WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 23-27

Dec 27, 2013

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I'm digital editor here, and this week I was particularly proud of the WLRN news team for a policy-changing story that made it to our top five. You may have heard us talk about it on the Florida Roundup last week: A majority African-American school in Jacksonville will change its name, currently that of an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Find the details below, but not before the top story of the week:

Pam Bondi's Claim That Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Too Lenient Is 'Mostly True': PolitiFact, the fact-checking project of the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times, rated Bondi's claims 'mostly true' but reporter Rick Stone notes Florida's amendment actually falls in the middle of the pack on lenience in some aspects.

After The KKK: The Future -- And History -- Of Jacksonville's Forrest HighReporter Sammy Mack started investigating race relations in Jacksonville's public-school system months ago this year, as part of her reporting for StateImpact Florida. After several stories about a school named after a Ku Klux Klan leader, Jacksonville's superintendent told her the vote that changed the school's name happened due to her reporting. Here's the final tale of the former Nathan B. Forrest High.

How South Florida Jews Shaped The State's Food HistoryWe love our South Florida history here at WLRN. And apparently, you do, too! Here are some tidbits from our Jewish food heritage. Did you know early Jewish communities influenced Pollo Tropical?

Wynwood Blares Miami's Booty-Bass Past From The Boombox Building Near I-95: Have you seen this young landmark whilst glancing east on your commute? The Boombox Building is a Wynwood mainstay of recent years, and it changes skins, but never premise.

InterContinental Replaces Its Dancing Lady, The Modern-Day Coppertone GirlAre you one of the downtown dwellers who hated the suggestive silhouette on the hotel's facade? Then go to this story to see one of the new dancers audition for the part.