Remembering Andrew
4:46 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The Best Intentions...

Displaced people look through boxes of aid after Hurricane Andrew.
Miami-Dade County Help Dept. Collection, Florida State Archives

While we were working on ideas for stories to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, WLRN Miami Herald News journalist Rick Stone found some old tapes of his reporting after the storm.  He reported many radio stories after Hurricane Andrew (you can hear some of those original stories on the players below), but one in particular inspired us.

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Remembering Andrew
4:34 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The Consul

The report Philip Grice, British consul-general, wrote about Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Click on the picture to read the full document. (Thanks to current consul-general, Kevin McGurgan, for showing us this document.)
Kevin McGurgan
  • A British diplomat and a diary of Hurricane Andrew.

There is a loud explosion as the roof is torn off. In my two years in Florida, this is the first time I have felt cold.

 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Michael Grunwald & The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald, Author of The New New Deal
www.michaelgrunwald.com

10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.

Education
12:41 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Will Amendment 8 Allow Florida To Fund Religious Schools? Not Directly

James G. Blaine, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative.
Wikipedia

Alachua County school board member Eileen Roy has called a proposed constitutional amendment coming before voters in November “the very death of public schools.”

The state’s largest teacher’s union is running ads against the change and mobilizing teachers to get out and vote against it.

Amendment 8 – dubbed the Religious Freedom Amendment – is likely to be one of the most contested ballot questions this fall.

The big question: Will it take taxpayer dollars away from public schools — to fund private, religious schools?

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John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He previously served for six years as the film critic.

Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist.

A former professor at Georgetown University, Powers is the author of Sore Winners, a study of American culture during President George W. Bush's administration.

He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Sandi Tan.

Miami Herald
8:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Inertia And Politics Keep Miami In Constant Financial Crisis

Miami City Hall in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.
Dtobias Wikipedia

Experts say the city of Miami will face ‘a battle every year’ unless its leaders address structural problems with the budget. Hobbled by unimaginative leadership, passive management and petty political gamesmanship , the city careens from one budget shortfall to the next without fixing its fundamental fiscal problems.

Among the city’s chief issues, according to experts: spending beyond its means, ballooning pension costs and failing to generate new revenue.  Policy analysts say politics and poor decisions have made matters worse.

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