Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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8:28 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida Lawmakers Talk 'Fiscal Cliff'

Will we go careening off the so-called fiscal cliff?
Credit Jim Moran/Flickr

Is raising the eligibility age of Medicare part of the negotiation to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff?

Members of Florida's congressional contingent are speaking out about it.

Hear what they have to say in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Federal Investigation
8:21 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Bal Harbour Chief Suspended As Cash-Cow 'Task Force' Comes Under Federal Scrutiny

INVESTIGATION: Bal Harbour police allegedly traveled the country to seize drug money unrelated to local cases.
Credit City of Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour Police Chief Thomas Hunker remains suspended with pay today in connection with his department's far-ranging anti-drug operations that yielded no prosecutions but kept his officers flush with ready cash.

Hunker is accused of professional misconduct in a Justice Department review of the department project that sent Bal Harbour officers all over the country to pose as money launderers for drug gangs. The department operated under rules that allowed it to keep up to 80 percent of the cash after turning the rest over to the Justice department.

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7:47 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Educators React To Connecticut School Massacre

From left, sisters Sara, 12, Jessica, 6, and Kaitlyn Gerckens, 10, gather Sunday night during a vigil to remember the lives lost during Friday’s shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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What are South Florida school districts doing to make sure what happened in Connecticut doesn't happen here?

Find out in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Kristina_Hernandez

 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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Gay Rights
4:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Gay Lawmakers Bring Pride To LGBT Community

State Rep. David Richard is a Democrat from Miami Beach. He was also the first openly gay state legislator to be elected into office.
Credit MyFloridaHouse.gov

From the News Service of Florida

With the U.S. Supreme Court considering same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama re-elected on a platform that included it, and the first openly gay lawmakers taking their seats in Tallahassee, gay voters say it's been a winning year.

"We've made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go," said Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat, and one of two openly gay lawmakers elected this year – the first in Florida's Legislature.

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
Credit Borscht Corp.

The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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