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The rising spring sun played tag with a retreating winter wind on the stony streets of a South Philadelphia morning. Our cab driver was taking us from the genteel hum of a Four Seasons Hotel to the airport for our return to Miami. He seemed to be taking a shortcut not many would know. We were meandering through the narrow streets of a residential section. I spoke up over the squawk of his radio, “Hey, my friend. What part of town is this?!” The cabbie, a smiling Haitian man said, “Yes. This is the Italian Market area.”
It's been a big month so far for the political committee amassing a war chest for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, approaching an end to a key part of its exclusive gambling compact with the state, dropped $500,000 into the Tallahassee-based "Let's Get to Work" committee earlier this month, while United States Sugar Corporation added another $100,000 this week.
The money is just some of the $2.31 million that has poured into the political committee since the start of the month. For the year, the committee has picked up $11.9 million.
09/27/13 - On the next fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop, speaks with Artistic Director, David Arisco, about another enticing season coming to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Beloved Maestro Eduardo Marturet of MISO, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, has the details about the orchestra’s upcoming events. He shares his excitement with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.
The Argentine tegu lizard doesn’t grow nearly as big as a Burmese python but it may be a greater threat to South Florida’s native animals.
At a maximum size of four feet, a tegu can’t gobble down a full-grown deer or alligator with its rapier-sharp teeth. But the invasive, black and white reptiles have the potential to cause even more ecological damage than the 18-foot snakes that have drawn international media attention in recent years. And now, scientists say, it’s too late to eradicate them.
City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.
09/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker. Linda’s “Food & Dining” segments have been broadcast weekly now for some 15 years, and she discusses some of her favorite programs . . . and what new challenges are presented. Many internationally renowned chefs, authors, Food Network stars and others have appeared. That’s Topical Currents . . .Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.