Christmas Bling
1:30 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Sleigh Bells Ring, Houses Bling: Gallery of Well-Decorated South Florida Homes

Dan Grech

There are many ways to describe South Florida; subtle is not among them.

A few days after the well-decorated (and well-lit) parade of boats known as Winterfest passed through Fort Lauderdale's stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, our news director, Dan Grech, took a boat tour along part of the parade route.

"I do find it odd," said Dan, a Pennsylvania native, "boating through the canals of Broward County, in December, looking at reindeer and snow-frosted Christmas tree decorations."

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Federal Cat Regulation
12:09 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Feds To Monitor Safety Of Hemingway Cats

GIMME SIX: Friendly kitten is part of the contingent of six-toed cats that live at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. They are now under federal protection.

The multitoed cats that have lived for decades in comfort and ease at Key West's Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum may continue to do so, a court has ruled.

But those cats will be protected and regulated by the U. S Department of Agriculture from here on out, just like any animals that are exhibited for a profit.

That's the puzzling upshot of a decision that has the famously independent city in an uproar and wondering if the decision can be appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

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Hopliday Dining
10:56 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Christmas Finds Jews Going Out For Chinese

What's the deal, you’re wondering, with Jewish people and Chinese restaurants on Christmas?

Sun Sentinel religion writer Lois Solomon traces the long history of America's Jewish Christmas dinner and how immigration and cultural diets played a part in creating the tradition. It even found a place in the record of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearing:

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WLRN Staff Picks
10:29 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Why South Florida Can't Have Nice Things

Florida, you give us a lot to report.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

We all know South Florida can be a pretty weird place, and it's something of a holiday tradition for news organizations around the state to put together lists of the weirdest stories of the year.

We decided to go straight to the people on the front lines, WLRN's anchors, producers, editors and reporters, and ask them what they thought were the most bizarre Florida stories of 2012. 

Some stories were funny, others perplexing and some macabre.

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Meet Our Staff
9:30 am
Mon December 24, 2012

What Do Our Work Coffee Mugs Say About Us At WLRN?

StateImpact Florida Reporter Sarah Gonzalez is a lot like her mug of fancy island mango and peach tea. Looks all sweet and innocent on the outside, but the inside is complex and serious.
WLRN's StateImpact Florida

Before we start the new year, we want you all to get to know us a little more intimately. Turns out our work coffee mugs say a lot about us!

We've psychoanalyzed each other's coffee mugs to bring you this audio postcard from us, your WLRN reporters, editors,  anchors, bloggers, producers and social media gurus.  I would say this is one of those posts you actually want to listen to.

Check out our slideshow and tell us which one of us is your work-coffee-mug-soul-mate. 

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Obituary
8:48 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Former Governor Candidate Bill McBride Dies

POWER COUPLE: Bill McBride and his wife, Alex Sink, were both Democratic candidates for governor. McBride died suddenly Saturday.
Credit Family photo

Bill McBride, a lawyer and affable family man who succeeded almost everywhere but politics, died suddenly Saturday during a family Christmas gathering in Mount Airy, N. C.

McBride ran for governor against Republican Jeb Bush in 2002 and lost by 14 points.

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Nochebuena In Miami
6:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve In Miami: Never Look A Pig In The Eye Before Roasting It

Chef Todd Webster drives this little piggy home from Mary's Ranch in Hialeah. The pig was later roasted in a caja china at the Front Porch Cafe in December.
Credit Todd Webster / The Front Porch Cafe

Today is Nochebuena, Christmas Eve, and for many Hispanics, that means roasting a whole pig. This Christmas tradition scared journalist and author Carlos Frias as a boy. But he got through it with one piece of advice: “Never look a pig in the eye.”

Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event:

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Labor Dispute
11:25 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Kravis Center, Stagehands Union Settle Strike

JERSEY BOYS: The strike's over and the documentary-style musical about the 60s band The Four Seasons is on stage for 21 performances at the Kravis Center.

 

West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the union representing its stagehands have settled outstanding contract issues and ended a four-day strike that canceled four performances of the hit show "Jersey Boys."

The two sides issued a joint, positive statement on Friday and then began crash preparations to unload idled trucks to prepare for the next performance. After Saturday's 2 p. m. show,  "Jersey Boys" was scheduled for 20 more performances through Jan. 6.

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Emily’s love of music brought her to public radio, where she found her love for news. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she began her career in 2003 at WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana, producing and hosting music and news programs and learning the behind-the-scenes work of public broadcasting. She joined WYSO in 2007 as the host of “All Things Considered” and jumped head first into news gathering. Emily’s been relishing it ever since-her reporting has earned her numerous AP Awards and a nationally recognized Gabriel Award. WYSO has been a fulfilling and exciting place for Emily, where she is privileged to work with a creative and supportive staff.

News
7:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: One-Act Festival To Feature South Florida's 'Shadow Artists'

Jessica Marion Welch and Rich Denis in rehearsal for New Theatre's Miami 1-Acts Festival
Credit Kim Ehly

-- State officials had some early holiday gifts for Florida on the employment and education fronts.

Education officials say nearly half of Florida's high schools received an A grade for the 2011- 2012 school year.

The letter grades for high schools in our region were generally positive.

In Broward, two schools went from a C to an A grade. In Miami-Dade, six schools made the same jump.

And the number of Palm Beach County high schools earning an A grade rose from 8 to 14.

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