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4:54 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How Cell Phones Are Fighting Poverty In Latin America

Alex Counts, Grameen Foundation CEO And President
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The stated goal of the Grameen Foundation is to help the world’s poorest  improve their lives and escape poverty by helping to provide access to financial services , such as small loans and savings account, to find  new ways to generate income and obtain important information about their health, crops and finances.

Grameen Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide.

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Sounds of Basel
2:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

What Does Fania Records Have To Do With Art Basel Miami?

The musicians of Fania Records include Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Ismael Miranda.
Credit Fania Records

The legendary salsa label hosts a free music and art event at PAX in Little Havana during Art Basel Wednesday, Dec.5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Legalizing Marijuana
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Florida Groups Seek Legal Status For Pot

Reefer Madness: Times have changed and advocates for legal pot hope attitudes have, too.

Florida advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws  felt the rush on Nov. 6 when two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana and Massachusetts approved its use for medical purposes.

So they really like their chances for their own proposed measures, two for medical and one for out-and-out legalization.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

South Florida Post-Election Issues

11/28/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with regular contributor and Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  We’ll follow up with South Florida election ramifications . . . and of course, take your calls.  Is the large Miami-Dade Cuban-American vote now swinging to Democrats?  And what effect will charter-enacted County Commission term limits foretell?  We’ll also check up on post-election Broward County politics and government.   http://www.watchdogreport.net/

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Art Basel 2012
12:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Seven Signs That Art Basel Miami Is Almost Here

A geodesic dome under construction in the Design District before Art Basel Miami 2011.
Credit Trina Sargalski

You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.

Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.

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Politics
11:52 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Post-Election, Pre-Session In Tallahassee

Steve Bousquet says the Florida Legislature hasn't changed much with the election.
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Things are changing in Tallahassee, but how much?

Republicans have lost their supermajority control of the Florida Legislature after Democrats made modest gains in both chambers in this month's elections.

What will that mean for future policy decisions and the state's unpopular governor Rick Scott?  

Why will 2013 be his most important year, and is Florida's former Gov. Charlie Crist breathing down Scott's neck? Will Crist go after his old job?

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:43 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Stand Your Ground Panel Faces Criticism

Stand Your Ground laws have been pushed by the National Rifle Association, but critics say the laws allow a shoot first, ask questions later culture.
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A group tasked by Governor Rick Scott with reviewing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law is under fire from a local Democratic leader.

The panel was created to review the law after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in February.

But State Senator Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer the panel's draft report doesn't change much.

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Architecture
7:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Historic? Atrocious? Herald's Home Is Divisive

Like A K-Mart? The Miami Herald's 1960s headquarters has staunch admirers and fierce critics.

The Miami Herald's  headquarters on Biscayne Bay has been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami Modern architecture from the 50's and 60's. NPR interviewed demolition proponents — including  some prominent architects — who say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving:

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7:04 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Mistrial Avoided In Rilya Wilson Case

A judge ruled Tuesday the murder trial of Geralyn Graham could continue despite the calls by Graham's attorney for a mistrial.
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A legal technicality nearly derails the prosecution's case against a Miami woman accused of killing her foster child.

A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the high profile case of a Miami-Dade woman, Geralyn Graham. She's accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.

Graham's defense asked for the mistrial after it was discovered that prosecutor Joshua Weintraub had his law license suspended for months after he failed to properly record legal education courses with the state bar.

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