Miami Art Museum
6:46 am
Wed May 15, 2013

How A Miami Billionaire's $100 Print Became A $20 Million Collection

How it all began: The $100 Joan Miro lithograph that launched Perez's collection in the late 1960's. It still hangs in his office.
The Related Group

"It was ages ago," says Jorge Perez with a laugh, recalling the first artwork he ever invested in.

It was purchased when Perez was still a young student in New York, years before he became a billionaire developer and the man Time Magazine dubbed the "Donald Trump of the tropics.”

"It was a Miró.  A Miró lithograph.  It cost me $100,” says Perez, with another chuckle.  “I still have it in my office.”

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Climate Change
6:03 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React

Shore birds in South Florida are facing down the threat of rising sea levels.
Credit Hunter-Desportes / Flickr Creative Commons

Humans aren't the only species facing an uncertain future in South Florida should current sea level rise predictions prove accurate. Migratory and resident shore birds also would feel the pinch of encroaching salt water, beach erosion, and shore line and habitat loss. 

When examining current land modeling and other scientific data, in addition to physical evidence, "It becomes clear what a substantial threat sea level rise will be," said Julie Wraithmell, director of Wildlife Conservation, Florida, for the National Audubon Society. 

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KCPW reporter Whittney Evans shares Utah news stories with Utah Public Radio. Whittney holds a degree in communication with an emphasis in print journalism from Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

Documentary Blog
2:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Clowning Around!

Thousands of participants take to the streets of Manhattan to trek 2 ½ miles of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade showcasing giant balloons, spectacular floats, sensational performances and mingling throughout the parade are hundreds of crowd pleasing clowns.

Two of these participants are longtime veteran clowns and Fort Lauderdale residents, Charles and Kitty Tatelbaum who are 2011 graduates of Clown U, sponsored by the Big Apple Circus. They have participated as clowns in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for over 10 years. 

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Documentary Blog
2:29 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Band On The Run!

Tarpon Springs Band on the Run event. The band must raise $400,000 for their trip to NY.

As part of their journey to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tarpon Springs High School Marching Band put on a 5K fundraising event called BAND ON THE RUN.  Faculty, parents, students and the community laced up their shoes and hit the pavement in support of the cause.  The band must raise $400,000 for their trip to New York and have scheduled a series of fundraising events throughout the next few months.  Keep checking back to monitor their progress!

Television
2:27 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Marching for Macy's

Tarpon Springs High School

We are proud to announce the Tarpon Springs High School Marching Band will be representing the state of Florida in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They are one of only ten marching bands chosen to participate in this year’s parade due to their elaborately choreographed and dramatic productions.  From practice to performance and everything in between, WLRN will  document their journey on this once in a lifetime opportunity.   

Environment
2:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North

Roseate spoonbills are increasingly ditching South Florida for points north.
Credit Patdaversa / Flickr Creative Commons

The roseate spoonbill -- often mistaken by confused tourists for the non-native flamingo -- is one of Florida's great iconic species. Dubbed "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds" by naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, the gangly creatures are an increasingly rare sight in South Florida. 

According to a feature in the May-June issue of Audubon Magazine, spoonbills have been vacating South Florida in droves, heading north to more hospitable (read: often less developed) lands.

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Documentary Blog
2:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Journey to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

It’s an iconic American holiday tradition like fireworks on the Fourth of July, trick or treating on Halloween or hunting for Easter eggs.  Every year on Thanksgiving Day before the family gathers around the table for a celebratory feast, all eyes are on the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

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