History
2:44 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Old Postcards Offer Glimpse Of South Florida's Appealing (And Appalling) History

Postcard, circa 1930. The Hotel New Yorker boasts a "Swimming Pool" and "Air Conditioning"
Liz Coursen, americanpostcardart.com

In this digital age, when vacationers to South Florida can grab their smartphones and send jealousy-inducing photos to friends and family within seconds, it’s hard to believe the humble postcard is still hanging in there.

Visit most any local souvenir shop and there they are, usually on one or two racks tucked behind the seashell bracelets and painted coconuts.  But Sarasota author Liz Coursen doesn’t think much of the postcards being sent from Florida these days.

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Environment
1:23 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Balancing Tourism With Eco-Preservation On Islamorada

Abandoned mosquito trenches have gummed up the natural water flow on the land.
Credit Cammy Clarck/Miami Herald

A proposal to build an eco-friendly resort in the Upper Keys is raising questions about how to marry economic development and environmental preservation.

Coral Springs urologist Dr. Albert Vorstman owns eight acres of land in Islamorada along US-1 that Miami Herald reporter Cammy Clark described in a recent article:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

D.B. Grady
http://elder-geek.com/


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Literature
8:24 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Scrapbooks From Hemingway's Childhood Made Public

A page in which Hemingway's mother describes his birth.
Credit John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library announced that it would release five scrapbooks in digital form that document Hemingway’s childhood.

Seen by very few people, the scrapbooks had been in secure storage for decades due to their fragility.

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Climate Change
7:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Rolling Stone Article Says Goodbye To Miami Prematurely, Climatologist Says

Rolling Stone's article imagined a future where sea level rise forces Miami to become abandoned.

As as a Miami resident, and one of the 97 percent of climate scientists who agree that global warming is happening and is primarily due to greenhouse gases released by humans over the last two centuries, I feel compelled to comment on the recent article in Rolling Stone magazine “Goodbye Miami”.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Florida Over Kids In Nursing Homes

Credit justice.gov

Nearly a year after issuing a scathing investigative report, the U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that Florida has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily placing children with disabilities in nursing homes.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Our Obsession With Stardom

Ty Burr Michael
Lionstar/Pantheon

07/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, who explores our obsession with stardom . . .

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Community Contributor
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says

Carolina Garcia

My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.

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Find out how a dedicated group of culture vultures unearthed America’s 20th century obsession with Polynesia and created their own Plastic Paradise — hipsters, hula girls, and mermaids included.

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