Politics
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting

Charlie Crist: Obama told him to make voting 'move a little faster.'
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Former Gov. Charlie Crist is standing with state Democrats in favor of a bill to fix election problems that embarrassed the state last week.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the House sponsor of the bill, which would restore early voting to 14 days and allow non-government buildings to be used as early voting site.

Crist's name continues to surface as a possible Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. He has left the Republican Party and remains an independent who likes to call himself "Citizen Crist."

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The Florida Vote
9:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Republicans Turned Unlikely Voters Into Actual Voters For The Democrats

A Likely Story: But unlikely voters would soon be heard from.

South Florida Democratic candidates who had no reason to expect victory are preparing to be sworn in to office now thanks to the votes of people whom the pollsters largely ignored: unlikely voters.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:02 am
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Foreclosures Drop In South Florida

Foreclosures are down in Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach counties.
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Foreclosures are on the decline in South Florida.

That's according to the latest report from the research firm RealtyTrac.

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Newscast
7:54 am
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Marlins Strike Out With City Leaders

The Miami Marlins just moved into a new, mostly taxpayer-financed stadium in Little Havana this year.
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The Miami Marlins' latest moves are striking out with city officials. They're reacting angrily to the team owner's latest plans to dismantle the team.

Five star players are set to be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in what some are calling a fire sale.

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Haitian Writers Tell The Country's Stories
6:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Introducing Book Fair Readers To Haiti

M.J. Fievre is the lead editor of the anthology as well as a contributor.
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All week, we're talking with Florida authors appearing at the Miami Book Fair. So Spoke the Earth is an anthology of stories, poems and essays about Haiti.

The book is divided into three sections: death and tragedy; the nation’s rich storytelling tradition; and Haiti’s economic struggles.

Although the book was published in the United States (by Women Writers of Haitian Descent), all of the pieces in the second section are in French or Haitian Creole. 

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Author explores Key West History
6:11 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Key West Stays Quirky

Author Robert Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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A conversation with author Robert Kerstein

Robert Kerstein is a government professor at the University of Tampa. But when he's not teaching on the other coast, he likes hanging out in Key West. His frequent trips there have translated into a new book about how the little city at the bottom of the peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character while becoming a major tourist town. The book is called Key West: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International

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MOCA
6:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Museum in North Miami Receives Highest Award

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art becomes one of just 69 museums to ever receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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In a White House ceremony Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami joined an elite group of just 69 museums to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service - one the nation's top seals of approval for museums and libraries.

"Well, I guess you could compare it to the Emmy's or Oscars,"  said  Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

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Miami Book Fair International
3:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Tom Wolfe's Signature At Miami Book Fair Resembles A Tropical Storm

Tom Wolfe's flamboyant signature, circa 2012.
Jan Becker

Things are a little different when Tom Wolfe comes to the Book Fair. For example, the stand-by line in the back alley, where they take the people who think they can just walk in without securing a ticket first, fills up.  I know, because I ducked down that alley to have a private moment with my press pass. As soon as the Book Fair employees walked away, a shadowy man appeared and began to scalp tickets to the event. Think about that for a second--scalpers at a book fair. Who could have imagined?

       

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Hialeah Speedway
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hialeah Presents WLRN With Awards Of Merit

The Award of Merit given to WLRN special projects manager Adrienne Kennedy
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Earlier this month some of our WLRN staff got notification that the City of Hialeah wanted to issue a proclamation for our remarkable new documentary The Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory.

Some of us didn't quite know what was coming.

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Gay Rights
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Florida Elects Two Openly Gay State Lawmakers For The First Time

Two openly gay men won seats in the Florida House this election.
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On Election Day this year, Florida went from having zero openly gay lawmakers in the state Legislature to two.

David Richardson won a seat in the Florida House representing Miami Beach and Joe Saunders won a seat representing a part of Orlando. Both men are openly gay.

Up until last week, Florida was the biggest state in the U.S. to have never elected an openly gay person to office in their state legislature. 

Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, says that Florida was actually part of a national trend.

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