1:52 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Miami Marlins Choose New Manager, Again

Marlins new manager Mike Redmond pictured as a player in 2000.

The Miami Marlins have chosen their new manager.

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Auditing Hate Crimes
1:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

South Florida Anti-Semitism Declined In 2011

Mixed Report: Anti-Semitism incidents declined in 20121 but trends remain disturbing.

Anti-Jewish behavior is at a 20-year low in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League's latest Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, but the Florida numbers have barely budged.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Latin American Food

Maricel Presilla
Latina Magazine via

11/01/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricel Presilla author of Gran Cocina Latina – The food of Latin America. It’

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Opera Gone Digital
1:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Florida Grand Opera Goes Digital For National Opera Week

image: Florida Grand Opera

The Florida Grand Opera has gone digital for National Opera Week.

The week celebrates the vibrance and culture of the art form in America today.  But as the FGO's approach to participating in the week illustrates, there is a marked difference in how they are working to reach new audiences, as compared to the past.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Florida Voter Ballot Options

Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida

11/01/12 - Topical Currents begins with analysis of Florida election ballots with the president of the League of Women Voters, Deirdre Macnab, and WLRN/Miami-Herald reporter Ashley Lopez.  They’ll explain the state constitutional amendments as well as charter measures . . . and take calls.  And more Linda Gassenheimer explores the food of Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico.  Wine columnist Fred Tasker, is on-board as well.

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Politics And Foul Play
11:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Scams And Shenanigans To Watch Out For When You Vote

Voters need to be on the look out for political foul play as incidences of shenanigans is on the rise.
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As you all head to the polls between now and next Tuesday, be vigilant for voting scams and general shenanigans.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that voters in Florida have been inundated with some foul play this election season.

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10:30 am
Thu November 1, 2012

School Board Member Demands Police Files On Daughter's Cop-Involved Crash Death

Seeking Answers: Andrea Castillo, left, died after the collision with a Hialeah police car. Her mother, Susie Castillo, right, wants the department to release the files.
Credit Castillo family

It was her daughter who died in the car crash. And now, Miami-Dade County School Board member Susie Castillo wants Hialeah police to release its  files on the case.

So far, no response from the department. It was a police detective who drove the other car.

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Hispanic Vote
10:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Cubans Are Closing Obama's Lead Among Hispanics In Florida

Obama's lead among Hispanics is strong everywhere-- except Florida.
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Obama might have a sizeable lead among Hispanics nationwide-- but that doesn't seem to be the case in Florida.

Here, Obama's lead is razor thin. As Marc Caputo at The Miami Herald reports, that's because of Florida's Cuban population, which votes heavily Republican.

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South Florida's Brazilian Vote
9:32 am
Thu November 1, 2012

How To Build A Voting Bloc

According to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 21,000 Brazilians living in Broward County and another 12,000 in Miami-Dade.
Credit Ricardo Rosa

An interview with Jonathan Rodrigues from the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach.

During election season, we tend to hear a lot about the Cuban vote or the Jewish vote. Both are powerful voting blocs that attract the attention—and promises—of politicians.

A young Brazilian community organizer has his eye on what he hopes will become another voting bloc.

Jonathan Rodrigues lives in Pompano Beach and volunteers at the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and spent much of his time there thinking about home—studying South Florida's Brazilian population and considering his own role in that communtity .

Rodrigues is a first-generation Brazilian American. “Historically that first generation is the generation that propels the community forward into civic engagement,” he said.

According to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 21,000 Brazilians living in Broward County and another 12,000 in Miami-Dade. Rodrigues suspects that number is actually a lot higher.

“All you have to do is drive down Sample Road or North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach and Pompano and you’ll see the proliferation of Brazilian small businesses.”

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7:50 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Millions Have Already Voted In Florida

Early voting totals continue to be strong in South Florida, but many have had to deal with long waits. The estimated wait time for these voters in Northwest Broward is 45 minutes.
Credit Terence Shepherd

State election officials say they have received just over 1 million early votes and more than 1.5 million absentee ballots. Meanwhile, election officials are visiting Palm Beach County again.  The county's election office has been plagued with printing problems on its absentee ballots.

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