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Arts
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Young Musicians Band Together Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Flickr/Eddie~S

The stands in front of the teenagers’ chairs hold the same sheet music – the theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But each of the young musicians has a different story to tell about anti-gay bullying.

Like the bi-sexual flutist, who says she’s pretty much been bullied all her life.

And the gay saxophonist, who describes how it “really gets to you inside and sometimes you start believing what people are saying.”

Even the heterosexual clarinetist is not immune.  She feels too many of her classmates use the word “gay” to describe something bad.

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Arts
4:22 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Basel Leaves Brushstrokes On Broward Art World

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti.
Credit C. DiMattei

While Art Basel takes Miami by storm, the feeder bands have already reached the fine arts community in Broward County.

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti says he is readily jumping aboard the Art Basel bandwagon by launching his second annual "Basel Broward" event this week.

Rossetti started calling for artist entries for Basel Broward about six weeks ago.

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Arts
8:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part Two: Class In Session

Miami-based metal band Neolythyc, at Jaco Pastorius Park. From L to R: Angelo Gonzalez, Eric Ruiz, Mark Crespo, Jerry Caceres
Credit Gerald Baumann

Just two blocks west of Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, progressive metal band Neolythyc is rehearsing in a cramped, dark, converted garage.  The rehearsal space is just a stone's-throw from Holiday Park, the last known address of jazz legend Jaco Pastorius.

The four members of Neolythyc are all 17 years old, born nearly a decade after Pastorius's death in 1987.  But bass player Jerry Caceres refers to Jaco as "one of the old homies from down the block."

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Arts
8:15 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part One: A Walk in the Park

One of two murals of Jaco Pastorius, overlooking Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park.
Credit C. DiMattei

Forty-five-year-old Tammy Goss is sitting on a park bench in a small patch of green wedged between Dixie Highway and the FEC railroad tracks. Staring down from the southeast wall of the corner community center is a huge blue-toned mural of a man's face, his fingers curled around an electric bass guitar.  She knows his name.

“Jaco Pastorius, I think,” says Goss.

But that's all she really knows about John Francis Pastorius III.

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Historic Open House
8:10 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Local Group Goes To Great Lengths To Preserve Historic Broward County Home

William and Sarah McDougald standing in front of the house, ca. 1960s.
Courtesy of the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society

Broward residents are reclaiming a little bit of county history. The nearly 100-year-old Sample-McDougald House is opening to the public this weekend.

The house has 17 rooms and a two-story wrap-around porch. It's considered a colonial revival-- an architectural style that became popular following the United States' centennial.

The newly minted museum has had a long journey to its new home in Pompano Beach.

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Recession Trends
2:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

Credit NDReedplayer

One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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News
8:45 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Broward Joins Miami-Dade With Final Vote Tally

President Obama prevailed in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Broward has joined Miami Dade in wrapping up its final vote count.

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South Florida's Brazilian Vote
9:32 am
Thu November 1, 2012

How To Build A Voting Bloc

According to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 21,000 Brazilians living in Broward County and another 12,000 in Miami-Dade.
Credit Ricardo Rosa

An interview with Jonathan Rodrigues from the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach.

During election season, we tend to hear a lot about the Cuban vote or the Jewish vote. Both are powerful voting blocs that attract the attention—and promises—of politicians.

A young Brazilian community organizer has his eye on what he hopes will become another voting bloc.

Jonathan Rodrigues lives in Pompano Beach and volunteers at the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and spent much of his time there thinking about home—studying South Florida's Brazilian population and considering his own role in that communtity .

Rodrigues is a first-generation Brazilian American. “Historically that first generation is the generation that propels the community forward into civic engagement,” he said.

According to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 21,000 Brazilians living in Broward County and another 12,000 in Miami-Dade. Rodrigues suspects that number is actually a lot higher.

“All you have to do is drive down Sample Road or North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach and Pompano and you’ll see the proliferation of Brazilian small businesses.”

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News
9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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Hundreds Of Flights Are Canceled
4:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Parking Planes Across South Florida

Hundreds of flights are canceled as Hurricane Sandy slams the Northeast.
Credit Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.

Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.

"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."

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Newscast
7:29 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Thousands of South Floridians Vote Early; Others Wonder Where Their Absentee Ballots Are

More than 51,000 people in Miami-Dade County waited in long lines Saturday and Sunday to vote early. About 54,000 people in Broward County cast their ballots and about 21,000 in Palm Beach County. 

Meanwhile, many others in South Florida are still wondering where their absentee ballots are. 

Legal expert Lee Rowland with the Brennan Center for Justice tells us where Floridians can track their absentee ballots online. 

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35,000 Have Cast Ballots in Miami Dade
9:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

500,000 Floridians Have Already Voted

Absentee ballots are pouring in across Florida.
Vaguely Artistic Flickr/Creative Commons

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but half a million votes are already in in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the heaviest voting is taking place in Miami Dade, Tampa Bay and along the I-4 corridor.

About 500,000 Floridians have already cast absentee ballots, and 1.8 million more have requested these ballots be mailed to them.

Heavy interest in the presidential race is believed to be behind the rush to vote so soon.

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Broward Ranks First Among Florida Counties
5:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Florida Leads The U.S. In Foreclosures

Florida is number one when it comes to foreclosures. This is the first time since 2005 that Florida has held the top spot.

The rankings for September are based on figures released Thursday by RealtyTrac.

Within the state, Broward County has the highest percentage of homes going through the foreclosure process.

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News
6:28 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Welcomes Air Show Back To Town

A SEAL on the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, flys an 800-square-foot American flag
Flickr/Official U.S. Navy Imagery

At Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Banyan Air Service is getting ready to host some high-flying guests. And Bruce Woodrell says he's ready.

"It's good to have the crowds back,” says Woodrell, Banyan’s Customer Relations Manager.  “You know, you’ve got three-million people out to see the Air Show. It benefits everybody." 

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Transportation
8:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

A New Yorker's Commute on South Florida Public Transit

Bob B. Brown (Flickr)

South Florida is clearly a car-centered part of the country, but there are a lot of people here who rely on public transportation. This summer, WLRN intern Luc Cohen was one of them.  

Cohen, who is majoring in public and international affairs at Princeton University, was born and raised in New York City. So for him, public transportation is practically second nature.

Before coming to Miami for his internship, Cohen had driven a total of six blocks by himself in his life.

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