Discover BCS National Championship Game
9:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama Vs. Notre Dame: A Boon To South Florida's Economy

South Beach has BCS fever as Alabama and Notre Dame play for college football's national title. The game means millions of extra dollars coming in to the region's coffers.
Credit Phil Latzman

Perhaps you've noticed South Florida awash in a sea of green and crimson these past few days.

The visitors are fans of Alabama and Notre Dame, which meet to decide college football's 2012 national champion tonight at Sun Life Stadium.

No matter the color of the jersey, or where they are from, no one is happier to see them than local tourism officials.

For Broward County, it means an additional 25,000 to 30,000 visitors, some for the very first time.

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Florida Everglades
8:31 am
Mon January 7, 2013

State To Send Hunters After 'Glades Pythons

ONE LESS PYTHON: Sending out amateur hunters may be a good way to handle the python problem, experts say. Or not.
Credit David Callister/Alamy

Evidently at its wits' end over the Burmese pythons swarming the Everglades, Florida has declared a month-long snake season for armed amateurs. They'll go into the 'Glades to compete for cash prizes by killing as many as they can.

What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, says Oklahoma biology professor and "reptile industry spokesman" Warren Booth. He told the Sun-Sentinel bullets will be flying in a dangerous environment where sometimes you can’t tell one snake from another.

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Traffic Law
7:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Red Light Cameras Make Us Safer, State Says, As Campbell Files Bill To Bar Them

FEWER OF THESE?: A state report says t-bone intersection crashes have declined since red light cameras appeared.
Credit FLorida DMV

A South Florida lawmaker filed legislation Friday to repeal the law allowing the use of red light cameras, following a report earlier this week that says intersections where they're used have seen drops in crashes in most places.

Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, seeks to end the use of the cameras, saying they unfairly dole out tickets to people who can't defend themselves, noting that malfunctioning cameras can't be cross-examined.

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Foreclosure Crisis
7:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Florida's Mortgage Mess: There Is Hope

Credit Robert Lyle /WLRN

With hundreds of thousands of homes already foreclosed in Florida--and eight percent of current mortgage holders delinquent--you’d think that thousands of people would be flocking to get help.

Yet when Wells Fargo Bank invited an average of 14,000 of its troubled mortgage holders to four Home Preservations Workshops it held across the state, fewer than 300 showed up each time. 

“People are scared, ” says Barry Zigas, housing policy director for the Consumers Federation of America.

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StateImpact Florida
6:38 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Three Questions For An Elementary Principal About Common Core

Florida is in the process of transitioning to common core standards in public schools.

The first full year of implementation is scheduled for 2014-15.

45 states and Washington, D.C. have agreed to adopt common core standards.

The standards will measure whether students across the country are reaching certain benchmarks in English, Math and Language Arts.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part I
6:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Haiti Three Years After The Earthquake: Still Rebuilding A Life

Fabienne Jean walks outside her home in Haiti.
Credit Nick Kozak

Part I: Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, Fabienne Jean is still rebuilding a life.

The earthquake that struck Haiti three years ago this month sent a concrete wall crashing down onto the 30-year-old dancer Fabienne Jean. Her right leg was crushed and had to be amputated. When Fabienne danced again, she was hailed as a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, the quest to rebuild one woman’s life would take much more than that.

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.

We're Off To See The Wizard
3:58 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Sing-A-Long With Dorothy And The Gang Tonight

Tonight you and your kin have the chance to relive an American classic in The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long.

The Miami Shores Fine Arts Commission partnered with O Cinema to bring a lively night of costumes, contests, prizes and, of course, singing. 

Along with Dorothy, Toto, and witches of varying degrees of wickedness, be sure to say hi to WLRN's Michael Stock. He'll be emceeing for the night. 

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Reality
2:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

A Photo Of Wasserman Schultz Being Absent

NOT BEING THERE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, top row, second from left, was not present for this photo. Her absence is more clearly visible in the photo below.
Credit Top: Minority Leader's Office. Bottom: Getty Images

"Representative Wasserman Schultz is present. Representative Schultz has always been present. Representative Wasserman Schultz is present. Representative Wass--"

Sorry. I was just brushing up on 1984-style Newspeak so that I may continue my work here at the Ministry of Truth.

A little Orwellian doublethink is necessary, evidently, as we consider what is clearly a photo of Debbie Wasserman Schultz at an event  she clearly did not attend.

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Broward Identity Crisis
2:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

From Miami-Dade To Broward, The Case For Being Mindful When Renaming Counties

Image of the 'Dade Massacre,' which accelerated the Second Seminole War. There are five different Dade Counties in the US, and a Dade City in Florida.
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Amid chatter that Broward County is considering changing its name to reflect the county’s biggest city-- Fort Lauderdale-- this all got me thinking about the names that we give to our counties in South Florida.

As time goes forward, the histories of the place names that we know become obscured.  After some amount of time they take a life of their own as names become places, and we scarcely think of the individual.

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