Under the Sun
6:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Letter From Key West: Bikes Blocked

Nancy Klingener

“Our cars get dented form being parked on the street, and faded from sitting in the sun,” says Nancy Klingener in this essay on bike culture in Key West. “But our bikes, we take care of them… ”
Their bikes are so beloved, some people paint them up into “art bikes,” like the ones in these photos. These are all painted by Key West artists for a show at The Studios of Key West , and ridden in the Fantasy Fest parade.

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Under the Sun
6:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Lorelei Ramirez: College Winner

Lorelei Ramirez
Lorelei Ramirez

Lorelei Ramirez was the winner in the College category of Under the Sun‘s unpublished writers competition.

Flagler Street

by Lorelei Ramirez

This is what we’ve got

These

Palm trees

Swaying in the breeze along the

Not the sea or shining sands under the sun but

Swaying

In the middle of streets

Dark paved roads and honking horns and not quite so clean air

Between walking girls and whistling men in dirty white cars

Pickup trucks

And bus

stops.

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Under the Sun
6:04 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

My Mom Kissed Fidel

Magda Montiel Davis kisses Fidel Castro
Magda Montiel Davis

This post goes in the “It’s a Small World” category.

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Under the Sun
6:03 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Read The Runners-Up (College)

Sadie Kurzban
Sadie Kurzban

In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest. There were three categories in the contest: Amateur, College, and Children.  These are the runners-up from the contest in the College category.

Mommy the Commie and Me

by Sadie Kurzban

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Radio
6:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hit Us With Your Best Block

Miami Art Deco District
Laurent Bolli

WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.

WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.

So what does it take to be a best block?

“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.

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This Miami Life
6:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Front Row Seat to Death Row Execution

Death Row inmate Manuel Valle was executed via lethal injection for the murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978.
Renjith Krishnan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Before his execution by lethal injection in Florida State Prison on September 28, Manuel Valle had spent 33 years on Death Row for killing Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978 and wounding another officer during a traffic stop. Valle was driving a stolen car and ran a red light. Officer Pena pulled him over and was subsequently shot in the neck. Valle fled, but was caught two days later.

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Under the Sun
5:59 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

There Everglades Runs Through Their Blood

Frank Denninger considers himself a spokesman for the Gladesmen.
Trina Sargalski

The Jones family has lived in the Everglades for five generations. They’ve made their livelihods in Mack’s Fish Camp, a spit of marshland that straddles the county line between Broward and Miami-Dade out west. They live among seven-foot alligators, painted turtles, blue herons and white egrets. They make a living fixing airboats, renting out bungalows and serving as guides for tourists and government researchers. They are known as Gladesmen.

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This Miami Life
5:56 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Poetry of I-95 and 26-Inch Rims

Poet Shakur Butler and actor and director Teo Castellanos rehearse for Piano Slam.
Richard Fendelman

Hundreds of Miami-Dade middle and high school students listened to “Two Pianos” by Morton Gould. Afterwards, they wrote poems inspired by the music.  It was part of a contest called the Piano Slam.  The point is to inspire young people, using classical music, to create their own forms of artistic expression.

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Under the Sun
5:55 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Five Questions: Peter Zalewski

Peter Zalewski, principal of Condo Vultures

Five years ago, Peter Zalewski was working as a business journalist, but he jumped into real estate before the condo crisis hit and founded Condo Vultures. His provacatively named real estate firm has grown by leaps and bounds, helping buyers to sift through the foreclosure stats and find steals in South Florida’s real estate collapse. Last year, he also appeared in Michael Moore’s

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Under the Sun
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives

Niki Roderick and Martin Stepanek

South Florida is becoming a freediving hub, thanks in part to renowned Czech diver Martin Stepanek, who founded Freediving Instructors International in Fort Lauderdale. His partner Niki Roderick– also an accomplished free diver– teaches courses too.

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