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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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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The Kids Are Alright
3:47 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Report Cards Are In: Almost Half Of Florida's High Schools Earn An 'A'

This year the number of 'A' grades for high schools raised from 31 percent to 47 percent.

The State Board of Educations recently permitted many changes that paved the way for higher grades to label Florida's high schools with. 

According to State Impact, "The board lowered the passing grade on the state writing test, suspended the penalty for schools whose lowest-performing students did not improve their scores and only allowed school grades to drop by a maximum of one letter."

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Gun Control
1:30 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Six Questions With 'Gun-Free Zone' Florida Representative

Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Dennis Baxley commenting at a 2012 panel discussion in Tallahassee.
Credit Florida House of Representatives website

Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been all over the news this week. On Monday, responding to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, he said all remedies must be "on the table" legislatively, including allowing teachers and principals to arm themselves on school   grounds. 

On Tuesday, after his comments had been reported widely, Baxley issued a statement that this is a time to respect the victims. "Contrary to media reports, no specific proposals have been advanced or filed by me," he wrote.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Key Largo Food/Wine Festival, Ten Best Films, Author Bob Kealing, Broward Arts Cal

12/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Bobby Stokey, shares his excitement about the “Uncorked: Key Largo & Islamorada Food and Wine Festival,” now expanding to 10 days starting January 10th.  Film critic, Dan Hudak, delivers his year-end Top Ten Best Films of 2012. Author Bob Kealing talks about a Florida musical legend in his new book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. Our arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky with enticing Broward County events.

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Community Health Center
12:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Why A Venerable Coconut Grove Healthcare Center Is Losing Federal Funding

The Bentley center will be losing $1.8 million in federal funds due to federal health agency audit findings that the center did not have proper accounting practices in place.
Credit photoblog0006

The well-regarded Helen Bentley Family Health Center, a fixture in Coconut Grove, will be losing almost to $2 million in federal funding next year.  

The Miami Herald says the funding represents approximately 17 percent of the center’s operating budget.  The center will continue to provide services but laid off several support staff due to the reduction.     

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Gun Control Debate: Is Florida "The Gunshine State"?

With over a million concealed weapons permits, Florida has more than any other state.
Credit Zweroboi

On the Florida Roundup: The tragedy in Connecticut hits home in what some people call “The Gunshine State,”as Florida has over a million concealed weapons permits, the most in the country.    Do you feel safer?  We hear your reaction to Florida’s milestone.  And will gun control be on the agenda in Tallahassee?

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Documentary
11:46 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A New WLRN Documentary "Weird Florida: On The Road Again"

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

The Hollywood resident got the idea for the documentaries after spotting Carlson's 2005 book, "Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Taking a cue from the classic series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," the WLRN show also has segments on creepy legends such as a lake monster in the city of Frostproof and a "skunk-ape" north of Lakeland.

"It's not your typical PBS travel show which tells you about the types of food, the culture, the area and [has] these beautiful sweeping aerial pans,'' Laurenzo says. "'Weird Florida' is campy. We take a look at these roadside attractions."

Posted at 11:46 a.m. Friday, December 21:

WLRN takes viewers on a trip through Florida in search of weird places and whacky people, with its new documentary Weird Florida: On the Road Again !  This exciting new documentary was produced due to the tremendous success of the first television special Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, which has aired on PBS stations from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.  To fulfill the desires of weird fans everywhere, the bizarre journey to Florida’s zaniest places will continue in this all new Weird Florida: On the Road Again.

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