Business
7:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Why Miami Is Now A Hub For Latino TV

Hosts Jorge Ramos (left) and Maria Elena Salinas (center) sit with President Obama at the University of Miami September 20, 2012 in Coral Gables.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

If you had to guess where most of the TV programming for Latinos is being produced these days, where would you guess? L.A., New York, Texas? How about Miami? A recent deal has solidified Miami as a major television hub.

Ana Sagastegui was born in Peru. She has worked in the Miami TV industry for 20 years. Sagastegui remembers how different Miami was then. Just a few broadcast studios but plenty of open space.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo)

Northern mockingbirds are usually about ten inches in length, with a fifteen-inch wingspan, grayish upper portions, white undersides, and white patches on the tail and wings. The female has slightly less whiteness in its feathers than the male.
Credit flheritage.com

In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? The Birdist's Nicholas Lund thinks not.

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Dance
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ballet Provides Cuban Defectors A New Start In Miami

Annie Ruiz Diaz says she left Cuba because she wanted to try out more styles of dance beyond what the National Ballet of Cuba performs.
Credit Gregory Castillo/Miami Herald

The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami operates out of an old, white mansion in Little Havana. Just like any company, the dancers start their day with ballet class.

But what makes this company different is that it’s a holding station for dancers who defect from Cuba, a place where they can stay in shape and get help finding permanent jobs.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida Staycations and Fine Wines by the Glass (Tube)

Delano South Beach
http://www.delano-hotel.com/

05/23/13 - In the second half of Topical Currents, syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Andrew Pittard, food and beverage director at the Delano Hotel.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Brad Bertelli
http://bradbertelli.com/

05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater.  Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world.  It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.

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High School
12:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Miami Herald Honors Students With Silver Knight Awards

Aminda Marques Gonzalez (left), executive editor of The Miami Herald, and Manny Garcia (right), executive editor of El Nuevo Herald, present a Silver Knights award in business to Michael Jones from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Broward County.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald Staff

Many of this year’s Miami Herald Silver Knight winners are well-acquainted with adversity — through their own families’ personal heartaches or the struggles of those living halfway around the world.

But a telling theme emerged Wednesday night at the 55th annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony: Rather than become despondent over life’s unfairness, these high school seniors vowed to make a difference, and that spirit of determination has led to some far-reaching accomplishments.

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Recreation
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Where To Learn All About The History Of Ocean Diving

The library inside Islamorada's History of Diving Museum.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

One of the earliest pieces of writing known to humanity is the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Babylonian legend that’s formative to the history of literature.

In it, Gilgamesh himself attaches stones to his feet, weighing him down to the bottom of the sea, so he could get the Plant of Eternal Youth. It is the first known record of someone plunging to the bottom of the sea on a breath hold dive.

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Community Contributor
7:46 am
Thu May 23, 2013

INKarnation Weaves Two Artists Together At Bridge Red Studios

Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips have more in common than the first letter of their first names, although at first it might not seem so. Rifas’s work should be familiar to many – in particular her linear, site-specific installations that involve optical illusion and delicate interventions. Her pieces can be found at MAM, MOCA and, until recently, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (which closed last year). Phillips is on the early end of her career, but has also had a lot of recent exposure, at the ArtCenter/South Florida and the Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, to name a few outlets.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New Internet Cafe Ban Leaves Chuck E. Cheese Alone

Popular gaming chain Dave & Busters features slot machines where players insert enough tokens to claim prizes.
Credit Greg Castillo/The Miami Herald

When is a gambling machine, not a gambling machine?  Apparently when it is inside a Chuck E. Cheese.  

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Biking
6:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Environmental Cost Of South Florida's Car Culture Could Be Negated By Bikes

Bicycling and the environment have a close relationship in South Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines / Flickr Creative Commons

In a state that is noted for its dedicated car culture, it seems a given that residents and tourists would benefit from any measurable decrease in road congestion, car exhaust, and air pollution. As National Bike Month winds down and South Florida, communities make moves to become more bike friendly, it pays to talk about the potential environmental impact of having more bicycles and less cars on Florida's roads. 

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