The Chapman Archives
6:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Jonestown, Cocaine Cowboys, Mariel Boat Lift: One-Of-A-Kind Photo Collection Needs A Home

Retired Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman in front of less than half of his massive archive of photos, negatives, slides and newspapers.
Kenny Malone

In a small house in west Miami-Dade, Tim Chapman has nearly filled his guest bedroom with cardboard storage boxes, each one carefully labeled with a year.

“I’ll show you a couple years,” said Chapman, moving pulling a box from a teetering stack. “This is Mariel right here, the first slide.”

Chapman holds up a color slide of an iconic photo he took during the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980.

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Florida Panthers
4:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Florida Panther Was Saved By Its Cougar Cousin From Texas, Report Says

Today's Florida panther owes the Texas cougar for its survival as a species.
Credit USFWS/Southeast

Today's Florida panther is struggling for survival, but things could've been much worse, according to a recent report from the University of Florida. Research shows Florida's big cats were given a boost in 1995, when eight female cougars from Texas were brought in to help diversify the ailing Florida population, the News-Press reports.

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Arts
2:19 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Why Rising Local Artist Kubiat Nnamdie Loves Fire Signs, Hates Specialization

Rising local artist Kubiat Nnamdie is showing at Abracadabra, a group exhibition and fundraiser for the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
Credit Photo by Jaime Salazar

Look through the oeuvre of Nigeria-born, Miami-based artist Kubiat Nnamdie, and you'd be hard-pressed to predict the next medium he might approach. This self-taught twentysomething, currently showing in the Abracadabra group exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, started in photography. He began with inspiration  from lensmen in fashion (Mario Testino) and fine art (David Benjamin Sherry). But, he says, expressing himself through photos led to a greater interest in light, form, and overall feeling.

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Tax Incentives
2:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State Asks For Half A Million To Reclaim $20 Million From Bankrupt Company

Scene: Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after investors and state and local governments sunk a total of $135 million in cash, land and tax credits into the digital animation studio.
Credit openDemocracy /Flickr

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is asking state lawmakers for half a million dollars in order to recoup a $20-million investment in the now-defunct digital animation studio, Digital Domain.

And according to local experts, Florida has a tough fight ahead to get its money back.

The state originally gave Digital Domain $20 million in incentives in order to lure the company--and jobs--to Port St. Lucie. Four months ago, the firm filed for bankruptcy, shut down and let go 300 Florida workers.

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Super Bowl Ads
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Does This Volkswagen ‘Jamaican’ Commercial Cross A Racist Line?

Screen shot from Volkswagen commercial. Watch the spot by scrolling down to the last paragraph

With the Super Bowl only a few short days away, anticipation is building up for the superstar lineup of commercials.  The spots are widely known to be the products of endless hours of brainstorming, and deeper pockets than the average citizen can fathom.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

What’s A Dog For? The Age-Old Connection With Humans

John Homans, executive editor of New York magazine and author of "What's a Dog For?" in Gramercy Park with his dog, Stella, a Labrador mixed breed adopted from the North Shore Animal League.
Photo credit: Ari Mintz via www.newsday.com

01/29/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the unique relationship between humans and dogs.  Descended from the wolf, dogs were utilitarian working animals the developed into loved family members.

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Session 2013
12:01 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Hager's Bill Could Ban Smoking At The Beach

NOT AT THE BEACH: State. Rep. Bill Hager of Boca Raton wants to let cities and counties ban smoking at beaches and parks.
Credit billhager.com

A determined Palm Beach County teenager is gaining ground on a big goal -- stopping people from smoking at Florida's beaches and public parks.

Caitlyn Johnston's campaign caught the eye of State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, who filed a bill (HB 439) giving cities and counties the power to ban smoking on their own public lands.

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The Art Of Politics
11:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Limericks Inspired By Florida's Muddy Politics

Can you explain a state policy in a limerick?
Credit Public Domain Pictures

Politics can be quite the poetic muse - especially statehouse politics, it turns out.

We recently challenged members of the Public Insight Network to write about politics in the Sunshine State - in a limerick.* 

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Teacher Salaries
10:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Democrats Seek $10,000 Raise For Teachers

HOW MUCH OF A RAISE? Gov. Scott wants an immediate $2,500 for every Florida teacher. Democrats want state teacher pay linked to national averages for even bigger raises.
Credit lakelandlocal on flickr

Florida voters may be asked to raise the salary of a rookie teacher by $10,000 starting two years from now. If they approve, the pay increase would be part of a constitutional amendment that ties Florida teacher pay scales at all career levels to national averages.

The average Florida teacher salary now is $46,000, about $10,000 less than the national average.

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Medicaid Policy
9:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Why Florida Lawmakers Are Now Considering Medicaid Expansion

State Sen. René García is less opposed to Medicaid expansion than he used to be.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

When Florida sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers targeted a piece of the law that would have forced Florida to make Medicaid available to more than a million uninsured Floridians.

The U. S. Supreme Court upheld most of the act but it made Medicaid expansion optional.

Now some Florida lawmakers who originally opposed Medicaid expansion are seriously considering that option.

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