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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

YoungArts, Chameleon Chamber Music Series and music from Aaron Lebos’ Reality

YoungArts
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01/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of YoungArts, Paul Lehr, discusses expansive new development plans for this exciting arts organization. Iris van Eck speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts for the Chameleon Chamber Music Series in Fort Lauderdale. Our flashback music segment features Aaron Lebos’ Reality. Catch the conversation, information and contemporary Jazz music on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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Infrastructure
12:50 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

'Structural Deficiencies' From Corroded Steel Cause Lane Closures On Bear Cut Bridge

DEFICIENT BRIDGE: Bear Cut Bridge, marked with an A, will allow only limited travel for at least a year
Credit Google

The discovery of corroded steel support girders on the bridge to Virginia Key from Key Biscayne has prompted local officials to close the westbound lanes and route heavy trucks away from the structure until repairs are made.

And that could take up to a year, according to county transportation officials, including the two weeks in March when the Sony Open tennis tournament brings Key Biscayne its heaviest traffic of the year.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

How The Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Impact South Florida And Broward vs. Lauderdale

A word cloud of associations with the word,

On the Florida Roundup: 2013 begins with the fiscal cliff averted, despite U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s vote against the agreement.   We find out whether Florida's fragile economy can "hang on" when many decisions have been kicked down the road.  

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House Of Representatives
10:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Outspoken Democrat Alan Grayson Of Florida Gets Another Chance As A Congressman

VINTAGE GRAYSON: Many remember the outspoken Democrat for his satiric assaults on Republicans.
Credit House of Representatives

Among the more than 80 House freshmen who were sworn in this week, there were several who had been there before — including Florida Democrat Alan Grayson.

After starting his first term four years ago, Grayson quickly made a name for himself with biting comments targeting Republicans — like when he said during the health care debate: "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly."

His national stature, however, didn't prevent him from being defeated in 2010. But now Grayson is back.

'The People United'

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Public Insight Network
9:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

What's A Better Name: Broward Or Lauderdale?

Bill Andrews from Hollywood says the landmark that best represents Broward is the Broadwalk in Hollywood: "there are plenty of other cities--very nice tourist locations--in Broward besides Ft. Lauderdale."
Bill Andrews

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca wants to transform Broward County by changing its name.  LaMarca says many outside Florida don't recognize "Broward" and associate Fort Lauderdale with fun in the sun. He plans to propose the name Lauderdale County, an idea that will be debated next week in a function hosted by the Tower Forum, a Broward (soon to be Lauderdale?) non-profit business organization. Miami-Dade changed its name in 1997.

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Immigration
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Kinder Deportation Rule A Sign That Obama Is Addressing Immigration Reform Regrets

A STEP AT A TIME: This week's deportation rule change is seen as a sign that the president is addressing a first-term regret: no immigration reform.

The Obama Administration has announced another significant reset of national deportation law that could allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency without leaving the country.

It was another use of the president's executive power, analysts say, to soften the ground for major legislative immigration reforms ahead.

The new policy applies to immigrants who are spouses, parents or children of U. S. citizens and would otherwise face long family separations under the previous process of applying for residency.

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Foreclosure Crisis
8:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Florida's Mortgage Mess: Options

Some people facing foreclosure have fewer options than others.
Credit Robert Lyle /WLRN

All this week, we've been looking at the continuing foreclosure crisis sure crisis in Florida. Today, we check in back in with one woman who fears losing her home.

While there are many federal, state and private bank programs to modify troubled mortgages, each requires the lender to agree.

Unlike the more than 260 lenders in Florida who are helping, Marla Popkin’s mortgage holder won’t. Popkin is an Occupational Therapist in Miami. Work is slow and she has come into some rough times. Now she's trying to save her home. 

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