School Grades
11:20 am
Fri July 26, 2013

2012-2013 Florida Elementary And Middle School Grades

The State Board of Education changed state rules so that no school could lose more than one letter grade in 2012-2013.
Credit MARSMET TALLAHASSEE

The Florida Department of Education released 2013 elementary and middle school grades, part of the state’s school accountability system.

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11:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Ben Taylor Live At Infinity Hall

Singer/Songwriter Ben Taylor

Singer/songwriter Ben Taylor’s recent performance at Infinity Hall was sold out. This musician is getting increasingly more attention these days, with more than a half-dozen albums and EPs. But Ben Taylor  had to face some inner soul searching before he decided to make music his career.

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History
10:55 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated

Garth Reeves was a young World War II veteran when he came home to Miami and went to work at his father’s newspaper, the Miami Times.

He bought property, paid taxes and voted in elections. But the beach at Virginia Key was the only one where black residents could go without trouble.

“It wasn’t a very good beach. But right down the street there was Crandon Park - beautiful beach, beautiful clubhouse. Everything was first class.”

So a meeting was arranged with the county commission.

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Department of Children and Families
7:43 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Timeline Of Deaths Leading Up To DCF Leader's Resignation

Nubia Barahona, 10, of Kendall is found in a black garbage bag in the back of her adoptive father's pickup truck. The state had approved her adoption and then overlooked reports of abuse.
Miami Herald

David Wilkins, Florida's top child welfare and social services administrator resigned July 18 amid an escalating scandal over the recent deaths of four small children who had a history of involvement with child-abuse investigators.

Read more of the original Tampa Bay Times article here

TIMELINE: DCF DEATH CASES

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Health Care
3:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Insurance Giant Humana To Buy Key Player In Medicaid Program

Credit medicaid.gov

As Florida prepares to move forward next month with shifting thousands of seniors into Medicaid managed-care plans, Humana, Inc., announced that it will buy a major player in the program.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Sweet and Savory Flavors of Mexican Ice Cream

Rosa Mexicano
http://www.rosamexicano.com/

07/25/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rosa Mexicano Regional Executive Chef James Cawley.

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Music
8:16 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Why Hipnosis Looks Like Cuba's First Heavy Metal Band To Defect

Credit via hipnosiscuba.com

Meet the latest unexpected international arrival on Miami's rock scene: Hipnosis, straight from the semi-illicit metal scene of Havana.

On Monday, July 22, the six-member group likely became the first full band of its heavy ilk to plead asylum in the United States.

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Community Contributor
7:50 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Little Havana Serves As Backdrop For 'UltraVox' Opera

Tenor Santo Martin Cordero and soprano Eloisa M. Ferrer conceived "UltraVox.”

Opera doesn’t always happen in an opera house. Sometimes it happens on Calle Ocho. “UltraVox,” conceived, directed and performed by tenor Santo Martin Cordero and soprano Eloisa M. Ferrer, runs August 2-3 at the intimate SIR Studio on Calle Ocho in Miami’s Little Havana.

“The artist is an inventive and daring individual who upsets and disturbs, enlightens and seeks a better understanding of the self and the world,” said Cordero. “We weave song, movement and spoken word during this interdisciplinary performance.”

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Community Contributor
7:49 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Alternative Theater Festival Includes 'Glengarry' Revival, Thanks To Facebook

Ivan Lopez, left, Joe Llorens, Ricky Waugh and Daniel Gutierrez, sitting, during the 2002 production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” They will all reprise their roles for the revival this August.

It all started with a Facebook post.

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