Julia Duba

Morning producer

As the morning producer for WLRN, Julia can make the perfect espresso while half asleep.

She was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University, where she was a multimedia reporter for the South Florida News Service.

Julia fell in love with public radio, interned with WLRN and then fell in love with Miami. She learns something new about Miami every day -- like who designed South Beach's pastel palette.

Julia now keeps FIU and WLRN connected as co-director of alumni relations for the university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

According to Julia, the only thing better than chocolate is great audio.

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College Sports
6:48 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FAU Will Get A New Athletics Building Before Class Of '18 Graduates

Artist renderings of The Complex's main entrance.
Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University just got the biggest grant in the school's history to build a new athletics facility to help its football team grow.

The new building, which will be called The Complex, will have a sports medicine center, a history and tradition hall, an academic center nearby and an indoor practice field.

The Schmidt Family Foundation is giving an initial $16 million to build The Complex.

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Newscast
7:43 am
Mon December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014: Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends Over The Weekend

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
3:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Releases Holiday Shopping Guide

Credit Rick Scott/flickr

Although Black Friday is nearing its final hours, Cyber Monday is around the corner. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is giving consumers her own version of a holiday shopping guide.

The online guide is 114 pages long and includes tips on making online purchases and how to avoid charity scams.  

Bondi says she wants help consumers have a "safe and enjoyable shopping experience." 

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News
3:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Bill Proposes Regulations To Florida's "Sober Homes"

Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, offers debate during consideration of a measure on the House floor, March 6, 2012.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Sober homes are transitional housing for people who have gone through rehab. State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is reintroducing a bill to regulate them.

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says the homes are intruding on quiet neighborhoods by attracting drug dealers who typically target people recently released from rehab.

Hager tried to pass a bill regulating sober homes during the 2014 legislative session, but it failed after disputes between leaders in the House and Senate. The leadership has since changed.

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Halloween
6:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A History Of The Biltmore, Miami's Best Known Creepy Hotel

Looking east over the golf course at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24482

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables wasn't always a hotel. 

It was built in 1926 by a young developer named George Merrick, who's known as the founder of Coral Gables. 

The hotel became a place to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world.

At a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel, a gangster named Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed by another gangster. That murder yielded a lot of ghost rumors over the years.

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Arts
6:32 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

A Miami Theater Group Hosts A Play ... On Bikes

Actors potraying Julia Tuttle and Nikola Tesla in a scene outside HistoryMiami.
Julia Duba

Over the last few years, bicycle culture has been picking up speed around South Florida.

The Front Yard Theater Collective has combined bicycles and culture.

In its latest play, the troupe performed its scenes at different locations in downtown Miami, and the audience rode on bicycles from one spot to another. It was called “History On Wheels.”

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The Florida Roundup
3:43 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Florida Roundup: Poll Shows Gubernatorial Race Is A Close Call

Credit FlickR/Gage Skidmore

On the Florida Roundup: the close race between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, and what the price tag is for each candidate's campaign.

Also, about three dozen guards were fired by the Florida Department of Corrections, accused of misconduct in the deaths of inmates.

Miami Vice, the popular '80s cop show, turns 30 this year. Host Tom Hudson is joined by journalists Gary Fineout, Jim Turner, Julie Brown, Tim Padgett and Howard Cohen. 

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Transportation
4:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Beefed Up Patrol On A1A To Quell Tensions Between Pedestrians, Drivers, Cyclists

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Drivers complain about cyclists taking over the road. Cyclists complain about drivers not sharing the road. Pedestrians are afraid of getting hit while crossing the road.

Palm Beach County's police department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout this week to make sure everyone's following the rules.

It's the second time police take over to make sure everyone's behaving on the road. The first time around, police issued 148 warnings and 175 citations between Palm Beach and Hillsboro Beach.

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Development
4:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miramar Prepares To Build 5,000-Seat Amphitheater

Artist rendering of the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater.
Credit Courtesy of the City of Miramar

The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

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News
2:04 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Biogenesis Owner To Plead Guilty Of Selling Steroids To Baseball Players

Anthony Bosch, middle, outside federal court in downtown Miami on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 with his attorneys. Bosch will plead guilty in October to charges of selling illegal steroids to professional and high school baseball players.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Anthony Bosch, former owner of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in Coral Gables, in August pleaded not guilty to charges of selling illegal steroids to baseball players.

In October, Bosch will plead guilty to those same charges. He signed a plea agreement Wednesday admitting to criminal activity at Biogenesis. 

Bosch and six others were arrested last month on charges of conspiring to sell illegal steroids to professional and high school baseball players.

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Transportation
10:29 am
Mon September 1, 2014

How Changes To I-75 And I-595 Will Affect Your Commute

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South Florida commuters will see some changes on I-75 and I-595 as improvements like noise buffers and new ramps begin.

Because of work on its express lanes, I-75 will get wider lanes near Sheridan Street, which will come with "noise walls" to keep surrounding neighborhoods quiet.

Broward County engineers are also  fixing the timing on some traffic signals at exits along I-595, particularly where drivers have complained of lengthy waits at the westbound State Road 84 and Davie Road intersection.

The signals should be fixed in the coming weeks.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

A Sort Of Google Street View For Florida's Coral Reefs Is In The Works

Credit Catlin Seaview Survey

South Florida's coral reefs are getting ready for their close-up.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with the Catlin Seaview Survey as part of the Australia-based project's ambitious effort to create a photographic record of the world's coral reefs.

As the Sun Sentinel reports:

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Everglades
11:40 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Inside The Oldest Store In The Everglades And Why It Depends On One Road

Ted Smallwood's Store is now open to the public as a museum.
Julia Duba

Ted Smallwood built his store out of Dade County Pine on the edge of Chokoloskee, facing the Everglades' Ten Thousand Islands. He called it Ted Smallwood's Store.

In 1917, it was the hub of the community. It was the post office, a farming ground, a place to repair boats and trade goods. Smallwood's wife, Mamie, even taught grade school out of the store. Now the future of the store depends on one road and its legal battle to keep it open. 

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News
7:18 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams Remembered At The South Beach Hotel From "The Birdcage"

A portrait of Robin Williams at The Carlyle hotel in Miami Beach.
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died this week.

Williams had many iconic roles, and he filmed one of his great performances right here in South Florida.

"The Birdcage" is set in The Carlyle hotel on South Beach. 

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News
6:56 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Boynton Beach Considers Domestic Partnership Benefits

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At Tuesday's Boynton Beach commission meeting, officials will discuss whether or not to allow domestic partners to receive benefits.

Boynton Beach is the only city in southern Palm Beach County that does not offer health insurance to partners of city employees.

Should the city decide to allow these benefits, it would add "gender identity or expression" to its non-discrimination policies, giving the partners the option to receive the benefits.

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