The Florida Roundup
3:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

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Blogosphere
2:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida Blogup: Craft Beers and Transit Problems

Eduardo Mendieta's Mural Outside Gallery 2014
Credit South Florida Daily Blog

Q&A With Artist Eduardo Mendieta

Blogger Coleen Dougher at Arterpillar talks with artist Eduardo Mendieta about his biggest exhibition, Fragmented.

The West Palm Beach artist is currently working out of Gallery 2014 in Hollywood (no, not Wynwood.)

Coal-Fired Pizza Teams Up With Craft Beers

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Environment
2:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, on his 63rd birthday at the South Florida Museum in 2011.
Wikimedia Commons

The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday.

In what was one of the first recorded births in captivity, Snooty was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948. In 1949, he was transferred to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he has been living comfortably ever since.

To celebrate the occasion, the museum held a free birthday party.

Over the years, Snooty has proven to be invaluable in teaching scientists about conservation and education of the state's marine life.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Taste of the Nation, Summer CD Review, Chef Norman Van Aken, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Chef Allen Susser
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07/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser joins us to talk about his favorite charity, Share Our Strength and its big fundraiser to help feed hungry kids all over the country, Taste of the Nation South Florida. Our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, gives us his Summer CD Review. Chef Norman Van Aken offers A Word On Food and Bill Nix delivers his Palm Beach County arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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Real Estate
11:40 am
Fri July 19, 2013

What Rising Interest Rates Mean For South Florida Real Estate

At the end of June, mortgage interest rates moved into the fours. Psychologically, the jump has given buyers an itch. Rates have surged since the U.S. Federal Reserve began to slow its purchases of U.S. government bonds on which market rates are based. Those purchases have kept interest rates at record lows. What does this mean if you're buying or selling in the local market?

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City Zoning
7:36 am
Fri July 19, 2013

How Coral Gables Has Been Doing Since It Lifted The Pickup Truck Ban

Pick up trucks used to be banned in Coral Gables
Credit Karelia Arauz / WLRN

For residents of the city of Coral Gables, there are all kinds of strict rules and regulations, like the ones that we explored yesterday.

Not too long ago, you couldn’t even have a pickup truck within city limits -- at least not one that you kept parked in your driveway overnight. 

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Digital
7:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hashtag in the Classroom: Can Social Media Improve Education?

Ninety-five percent of teenagers use the Internet and 8 in 10 of them use social media. Can educators find a way to harness that in the classroom?

Thirty years ago parents had to tell their kids to turn off the television and go to sleep.  Today, it’s their mobile phone.  Teenagers are more socially active than ever before, at least virtually.

A Pew Institute Research study on Teens, Social Media and Privacy found that 95 percent of teenagers use the Internet and eight in ten of them use some kind of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.

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Social Welfare
5:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Wilkins Steps Down As DCF Secretary, Scott Taps Jacobo Interim

David Wilkins
Credit Miami Herald

After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins on Thursday abruptly resigned as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that Wilkins had stepped down "to pursue opportunities in the private sector and to provide more attention to his foundation." 

Scott also tapped as interim secretary Esther Jacobo, the regional managing director for DCF's southern region, which serves Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. 

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Charles Mahtesian is Politics Editor for Digital News.

Prior to coming to NPR, Mahtesian spent five years as Politico's national politics editor, where he directed its political and campaign coverage and authored a blog on the American political landscape.

He joined Politico after five years as the editor of the National Journal's Almanac of American Politics, the biennial book often referred to as "the bible of American politics."

Before that, he spent eight years as a national correspondent for Governing magazine, where he covered state legislatures, governors and urban politics.

Urban Development
1:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Miami Beach Approves New Convention Center Plans; A Public Vote Is Next

An artist's rendering of South Beach ACE's approved plans for renovations to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Credit ACE

After months of deliberation, a winner has emerged.

Company South Beach ACE has won a contentious City Commission bid to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center, in what they have termed as the most important development in the history of Miami Beach.

The winning firm came as a surprise to many, but the Miami Herald reports that the firm was chosen because the "team's plan costs the public less and construction done quicker."

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