Schools
6:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Governor's Education Summit Opens In Clearwater

Credit Sarah Gonzalez/ StateImpact Florida

Educators, business leaders and advocates gathered Monday in Clearwater for a three-day education summit called by Gov. Rick Scott --- but the first day in some ways served to highlight differences between those involved in public schools as the system enters a critical period.

In an early example of the disagreements that could affect the meeting, Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association, highlighted teacher concerns with the state's accountability system, now under siege from several sources.

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Crime
3:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

University Of South Florida To Begin Digging For Bodies At Dozier

Metal crosses mark graves at the cemetery of the former Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Investigators in Florida using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples say there are nearly 100 unmarked graves on the grounds.
Credit Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters/Landov

Excavation of long-buried human remains from unmarked graves at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna will begin Saturday.

The weekend work outside the Boot Hill section of the closed Panhandle reform school is expected to be the first in a number of digs to occur over the next year, University of South Florida spokeswoman Lara Wade-Martinez said Monday in an email.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Catherine Steiner-Adair
http://www.catherinesteineradair.com

08/26/13 - Join us for Monday’s Topical Currents.  We discuss the digital revolution in regard to parents and children. We love our screens:  be they smartphones, laptops or tablets and worlds of communication, information and games they offer. But how does this affect the new generation of children . . . and parents?

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Miami Accents
10:21 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Miami Accents: How 'Miamah' Turned Into A Different Sort Of Twang

Nicolas Espinosa, 23, came to Miami with his mother, Maria Jose Pautaso, when he was 10. We tested out his Miami twang in an interview.
Credit Nicolas Espinosa

You might’ve heard it when you're out on the town, at Publix, or at that cafe down the street. Or, you might hear it when you open your own mouth.

RELATED: Miami Accents: Why Locals Embrace That Heavy "L" Or Not

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Music
8:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Julius and Julia Sanna Bring African Music and Culture to South Florida

Julius Sanna rocks the house at a recent concert.

Julius and Julia Sanna are two South Florida-based musicians who bring our area African culture and music via two bands, Positively Africa and the Julius Sanna Band.

In this interview, they discuss their influences and the challenges of marketing their message.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Peanut Butter, I'm Nuts For The Stuff

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

If you’re like most people, you can be transported to a dream state when eating peanut butter.

If you’re like me, the dream is a long one and involves various forms, stages of life, battles with a sibling over who got the last spoonful, issues of textures and the divination of the knife’s scrapings on the clawed bottom of an empty jar.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Investing In Classrooms

Florida public school teachers will get about $250 dollars this year to spend on classrooms supplies.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

Teachers have gotten an annual stipend for more than a decade, helping make up for some of the money teachers spend out of their own pockets for student supplies.

WLRN's Sunshine Economy spoke with several teachers about what they spend and why.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Sen. Nelson: We Need A New Floodgate Policy For the Everglades

Commissioner Ron Bergeron of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stands in almost four feet of water in the Florida Everglades to show the hazardous high water levels.
Credit Patience Haggin

This year’s heavy rainfall has sent water levels in the Everglades to their highest level on record for this time of year.

The high water has caused animals to take refuge on a few tree islands, where they are more vulnerable to predators.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are calling for emergency action to have the floodgates opened immediately to lower the water levels in the conservation area of concern.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Arsht Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Chef Norman Van Aken and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Joshua Bell - Part of the Arsht Center's new season
Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center. Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths?

The recent deaths of so many children who had had contact with DCF has brought renewed scrutiny on a troubled agency: (clockwise from the top left, name, followed by their age at death, if known) Dontrell Melvin, unknown; Antwan Hope, 4; Dakota Stiles, 3; Ezra Raphael, 2; Aliyah Branum, 2; Jayden Morales, 2; Jewel Howard, 3; Cherish Perrywinkle, 8; and Christian Byrd, 2.

 

    

A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.  

"Is anybody here not outraged?" demanded one foster parent at a recent town hall, where a group of lawmakers heard from the public and received blame as well. 

Also, in just two months, Floridians are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of Obamacare. But Florida Governor Rick Scott is now worried about the privacy of patient information.

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