Historic Open House
8:10 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Local Group Goes To Great Lengths To Preserve Historic Broward County Home

William and Sarah McDougald standing in front of the house, ca. 1960s.
Courtesy of the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society

Broward residents are reclaiming a little bit of county history. The nearly 100-year-old Sample-McDougald House is opening to the public this weekend.

The house has 17 rooms and a two-story wrap-around porch. It's considered a colonial revival-- an architectural style that became popular following the United States' centennial.

The newly minted museum has had a long journey to its new home in Pompano Beach.

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Navigating Art Basel
8:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Lost In The Art? Here Are Links, Guides And A Smartphone App To Make Basel A Breeze

Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2007.
Credit ImageMD /Flickr

As you all know, Art Basel is a few days jam-packed with a ton of events, galleries and parties.

In short, it gets difficult to wade through everything that is happening starting next week.

No fears, though! We have a roundup here of some of the more helpful Art Basel guides. Some even point you to free events!

You can click through the links below:

Miami.com

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Florida Legislature
7:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Democrats File Bills To Revive Early Voting

State Sen. Gwen Margolis, Miami, has introduced some changes to early voting for 2013.
Credit Flsenate.gov

After this year's disastrous election in Florida, state lawmakers are looking to make some changes to some of the culprits for the long lines and delayed ballot-counting.

Among the changes: Democratic state Sens. Gwen Margolis of Miami and Arthenia Joyner of Tampa have introduced bills that would make early voting more accessible and last longer.

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Hurricane Season
7:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Busy Hurricane Season Ends; El Niño A No-Show

Hurricane Sandy as it appeared on October 29, 2012
Credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video /Flickr

The Atlantic Hurricane season comes to its merciless end today.

It concludes in a busier-than-expected year punctuated by one of the most damaging storms on record, Hurricane Sandy.

When it began, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a near-normal season of anywhere between 9 and 15 named storms.

The final number turned out to be 19, with most systems--including the season's only major hurricane, Michael-- spinning out harmlessly in the ocean and posing little threat to land.

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Hurricane Season Ends Today
6:29 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: How South Florida Dodged Hurricanes This Season

This year's six-month period of activity produced a total of 19 named storms, about 7 more than average.
Credit kakela/flickr

 Today is the last day of hurricane season, and South Florida was largely spared. The season concludes a busier-than-expected year punctuated by one of the most damaging storms on record. We take a look back at Sandy, a storm with a track forecasters say they haven't seen in more than 150 years. WLRN-Miami Herald News has details on how a no-show weather pattern from the Pacific may be to blame for an unusual six months. 

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The Florida Roundup
6:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Climate Change Signs Abound, Locals Say

Climate Change? James' walking trail in the Keys is frequently flooded these days.
Credit James Lowry

With its low-level waterfront communities, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

But perhaps no area is more vulnerable than the Florida Keys.

James from Cudjoe Key tells us that a nature trail he has walked for 10 years is now regularly flooded, even at low tide.  Here is a photo he sent us:

While much has been written about the danger to South Florida caused by rising water levels, Pamela from Miami points out that Miami should pay attention to its air:   

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Charles Michael Ray grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota on the banks of Boxelder Creek downstream from the town of Nemo.

He began working for SDPB Radio as a reporter in 1992 at the age of 19. He worked his way through college at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and received a degree in Geology in 1997.  He then worked as a freelance journalist in the Czech capital of Prague, covering major stories in Central Europe. After a year overseas he returned home to continue his work at SDPB-Radio and to get back to the Black Hills. 

Art Basel
2:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

How To Get Around With Public Transit During Basel

igougo.com

At a roundtable arts engagement event at Locust Projects recently, the conversation inevitably turned to Art Basel and its effect on Miami both as a city and as developer of the arts scene. The chat touched on the blossoming street-art hub of Wynwood, and how there is a tangible sense that Miami is starting to matter in the arts world.

It would have been a positive, maybe even an uplifting conversation, if it was not filled with undertones of frustration.

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Church And State
2:01 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

ACLU Warns Miami-Dade Commissioners Not To Approve Prayer Before Meetings

ACLU of Florida warns upcoming county commission policy would disrupt separation of church and state.
Credit Wyoming_Jackrabbit /Flickr

The Miami Dade County Commission will consider a policy next month that would allow prayer before every commission meeting.

For years, the commissioners have simply observed a moment of silence before meetings, which allowed people to pray or not pray.

However, at the urging of a conservative Christian group, the commissioners are moving to change that policy back to a few years ago when praying was allowed before meetings.

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Cheetah Brothers
1:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Zoo Miami Welcomes Two New South African Cheetahs

Awwwww
Zoo Miami

American Airlines flew in two South African cheetahs to Miami this afternoon. The cheetah brothers did quite a lot of traveling this morning: from South Africa to JFK in New York, and finally to Miami International Airport. The brothers will be reunited at Zoo Miami after being unloaded and released from their crates into a quarantined area.

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