4th of July
9:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy

Assortment packages, which bundle many different types of fireworks, are some of Phantom's most popular items.
Patience Haggin

For Miami-Dade residents, fireworks may be illegal, but they are easy to get. At Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo, the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest time of the year.

The pyrotechnics outlet draws customers not only from the Keys, but also from Miami-Dade County, where many of the store’s explosives cannot be sold legally.

The shop has seen about 1,000 customers per day and has stayed open until one AM for the past week, according to store manager Kary Singh.

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4th of July
8:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Lost On The 4th? A Roundup of Displays In South Florida

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The midsummer heat and humidity in South Florida means celebrating Independence Day is not for the faint of heart. But, the sweat and dehydration is all worth it when nightfall comes, and we get to sit back and watch fireworks crack and sparkle over brilliant skylines and dark, reflecting waters. South Florida is definitely a great place to watch fireworks. 

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4th of July
7:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Lift Open-Container Bans On Beach.. For Today

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If you’re hoping to enjoy a beer on the beach this Fourth of July, you’ll be able to do so in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood for one day only.

Both cities have announced a one-day exception to their ordinances banning open containers of alcohol on the beach.

The reason for the ban is to keep beach-goers from disrespecting and disrupting the enjoyment of others while visiting the shore, said Fort Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler. The city lifts the ban for special events.

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Community Contributor
6:38 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go

Alberto Carvalho

Every day I wake up with a spirit of excitement and anticipation of what the day may bring, in large part because of the incredible community that has become my adopted home, Miami.
 

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Shelley Kofler is managing editor/senior reporter for KERA News. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who has served as KERA news director and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation; and her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Community Contributor
12:10 am
Thu July 4, 2013

10 (And A Half) Things People Should Know Before Moving To Miami

Welcome to Florida.
Credit State Archives of Florida / Florida Memory, floridamemory.com/items/show/163687

I’m a Northern California boy, through and through. I grew up ten minutes north of Berkeley, went to college at Davis, about forty five minutes away, and then was fortunate enough to have the industry I went to school for bloom around me. I spent my post-university career living around the Bay Area, the last four years in the Mission in San Francisco. I am attuned to things that are uniquely San Francisco: burritos, surly Asian women serving me pho, co-workers into fringe politics, passive-aggressiveness.

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Congress
4:26 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved'

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami)
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South Florida's longest serving Congressperson says she's changed with the times.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican from Miami, has served in the house for 24 years and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act when it passed in 1996.

"I have evolved, just as the country has evolved."

She explains why she went from supporting DOMA to applauding its undoing by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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Food
4:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Meet Hunters Who Discover New Fruit For South Florida

Noris Ledesma poses with mangos at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
Credit Kaylois Henry

If you've ever found yourself biting into a tangy sapote, or a lush mango, give a small thanks to fruit hunters.

Fruit hunters are an intrepid band of explorers, growers and researchers. For decades, they have introduced most of the fruit that we enjoy in South Florida. The area's climate is conducive to growing most of the tropical fruit from nearly all the world's continents. Fruit hunters will travel the lengths of the earth, as well as mining their own back yards, in search of the newest, rarest and tastiest plants.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

National Review Commentator Kevin Williamson: The End is Near

Kevin D. Williamson
https://twitter.com/KevinNR

07/03/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Kevin Williamson, author of THE END IS NEAR AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME:  How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier and More SecureWilliams says that while consumer goods get better, cheaper and more widely available, government delivered necessities grow more expensive with declining quality. He criticizes the modern welfare state in the era of globalization, and endorses market derived alternatives. That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Zimmerman Trial
12:42 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Medical Examiner: Zimmerman Injuries 'Very Insignificant'

George Zimmerman in court.
Credit Pool photo

A medical examiner testifying in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial Tuesday described Zimmerman’s injuries from the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as “very insignificant” and “not life threatening.”

As WMFE’s Nicole Creston reports, the testimony comes as state attorneys work to undermine Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

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