Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Jeremy Dean
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01/10/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with psychologist Jeremy Dean, a researcher at University College, London.  He’s written MAKING HABITS, BREAKING HABITS:  Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick.  Ingrained routines are difficult to break . . . but Dean says fulfilling new patterns can be achieved.  And more, at 1:30:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining explores the fabulous Paradise Farms operation in Homestead.

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Health
9:50 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida's A 'High Activity' Flu Area, CDC Says; How You Can Protect Yourself And Others

SEASONAL MISERY: Five percent of Florida hospital admissions are flu cases.
Credit CBS

Flu season has begun with a bang and more than half the states, including Florida, have been classified "high" activity areas by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control.

It's worse than usual, doctors say.

The Miami Herald says five percent of Florida emergency room and clinic visits are by patients with flu symptoms. Two Florida children have died and the last time the state saw such widespread flu was in 2009.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida Docs Want To Keep Lucrative Drugs Scheme While Cutting Workers' Comp Costs

COST DRIVER? Florida doctors insist their profitable way of dispensing medications does not increase the cost of workers' compensation.

With another legislative fight brewing, the Florida Medical Association is signaling that it could play a large role this year in a debate about limiting the amount of money doctors can charge for dispensing drugs to workers' compensation insurance patients.

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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Eleanor Sobel's New Domestic Partnership Bill Will Be 'Lucky' To See Debate, Critic Says

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE: Sen. Eleanor Sobel's domestic partnership bill is seen as a challenge to Florida's one-man-one-woman requirement.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) has filed a "domestic partnership" bill for the March session of the Florida Legislature. It would allow same-sex couples to establish recognized relationships that provide at least some marital benefits.

One opponent of the bill said it would not get far in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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City of Doral
7:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Meet The New Mayor Of 'Doralzuela'- The First Venezuelan Born Mayor In Florida

Doral mayor Luigi Boria
Credit City of Doral

Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won't be able to attend his scheduled swearing-in this week. But his congressional allies have voted to allow the ceremony to be delayed while he recovers from his cancer surgery in Cuba. 

It's estimated that more than 100,000  Venezuelans now live in South Florida legally and many more are undocumented residents who left their homeland to flee Chavez’s leftist regime.

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Town Hall on Session 2013
6:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Happening Tonight: Help Us Make Tallahassee Accountable At Session 2013 Town Hall

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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald will bring it to you. 

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part IV
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

After The Haiti Earthquake, Fabienne Jean Dances Again

Fabienne Jean sits at home with her prosthetic leg propped up.
Credit Nick Kozak

 

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.

He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start  a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio. 

But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter. 

In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now. 

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Media
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Questioning Newtown: FAU Professor Takes Scorn To Suggest Government Faked The Story

SOLE SOURCE: For a brief time after the Newtown school shootings, the only information was given out in official news conferences.
Credit AP

In the national media today, James Tracy is the nutty professor. The whacko professor. The one-man argument for abolishing tenure.

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The Next Generation Of American Artists
1:09 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Talented Young Artists Flock To Miami For YoungArts Week

Credit Matthew Fang/Flickr

About 150 talented, young artists from across the country are in Miami this week to hone their skills through classes and performances.

They were chosen from a pool of 10,000 applicants to take part in the 32nd annual YoungArts Week. Twenty of the participants are from Florida.

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