Rick Stone

Reporter

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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Opening Cuba
12:27 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Obama's Cuba Move Shows How Anti-Castro Passion Still Burns In Miami's Exile Hearts

OLD SCHOOL ANGER With a protest sign that could have been made decades ago, anti-Castro demonstrators break for lunch at Little Havana's Versailles Restaurant.
Credit Rick Stone

President Obama's announced opening to Cuba this week touched off vehement reactions in parts of South Florida's Cuban community. But it also exposed generational rifts that may have put time limits on the political potency of the Cuba issue.

Many in the traditional exile community believe the president caved to the Castro government and gave away much more than the U.S. would receive for opening diplomatic relations and scaling back the embargo.

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Art Basel
5:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Did Art Basel Devastate The Local Arts Scene? Or Did NY Times Get It Wrong?

BASELING Heavy traffic in Wynwood during Art Basel. According to the New York Times, it's all too much.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Under the headline "Those Artsy Early Birds Flew Away," the New York Times this week sketches a history of Art Basel Miami Beach as an ill-conceived money storm that transformed too much, delivered too little and ultimately devastated - and then scattered - the local art scene.

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History
3:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Broward County's Watery Relationship With The Everglades Over A Century

HIS LEGACY: Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, as lampooned by a contemporary cartoonist. His drainage attempts were small-scale and ineffective but they built his reputation.
Credit WLRN filew

Broward County is a few weeks into a year-long run-up to its centennial in October of 2015, a century since Florida's second-biggest county was manufactured from pieces of Palm Beach and Dade counties.

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Michael Brown
1:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Two Arrested In Miami Ferguson Protest

A sign during the Dram Defenders rally in Miami.
Credit Nadge Green / WLRN

Two men were arrested Tuesday night as more than 100 demonstrators occupied the street in front of Miami's criminal courthouse.

It was one of several protests that have erupted across the country over the refusal of a Missouri grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson who killed teenager Michael Brown in the town of Ferguson this summer.

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Immigration
12:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Bishop Frade May Have Meant When He Called President Obama A Sodomite

FIGHTING WORDS? Episcopal Bishop Leo Frade may not have meant what you think he meant when he called the president a sodomite.
Credit Rick Stone

Miami's downtrodden, disenfranchised and undocumented probably have no greater friend than Bishop Leopold Frade, spiritual leader of Southeast Florida's 33,000 Episcopalians.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

For Immigrants, Obama's Executive Order May Fall Short

Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of South East Florida was among the immigration advocates urging President Onbama to 'go big' with his executive order.
Credit Rick Stone

President Obama on Thursday will outline the executive order he plans to issue to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.  That news broke in Miami as immigrants and their advocates were beginning a rally at a church near downtown Miami. They were planing to tell the president to "go big" with his executive power.

But that may not happen.

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Miami Marine Stadium
8:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Miami Boat Show Plans New Home At Miami Marine Stadium

The current state of Miami Marine Stadium
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

  In the 1980s, Gloria Estefan performed at the Miami Marine Stadium, just before the striking concrete structure fell into disuse and neglect. With her hits filling the air once again, she arrived in a big yacht to assume a new role in the stadium's life. 

"I'm a Cuban-American which is a no-brainer that I would love to be a part of trying to salvage, save and bring into the future one of the contributions of our Cuban-American community that is so important and so unique," she says.

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Ebola
4:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Rick Scott Says Following CDC Guidance Might Be Wrong

HE HAS DEMANDS: Gov. Scott wants more federal help to keep Ebola out of Florida and also a ban on travel from West Africa.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

 Gov. Rick Scott opened fire on the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, accusing the agency of starving Florida of the information, equipment and even the testing kits the state needs to be safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

"The CDC has not fulfilled any of Florida's requests," Scott said angrily. "We are now asking publicly to support us in these important efforts for our state."

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Governor's Race
8:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Chris Christie Doesn't Want You To Think Rick Scott Can Debate Charlie Crist And Win

GOVERNORS: Campaigning for Rick Scott, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Scott opponent Charlie Crist is probably the better debater.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday will meet his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, for the first of three October debates.

And Crist, of course, will mop the floor with Florida's Republican governor. Says who? Says Scott's new best friend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The chairman of the Republican Governors Association. That's who.

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Health
7:30 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Miami Jackson Doctors Show Off Ebola Gear

Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

After Sunday’s false Ebola alarm that disrupted life and traffic in Jackson Health System's Miami neighborhood, hospital officials used Monday for an Ebola-related media event that was oddly reassuring.

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Environment
5:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Amid The Summit Climate-Speak, Plain Talk Stood Out

Credit Southeast Florida Regional Compact

Absorbing the material at the sixth annual Climate Leadership Summit was a lot like trying to drink from a fire hose. There was a lot of information, much of it technical, dense and very detailed.

The two-day event was a series of expert deep dives into hydrology and re-insurance and risk management.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

October King Tide Brings Trove Of Data For Sea-Level Threat In Miami Beach

TIDAL SCENE: The October King Tide of 2013 was a problem in Miami Beach. This was the scene at 10th Street and Alton Road.
Credit Arianna Prothero / WLRN

Another King Tide will wash over South Florida on Oct. 9.

That’s the alignment of the Earth, sun and moon in a way that gives us the highest tides of the year. And this one will bring an opportunity for local students who are really serious about climate change and sea-level rise to glimpse and document coastal Florida’s possible future.

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Language
6:04 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

More English, More Money? Maybe Not In Miami

A new report says workers with poor English skills may be dragging down the economy.
Credit freedigitalphotos.net

The list of things that threaten the U. S. economy is long, indeed. But here's one item that might not have occurred to you.

Speaking bad English.

As the Brookings Institution scopes it out in a report released Wednesday, immigrants seeking work in the U. S. often have to settle for jobs beneath their qualifications just because their English is not up to snuff.

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News
5:51 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Welcomes Search Dog With A Badge

OFFICIAL FIRE DOG: Rit the Labrador retriever now has his Ft. Lauderdale Fire Department badge and he's ready to search for survivors.
Credit Rick Stone

At the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, Rit the fire dog is dying for his first real-world assignment. The firefighters want to see it, too, but that means they'd have to wish for the kind of disaster that leaves human survivors hidden in rubble and wreckage.

So, they’re happy to wait for Rit's chance to do his stuff. It may not be long.

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Invasive Species
7:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Broward Shudders As Giant African Snails Cross Border From Miami-Dade

BAG OF TROUBLE: A state worker shows the African land snails she found in a yard in the Broward County town of Davie. The invasive creatures previously had been seen only in Miami-Dade County.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

A big fear of state agriculture officials isn't a fear anymore. It's reality.

The giant African land snails that have plagued Miami-Dade County -- but only Miami-Dade County -- for three years have now spread to Broward County.

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