plants.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

National Review Commentator Kevin Williamson: The End is Near

Kevin D. Williamson
https://twitter.com/KevinNR

07/03/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Kevin Williamson, author of THE END IS NEAR AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME:  How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier and More SecureWilliams says that while consumer goods get better, cheaper and more widely available, government delivered necessities grow more expensive with declining quality. He criticizes the modern welfare state in the era of globalization, and endorses market derived alternatives. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Zimmerman Trial
12:42 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Medical Examiner: Zimmerman Injuries 'Very Insignificant'

George Zimmerman in court.
Credit Pool photo

A medical examiner testifying in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial Tuesday described Zimmerman’s injuries from the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as “very insignificant” and “not life threatening.”

As WMFE’s Nicole Creston reports, the testimony comes as state attorneys work to undermine Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

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Politics
11:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Miami Beach City Manager: Scale Back Plan For Convention Center Project

The 17th Street corridor, from the 17th Street parking garage east to The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, figures largely in the Miami Beach Convention Center project.
Credit Marsha Halper / Miami Herald Staff

Two weeks before the city is set to choose a team for its $1 billion convention center project, Miami Beach’s new city manager is recommending large-scale changes that would result in higher public costs.

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Comic Books
10:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Where Heroes And Nerds Meet: Florida SuperCon

Credit Florida Supercon, 2012

I am a recovering comic book addict that still likes to occasionally hurl himself off the flying wagon, preferably to be saved while assisting Batman foil an evil plan.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Linus, Lucy And Blockhead Receive The Museum Treatment

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's summer show features 70 original cartoon strips from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

Not a generation, but a number of generations, grew up under the influence of Charles Schulz and his drawings – those of the Peanuts characters of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy. These weren’t average characters in an average comic; they became household names, beloved by kids and adults alike for the 50 years the strip was published. Peanuts continued to live on even after their creator’s death in 2000.

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Americas
8:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Why This Summer Offers Hope For Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez speaking to State Department officials during her visit to the U.S. earlier this year, after Cuban leader Raúl Castro began allowing Cubans to travel abroad.
Credit U.S. State Department

 

Like a lot of idealistic U.S. presidents, Barack Obama took office in 2009 hoping to establish better dialogue with communist Cuba. Remember his plan to “pursue direct diplomacy” with Havana? Then he quickly discovered what most U.S. presidents find out:

First, communist Cuba really doesn’t want improved dialogue with Washington, since conflict with the U.S. offers more political payoff on the island. Hence Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s 2009 Christmas gift to Obama: the arrest of U.S. aid subcontractor Alan Gross on dubious espionage charges.

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