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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Education
5:31 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Education: Obama And Romney Mostly Agree

Candidates mostly agree on education
klootch1 flickr

If there are any undecided voters left in Florida, just weeks before the election, chances are they're educators.

Many say President Obama and Mitt Romney have strong education platforms that differ so subtly it may take a teacher's practiced eye to tell them apart.

"They're both strong on testing and accountability," says Doug Tuthill, who runs a nonprofit in Tampa for low-income K-through-12 students. "They both believe that student achievement should be included in teacher evaluation systems.

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Ann Romney
11:02 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ann Romney Visits St. Petersburg Hospital

Ann Romney discussed her ordeal with multiple sclerosis during her stop at All Children’s Hospital.
IowaPolitics.com

After her emotional speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney resumed the campaign today with a visit to St. Petersburg where she cut the ribbon to open a new physical therapy playground at All Children’s Hospital.

During the event, she found some common ground with 11-year-old Seth Morano of Sarasota.

Seconds after the pieces of red ribbon had fluttered to the ground in the shady playground Seth leaned back in his wheelchair, tilted his head for maximum projection and shouted a short message.

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Braman commission
2:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Activist-Tycoon Braman Targets Miami-Dade Commissioners

Norman Braman

Powerful businessman Norman Braman is casting a long shadow over the Miami-Dade County Commission election. He's backing a slate of four candidates against four incumbents, ostensibly in the name of reform and good government.

Braman, a civic activist,  car dealer and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team,  was the prime mover in the recall of former county mayor Carlos Alvarez. He was also a bitter but unsuccessful opponent of the Miami Marlins stadium deal. Braman favors reforms that would limit spending and commissioners' political power.

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Remembering Andrew
4:46 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

The Best Intentions...

Displaced people look through boxes of aid after Hurricane Andrew.
Miami-Dade County Help Dept. Collection, Florida State Archives

While we were working on ideas for stories to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, WLRN Miami Herald News journalist Rick Stone found some old tapes of his reporting after the storm.  He reported many radio stories after Hurricane Andrew (you can hear some of those original stories on the players below), but one in particular inspired us.

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Politics
8:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Anti-Gerrymandering Amendment Kicks Off Game Of Musical Districts

Enacted House Districts (http://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/2012maps/)

Next Tuesday's primary will be the first election since redistricting under anti-gerrymandering rules changed all of the political maps. The process made, changed or destroyed some political careers in the Florida Legislature, and not every one is sure the redistricting process accomplished its goals.

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Politics
6:24 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Two Liberals Vie For Seat Allen West Abandoned

Kristin Jacobs
Credit broward.org

As Republican U.S. Representative Allen West is hoping to be elected in a new district, two candidates from way over on the other side of the aisle are each hoping to fill the congressional seat he leaves behind. 

On a bright Saturday morning in a southeast Pompano Beach neighborhood, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs -- all legs and sunglasses in a short green skirt and sleeveless blue t-shirt -- zips by at the controls of a two-wheeled Segway.

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Session 2012
4:03 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

How Bad Things Happen To Good Bills

Sisterhood's Marcia Olivo at S. B. 1440's high water mark, a committee vote in favor
Credit Rick Stone

TALLAHASSEE-- At the midpoint of the legislative session,  an organization of domestic violence opponents  drove hopefully to the state capital  from Miami for the first committee hearing on a bill they were supporting.  The legislation would allow domestic violence victims who are being stalked at work to quit their jobs and still qualify for unemployment.

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Prison Privatization
2:24 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

How Florida Prison Reform Could Impact Small Town Jobs

In Monticello, jobs are on the line.
Rick Stone

MONTICELLO, Fl. -- Late in the 1980s, crime was rising, prisons were filling up and Florida needed new places to build prisons. But a grim penitentiary full of criminals was a gift that few counties wanted back then.  

Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee, was different. Then, as now, under populated and desperately poor, it saw an opportunity and it did something unusual. 

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Prison Privatization
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Republican Dissenters Kill Prison Privatization

Privatization would have cost thousands of jobs
mstephens7 on flickr

State senators decided by two votes last night to kill a massive privatization program designed to reduce state prison costs by seven percent a year.  Nine Republicans joined the Democratic minority to kill the bill, which had divided the Senate and called into question the leadership of Senate President Mike Haridopolos.

The privatization scheme called for turning 28 southern Florida institutions over to private contractors, eliminating thousands of jobs and reducing the state prison budget by an estimated seven percent.

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Under the Sun
1:23 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Episode 4: Chickens In South Florida

Michal Zacharzewski (stock.xchang)

There are some people who think that if a parrot is considered a pet, then a chicken should be as well.  They keep a small number of “domestic chickens” in their yards.

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