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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12:42 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Civic Hacking: Mining Miami Data For The Greater Good

More than 100 people, places and things are on Miami Wiki. People can create pages and add to existing subjects.

Hack for Change: Miami, as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings coders and artists together to envision creative ways government data can be more useful to the community.

Participants will dive into projects that visualize open data or improve its accessibility.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy

Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.

Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.

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Community Contributor
10:22 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables

The iconic Coral Gables City Hall.

My father, Ernest Peyton Jones, worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was his campaign manager for the southeastern United States and became the associate commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration.   My mother, Betty Schwab Jones, was the secretary for Sen. George Norris of Nebraska. They married in 1936 and lived in Washington.

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9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Jacuzzi Boys Kick Off Tour At Miami Beach's Fillmore

The Jacuzzi Boys are guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Alcala, bassist Danny Gonzalez and drummer Diego Monasterios.
Credit Christiaan Lopez-Miro

The perennial proclamation, “rock ‘n’ roll is dead,” is itself a near-expired idiom. While electronic music genres may dominate – especially here in South Florida – there is still demand for the raw, body parts-to-sound tactility of a guitar, bass, drums and voice.

The Jacuzzi Boys are emblematic of this desire for a stripped-down, musical physicality, a cultural fixation traceable to Chuck Berry’s rhythmic licks and Elvis’s suggestive hips.

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8:27 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Check Out The Emerging Arts Scene In Boynton Beach

C. DiMattei

If you’re looking for Boynton Beach’s arts district, you won’t find it near any trendy restaurants or high-end boutiques.  Actually, the closest business is an auto shop and the nearest place to grab a bite to eat is a gas station on the corner.

But if no one took this artists’ enclave seriously 18 months ago . . .

“ . . . they do now!” exclaims Rolando Chang Barrero.

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8:21 am
Fri May 31, 2013

WWII Ship Threatens Marine Sanctuary Off Key West

The U.S.S. Joseph M. Cudahy sank in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified a sunken ship off the coast of Key West as one of several nationwide that could pose a serious environmental problem.

The Joseph M. Cudahy sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II after it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

While the NASA report lists 36 ship wrecks around the United States as potential oil pollution threats, the Cudahy is one of 17 ships that NOAA said needs to be assessed and possibly removed.

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7:38 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Like It Or Not, Hurricane Season Starts This Weekend

Forecasters at Miami's National Hurricane Center have changed their thinking about storm surge predictions after Superstorm Sandy, pictured here.
Credit FlickR/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins this weekend and forecasters are predicting another active season.

But while storm predictions may be improving, they remain an inexact science.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the Atlantic basin can likely expect 13 to 20 named storms this year--about half of them to become hurricanes.

But National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb says the cone of uncertainty in a storm’s path remains so...

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7:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Satellite Images Show South Florida's Building Boom Since 1984

A satellite image of South Florida, courtesy of NASA, showing a large chunk of Miami-Dade County and parts of Broward County.
Credit NASA

A recently unveiled project between NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, TIME, Internet search giant Google and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a rare glimpse of human life on Earth.

Over the last few decades, NASA and the USGS have been compiling satellite images of every part of our planet as part of the Landsat program, the world's longest running enterprise for gathering satellite imagery.

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7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Seven Essential Tracks From Miami's Disco Heyday

"Get Off" gave Cuban-American group Foxy, as well as TK Records, a bona fide mainstream hit.

Miami boasts, of course, a reputation as a major clubbing center — but in decades past, the city is also where a big chunk of clubbing music actually got made.

Most histories of disco music focus on New York legends like DJ Larry Levan and clubs like the Paradise Garage, where funk and R&B met a new dance beat. But Miami had its own disco sound — and not just that of the Bee Gees, who did, in fact, record major material like their 1975 album Main Course here.

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