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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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.”


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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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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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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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


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7:32 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Exploring the History of Vodou in Haiti from the 1804 Revolution to the 2010 Earthquake

Ramsey's book delves into the roll Vodou has played in Haiti.

University of Miami Associate Professor Kate Ramsey's The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti has been awarded the 2011-2012 Association of Caribbean Historians Elsa Goveia Prize; this book prize is awarded once every two years.

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Exxxotica In Fort Lauderdale
1:46 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Why Broward Is A Better Porn Market Than Miami Beach

WHAT YOU CAME FOR: A survey of Exxxotica's offerings: cars on the lert, sex on the right.
Credit Rick Stone

Exxxotica should be a familiar word to any South Floridian who regularly reads a "What to Do This Weekend" column.

It's a big sex-and-pornography convention that's been bringing fans annually to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the last seven years. But after a souring relationship with Miami Beach -- and a conclusion that Fort Lauderdale offers a much richer vein of porn consumers -- Exxxotica has moved to the Broward Convention Center where its inaugural weekend is underway.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Searching For The Origin Of The Chorizo

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Most everyone knows, but I will say it for the un-baptized…chorizo is a kind of sausage. The first time I remember seeing chorizo was back in my hometown of Diamond Lake, Illinois in 1965 or so. It was around that time that many Mexican families began to immigrate to the area. They worked very hard founding a close knit neighborhood, which eventually became part of the broader patchwork quilt that epitomizes so much of North America now.

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Community Contributor
7:25 am
Sat June 1, 2013

The 2013 Hurricane Season Has Arrived: Here's How To Prepare Without Wiping Out Your Pocket Book

I learned a few things after Andrew. I did not have my supplies prepared and had to go through the hassle of getting some of the items needed for survival. So with hurricane season officially beginning today, the idea with the list below is that you can stock up during the early part of the season for all these items, and you'll be good to go when it hits.

Many of us who live in the tropics do not seem to bother to get ready for the season until a storm start to approach, and then watch out. The idea here is to get yourself ready without breaking the bank. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arts Garage, Summer Shorts Theater, Hukilau 2013, Chef Norman Van Aken and Miami Arts Calendar

Andrew Forman at Arts Garage

05/31/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Arts Garage Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes exciting upcoming events in Delray Beach. Contributor Judith Bishop finds out about this season’s Summer Shorts Series with Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli.

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