Weird Florida
11:18 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Highlights from Weird Florida Event

The Great Cindini

(Theme from Twilight Zone echoes in your head while you read this…)

Picture if you will…

A television studio transformed into a circus sideshow.

A woman eats fire and throws knives at a human target.

A skunk ape lurks in the shadows.

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Miami Heat
11:12 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Miami Heat Wins NBA Title

The celebration begins inside the American Airlines Arena after the Heat beats the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to claim NBA title.
Credit Phil Latzman

The Miami Heat are this year’s NBA champions after finishing off the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the finals last night in Miami 121 to 106.

On special assignment this week from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, WLRN's Phil Latzman has the sounds of celebration.

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Arts
10:52 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Delray Beach Postpones Vote on 'Garage' Sale

Michelle Lynn of West Palm Beach joins a group rallying in support of Arts Garage.
Credit C. DiMattei

A crowd of about one hundred supporters of the Arts Garage gathered outside the venue Tuesday  and marched the few blocks to Delray Beach City Hall.  They were prepared to speak out against a bid by the law firm of Kanner and Pintaluga to buy the city-owned space that houses Arts Garage.

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Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Biologists Ask: Why Won't The Feds Fund Protection Of Florida's Nearly Extinct Grasshopper Sparrow?

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is facing extinction.
Credit MyFWC.com / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

One of Florida's endemic species, the Florida grasshopper sparrow, is on the path to extinction. The bird lives only in the dry prairies south of Orlando and it's believed that less than 200 of the highly-specialized sparrows remain in the wild, though funding doesn't exist to adequately track the population. Part of the problem has been drumming up the public support -- and money -- necessary to study what has happened to the subspecies.   

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Community Contributor
7:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports

Xoaquima Diaz braved a flight to Tegucigalpa, even after a previous plane crash.

  This past Christmas I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit my family. The last time I had been to Tegucigalpa was in 2002, so I boarded the plane with conflicting emotions -- excitement about seeing my family and fear about the flight.

In 2004, I survived a plane crash. For years I could not board a plane without first taking a handful of Xanax and then disassociating. After years of working with a therapist who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have arrived at the point where I can fly without the aid of chemicals or mind-body trickery.

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Zero Tolerance
6:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

School Policies Send Students To Jail

Florida school systems have eased up on the "zero tolerance" behavior policies that sent so many students to jail for minor misconduct.

But vestiges of the old policies are still sending thousand of students to jail for conduct that once would have meant nothing more than a trip to the principal's office.

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Boynton Beach Arts District
4:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

KeroWACKED Multimedia Festival Is Sunday In Palm Beach County's "Art Mecca"

Rolando Chang Barrero (third from right) helped create the Boynton Beach Arts District.
Credit ActivistArtistA's Facebook

Rolando Chang Barrero is floored by what is happening in the Boynton Beach Arts District, and that's a good thing.

"There is a lot going on," Barrero said.

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News
2:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Prices Signal Broward Housing Recovery

SIGN OF RECOVERY: Broward County's median sales price for an existing single-family home is back above $200,000 for the first time in four years.

The median price for a single family home in Broward County is back above $200,000, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. The exact number is $208,000, compared with $185,900 in 2011.

The median price is greater than half the selling prices of the year and less than the other half.

The 2012 figure is 12 percent higher than last year and the first time $200,000 has been seen since 2009.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness
http://themythsofhappiness.org

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .

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Architectural Photography
12:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did This Architectural Photographer Capture Miami's First Hip Parking Garage?

The Eden Roc has had a few lives, but Ezra Stoller documented the original vintage-fab interior along with Miami's first hip parking garage.
Credit CC by 2.0, by atl10trader via Flickr

Last week, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviewed a gallery exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an influential architectural photographer who died in 2004 at age 89. His images of landmark mid-century modernist buildings often became as iconic as the buildings themselves, Kimmelman writes:

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