Julia Duba

Reporter/producer

Julia Duba is a reporter and producer for WLRN-Miami Herald News.

She co-produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup and loves to tell stories about South Florida's history, like the two notorious Miami taggers who marked the rise and fall of graffiti on I-95, the haunted tales of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and how South Florida helped train D-Day soldiers for World War II.

Duba is a Miami native and graduated from Florida International University, where she was a staff writer and editor for the FIU Student Media newspaper The Beacon. She then interned with WLRN in the summer of 2013 and began working with WLRN as the morning producer.

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Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

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Nine people were shot and wounded at West Little River Park while playing basketball Monday afternoon.

The shooter allegedly opened fire from the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima, Miami-Dade County police said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and is in critical but stable condition. Police say the other eight victims were shot in their extremities and are expected to fully recover.

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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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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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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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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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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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