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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Regulating The Debates
10:33 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Leaked! The Candidates' Agreement On How To Run The Presidential Debates

There are rules for these things.
Credit DonkeyHotey on flickr

For debate watchers, this MAY help you understand what you're seeing tonight. Mark Halperin at Time magazine has obtained the official 2012 presidential debate rules and put them on his blog.  This is the agreement reached by the two campaigns and neither the Commission on Presidential Debates nor the moderators were parties to it. Highlights below, see it all here.

What would happen if another candidate qualified for the debates.

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Foreclosure Settlement
8:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Foreclosure Settlement Will Rain Checks On Thousands In South Florida

Sign Of Anger: Banks are finally settling with people who lost their homes to sometimes questionable foreclosure methods.
Credit SEIU International

There's been a big consumer protection settlement for people who lost their homes to foreclosure and checks could be on the way early next year. Did you lose your home to foreclosure? And was your mortgage serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo?  The Sun-Sentinel is reporting you may be eligible for a $2,000 check.

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Meningitis Death
7:23 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Miami-Dade Teen's Meningitis Death Triggers Public Health Alert

Mom texted her family, 'Ask about meningitis.' Hours later, her son was dead.
Credit Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

Questions arise after the sudden death of 18-year-old Christopher Valdes. Are there more bacterial meningitis cases in Miami-Dade County? And was this one misdiagnosed? Even after a specific plea to consider meningitis, doctors sent him home with painkillers and nausea pills. A few hours later, he was dead.  Christopher's father tells the Miami Herald, "I feel they were negligent."

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TB Outbreak
9:43 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Despite CDC Appeals, Politics Thwarted Tuberculosis Information Campaign

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacteria that causes the disease.
Credit MicrobeWorld

Records and emails collected by The Palm Beach Post depict state officials as too absorbed with political goals to warn the public about a tuberculosis outbreak.

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Cuban Missile Crisis
8:53 am
Mon October 15, 2012

How Cuba Nearly Joined The Nuclear Club

Khrushchev, right, considered Castro a hot head.
Credit AP

Recent research and a new book by the son of a Soviet insider are putting the Cuban Missile Crisis of a half century ago in a scary new light. Juan Tamayo of the Miami Herald reports we were closer to nuclear war than we have realized. Here's the part about the 98 nuclear missiles that Nikita Khrushchev almost left with Fidel Castro.

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Voting Laws
8:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Charlie Crist's Costly Stand For Early Voting

The Hug: This may have been a worse problem for Charlie Crist than his defense of early voting.
Credit seasidepost on flickr

Dismayed after black citizens, voting early, handed Florida to President Obama in 2008, state Republican leaders showed up in Gov. Charlie Crist's office to demand a law that restricts early voting.

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Capital Punishment
7:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families

John Errol Ferguson, convicted of killing six, may have murdered twice as many.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

John Errol Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Thursday for a six-victim murder that  horrified South Florida more than 35 years ago. At the time, as the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reminds us in this backgrounder, it was the worst mass murder in local history.  Is he fit to execute?

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Politics And Polls
6:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Nelson's Survival Shows Romney Surge Did Little For Republicans' Senate Strategy

Nelson's Republican opponent Connie Mack missed the surge.
Credit Gage Skidmore on Flickr

The Republicans' chance of retaking the Senate is about a quarter of what it was two months ago, according to the New York Times' great meta-pollster, Nate Silver. Despite Mitt Romney's comeback, Democratic Senate candidates like Florida incumbent Bill Nelson are also holding their own. Check the tables on Silver's blog at  fivethirtyeight.com.

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Quarterback Queen
9:46 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Erin DiMeglio's Big Year: South Plantation High Quarterback Is Also Homecoming Queen

Homecoming queen Erin DiMeglio in her other role
Marisa Latzman
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman met Erin Dimeglio and produced this profile.

It's hard to imagine a more completely successful senior year. Here’s Christy Cabrera Chirinos' story in the Sun-Sentinel about how 17-year-old Erin DiMeglio got her homecoming tiara...during halftime. Click the Listen link to hear Phil Latzman's profile of the groundbreaking athlete.

From dreaming of touchdown passes to…sporting a tiara?

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Big Bird On The Roof
8:19 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Dade Teachers Mock Romney With Big Bird Strapped Like Seamus To Van's Roof

The Spokesdog Speaks: Romney is "one scary individual"
Dogs Against Romney

Mitt Romney is getting his nose rubbed today in one of the most durable memes of the 2012 campaign, his hapless dog Seamus strapped to the roof of the family van during a long vacation road trip.

Only it’s not the dog this time. It’s Big Bird. Memes aren't memes, you know, unless they adapt.

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Bad Ballots
4:32 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Shades Of 2000: Palm Beach County's Bad Ballots Mean Another Hand Count Election

2000: Lawyers and elections workers spent days squinting at Palm Beach County ballots, trying to determine who had voted for whom.
AP
  • Barry Richard performs the robocall he sent to Palm Beach County absentee voters.

A misprint on 60,000 absentee ballots means vote-counting in Palm Beach County will be sort of special again this year.

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said each of those ballots will have to be examined, the intent of each voter discerned, and the vote transferred to a properly printed ballot so it can be read by a tabulation scanner.

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Obama In Miami
8:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Swing State Life: Obama's On His Way To Make A Nightmare Of Miami Traffic

Here He Comes Again: A presidential motorcade much like this one that tied up Miami traffic in 2010 will inject itself into the Brickell area rush hour today.
Miami Herald

President Obama makes an appearance this afternoon at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. It's a grassroots rally with free admission for those who got advance tickets. Doors open at 1 p. m.

After that, Brickell Avenue will close at Southeast Seventh Street at 4 p. m. as the president makes his way to another event at the J. W. Marriott Marquis Hotel.

He's supposed to arrive at 5. But the Miami Herald warns downtown drivers need to make three and half hours worth of plans:

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Parking Garage Collapse
7:36 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Third Death Reported In Garage Collapse, Search Continues For Man Still Missing

photo: Gregory A. Castillo
Gregory A. Castillo

A third person has died after yesterday's collapse of an under-construction parking garage at the Doral campus of Miami Dade College.

Miami-Dade police identified the latest victim as 53-year-old Samuel Perez. He was pulled from the rubble early this morning. Also killed in the sudden collapse were Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60.  Another person is still missing.

Perez was the man whose legs had to be amputated so rescuers could get him to safety. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died today at 4 a. m.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

At 'Nuestra Noche,' GOP Welcomes Hispanic Candidates

National Republicans showed off some of the results of a Hispanic candidate recruitment drive during a packed-to-the-rafters blowout in Tampa's colorful latin community, Ybor City, during the Republican National Convention this past summer. The gala is called "Nuestra Noche", and the event took place at the historic Cuban Club.

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Chavez Wins
12:21 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Chavez' Win Broke Hearts In Doral

At outdoor election watch parties such as this one in the Venezuelan enclave of Doral, the excitement did not outlive the vote count.
Credit Melissa Sanchez / El Nuevo Herald
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman covers the aftermath of the Venezuelan election with this double interview. Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss is on the ground in Caracas and El Nuevo Herald editor Teresa Frontado describes the expatriates' journey to vote in New Orleans.
  • This is El Nuevo Herald's Melissa Sanchez describing the mood collapse in Doral as Sunday's vote count turned against Chavez challenger Henrique Capriles.

In South Florida's Venezuelan enclave of Doral this weekend, happy confidence turned to shock and dismay in about the time it took to count the ballots in Caracas.

Fifty-eight-year-old Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had won his third re-election campaign decisively, defeating Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles by a margin of more than 10 percent.

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