News
6:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Commissioners OK Prayer

Miami-Dade County Seal.
Credit Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Commissioners said they could bring back prayer to their public meetings and now they have. It came in an 8 to 3 vote. They signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings. Now, commissioners will be able to invite a religious leader of their choosing to lead everyone in a prayer before each meeting. Baylor Johnson is a  spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union     of Florida and says the commissioners are inviting conflict and a possible lawsuit by doing this. A commissioner can also lead a prayer themselves if they

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Privatizing Government
2:43 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Private Prison Plan Is Flawed, Judge Rules

FAIL: A judge rules Legislature must pass a law, not use a committee, to privatize prisons.
Credit Kate Ter Haar/Fickr

The Florida Legislature has struck out again with an attempt to privatize some or all of the state prison system.

A Tallahassee judge ruled today that lawmakers chose an unconstitutional method to turn prison health care services over to private contractors. As Mary Ellen Klas reported for The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times:

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Florida Legislature
1:40 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Progressives Warn State Lawmakers About ALEC's Influence

The American Legislative Exchange Council has had years of influence in Florida politics.
Credit ALEC.org

Progress Florida and Florida Watch Action-- two influential progressive groups in the state-- have launched a preemptive attack on the influence of ALEC in the Florida Legislature. 

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a pro-business political outfit that hands out model conservative legislation to state lawmakers who follow a conservative agenda.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Socio-biologist Rebecca Costa Addresses Global Gridlock in The Watchman’s Rattle

The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse
http://www.rebeccacosta.com/

12/04/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with socio-biologist Rebecca Costa.  She offers a “genetic” explanation for currents events . . . emerging trends . . . and individual behavior.   Costa retired at the zenith of her Silicon Valley career to write her book, THE WATCHMAN’S RATTLE:  A Radical New Theory of Collapse.  She says the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.

 

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Sea Level Rise
12:30 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Is Climate Change "Sinking In" For Leaders?

Credit http://southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org/the-summit/

Leaders from throughout the region meet in Jupiter later this week for the fourth annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit, and the timing couldn't be better. Or worse, depending on your perspective. 

Pounding surf and high tides from Hurricane Sandy's passage have put the issue front and center, especially in Fort Lauderdale.

There, the sea wall along the coastal State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale has been overrun by the ocean. It has reduced the road from four to two lanes, perhaps permanently.

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Art Basel
12:11 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ready To Mix With Basel Society? Here's How

READY TO PARTY: There is a long list of parties and social events associated with this year's 'bigger, richer, snobbier' Art Basel.

Art Basel opens Thursday for the 11th year of staging the "most prestigious art show in the Americas."  

So, if anything is prestigious at Art Basel, everything must be prestigious at Art Basel. The New York Times describes the event this way: "bigger, richer, longer and, if it’s possible, snobbier than ever before."

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This Miami Life
11:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Bad Economy For Golf Courses Puts Pressure On Owners Of Fairway-View Homes

NOT MUCH TO SEE: Michael Rosenberg lives on the Calusa Country Club Golfcourse at Southwest 130th Avenue and North Calusa Drive but can't even see the golf course since the owners of the property fenced it off.
Credit Tim Chapman / Miami Herald

What is the value of living on a golf course? Michael Rosenberg isn’t sure. And though he doesn’t play the game, he likes the idea of sitting on his deck and looking out at serene green fairways, not someone’s rusty barbecue pit or swing set.

It’s why he bought his home on the Calusa Country Club in South Dade, paying a premium for his four-bedroom home.

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Knight Arts Challenge
10:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Unexpected Art: Knight Foundation Announces Winners Of 34 Grants

Cash and opportunity are on their way to 34 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, announced last night in Miami. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation selected the winners from 1,100 applicants.

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The Florida Vote
9:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

What Went Wrong, How To Fix It: Florida Lawmakers Schedule Election Law Hearings

NOW WHAT? Florida House and Senate elections committees begin hearings today on fixing the election law that made voting difficult last month.

The agendas probably say nothing about amends-making or damage control, but the mission is already clear as House and Senate elections committees begin hearings today in Tallahassee on overhauling Florida's elections system.

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End of the Line
7:22 am
Tue December 4, 2012

End of the Line: Velvet Rope

Kenny Malone with Alan T in front of the Club Space VIP door. Kenny wears the questionable outfit mentioned in the piece.
Trina Sargalski

Love it or hate it, nightlife is huge here.  And one person determines whether you go home in shame or spend the night in glory.  The doorman.

We asked Under the Sun’s assistant producers, Trina Sargalski and Kenny Malone, to capture the drama of the Velvet Rope.  Little did they know, they’d get roped in, themselves.

Look here for an animated version of their adventure.

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