Sports
11:14 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Are South Floridians 'Soccer Savvy' or Soccer Snobs?

Sun Life Stadium during the Real Madrid/Chelsea championship game of the Guinness International Champions Cup
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

  Last week the attention of the international soccer world was focused on Miami Gardens. Sun Life Stadium hosted the final four matches of the Guinness International Champions Cup, including the championship match in which Real Madrid defeated Chelsea (3-1).

Organizers called it a “perfect-storm” tournament final -- top teams with huge fan bases and international star power, playing for a trophy with a high-profile coaching saga at the center of the match.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Sunshine Economy Video: Tearing Down An Old Power Plant

A decade ago FPL burned more oil to make electricity than any other electric utility in the United States.

But this year it expects to burn 99 percent less crude oil.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Energy

Much of the difference has been made up by natural gas, with some of the new power coming from nuclear energy.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Energy

Credit Tom Hudson

Click play to hear Tom Hudson host this episode of WLRN's ongoing radio and online series, The Sunshine Economy, airing Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Flip a light switch, turn the ignition key or hit the start button.  These are actions most of us do several times each day without thinking about where the power is coming from. Florida may have plenty of sunshine but it doesn't have any substantial supply of fossil fuels.  And fossil fuels still power much of our lives.

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Painting
8:11 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Eye-Catching Murals, Mermaids Of Painter 'Tati' Suarez

Tatiana Suarez

At the beginning of this summer, artist Tatiana Suarez moved back to her native city of Miami from Brooklyn, where she and her husband resided for four and half years.

Prior to her big move back to the Sunshine State, Suarez was already in talks with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency to participate in the city's downtown mural project.

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Gabriel Spitzer covers health and science at KPLU, after a year covering youth and education. He joined KPLU after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.

Freelance Reporter and Contributor to Women's Focus.

Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Gee Whiz! Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

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

When I go to a city as a guest chef, our hosts usually take great care of us and routinely offer to take us to one of the fancy or “Four Star!” restaurants in town.

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Criminal Justice
5:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written

Credit Gerardo Mora

The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."

"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

At University of Miami, A-Rod Scandal Haunts Stadium Named in His Honor

A baseball stadium at the University of Miami was renamed in honor of Yankees player Alex Rodriguez after he donated $3.9 million to renovate the stadium in 2003.
Credit Patience Haggin

New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez had his professional legacy altered forever when he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs four years ago. Now, A-Rod is fighting even more severe accusations as his philanthropic legacy in Miami hangs in the balance.

The famous ballplayer is currently appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball. The scandal has prompted locals to ask whether the local organizations he has supported will distance themselves from him.

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Cinema
2:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

'Lovelace' Biopic Depicts Story Of Pornstar's 'Deep' Miami Connection

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in the film Lovelace.

In the annals of pop culture history, the name Linda Lovelace is synonymous with the mainstream notoriety of hardcore porn.

As the 23-year-old star of the infamous 1972 XXX feature Deep Throat, she scandalized America with the first feature-length adult movie.

But Linda Lovelace was just a character for the woman born Linda Susan Boreman — and one she didn't necessarily play willingly.

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