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7:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Artist Rachel Piering: "If You Don’t Know How To Market Yourself, No One Will See You"

Artist Rachel Piering combined her love of painting with her background in marketing.
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Since Rachel Piering was a kid, she had a penchant for drawing. First it was the colorful Disney cartoons she watched and Sunday comic strips she read that inspired her drawings. The love of drawing stayed with her as she grew up, and she nurtured her talent through studio art classes in high school.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

How Burritos and Bourbon Are Saving One Historic MiMO Motel

Since a previous renovation attempt, the former Sunshine Motel has sat vacant at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 73rd Street.
Credit via Google Maps

If you chowed down on a taco at one of South Florida's most popular fast-casual chains before 2012, pat yourself on the back for a minute for contributing to historic preservation.

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Florida Forever Coalition
10:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing big boosts for environmental projects in his 2013-2014 budget.
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 If Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $74.2 billion budget passes the Legislature intact, it would include $75 million for conservation land projects spearheaded by the Florida Forever Coalition. The 2013-2014 budget also includes $60 million for Everglades restoration and $6.5 million for restoring springs.  

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Arts
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Who Really Designed This Super-Hip South Beach Hotel?

The Standard Hotel's Lido restaurant, whose view is seen here, is named after the previous resort at the building. But that wasn't its first incarnation.
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We love a good hyperlocal blog -- and the Belle Isle Blog does a comprehensive job of covering both the history and news of its neighborhood, a small island connected to South Beach. It's also the home of the relaxed but still super-hip Standard Hotel, which recently announced an expansion plan.

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Everglades Lawsuit
5:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

A Lawsuit And Public Outcry: A Busy Week In The Everglades

Florida Wildlife Federation has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott in a dispute over land in the Everglades.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

The soon-to-wrap Python Challenge isn't the only headline-making activity in the Everglades this month. Florida's imperiled wetlands have been the focus of several contentious issues in the past week.   

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AIFAF 2013
4:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Warhol, Knick-Knacks, And Prestige At This Year's American International Fine Art Fair

The American International Fine Art Fair is this year showcasing more works by contemporary artists.
Credit AIFAF Facebook

The Faberge jewels and gilded frames showcasing Renaissance-era paintings are still intact, but this year's American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) promises a bit more of a modern spin. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Allan Harris, Deering Estate Festival of Arts and Lee Schrager

Allan Harris
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02/08/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and composer, Allan Harris, talks about his long, esteemed career and his three up coming concerts at Arts Garage, The Deering Estate and The Broward Center.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

How The Dolphins Stadium Won State GOP Votes

A bill that would allow public money to help fund renovation for the Sun Life stadium unanimously passed a state Senate committee.
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On the Florida Roundup: The Dolphins jump the first hurdles in their quest for public money to upgrade Sun Life Stadium.  

Rising tides on your street - how sea level rise could cost our region millions

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Marco Rubio
10:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

On Immigration, Rubio Surrendered To Win

Credit Time

How did Florida U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio seize the leadership of the Republican Party from Paul Ryan, the Minnesota congressman who ran for vice-president with Mitt Romney?

By leading the trend to the party's nose-holding surrender on the immigration issue, argues New York Magazine. Writer Jonathan Chait says Rubio has tapped into a new GOP school of thought, which is that Republicans have no other problems except for immigration.

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