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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News
7:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northside Miami-Dade District Welcomes New Police Station

The new Northside District station will open officially on Friday.
Credit Google Maps

Miami-Dade police officers are enjoying some much-needed desk space at the new Northside District station.

The new $9.6 million building, at 799 NW 81st St., features a circular bullet-proof reception, four jail cells, several conference rooms and houses the only cold-case squad in the county.

“It says something to know that you’re coming to a new facility," says Adrian Cummings, the administrative lieutenant at the station.

He says the building offers more space for the 214 police and civilian staff.

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News
5:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

FAU Calls On Techies And Entrepreneurs To Improve Cyber Security

The Technology Business Incubator is teaming up with the Center for Cryptology and Information Security to call develop programs with South Florida entrepreneurs.
Credit FAU

Florida Atlantic University has started a collaborative project to bring South Florida tech entrepreneurs' businesses to life.

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News
12:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale

Lolita is a nearly-50-year-old killer whale at Miami Seaquarium. The park was hit with a $7,000 fine for not having a barrier between Lolita and her trainers.
Credit MiamiSeaquarium.com

The Miami Seaquarium is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Miami Seaquarium this month for not having a physical barrier between trainers and the park's captive killer whale Lolita.

It’s considered a “serious” violation by the federal agency.

They’ve required these protections since the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in Orlando.

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What's the Story?
10:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

A solar panel installation at FPL's Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant.
Credit Julia Duba

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.

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News
11:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Beach Launches App To Report Complaints

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced Tuesday the city's launch of a new app.
Credit Philip Levine for Mayor

Miami Beach residents can now send their concerns to the city's department through a new smartphone app.

The free app called "E-Gov" allows residents to file reports or complaints directly to the city department by sending a photo.

"We have various standards about time. How much time it will take to be resolved," says Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. "For example, a pothole should take about 48 hours. We want to figure out ways to increase and make better customer service as much as we can in Miami Beach."

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Latin America Report
6:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis

Fast Casual: Joao Barbosa at a South Florida Giraffas.
Credit CW Griffin / Miami Herald

To see Brazil for the first time is to see the New World for the first time.

That’s not a travel brochure cliché. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, standing atop the Pão de Açúcar and surveying the Baía de Guanabara, it’s easy to recall what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the way any European must have felt upon arriving in the Americas five centuries ago: “…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity to wonder.”

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News
6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
HistoryMiami

 

Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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News
3:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Politifact Rates Beckham Stadium Opposition Group's Claim False

An artistic rendering of David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium. Politifact Florida rated the claim that building a soccer stadium at PortMiami would threaten jobs at the port as false.
Credit Miami Beckham United

PolitiFact Florida has rated false an ad put out by a group opposing David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium in downtown Miami. The Miami Seaport Alliance claims the stadium would threaten PortMiami jobs.

The group, led by Royal Caribbean Cruises, put out television and radio ads claiming that building a soccer stadium near PortMiami would threaten 207,000 port jobs.

That number comes from a 2012 report, before the stadium was proposed.

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All Aboard Florida
4:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Panel For Miami-Orlando Railroad Project Talks Sustainable Transportation

All Aboard Florida held a panel discussion at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Julia Duba

You might call it an understatement to say that traffic is an issue in South Florida. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez put it this way:

"There are two man-made things you can see from space. One is the Great Wall of China. The other one is the Dade-Broward line."

On Tuesday, a panel of county and state transportation officials came together at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss the plans for All Aboard Florida's passenger rail service.

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All Aboard Florida
3:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Railroad Project Connecting Miami To Orlando Sparks Debate

All Aboard Florida's plans for a Miami-Orlando train is spurring debate.
Credit All Aboard Florida

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

All Aboard Florida's $1.5 billion project that would connect Miami to the Orlando is spurring debate.

All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, would be a privately run commuter railroad along Henry Flagler’s tracks in South Florida.

The services would include stops in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Orlando Airport.

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Transportation
8:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Downtown Fort Lauderdale To Invest In Trolley Improvements

Fort Lauderdale's new trolley will be more handicap accessible and fuel-efficient.
Credit Suntrolley.com

Downtown Fort Lauderdale has a new fuel-efficient and cheaper bus. It's got bigger windows and is boxier -- and it's painted like a trolley.

The older trolley buses in Fort Lauderdale weren't up to date on things like handicap access regulations and fuel-efficiency costs. Fort Lauderdale commissioners should be accepting a federal grant today to pay for the trolley-style buses. 

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News
6:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Mayor Gimenez proposes new location for Beckham's stadium

A rendering of Beckham's proposed stadium.
Credit Miami Beckham United

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing a new location for David Beckham’s soccer stadium, and it was on the radar six months ago.

It’s a boat slip in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, between Museum Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena. Gimenez says the boat slip location would fill in the land and create a pedestrian walkway on Biscayne Bay.

The location had previously raised environmental issues between officials. But Gimenez said that because the boat slip is manmade, he had gotten the okay from environmental groups.

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Regional Awards
4:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Young South Florida Theater Companies Take Home Carbonells

Island City Stage’s ‘The Timekeepers’ won a half-dozen Carbonell Awards, including best production of a play and best actor for Michael McKeever (standing behind table).
Credit Robert Figueroa

Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 38th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday, March 31. The awards go to regional theater groups. And this year, young groups took home plenty of awards.

Island City Stage is less than two years old, and it took home half a dozen awards. Michael McKeever won best actor for a play called "The Timekeepers" -- an Island City Stage production. Slow Burn Theater is a 4-year-old company and it was nominated for 10 awards.

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News
2:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

GRAPHIC: I-595's Reversible Lanes Open Today

An overview of the I-595 Reversible Express Lanes, which opens in late March.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

Broward County drivers now have three extra lanes on I-595. 

And they’re reversible. The three lanes start at 136th Avenue and run through Florida’s Turnpike.

It’s the first congestion-busting scheme of its kind in South Florida and officials have been prepping commuters to use the changeable lanes.

The reversible lanes are sandwiched like a median between the general-purpose lanes. Gates will open and close to guide drivers in and out of them – and keep people from going the wrong way. 

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News
6:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care

Severiana Novas-Francois and two of her daughters. Under Florida law, Novas-Francois has to wait until her children have lived here for five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.
Credit Courtesy of Severiana Novas-Francois

In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida KidCare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.

The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.

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