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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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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Governor's Race
1:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Abortion Rights? Crist Says "I Get It" And Snags Planned Parenthood Endorsement

THEIR GUY: Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist collects the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood PAC. To Crist's right, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo and running mate Annette Taddeo.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

On Saturday morning at 9:30 -- as most of the city was waking up -- Charlie Crist was collecting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood's political action committee. To an audience consisting mostly of her own staff and volunteers, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo delivered the priority message.

"Gov. Rick Scott has waged an unrelenting assault on women since his election in 2010," Tamayo told the group, most of them in pink Planned Parenthood PAC T-shirts.

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Minimum Wage
12:31 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Seven Arrested In Miami-Dade As Fast Food Workers March For Higher Pay, Union Rights

Fast food workers and labor organizers block traffic on 167th Street in North Miami Beach. They closed the street for a half-hour until police took them to jail.
Credit Rick Stone

Just as they did in several other American cities on Thursday, South Florida fast food workers and union organizers demonstrated for higher wages and union rights.

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News
12:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Dade Voters Will Decide In November Whether To Replace Old Courthouse

OLD COURTHOUSE: Voters will decide on a $393 million bond issue to replace the old structure.
Credit Elisa Rolle via Wikimedia Commons

Disgusted, embarrassed and vaguely threatened by their decrepit 90-year old courthouse on Flagler Street, Miami Dade commissioners have decided to ask the voters to pay for a new one.

Downtown workers have been seeing the nets and fence around the courthouse for at least 12 years, and they are in no doubt about the condition of the historic building. But those who have to work there know even better. Like Glenn Sheldon, whose office is on the 22nd floor.

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Ballot Questions
7:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Why SkyRise Miami Depends On Voters And Visitors' Pockets

Developer Jeff Berkowitz says it would be for Miami what the Eiffel Tower is for Paris.
Credit Skyrise Miami

City of Miami voters will decide Tuesday whether to let a local developer build Florida's tallest building on the waterfront behind Bayside Marketplace. 

Jeff Berkowitz visualizes SkyRise Miami as the city's special landmark. A $400 million, 1,000-foot tower stuffed with observation decks, restaurants, a theater and even some thrill rides. It would create jobs, bolster the economy and polish up the Miami brand. He says this is what major cities do.

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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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