Under the Sun
3:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

A True Old World Craftsman

Abe Rich in his shop.
Alicia Zuckerman

For years, billiards aficionados made a kind of pilgrimage to a place called Star Cue. It was a tiny shop just off Fifth Street in South Beach—tucked behind Flower Bazaar, an upscale floral boutique. Holocaust survivor Abe Rich made some of the country’s most coveted pool cues. Tristram Korten stopped in and spoke with Rich shortly before he passed away.

Under the Sun
3:07 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What’s Up With South Florida?: The Birds

Birds flocking on Sunset Drive in Miami
Trina Sargalski

“What’s Up with South Florida?” is our regular segment where we invite listeners to tell us what they find confusing or unusual about South Florida. We took a poll so you could decide what we should investigate. You flocked to the birds. So what’s up with all of those birds congregating at South Florida intersections each evening?  Carey McKearnan finds out.

Under the Sun
3:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Trayvon Martin’s High School Acknowledges His Death (Updated)

Students at Krop Senior High in Miami wore hooded sweatshirts to remember slain classmate Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie sweatshirt when he was fatally shot.
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Post and audio were updated yesterday.  Details at State Impact.

It’s been almost a month since self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin—an unarmed black teenager from Miami Gardens.

Martin’s death has inspired a national debate about race and justice.

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Under the Sun
3:03 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Biscayne Bay Harbor Pilots

View of Port Miami from a cargo ship.
Arianna Prothero

If you’ve spent time at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach, you might have noticed the steady stream of cruise and cargo ships going in and out of Port Miami.  These hulking ships are one of the signature images of South Florida.

All of these ships are driven in and out of the port by a highly trained group of sea captains, also known as harbor pilots.   Harbor pilots know the waters around the port well–they have to be able to draw a map from memory as part of their qualifications.

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This Miami Life
3:02 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Miami Outlaw

Bailey after Terence Cantarella took him in.
Terence Cantarella

Terence Cantarella takes in a stray and battered dog–a pit bull.  It’s illegal to have a pit bull in Miami-Dade.  The dog is also kind of crazy. Cantarella tries to find a way to get rid of the dog that sits well with his conscience.  It doesn’t quite work out.

The pit bull ban in Miami-Dade may be reversed. The Florida Legislature is discussing bills during their 2012 session that may veto any laws outlawing a specific breed of dog.

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Under the Sun
2:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

A Snowbird's Letter From Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie

  • Roberta Walker tells us her heart warming story if growing up with Miami and visiting her over the years.

It’s almost snowbird season. The sight of snowbirds escaping the bitter northern cold is common in South Florida. Not so common is a Canadian woman who makes her way to Carlan Mobile Home Park in Davie several times a year to visit her childhood nanny who is now 95 years old.

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Under the Sun
2:47 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Don Bailey Strikes Iconic Pose Again

The Don Bailey Carpets sign.
Jen Mertens
  • Donna Bailey tells Sammy Mack about the day she met her husband.

It had been 38 years since Don Bailey posed for his popular carpet ad – a spoof of a famous Burt Reynolds picture. In March 2010, Under the Sun reporter Sammy Mack convinced Bailey to pose again, wearing exactly the same … smile.

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Under the Sun
2:41 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

"Imagined Anthology of Flight and Escape"

Author Ana Menendez
  • Alicia Zuckerman's interview with Ana Menendez.

Author and former Miami Herald columnist Ana Menendez, who has been living in Amsterdam, is returning to South Florida for the Miami Book Fair International, the eight-day literary party beginning Nov. 13. Ana has a new book titled Adios, Happy Homeland and will be speaking about it during The Writer’s Voice panel at the fair Sunday, Nov. 20.

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What's The Story?
2:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What's Up With The Naked Carpet Guy?

The Don Bailey Carpets sign.
Jen Mertens

This story is part of WLRN's new investigative blog, What's the Story? It originally ran as part of WLRN's Under the Sun What's Up With South Florida? series, in March of 2010.

Some time ago, journalist Nicholas Spangler wrote in The Miami Herald, “He calls to mind Michelangelo’s David, with a mission from a more swinging time.” He was referring to Don Bailey, the naked carpet guy you’ve noticed on the billboard driving down I-95.

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Under the Sun
2:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Music Interview: Cayos

Local band, “Cayos” is made up of Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes.
Nick Reyes

Local Band Cayos is an experimental ambient-electronica group. Under the Sun on WLRN had the chance to speak with band members Daniel Laburu and Nick Reyes about what inspires their music.

Both are Miami natives who moved away. Laburu is an architect living in New York.  Reyes is a soldier stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.

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