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
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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News
1:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bill Would Eliminate Health-Care Enrollment Waiting Period For Immigrant Children

The proposed bill would open Florida KidCare to an estimated 26,000 children.
Credit FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Under Florida law, children who are born outside the United States and live here legally must wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are proposing a bill to change that during this year's Legislative session.

Before 2009, the waiting period was a federal requirement.

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Stamps And Romance
3:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter

Clara Dwight Marsh received a love letter from Samuel Eager in 1857.
Credit American Stamp Dealers Association

There are many ways to send a Valentine's Day greeting in 2014 -- text, email, social media.

But in 1857, there weren't so many.

A passionate love letter from Samuel Eager to Clara Dwight Marsh is being displayed at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the tiny letter along with a rare stamp is on display at the American Stamp Dealers Association convention.

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Earthquake
8:49 am
Mon January 20, 2014

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Haiti

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti about 6 miles southwest of Carrefour at 1:56 a.m. this morning.

A USGS map shows that there have been tremors near the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the last few days. 

About two weeks ago, there was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake between Key West and Cuba.

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News
11:21 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Miami Closes Two More Parks Over Potential Soil Contamination

Credit Christine DiMattei

  Two more public parks in Miami are closing after potential contamination was found in the parks' soil.

The city announced Monday that it will close Billy Rolle Domino Park at 3400 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, and Southside Park at 100 SW 11th St. near Brickell.

The Department of Environmental Resource Management will collect more samples to determine what's next for the parks.

For the past few months, several Miami-Dade parks have closed because of soil contamination.

In September, Miami-Dade County ordered that all 112 of its parks be inspected.

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PAMM
6:59 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

PAMM's 'First Beat' Is To A Female Drum

Female drummers will perform "First Beat" at PAMM this Saturday.
Credit Brad Heck Photography / Tom Tom Magazine

The new Perez Art Museum Miami opened Dec. 4 and wrapped up its first week alongside Art Basel. And now that the museum is settling in, it's kicking off its free monthly programs. 

PAMM's monthly events will happen every second Saturday of the month and is free and open to the public. They'll include family exhibition tours, performances and art-making events.

This Saturday, Dec. 14, 12 female drummers from Miami and New York will perform in "First Beat."

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News
3:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Book Sale To Benefit Miami-Dade Libraries Starts Wednesday

Miami-Dade County's main library branch is holding a book sale on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Credit Miami-Dade County Public Library System

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library will host a book sale Dec. 11 through Dec. 14 at the Main Library branch at 101 West Flagler St.

Thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale. Guests are invited to "go green" and bring reusable bags to carry their books.

This summer, Miami-Dade libraries faced budget cuts which threatened to close down dozens of branches across the county.

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Art Basel
11:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Basel Recap: What We Saw And Heard

A piece at Art Basel.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Art Basel 2013 is over. During it, Wynwood and Miami Beach were oozing with art, music, and people (some of whom could be considered art).

Even though some of Wynwood's and Midtown’s satellite art fairs might be pushed out soon, we thought Entitled, Spectrum, Art Miami and Miami Project were great this year. Check out some of them in the pictures above.

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Art Basel
4:12 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Wynwood’s Evolving Street Art

Kazilla spray-painting a mural on ABC Costume Shop.
Julia Duba WLRN

If you’ve wandered around Wynwood, chances are you’ve noticed all the murals. And if you wander around there months later, you'll probably notice a lot of them are gone.

And when Art Basel comes around, Wynwood is like a whole new place.

“It’s temporary. It’s just for the moment just so you can feel it and breathe it and do it and then you let it go,” muralist Kazilla says.

She’s painting a piece on the front wall of ABC Costume Shop, a store on Northwest 24th Street near I-95.

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Art Deco
12:06 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Meet The Man Behind All Those South Beach Pastels

The Park Central, 640 Ocean Drive.
Credit Julia Duba

In 1976, South Beach's population was aging and so were the buildings.

Then came Leonard Horowitz.

"I'll take care of the buildings. I'll do the frosting on the cake because these look like they're going to be a lot of fun to play with," said Horowitz in a film from 1988 called "Pastel Paradise."

His love for Art Deco is why South Beach looks the way it does today.

Horowitz came from New York -- where he designed furniture, did window dressings for Bloomingdale’s and studied architecture.

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Criminal Justice
5:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Florida Considers Reopening Correctional Facilities

Credit Kate Ter Haar/Fickr

Florida might soon reopen several prisons, a year after closing them after the state projected a growing inmate population. Gov. Rick Scott announced the closing of prisons across the state as good news, saying it saved the state money.

But next year, the Department of Corrections wants the legislature to reopen nine facilities from Miami to the panhandle. That will include two prisons, five work camps and two reentry centers.

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Landmarks
8:46 am
Fri October 18, 2013

How A Miami Farm Became A Magic City Oasis

One of six cottages at the Magic City Farm.
Credit Julia Duba

The farm is hidden behind tall trees and a short wall. But when you walk closer, you can start to see the main house painted blue and coral-pink.

There are six small cottages on one side of the house, and sitting right over Miami’s Little River, is a two-story boathouse from the early 1900s.

“(When) you’re in here, you’re not in Miami. (But) you can walk two feet out the door and you’re in Miami. What could be better?” said Tamara Hendershot, owner of the Magic City Farm.

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Technology
11:53 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Why A Boca Fraternity Will Hold Your Spot In Line At The Apple Store

These FAU fraternity members are trying to raise money for charity by standing in line at the Apple Store at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. The latest iPhone goes on sale Friday. Left to right are Justin Koppenberger, Zachary Goldberg, Patrick Gober, and at far right is Carson Sample.
Credit Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel

If you don't want to wait in line for a new iPhone in Boca Raton, a Florida Atlantic University fraternity is willing to make a deal with you.

Members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity will hold your spot in line at a local Apple Store in exchange for a $100 donation to their charity partner, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

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NBA Finals
12:52 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Story Behind A Rather Unique Miami Heat Pep Talk

Andy Pita

The quality of the video is low budget and low sound quality but high energy.

A guy is standing in his bedroom with his hair gelled up. He’s wearing a Dwyane Wade jersey. “Guys, Miami, you know what time it is and you know I had to make another video!" he exclaims. "The 2013 playoffs are back! The Miami Heat. The greatest season ever! And I got my money on it that we going to win the championship again!” 

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