Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “plain English” To Rob You Blind

10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.  His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT:  How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind.  Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them.  Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect. 

David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!

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The 2012 Ballot
12:01 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Why Lawmakers Made Voters Wait In Line

The Wait: Long early voting lines are the partly the result of an end-run around the Florida Supreme Court by the Legislature.
Credit Benjamin Thompson on flickr

It's a compressed early voting period in Florida this year and that's one reason the lines at the polling places are so long.

But it's not the only reason.

Eleven constitutional amendments are on the ballot and each is printed in its entirety. In previous elections, voters would have to deal only with a concise 75-word summary of each proposed amendment, each rigorously vetted by the Florida Supreme Court for clarity.

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Broward Mental Health
11:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Politics Of Mental Health Services In Broward

A shareholder for Concordia gave $125, 000 to Gov. Rick Scott's political action committee while DCF considered Broward Behavioral's bid for a contract.
Credit Florida Department of Children and Families /

Dan Christensen of reported last week on some of the interesting characters that were (sort of) part of a privatization deal between the Department of Children and Families and a company in Broward.

DCF put out a bid several months ago to privatize the management of mental health and substance abuse services in Broward County.

A non-profit group called Broward Behavioral Health Coalition eventually won the $45 million deal from DCF.

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Law Enforcement
10:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Supreme Court To Determine Accuracy Of Police Dog Noses In Florida Drug Case

Infallible? One of the two Florida cases before the Supreme Court will test popular beliefs about dog noses.
Credit National Crime Prevention Council

Florida is back on the nation's legal map today with two cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, both of them involving police dogs whose well-trained noses led to now-controversial drug arrests.

From The Washington Post:

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10:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

VIDEO: Group Tells Floridians To Vote In Order To Avoid Zombie Apocalypse

Well, Happy Halloween everyone.

In the spirit of today's festivities, here is a video from Florida New Majority (they have an office here in Miami) that warns Floridians that the only way to avoid a "Romney Zombie Apocalypse" is to vote.

The group says:

In a state plagued by natural disasters, exploding pythons, and the strangest politics on the planet, Florida voters are bracing for the latest horror -- zombie apocalypse! 

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9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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7:56 am
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Early Voting A Big Hit In South Florida

Early voting continues at select locations throughout South Florida.
Credit Jay Cuthrell (qthrul)/Flickr

 Over 70,000 people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties voted yesterday, bringing the total to over a quarter-million in the region that have cast ballots at the polls early since Saturday.

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7:20 am
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Good Night For the Heat, New Rings and Victory Over Celtics

The Heat beat their archrivals the Celtics Tuesday night 120 to 107.
Credit Paolo Rosa/Flickr

WLRN-Miami Herald News 6:00 AM newscast
 The Miami Heat have begun defense of their NBA title in style as South Florida airports continue to deal with the aftermath of Sandy. 

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6:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Why Florida Is So Scary

Business Report By Day; Author By Night
Brian Bandell

Florida is the setting for many mystery novels, detective novels and crime novels. 

It turns out it's also a particularly good place to set a horror novel. 

Author Brian Bandell draws on the "creepiness from the swamp" that is Florida in his new book, Mute.

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