Rick Stone

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Rick Stone has been a journalist in Florida for most of his career. He's worked in newspapers and television but believes that nothing works as well as public radio. He and his wife, Mary Jane Stone, live in Broward County.

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News
7:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Germany Gifts Part Of Berlin Wall To Miami

Tomas Regalado says the city will pay for the foundation to display a part of the Berlin Wall

New York City and Miami will have another thing in common: a part of the Berlin Wall. 

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says the city is about to receive a two-ton piece of the Berlin Wall to become a permanent exhibit across Biscayne Boulevard from the iconic Freedom Tower. Another piece of the wall will be going to New York.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Miami-Dade School Board Member Curbelo For Congress

File photo of Carlos Curbelo, candidate for U.S. Congress for District 26. He says he wants to be a congressman his district could be proud of.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / el Nuevo Herald

Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo got a big endorsement for his run for Congress on Monday: former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Dressed in a white shirt and tie over jeans and shiny loafers, Romney says Curbelo is what the founding fathers had in mind: a man of his community with a deep understanding of how the economy creates jobs.

  He was there just to endorse Curbelo and not to talk about whether or not he’ll run for president again.

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Social Security
4:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Democrats Promote Social Security System That's More Generous, More Durable

Social Security had to be sold to the American people when it was launched 79 years ago.
Credit Public domain / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

After 79 years as the retirement mainstay of most American workers, Social Security is showing its age and desperately needs reform. That was the message in West Palm Beach Tuesday night from a trio of Democratic congressmen who vow to protect Social Security from Republican deficit hawks and make it more generous.

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All Aboard Florida
4:23 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

"Quiet Zones" Along The FEC Tracks May Silence Critics As Well As Train Whistles

Credit All Aboard Florida

Local planning officials say they have most of the funding in hand to create a giant no-whistles-allowed "quiet zone" from Miami to West Palm Beach. It could be a big quality-of-life improvement for South Floridians who live and work along the Florida East Coast railway tracks.

For All Aboard Florida, the company that's building a new passenger rail line from Miami through Broward and Palm Beach counties to Orlando, this is a big deal that could placate some of its critics. 

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Environment
10:28 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Map Shows Cities Their Climate Change Futures

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

By the time the 22nd Century rolls around, summers in Miami will be about six degrees hotter -- as hot as summers already are in south Texas.

That's what we learn from a new interactive map that's showing up on climate-change web sites. Just type in where you live now and the map will lead you to a city that has the same weather now as your city will have in 86 years.

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Gay Marriage
5:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Third South Florida Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Credit Peetje2 / Creative Commons/Flickr

Most of the plaintiffs in this year's same-sex marriage cases have been people who just wanted to get married.

But Heather Brassner was different -- she wanted a same-sex divorce. 

Brassner, a West Palm Beach art dealer, wants to marry her partner, Jennifer Feagins, but she's still in a civil union that she entered in Vermont with her ex 14 years ago.

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Amendment Two
6:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups

GETTING WELL: Dorothy Short keeps symptoms at bay in this shot from the 1938 exploitation film "Reefer Madness." New polls show medical marijuana polling at around 88 percent with smaller majorities in favor of legal recreational pot.
Credit Reefer Madness/public domain

If the latest poll is believable, nearly nine out of 10 Floridians are prepared to vote "yes" on the medical marijuana Amendment 2 in November.

Quinnipiac pollsters in Florida surveyed 1,251 registered voters on the medical marijuana question. The result? Overwhelming support: about 88 percent in favor.

Voters younger than 30 were the most enthusiastic, with 95 percent in favor. Voters older than 65 were the least supportive -- but, even there, the yeses were 83 percent of the total.

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Health Care
9:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo

Credit Amenic181 / freedigitalphotos.net

Some Obamacare insurance subsidies were struck down by one court but upheld by another during a tumultuous day for the Affordable Care Act. One of the rulings is a direct threat to the tax credits that have recently helped thousands of Floridians buy health insurance.

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South Florida Passenger Rail
6:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station

ARRIVAL: This is the ground approach to the proposed All Aboard Florida station in Fort Lauderdale. Architectural trusses are a design feature that will be echoed in all four of the railroad's stations.
Credit All Aboard Florida

 

All Aboard Florida -- the fast passenger rail that will connect Miami to Orlando through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- unveiled plans for its Fort Lauderdale station on Tuesday.

The $30 million structure will straddle the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on Northwest Second Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street, opening an overlooked and unattractive area near important downtown destinations to development and commerce.

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Medical Marijuana
6:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Boca Attorney Expects Charlotte's Web Rules To Affect Amendment Two Businesses

Credit Mohamed Aseel Hassan/Flickr

Florida's new Office of Compassionate Use has issued proposed rules for the regulation of Charlotte's Web, that buzz-free variety of marijuana the Legislature approved for limited medical use this year.

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Politics
9:22 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration

PANAMAXED: Giant new gantry cranes are deployed for the big ships at PortMiami. Port Everglades is preparing to widen and dredge to handle similar vessels.
Credit Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Wikimedia Commons

Florida is the big winner under the new Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.

There's $2 billion in the bill to expand Florida ports for the new Panamax vessels and another billion to restart four long-stalled Everglades restoration projects. That's 25 percent of the entire appropriation.

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

How All Aboard Florida Could Remake Downtown Miami On Its Way To Orlando

MIAMI STATION: "Floating" and "shimmering" are two of the adjectives in All Aboard Florida's description of its Miami station and commercial complex. The tracks and terminal would be 50 feet in the air.
Credit All Aboard Florida/Courtesy

All Aboard Florida will be all about connections, hopeful developers of the high-speed passenger rail system told the city this week, and not just about the link from Miami to Orlando. Its Miami infrastructure, they said, would also become the glue binding downtown Miami to its special-purpose districts across today's barriers of blight and no-man's-land.

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Amendment Two
2:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Florida's Medical Marijuana Law Would Out-California California, Opponents Charge

One advocacy group in Florida is concerned the new medical marijuana rules are full of loopholes.
Credit Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department / lacounty.gov

The group that wants you to vote "no" on legalizing medical marijuana this November has launched a web site and produced a video. Its media warns that Amendment Two is much more permissive and loophole-ridden than most people realize.

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Politics
7:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Conservatives: Support Immigration Reform, It Will Replenish The Workforce

ACCEPTANCE: Conservatives are sounding the all-clear for immigration reform and telling former opponents it would be good for the economy.
Credit Florida Immigrant Coalition

Citing a more tolerant political atmosphere and a developing need for workers, leading Florida conservatives are calling on Congress to support and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

One good reason:  It would renew the state's dwindling supply of warm bodies.

"Our birthrate is about 1.7 per couple. We're not even replacing ourselves now," warned Ed Moore, president of the Florida Center Right Coalition, one of three noted conservatives who joined former state GOP chairman Al Cárdenas in a conference call with state reporters.

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The Sunshine Edition
11:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Charlotte's Web Bill Could Limit The Future Of Medical Marijuana

Credit Dale Calder on Flickr

Somewhere on the quality scale between Internet scuttlebutt and peer-reviewed research, you'll find the case for medical marijuana. It relies mostly on the recent discovery of the endo-cannabinoid system, an elaborate network of brain receptors that are activated by the components of marijuana to send comfort and cure to the human body.

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