Politics
1:26 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Citizens Hikes Rates And Jettisons Thousands Of Policyholders

Damage from Hurricane Andrew in South Miami, 1992.
HAM guy/flickr

The effort to shrink the number of homes insured by the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance is accelerating into high gear.

The Office of Insurance Regulation approved the company’s rate hike request this week.

At the same time, more than 200,000 Citizens customers are being contacted by private insurance companies that want their business.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

One Year After The Quake: “Las Twins”

Carmen Maria Romero
Carmen Maria Romero

Carmen Maria Romero was one of the four medical workers in Haiti whose voices you heard in After the Quake: Patients and Healers. She’s a physical therapist who had already been volunteering in Haiti for ten years, and who traveled there last January to help with the relief efforts.

Romero was so moved by the suffering and the resilience of her patients that she decided to quit her job and relocate to Haiti.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Yankee Hall Of Famer Lefty Gomez: An American Odyssey

Lefty Gomez
www.leftygomez.com

10/03/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents features Veronica Gomez, the daughter of New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher and World Series hero, Lefty Gomez.  His career bridged a unique baseball era: from 1932 to 1943. He arrived in New York during the Ruth/Gehrig era and as a veteran roomed with and helped groom the magical Joe DiMaggio.  Gomez was known for his classic one liners and sense of humor but was a fierce competitor on the field.   His book is Lefty: An American Odyssey.

Sports
12:06 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Girl Quarterback Turns Heads In Plantation

5-foot-5, 140 pound quarterback Erin DiMeglio is dwarfed by her male teammates
Credit Marisa Latzman

A high school senior in Plantation, Florida, is breaking a gender barrier in sports.  

A female quarterback has not only taken to the field, but she's also 
played in a game for her high school's 'tackle' football team. 

It's believed to be the first time that's ever happened in Florida, and the reluctant trailblazer is the real deal. 

It's a typical September Friday night at South Plantation High School.

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10:22 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Bogged Down: Miami Politics Weighs Down Finances

Lead in text: 
We discovered a fresh take of what's really happening down in Coconut Grove—City Hall is trapped in a death spiral of inertia and bad mistakes and some are pointing to worker compensation.
  • Source: Miamiherald
  • | Via: The Miami Herald, Kat McGrory
Pension costs, meanwhile, are up significantly, in large part because investments by the city’s two pension boards have underperformed expecta- tions.Experts have raised red flags about the city pension program before.In a stinging report last month, Moody’s blasted Miami for ballooning pension and healthcare spending. The rating service warned that the combined costs could account for one-third of total spending by 2017 unless leaders make sweeping changes.
Magic City
8:13 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Starz TV Show To Miami: Show Us Your (Real) Boobs!

Steven Strait and Elena Satine in "Magic City."
Photo by Greg Williams/Starz
  • Listen to the radio story here.

A version of this story first ran in The Miami Herald on April 28, 2012.

When Starz network’s Magic City came to town last year to shoot their 1959 Miami Beach drama, producers were obsessive.

“God is in the details,” said Magic City’s executive producer, writer and Miami Beach native Mitch Glazer. “We were rigorous about everything across the board from music to architecture down to that.”

That meaning breast augmentation.

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Beer and Baseball
8:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

$8 Beers Put Marlins Park In The Middle Of The Ballpark Pack

Miami Marlins play while crowd quaffs beer

Ordering beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for beer at a baseball game. Eight dollars for a Bud Light draft at Miami Marlins Park.

“It’s kind of weird,” says Shane Marinelli on his first visit to the new stadium. “I’m used to, like, $3 pitcher nights and like dollar beers and stuff. But I have no choice, you know, this is — this is expensive.”

Marinelli, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, works part time at a sporting goods store. An $8 dollar beer soaks up a nice sized swig of his paycheck.

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State Integrity Investigation
8:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 5: Soft Money And Deep Pockets

A lobbyist can't buy a legislator dinner, or even a cup of coffee. But a lobbyist can hand over a check for thousands of dollars.
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Florida has one of the strictest rules in the country for lobbyist gift-giving: an absolute ban.

And the state has one of toughest laws for campaign contributions: a $500 limit.

And yet, there’s a contradiction that everyone in Tallahassee seems to know about.

A lobbyist cannot buy a legislator dinner, or a cup of coffee, or a bottle of water. But a lobbyist can hand over a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a “CCE.”

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State Integrity Investigation
7:57 am
Wed October 3, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 4: Clouds Over The Sunshine State

TooFarNorth Flickr

Florida has a national reputation for its Public Records Law. But a new study by the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International has given the Sunshine State a D in “Public Access to Information.”

The State Integrity Investigation is the first attempt to look across all states at how good the system is for preventing political corruption.

The investigation graded each state on more than 300 indicators of accountability, transparency, and corruption risk. The indicators are divided into 14 categories, which appear on the report card.

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