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7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Hidden Truths Behind Publicly Funded Stadium Deals

The Miami Dolphins sought tax money to upgrade SunLife Stadium.

Editor's Note: WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to respond to the news that South Florida would not host Super Bowl 50 and 51.   

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Diversity
6:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Se Habla Espanol? Pioneering Bilingual Ed At Miami's Coral Way Elementary

A first-grade, Spanish-language reading class at Coral Way Elementary in 1964. A thermometer on the wall shows that it was cold on that winter day.
Credit University of Arizona's Coral Way Bilingual Elementary Program Oral History Project

The first English/Spanish bilingual education program in the country started at Miami's Coral Way Elementary in 1963. It was supposed to be a temporary curriculum to help Cuban students retain their language and culture, while people waited for the Castro regime to fall. 

Today the school, which has since expanded to the eighth grade, continues to thrive. Coral Way's elementary students spend about 60% of the day learning in English and 40% learning in Spanish.

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Labor
6:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Democrats, Labor Urge Gov. Scott To Veto Wage Bill

THEY WANT A VETO: Miami State Senator Dwight Bullard (in black) and State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez (center with red tie) call for a veto of House Bill 655 at a rally in downtown Miami.
Credit Rick Stone

Florida Democrats and advocates for working folk are turning up all the pressure they can to wring a veto out of Gov. Rick Scott sometime this month.

Their target? House Bill 655, passed during the 2013 legislative session to stop local governments from exceeding federal minimum wage and benefit guarantees.

If the governor signs the bill, counties such as Broward and Miami-Dade with special "living wage" ordinances already on their books, will have to abandon then.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Spanish Cultural Center Offers Look At U.S. Latin Life

CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español en Miami), the Spanish cultural arm here, often falls of the radar when it comes to the arts. Since moving into the bustling downtown area on Biscayne Boulevard (from its sometimes forbidding building in the Gables), it may be that some people simply don’t know they are there. Time to rediscover.

The center offers up some impressive and diverse cultural events, including music and theater – the latter includes their innovative Microtheater, “small” plays of about 15 minutes, set up in the back courtyard for only about 15 spectators. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 6/3/13

06/03/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College. We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture, listeners are invited to give answers. A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.

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Techology
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Civic Hacking: Ways To Mine Data For Miami's Good

Miami civic hackers from various backgrounds played with government data all weekend long.

More than 200 coders, designers and onlookers hashed out ideas on how to better use open data from federal and county sources as part of Miami's National Day of Civic Hacking.

Participants can submit their projects by June 30 for the chance to share their ideas at a White House event in the fall.

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Weather
7:34 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Delicate Art And Science Of Naming Hurricanes

Credit C. DiMattei

With all the unknowns attached to the 2013 hurricane season, there’s at least one thing that’s down in black and white:  the 21 names chosen for this year’s tropical storms.

The first name up: “Andrea.”

Gulp.

Strike the last letter, add a “w” and you’ve got the name of the 1992 hurricane that killed 65 people and caused an estimated $26 billion worth of damage. 

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Journalism
7:19 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Miami Herald Opens New Doral Headquarters, Cow Fields And Loft-Style Decor Included

Credit Photos by Eric Barton

Before the Miami Herald, WLRN's news partner, moved to Doral on May 20, there was a lot said about how the paper gave up an icon, a building on the bay in the heart of downtown.

But there’s an upside. The 150,000-square-foot building is sharp and modern, and, when it’s finished, it will be an impressive display of old media might.

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Painting
7:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Artist Ruben Ubiera Uses QR Codes In Mural To Tell Oral Tales Of Immigrants

Ruben Ubiera and his Sapien Experiment piece at the Young at Art Museum's Lexicon exhibition

Ruben Ubiera is one busy guy. Ask him what he's up to and prepare to hear an earful. The Broward County resident recently wrapped up the Lexicon show at Young at Art Museum in Davie, where he has also led a workshop for children artists. And his 10-by-4-foot self portrait puppet, representing Ubiera's artistic life, will remain in the museum's permanent collection.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Arts Garage Presents Summer Musical Theater with a Twist

The Summer Tune-Up series at Arts Garage in Delray Beach

Louis Tyrrell, Artistic Director of the Theatre at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, is passionate about new American plays.  This summer, a Thursday night play reading and concert series introduces us to musicals South Florida audiences wouldn't otherwise  have a chance to experience.  To hear the full interview, visit artsradionetwork.com.

  

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