Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Biologists Ask: Why Won't The Feds Fund Protection Of Florida's Nearly Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow?

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is facing extinction.
Credit MyFWC.com / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

One of Florida's endemic species, the Florida grasshopper sparrow, is on the path to extinction. The bird lives only in the dry prairies south of Orlando and it's believed that less than 200 of the highly-specialized sparrows remain in the wild, though funding doesn't exist to adequately track the population. Part of the problem has been drumming up the public support -- and money -- necessary to study what has happened to the subspecies.   

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Community Contributor
7:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports

Xoaquima Diaz braved a flight to Tegucigalpa, even after a previous plane crash.

  This past Christmas I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit my family. The last time I had been to Tegucigalpa was in 2002, so I boarded the plane with conflicting emotions -- excitement about seeing my family and fear about the flight.

In 2004, I survived a plane crash. For years I could not board a plane without first taking a handful of Xanax and then disassociating. After years of working with a therapist who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have arrived at the point where I can fly without the aid of chemicals or mind-body trickery.

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Zero Tolerance
6:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

School Policies Send Students To Jail

Florida school systems have eased up on the "zero tolerance" behavior policies that sent so many students to jail for minor misconduct.

But vestiges of the old policies are still sending thousand of students to jail for conduct that once would have meant nothing more than a trip to the principal's office.

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Boynton Beach Arts District
4:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

KeroWACKED Multimedia Festival Is Sunday In Palm Beach County's "Art Mecca"

Rolando Chang Barrero (third from right) helped create the Boynton Beach Arts District.
Credit ActivistArtistA's Facebook

Rolando Chang Barrero is floored by what is happening in the Boynton Beach Arts District, and that's a good thing.

"There is a lot going on," Barrero said.

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News
2:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Prices Signal Broward Housing Recovery

SIGN OF RECOVERY: Broward County's median sales price for an existing single-family home is back above $200,000 for the first time in four years.

The median price for a single family home in Broward County is back above $200,000, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. The exact number is $208,000, compared with $185,900 in 2011.

The median price is greater than half the selling prices of the year and less than the other half.

The 2012 figure is 12 percent higher than last year and the first time $200,000 has been seen since 2009.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness
http://themythsofhappiness.org

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .

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Architectural Photography
12:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did This Architectural Photographer Capture Miami's First Hip Parking Garage?

The Eden Roc has had a few lives, but Ezra Stoller documented the original vintage-fab interior along with Miami's first hip parking garage.
Credit CC by 2.0, by atl10trader via Flickr

Last week, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviewed a gallery exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an influential architectural photographer who died in 2004 at age 89. His images of landmark mid-century modernist buildings often became as iconic as the buildings themselves, Kimmelman writes:

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The Art of Science
8:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: J.P. Friez’s Electrical Sunshine Recorder

The Electrical Sunshine Recorder
Credit Dogan Arslanoglu


“I manufacture but one type of these Registers: THE BEST.” -Julien P. Friez

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Miami's Tech Scene
7:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Start Up Cities: Event Looks At How Miami Can Get More Talent, Tolerance And Technology

During its inaugural program, Start-Up City: Miami will look at how tech hubs are taking root in Cities like Miami.
Credit Joe Mazzola/Flickr

A conference looking at how Miami can become a nebula for technology start-ups is taking place Wednesday at the New World Center on Miami Beach.

Called Start-Up City: Miami, the conference is in part the brain-child of urban studies expert Richard Florida who lives part-time in Miami Beach.

Florida is a senior editor at the Atlantic and runs an institute for the study of economic prosperity at the University of Toronto.

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Gabe Bullard joined WFPL in 2008 as a reporter on the city politics beat. Since then, he's reported, blogged, hosted and edited during elections, severe weather and the Fairdale Sasquatch scare of 2009. Before coming to Louisville, Gabe lived in St. Louis, which was his home base for years of growing up, studying and interning at various media outlets around the country. 

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