Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Free Your Mind at Peace In the Park

Peace in the Park, Festival of Spirit
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03/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with British-born Jamaican percussionist Willie Stewart, a headliner at Peace in the Park Florida this weekend.  This festival of spirit also features WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles.  In this delicate time of worldly imbalance, this community event offers an afternoon to unplug and experience a very special day of peace.

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Nine Acclaimed Authors You Didn't Know Lived In South Florida

Judy Blume hangs out in Key West.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

South Florida may not exactly have the brainiest reputation -- but those of us in the area's intellectual trenches know that it's not all beach bimbos here. In fact, the pleasant weather and peaceful shoreline vistas may well be making the population collectively smarter.

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News
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

South Florida's Venezuelan Jews Recall Bitter Anti-Semitism Under Chavez

Jose Moreno (third from left) chats with customers in his Judaica store in Aventura. Moreno is one of thousands of Jews who fled Venezuela during the presidency of Hugo Chavez.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Inside Jose Moreno's Judaica shop in Aventura, there's an entire wall lined with Hebrew books.  Other shelves hold glistening menorahs and there's a rack filled with special Passover games and toys for children.

An elderly customer enters the shop wearing a yarmulke and Moreno greets him in Spanish.

Moreno, 71, was raised in Venezuela and for many years owned a similar store in Caracas.

"Most of the Jewish people had good businesses and [a] good living standard,” Moreno said.  “We had a lot of synagogues, temples, schools.”

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

A Victim Of Gun Violence On Gun Control

The FBI says a few dealers sell a disproportionate number of firearms.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

On June 22, 2004 I was shot point blank with a .45-caliber gun as I entered a subway station in Astoria Queens. The bullet entered my back and rattled around, destroying my hip. It had just enough inertia to come to a stop after puncturing the femoral artery. Nobody was ever prosecuted for my shooting. Meanwhile, I suffered for six years before being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Florida Republican Leaders Under Fire For Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Plan

After rejecting Gov. Rick Scott's plan to expand Medicaid in both the Florida House and Senate this month, Republican legislative leaders were hit with criticism from their Democratic counterparts.
Credit Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

When they voted on Medicaid expansion in Florida this month, Florida legislative leaders mostly organized along party lines. Now, the Republicans are getting heat from their Democratic counterparts in the House.

According to the News Service of Florida,

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Arts
12:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As E-Books Dominate Printing, Collectors Gather To Trade Rare Finds

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Going to an antiquarian book fair with a university’s special collections librarian is similar to walking around Central Park with a leaky bag of bread crumbs. Or if you prefer a local metaphor, like a chum brick floating in Government Cut, with sharks coming for miles bumping their noses against the boat to test the edibility of the situation. Watching the dealers shout down a respected and well-known book buyer is a sight to be seen.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

How Much Time Do You Spend In Transit? An Interactive Map Of South Florida

From the interactive map found below. Big thanks to our friends at WNYC and Transportation Nation for this

There is a lot of discontent among South Florida residents when it comes to our transit system-- both among drivers and public transit commuters. But according to data from the Census, it could be a lot worse.

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8:46 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Newtown, Columbine...How Does This Keep Happening?

Questions From Town Hall
8:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing

THE PROBLEM: This is what worries some of WLRN-Miami Herald News audience -- money and its effect on politics and legislation.
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  TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.

But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.

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Science
7:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Shark Tagging Program Seeks To Turn The Tide For Misunderstood Species

A bull shark is ventilated during a shark tagging expedition off the coast of Miami.
Credit Megan Jacobson / Sharktagging.com

On Saturday morning, Neil Hammerschlag stood on the stern of a charter boat frequently used for his innovative shark tagging and research program. The boat had departed just after 9 a.m. from Miami Seaquarium's docks. It stopped just a few miles offshore, Miami's skyline still visible in the distance. 

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