07/11/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jaye Abate, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale non-profit, ArtServe, joins us with info about their RedEye Reboot, an explosion of live art and entertainment scheduled for Saturday the 19th. Judith Bishop previews Mad Cat Theatre’s exciting new season. Bill Becker talks about his underwater festival in the Lower Keys.
Inmate Darren Rainey, left, died in an excruciatingly hot shower as alleged punishment for defecating in his cell. A whistleblower suit filed this week concerns the death of inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo, right, imprisoned for credit card fraud and drug charges, who died after being repeatedly gassed by prison guards.
It has been two years since the death of a mentally ill prison inmate in a scalding-hot shower. No one has been charged in that death; the two officers who allegedly punished him with the shower are still working at the facility. The head of the corrections department says he's frustrated that an investigation isn't finished yet. But many question why his outrage about the death comes only now.
Miami-Dade’s mayor proposes a budget keeping the county tax rates steady but could cut jobs and hours for some county services.
The federal pot of money preserving local roads and bridges may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart on a solution. Not only local infrastructure but the overall economy is sure to feel the impact.
While increasingly fuel-efficient cars and trucks are easier on the wallet and the environment, they may prove terrible for the asphalt and steel beams on which they ride. Consuming less gas means fewer gas taxes. The federal Highway Trust Fund relies on an 18 cent gas tax on every gallon of regular. For diesel fuel that tax is 24 cents per gallon.
07/10/14 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents we’ll look at the latest in food trends with Linda Gassenheimer. She’s just returned from the annual Fancy Food Show and can’t wait to share her favorites with us. There are lots of healthy foods and super foods along with the usual chocolate indulgences, such as smoke-infused chocolate chip cookies. But what about a treat that’s both healthy and indulgent…think - a quinoa sesame chocolate bar? Of course Fred Tasker will give us his wine suggestions. Join us for a full hour of Food and Dining on Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.