Comic Books
10:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Where Heroes And Nerds Meet: Florida SuperCon

Credit Florida Supercon, 2012

I am a recovering comic book addict that still likes to occasionally hurl himself off the flying wagon, preferably to be saved while assisting Batman foil an evil plan.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Linus, Lucy And Blockhead Receive The Museum Treatment

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's summer show features 70 original cartoon strips from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

Not a generation, but a number of generations, grew up under the influence of Charles Schulz and his drawings – those of the Peanuts characters of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy. These weren’t average characters in an average comic; they became household names, beloved by kids and adults alike for the 50 years the strip was published. Peanuts continued to live on even after their creator’s death in 2000.

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Americas
8:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Why This Summer Offers Hope For Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez speaking to State Department officials during her visit to the U.S. earlier this year, after Cuban leader Raúl Castro began allowing Cubans to travel abroad.
Credit U.S. State Department

 

Like a lot of idealistic U.S. presidents, Barack Obama took office in 2009 hoping to establish better dialogue with communist Cuba. Remember his plan to “pursue direct diplomacy” with Havana? Then he quickly discovered what most U.S. presidents find out:

First, communist Cuba really doesn’t want improved dialogue with Washington, since conflict with the U.S. offers more political payoff on the island. Hence Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s 2009 Christmas gift to Obama: the arrest of U.S. aid subcontractor Alan Gross on dubious espionage charges.

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Announcement
8:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

WLRN Public Television Is Discontinuing Learn Channel Service (17.2)

WLRN Public Television is moving to an all high-definition (HD) infrastructure. Due to the technology upgrades and funding considerations, the Learn Channel service (17.2) had to be discontinued.

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Transportation
1:53 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New Miami-Orlando Express Train Is Just A Handshake Away

Plans for a privately-funded express train linking Miami and Orlando are in the final stages.
Credit freedigitalphotos.net

Two years after Gov. Rick Scott rejected a federal proposal for high-speed rail in Florida, a privately funded project for an express line connecting Orlando and Miami is just one deal away from beginning construction.

All Aboard Florida, a private company based in Coral Gables, has plans to build a line that would connect Orlando to Miami in just under three hours. It would also make stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser; Watchdog Report Publisher

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
http://www.miamidade.gov

07/02/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the independence of the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office. Formerly, the appraiser was appointed by the county Mayor.  But current appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera was elected. Some interesting developments have arisen:  is the property appraiser still governed by the County Commission?  It may take a court ruling to decide.

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Summer Reading
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story)

Summer calls for the sand, sun, and a lot of reading material.
Credit chrismeller / Flickr Creative Commons

Summer is the time when snow birds and tourists abandon the state and leave native Floridians to swelter alone in the subtropical sun. Instead of bemoaning the heat and humidity (and occasional hurricane), delve into some writings that celebrate -- at least, in most cases -- what it means to live in this state.

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Community Contributor
6:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later

Jennie Susi in chemo.

We all piled into the school gym wearing our new, originally designed t-shirts, made in our school colors, teal and white. The sound system was on, the bleachers were down and the photographer was set up and snapping away.

Only, this was not an average pep rally. This one was special. This one was for Ms. Susi. Jennie Susi has stage four ovarian cancer.

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Weird Florida
6:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

New Blog To Cover Florida's Ironic (But Hilarious) Shortcomings All Month Long

The Mosely Flag: The flag was hoisted by Governor William D. Moseley on March 3, 1845 when Florida became the 27th state. It never became an official state flag because of controversy about the motto "Let us alone".
Credit http://dhr.dos.state.fl.us/

Did you know that the first flag to fly over Florida's capitol after admission into the Union read "Let Us Alone?"

Yes. That's right. Neither did we.

But thanks to a blog that Slate is starting with the help of Tampa Bay Times Reporter Craig Pittman, there will be plenty more where that came from.

All this month Pittman will be running a Florida blog for the website, highlighting all the strange and spectacular things that make this the best place to be a journalist.

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