Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Should The Miami Heat Get More Public Money?

The Miami Heat say they need more public money to help maintain the arena.
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Our panel of journalists will tackle two four-letter words: Heat and jobs.

The Miami Heat won back-to-back NBA Championships after defeating the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, 95-88.

Meanwhile, team owner Micky Arison wants to extend the team's lease on American Airlines Arena with the help of public money.

Florida's job market has been improving with unemployment falling to levels not seen in nearly five years.

But joblessness in Miami-Dade County remains well above the rest of the state. 

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NBA Championship
7:36 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Miami Heat Fans Share A Moment Of Pure Bliss, Again

Credit Kenny Malone

Game Seven was beautiful.

Yet again the Heat turned us all into a stunning supernova of clanky pots and clinky pans. Everyone exhale. After the textbook magnificence of Game Seven, Miami is alive and absolutely knows it.

This morning and for the rest of the summer the Miami Heat are our guiding knights and definitively the best team in the National Basketball Association.

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Philanthropy
7:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Oprah Gives Young Broward Amputee $100K For Boston Marathon Charity

Despite losing both hands and feet to a massive infection five years ago, 13-year-old Michael Stolzenberg of Weston is an avid athlete.
Credit Mikey's Run.com

A young South Florida amputee and his brother just found out they're getting some star power behind their efforts to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has pledged $100K toward a charity created by 13-year-old Michael Stolzenberg and his older brother, 18-year-old Harris.

Just five years ago, at eight years old, Michael lost both hands and both feet to a massive skin infection.  

Winfrey told Michael's story to Harvard University's class of 2013 during her commencement address last month.

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Blogosphere
6:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Blog Roundup: Coconut Grove Waterfront And Meat Market Dinners

An artist rendering of the proposed Coconut Grove Waterfront.
Credit Coconut Grove Grapevine

A weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Plans For New Coconut Grove Waterfront Are In

Grove Bay Investment Group has submitted a proposal for what may become "The Harbour" in historic Coconut Grove.

The city manager, city commission and Miami voters still have to approve plans for the area, which include a tree park, retail space and a monument or exhibit of South Florida aviation history.

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Performing Arts
6:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community

Tweet seats -- offered last season during select Palm Beach Opera performances at Kravis Center -- are an example of how the cultural institution is evolving.
Credit Storify.com/Julian Restrep

Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up. 

"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution. 

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mango Madness at Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival

Bonnie Berman and Linda Gassenheimer
Paul Leary

06/20/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Richard Campbell, Director of the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  It's Mango Madness and the Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival. Learn how to grow, pick and use our native crop of ripe juicy mangoes.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Surviving What You Think You Can’t

Augusten Burroughs
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06/20/13 - Thursday’s  Topical Currents begins with Augusten Burroughs, who’s written the best-seller THIS IS HOW:  Surviving What You Think You Can’t.  There aren’t any quick fixes, but somehow, we get by.  And more.  South Florida’s mango season is in full swing.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:55 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Citizens CEO: Insurance Giant Is Unprepared For The Next Big Storm

Citizens CEO Barry Gilway
Credit citizensfla.com

The largest home property insurance company in Florida is $4 billion shy of what its head honcho feels it needs if a major hurricane were to hit the state this season.

In a recent interview, Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway tells WLRN Special Correspondent Tom Hudson if a once-in-every-one-hundreds-storm—say, something more destructive than Hurricane Andrew—hit the state, policyholders and possibly taxpayers could be on the hook for all that money.

Below is a portion of that interview:

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Climate Change
10:31 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Watch South Beach Disappear Under Sea Level Rise In Hypnotic New GIFs

Ocean Drive on Miami Beach would be submerged under five feet of water.
Credit Nickolay Lamm / StorageFront.com

Current climate change and sea level rise models indicate a very grim -- and water-logged -- future for South Florida and Miami in particular. But new imagery from researcher/artist Nickolay Lamm paints an almost hypnotic picture of these proposed realties for American cities like Miami, Boston, Washington D.C., and New York.

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Environment
7:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Igor The Amazonian Pacu Fish Found A Place Called Home

Igor the Pacu fish has two sets of pectoral fins and a deformed face but he is still a favorite for many visitors at the Loxahatchee River Center in Jupiter.
Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

In the piranha- infested waters of the Amazon, a baby Black Pacu, the vegetarian cousin of the flesh-eating fish survives capture.  If it had nine lives, its next one was in a tropical aquarium in a Boca Raton seafood restaurant.

Weighing nearly one pound, the non-native Pacu was growing too big, too fast. Once again, the fish needed another home. The restaurant, The Ports of Call, was dismantling their aquariums so the Pacu was returned to its original owner.

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