Blogosphere
4:58 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Florida Blogup: Beer Academies And Networking

The Florida Grand Opera will host a tribute to singer Deborah Voigt.
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Florida Grand Opera Begins New Season

The Florida Grand Opera will begin its 2013-2014 season with a tribute to soprano singer Deborah Voigt October 26.

Voigt will not sing but young artists from the opera will be performing at the DuPont Building in Miami. Blogger Lawrence Johnson has more at South Florida Classical Review.

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Television
4:33 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Old Miami Herald Building Smokes Thanks To TV Show Burn Notice

The old Miami Herald building seemed to suffer an explosion Friday afternoon, but only in the fictional world of the Burn Notice spy series. The USA show was filming its series finale at the vacant Herald headquarters, and the smoke from a special effect was visible across the city.
Credit Natalie Leon/Special To The Miami Herald

No, the old Miami Herald building is not burning down. At least not in real life.

Burn Notice, the USA spy series filming its final season, took over the abandoned Herald headquarters this week to shoot part of its series finale. On Friday, black smoke began billowing out of the building’s western wall facing 14th Street, and pictures of the action promptly began popping up on Twitter shortly after 2 p.m..

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Business
2:19 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Manufacturing Is At The Heart Of This Growing Broward Medical Business

Workers at New Wave Surgical are paid an hourly rate and offered a full-time employee benefits package. The company is relocating from Coral Springs to a larger facility in Pompano Beach.

New Wave Surgical, a Pompano Beach based company, didn't start out in the manufacturing business.

The founder and president, Ricardo Alexander Gomez, wanted to focus on design and sales of a medical device called D-HELP.

The product helps surgeons clean the lenses of tools used during laparascopic surgeries.

Revenues grew once Gomez and his staff were able to decrease costs of producing the device.

Gomez says revenue is up 1900%.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Elastic Bond Performs Live

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Can Florida's Department Of Children And Families Be Fixed?

The federal government's lawsuit says Florida has about 200 disabled children who are in nursing homes but could be cared for in the community or at home.
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The Sunshine Economy
11:24 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Manufacturing

Credit Tom Hudson

On the right is a picture of lancets.

These are small devices used by diabetics to prick their fingers in order to test their blood for sugar. The maker of these devices, Specialty Medical Supplies, is based in Coral Springs. The company was manufacturing up to 100 million of them each month in China until June of this year, when the company's president, Chip Starnes, was taken hostage during a visit to his Beijing plant.

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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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