Kenny Malone

Kenny Malone hails from Meadville, PA where the zipper was invented, where Clark Gable’s mother is buried and where, in 2007, a wrecking ball broke free from a construction site, rolled down North Main Street and somehow wound up inside the trunk of a Ford Taurus sitting at a red light.

Malone graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH as a mathematics major and economics minor. He took an un-ironic oath to use mathematics for good not evil. Per that oath, Malone has taken on a wide array of non-evil numbers-based reporting endeavors -- everything from proving the existence of a home-field heat advantage for the Miami Dolphins to explaining South Florida’s economy in terms of automobiles on I-95 to exposing the extraordinary toll the densest cluster of assisted living facilities in the state had on both local authorities and the residents of those facilities in Lauderhill, FL.

Malone’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition as well as APM’s Marketplace and The Story. His work has won national awards for religion, financial, crime and investigative reporting as well as three Best in Show Green Eyeshade Awards, the National Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound, the National Headliner and PRNDI awards for series reporting, and the Scripps Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Reporting.

Malone lives in Miami Beach with his scruffy dog, Sir Xavier Charpentier III.

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From The Mouths Of Babes
12:15 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Listen To An Adorable Little Girl Complain About Mayor Rob Ford... And Spiders

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Here, in order of priority, is what really gets the goat of one little girl from Toronto:

1. Spiders, for their webs are icky and sticky.

2. Toronto mayor Rob Ford. He is, according this little Torontonian, "not doing the job that he's supposed to."

Her full grievance is posted below. The second voice is her mother's.

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Let There Be Whine
12:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Most Adorable Complaint Ever And Other Highlights From Our Pop-Up Complaints Booth

WLRN's pop-up complaints booth at the Wolfsonian-FIU.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

We have heard your complaints. And they are hilarious -- especially this one from a little girl from Toronto who had thoughts on spiders... and the city's mayor:

Over the weekend we installed a popup complaints booth at the Wolfsonian FIU to coincide with the Power of Design Festival (co-presented by WLRN) centered on the theme of complaints. The concept was simple: Step inside our sound-resistant kiosk, speak into the microphone and gripe.

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The End of the Road
11:22 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

We Want Your I-95 Ire And Art

Commuter misery turned postal art, the I-95/395 interchange was featured in the U.S. Postal Service's "EARTHSCAPES" collection of Forever Stamps in 2012.
Credit U.S. Postal Service

If you wrote a play about road rangers or made a quilt from fallen mattress, or glued together a Fabergé-style egg from pieces of shattered headlights, then for the love of highway please contact us.

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The End of the Road
2:39 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs

I-95 according to North Carolina: 76 different designs were submitted between 1956 and 1957 during a contest that would shape the interstate's image forever. North Carolina's colorful design is pictured above.
Credit Kenny Malone

If North Carolina had its way, the interstate system would look very different today.

Before President Dwight D. Eisenhower had even signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the American Association of State Highway Officials was discussing the need for “a distinctive interstate route marker.” 

The U.S. Highway System already had the iconic shield you see along U.S. 1, AASHO decided the fledgling 40,000-mile superhighway needed its own brand.

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The End of the Road
4:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates

Credit Jeffery Katz / Florida Department of Transportation

“Lexus lanes” may have been too cheap for Miami. This past Saturday morning, South Florida drivers traded in for “Lamborghini lanes.”

The maximum possible toll on the 95 Express lanes increased from $7.00 to $10.50 — the mininum has doubled to 50 cents — in response to record numbers of motorists forking over what was thought to be a discouragingly high amount of money.

“That day you paid seven bucks, we were trying to get you not to go there,” said Rory Santana, who oversees Miami-Dade County’s stretch of 95 Express for the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Cuban Kitchen
4:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

A Cinematic Ode To Abuelita's Cuban Coffee

Luisa Toledo and her grandson Michael Toledo
Credit Kenny Malone

As part of our occasional Cuban Kitchen series here at WLRN-Miami Herald News, we bring you stories about our relationship with food and how food shapes our relationships. Listen to the story about Michael Toledo and his grandmother here, and read it below.

Michael Toledo was dozing off at his computer. It was 4 a.m. He was desperately trying to learn a digital video effect to impress his boss.

Against his better judgment, the 24-year-old tip-toed down the hall to his grandparents’ bedroom. Both were was fast asleep.

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The End of the Road
3:26 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

FHP's Operation I-95 Saturation Yields More Than 400 Citations

Credit Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Highway Patrol issued more than eight citations per hour during Operation I-95 Saturation last week.

In response to public complaints about a lack of enforcement on 95 in Miami-Dade County, FHP roughly doubled its enforcement Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., expanding the hours from the originally planned 10-to-4 timeframe.

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The End Of The Road
6:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Why You Don't Get Speeding Tickets From Your SunPass (And Why @EvanBenn Owes Us)

An FHP trooper in one of the few places on 95 Express where the shoulder is wider than eight feet.
Credit Kenny Malone

Two weeks ago we brought you a story about how the Florida Highway Patrol has been flooded with complaints about unchecked speeding in the I-95 Express Lanes. As FHP explained, there's only so much they can do given the abnormally narrow shoulders in those lanes.

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The End of the Road
7:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

FHP Cracking Down on I-95 Driving This Week

Operation I-95 Saturation will roughly double the number of FHP troopers on Miami-Dade County's stretch of I-95 this week.
Credit Kenny Malone

 

The people have spoken and now they must slow down.

On Feb. 10, the Florida Highway Patrol launched Operation I-95 Saturation in Miami-Dade County, essentially doubling the number of troopers on one of South Florida’s main arteries. The increased enforcement will be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.

“Well, it came about because we’ve gotten complaints that there haven’t been enough troopers out on I-95,” said Trooper Joe Sanchez, a spokesman for the FHP in Miami-Dade County.

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The End of the Road
7:46 am
Mon February 3, 2014

I-95's Narrow Shoulders And Speeding Cars Problematic For FHP

Credit By Jeffrey Katz, courtesy FDOT

The 95 Express Project has gotten traffic moving. Sometimes, arguably, moving too well.

FDOT numbers show that the average speed of express lane traffic during the majority of the day is between 64 and 66 MPH. That means the “average” car during those times is speeding by as much as 11 MPH.

The speed limit, which is the same for both the express lanes and the general purpose lanes, is either 55 MPH or 60 MPH depending on where you are.

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The End of the Road
6:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

I-95 Has A Speed Limit!?

Credit Kenny Malone

 I spent last Thursday, in the thick of afternoon rush hour, at the I-95 on-ramp just southwest of the Arsht Center. At around 4:30 p.m., the scene is one-half auto show, one-half salmon-spawning.

I walked from open window to open window hoping to confirm something I’ve always suspected: People don’t really know what the speed limit is on I-95. Even the people seconds away from driving on it.

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The End of the Road
10:58 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Buses: The Future Of Transportation In South Florida

Ridership on 95 Express buses from Golden Glades has increased about 50 percent in the last few years.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Behold the future, South Florida.

Commuter Mary Hammett rides a transport module that zips down what many call “I-95.” It moves faster than most cars. Hammett relaxes in the back and pulls out her iPhone, which automatically logs in to the module’s WiFi network.

She taps open the Pandora app and gives the James Fortune station a thumbs up -- a 'like' button on the little screen. As Hammett travels to her downtown Miami office, it's all smooth sailing and silky gospel vocals.

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The End Of The Road
1:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95

Nearly 2,000 miles of human accomplishment end unceremoniously near Coconut Grove.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald

The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.

For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.

One commuter says of her peers' brake lights: “Look at them. Red little demon eyes stopping you in your tracks. Interfering with your making a living."

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Employee Tracking
6:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Your Employer May Well Know You’re Reading This

Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

Ask your boss if she likes this story. With the right software she could be monitoring every key stroke and screen shot of your company-issued smart phone or computer. Every single day. Every word you say.

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Snow In Miami
8:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

A Snowball's Chance in Hell: What Are The Odds Of A White Christmas In Miami?

The Miami Herald front page from Jan. 20, 1977

This story originally ran Dec. 21, 2012.

Once upon a time, snow fell in Miami.

Seems whenever the weather gets even moderately cold, someone somewhere in South Florida invokes Jan. 19, 1977 -- the day it snowed in Miami.

Not only did the snow make front page news in The Miami Herald, the front page about snow made The Miami Herald Front Pages book

Arnold Markowitz wrote the day's story, the beginning of which reads as follows:

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