Miami International Film Festival
3:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami International Film Festival's Lineup Denser Than Ever

Miami International Film Festival tickets for the general public go on sale Friday.
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Ten days, 117 feature-length films.

That’s right, the Miami International Film Festival has released the lineup for the much-anticipated event at the end of the month.

And, in its 30th year, it’s denser than ever.

The Miami Herald noted a few bound-to-be favorites:

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Public Library
2:15 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Go Ahead, Download Those Songs – But Legally, Through Miami-Dade Library

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week from a digital collection of 3 million.
Credit Pixomar / freedigitalphotos.net

They can’t charge you late fees for this service.

The Miami-Dade Public Library System now allows card holders to download up to three free songs a week, and keep them indefinitely.

The music service, Freegal, features a collection of about 285,000 artists and 3 million songs. It tracks each user’s downloads and resets every Monday.

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Air Travel
10:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Down To One Runway, Ft. Lauderdale Airport Will Be Vulnerable To Mishaps And Delays

ONE: That's how many runways the airport will have while a runway expansion project is underway. Analysts say any runway mishap could close the airport down.
Credit Broward County Aviation

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International will increase its capacity for yearly takeoffs and landings by more than 50 percent once its new runway goes live 20 months from now.

But it's going to be tricky in the meantime. Building the new runway will require closing one of the airport's two existing runways and that will expose flights and travelers to the risk of unforeseen -- and possibly lengthy -- delays.

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College Tuition
9:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Scott Wants No-Hike Tuition Guarantee For Students Who Can 'Finish In Four'

NO TIME TO LOSE: Graduating on time would be the key to a four-year tuition freeze under Gov. Rick Scott's plan.
Credit University of West Georgia

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott's push to keep tuition low includes a new twist: tuition should be the same when students graduate as when they start.

Scott has offered legislation that would hold tuition steady for four years for students entering a state university this fall or afterward. The proposal is in the package he's sending to the Legislature.

And it sticks closely to something that Scott has pounded on for months: his belief that an era of nearly-annual tuition increases needs to end.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

There's Another Option When 'Miss' Becomes 'Ma'am,' At Least For Moms

Somewhere around the age of 30, I went from "miss" to "ma'am" in stores and restaurants. Maybe it was the wrinkles, the suits or the sensible purchasing decisions I was making, but I hated it. It was a massive leap from youth into some downward slope of old age.

It didn’t help that the first time I heard the dreaded “ma’am” I was standing in an Abercrombie & Fitch looking confused, staring through the dim light at an item of clothing, trying to make out if it was a shirt or a skirt.

“Can I help you, ma’am?”

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Food Prices
8:30 am
Mon February 4, 2013

$5 A Pound? Tomato Price Threat Seen As Tactic In Trade Dispute With Mexico

EXTREME TOMATO: The price in Japan is nearly five dollars for a single tomato. In the U. S., a prediction of five-dollars-a-pound is being debunked as a scare tactic to preserve Mexican market share.
Credit www.omroundtheworld.com

Will stopping Mexican tomatoes at the border raise tomato prices prohibitively for American consumers?

An importers group predicted recently that if the 1996 tomato agreement with Mexico is terminated, tomatoes could rise to $5 a pound in American supermarkets. Florida growers now say that's a scare tactic by interest groups who favor Mexican imports. "Under no circumstances will this be true," said Edward Beckman, president of Certified Greenhouse Farmers.

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Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Youth Is No Barrier To Power In Tallahassee

MR. CHAIRMAN: Very young guys run very powerful committees in the Florida House. How did that happen?

Number crunching by a Florida university professor has led to an odd conspiracy theory about the Florida House of Representatives.

Not that Prof. Mark Soskin actually subscribes to the theory himself. As you hear on TV a lot, he's just sayin'.

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Housing
6:45 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida's Housing Market

FORECLOSED IN THE 305: Florida's balky legal process has given it the highest foreclosure rate in the U. S.

A decade ago, speculators in Florida were pumping up a huge housing bubble.

"You couldn't go wrong," Tampa real estate attorney Charlie Hounchell says. In that overheated period from 2001 to 2006, "you could buy a house and make $100,000 a year later by selling it," he says.

But the party ended in 2007 and the hangover persists. The state now has the highest foreclosure rate in the country, beating out Nevada for the first time in five years.

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Arts
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Miami Guitarist Aaron Lebos: Don't Use The F Word

Aaron Lebos (left) with Jim Gasior, keyboards; Eric England, bass; and Rodolfo Zuniga, drums.
Credit Brian Fernandez

When Miami native Aaron Lebos was a kid, his parents told him to choose between violin and piano. "I chose piano," he says, "obviously." But his big brother played electric guitar, and he wanted to too. He thought it was "cooler." Eventually, he got his hands on a guitar of his own and made his way through jazz studies programs at Miami Dade College, University of Miami and FIU. 

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