Nadege Green

Reporter

Nadege Green loves only-in-Miami stories. After five years as a Miami Herald reporter, she is convinced Miami is the best news town ever. Really, you can’t make up some of the stuff that happen here.

Nadege has covered local city governments and as a sub-beat, Miami’s Haitian community.

She is a graduate of Barry University, where she majored in English with the hope of someday becoming the next great novelist — she’s still working on that dream.

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Arts
6:35 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

North Miami's MOCA Museum Reintroduces Itself

A view of the Third Space: Inventing the Possible exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The exhibit is the first for the museum while under the direction of Babacar M’Bow.
Credit Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art is recognized internationally in the art world.

It’s been called the “jewel of the city” and the anchor for a growing downtown district.

But during the past year, legal disputes and fighting between former board members and the city have left some questions about the future of the museum.

MOCA is embroiled in a public battle over who owns the 600-piece permanent art collection.

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Halloween
3:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Decorative Contact Lenses Could Haunt You

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute warns consumers to ditch decorative lenses for Halloween.
Credit tanakawho / Flickr Creative Commons

As you shop around for the perfect Halloween costume, beware.  

Don’t reach for those decorative contact lenses that will transform your boring pupils into green feline eyes or spiral hypnotizers.

The Food and Drug Administration warns these cosmetic lenses sold in Halloween supply stores, flea markets and mall kiosks are illegal and can lead to blindness.

Contact lenses are medical devices that can only be distributed by licensed eye care professionals, according to a federal law passed in 2005.

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Money
3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Florida Ranks Fourth Nationwide In High Cellphone Taxes

Credit taxcredits.net / Flickr Creative Commons

The next time you open your cellphone bill and feel it's overpriced, don’t blame your carrier alone.

Florida ranks fourth in the nation with the highest state-local taxes imposed on cellphones at 16.55 percent, according to a recent study.

The Tax Foundation tracked tax rates across different states to see how much customers were paying on their phone bills.

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Haiti
2:59 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Petition Opposes State Funeral For Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Jean-Claude Duvalier during an interview in Laboule, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 16, 2011.
Credit Andres Martinez Casares / For The Miami Herald

 

The death of former Haiti president Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has stirred strong emotions locally and in Haiti.

After learning of Duvalier’s death, many Haitians took to social media and radio to recount the horrors and brutality suffered under his regime.

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Haiti
8:21 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Baby Doc Divide: Why South Florida's Haitians Disagree On Duvalier

Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti, where Miami's Haitian community discussed Baby Doc Duvalier's death over the weekend.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

From Stalin in Russia to Pinochet in Chile, there’s at least one thing we’ve learned about dictators: Despite the terrible things they often do, people’s memories of them can be fond as well as frightening.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier – who ruled from 1971 to 1986 and died on Saturday in Portu-au-Prince at age 63 from a heart attack brought on in part by a tarantula bite – was no exception.

 WLRN spent the weekend listening to the divided opinion on Baby Doc in Miami’s Haitian community.

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News
4:37 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

A City Employee Throws An Illegal Party In A North Miami School Gym

Party goers purportedly dancing inside Cagni Gym posted on Instagram.
Credit I AM WIldlife / Instagram

 

Hundreds of college students flocked to a North Miami residential neighborhood to party at a gym normally used by elementary and middle school kids.

DJ Thunder, who was celebrating his birthday, tweeted to his followers that the indoor gym can easily fit 1,000 people, “so thats what we aimin for.”

College students from as far as Boca Raton streamed into Cagni Gym, 700 NE 137 St., for what some were calling “the all you can drink” party.

The much-anticipated bash with free liquor and a $15 to $20 cover charge was not authorized.

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Public Resources
6:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Miami-Dade Considers The Future of Its Libraries

Seven-year-old Joseph Gonzalez looks for a book at the West Kendall library in this file photo from March 17, 2014.
Credit Miami Herald Staff

  Libraries are no longer just about the books. On Monday afternoon, that was the main point at a Knight Foundation-sponsored discussion about the future of libraries.

Libraries are exploratory labs for potential startups, spaces for interactive education and in some states, home to community gardens. These were among some of the examples at a luncheon in downtown Miami on how libraries across the nation are looking toward the future.

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Moms At Work
5:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Teachers Fight For Right To Pump Breast Milk

Monica Howell and her baby, Celeste, in their Miramar home, Sept. 19, 2014. Howell and other teachers are campaigning for Miami-Dade schools to establish policies to allow lactating teachers time and space to pump breast milk.
Credit Charles Trainer Jr. / Miami Herald

When Monica Howell gave birth to her daughter Celeste earlier this year, the Miami-Dade school teacher knew she wanted to breastfeed for as long as possible.

On her first day back in the classroom after maternity leave, Howell carried a new set of supplies: an electronic breast pump, ice packs and storage containers for her milk.

She met with her assistant principal to schedule the times she planned to pump.

"Her reply to me was, 'Absolutely not, we cannot accommodate breastfeeding mothers,'” Howell said.

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Aftermath
1:18 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Victims' Mothers To Hold Vigil At Liberty City Mass Shooting Scene

Teddy bears rest near the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Hermana Richardson is returning to the Liberty City street where her son and his best friend were murdered.

It’s been three months since one of the worst mass shooting in Miami’s history. Seven people were injured. Two died.

“Three months they’ve been murdered and we haven’t heard anything yet,” says Richardson.  “They’re not talking about it anymore and I don’t want it to be thrown on a shelf.”

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News
12:19 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Miami Agency That Polices Police Is In Turmoil

Sheila McNeil says the CIP failed her in trying to get justice for her son Travis McNeil who was killed by a Miami officer.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil says she still holds hope that the Miami police officer who killed her unarmed son three years ago will one day be held accountable.

Prosecutors cleared Officer Reynaldo Goyos, who believed Travis McNeil was reaching for a gun when he shot him during a traffic stop. Goyos was fired in 2013, only to be reinstated with back-pay. But there’s one agency left with an open case: Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel, which reviews cases of alleged police misconduct.

The independent watchdog has yet to close its inquiry — nearly two years past its own deadline.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

LadyFest Miami Celebrates Womanhood And Promotes Activism

Credit LadyFest

A collective of local artists and activists is encouraging unity among South Florida’s women through an event called LadyFest.

“As women, we are fragmented,” says Charo Valero, one of the event’s organizers. “The mothers, the straight women, women of faith, women of color, immigrants, women that only speak Spanish, we exist as fragmented pieces.”

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News
6:44 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Miami-Dade County Takes First Step Toward Transgender Protections

Supporter of Miami-Dade's transgender community wave their hands in the Miami-Dade County commission chambers after the commission votes to outlaw discrimination against transgender individuals.
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade County Commission gave preliminary approval Tuesday to add transgender protections to the county’s human rights law.

Last year, Miami-Dade County considered outlawing discrimination against transgender individuals as it already does for other groups.

But the item failed to draw enough support and was withdrawn.

On Tuesday, the commission revisited the issue.  It passed unanimously.

A few members of the public spoke in support of the transgender community. No one spoke in opposition.

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News
3:33 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

West Palm Beach Will Consider $100,000 Settlement To Employees In "Noose" Incident

West Palm Beach will consider a $100,000 settlement for noose incident.
Credit ssalonso / Flickr Creative Commons

A two-year-old incident involving photos of people hanging by nooses could cost the City of West Palm Beach $100,000. 

The city commission will consider paying the settlement to three employees who say they were harassed in the workplace.

In 2012, David Fowler, Raymond Johnson and Alden Wilder found photos depicting people with ropes around their necks and people getting beaten.

The photos were found in an envelope on a city truck they used.

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Overtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

A Saturday Curfew To Shop Only At Black-Owned South Florida Businesses

About 40 young professional gathered at Jackson's Soul Food in Overtown to hear about supporting black-owned businesses.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

To support black-owned businesses, a campaign is creating a shopping curfew for South Floridians on the weekend.

The goal of the #CurfewForChange campaign is to empower black customers to shop at black-owned businesses on Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. -- a curfew to halt shopping at other retailers during these hours.

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News
4:07 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

North Miami Finance Manager Resigns After IRS Launches Probe

North Miami City Hall
Credit The City of North Miami

The Internal Revenue Service will be taking a closer look at the City of North Miami’s books this month.

In a letter sent to the city on Sept. 2, the IRS is specifically asking to review employee payroll records and information about eight city vendors from 2012.

Three days after the IRS announced its review, the North Miami finance manager who would have helped coordinate the Service's request resigned.

Camelia Siguineau in her brief resignation letter wrote, “Due to unforeseen family obligations, I am unable to continue my employment with the city.”

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