You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.

Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.

“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”

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11/29/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop previews Art Basel/Miami Beach with Bob Goodman. Wauchula’s Center for Great Apes comes to the Wynwood Art District with a benefit exhibition. Learn more about this non-profit on a care-giving mission. PAMM’s finally opening next week.

11/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of Broward County’s ambitious “Complete Streets” program.  It’s aimed at providing safe streets for pedestrians, vehicles, and most especially, having a more bicycle-friendly community.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual Thanksgiving dinner tips.  We’ll open up the phones and take calls.

10/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out about the premiere Friends of Nature Music Festival. Co-founder, Oscar Diaz, will be our guest. Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez, joins classical contributor, Charles Greenfield, for a discussion about South Florida’s grand ballet company, school and their exciting season of events. Chef Norman Van Aken cooks up A Word On Food and Jody Horne-Leshinsky delivers her Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

A Tale Of Two Bike Shares From Miami Beach To Broward

Aug 30, 2013
Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The city of Miami Beach and Broward County both launched bike shares in 2011 but the two programs have seen vastly different success rates.

Bike shares have been popping up across the country over the past few years with one of the most recent additions launching in New York City earlier this summer. Despite its reputation for not being bike-friendly, South Florida was an early adopter of the bike share-- an idea, like many things in our region, born in another country.

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As the George Zimmerman murder trial continues in Sanford, local law enforcement is planning for possible riots once a verdict is reached.

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin.

The case sparked protests last year when Zimmerman wasn't immediately arrested, and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel wants to avoid any trouble when the trial ends. 

His office has produced a PSA with the theme raise your voice, not your hands.

05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

Hit Us With Your Best Block

Mar 18, 2013
Laurent Bolli

WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.

WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.

So what does it take to be a best block?

“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.

Creative Commons, Steve Sparshott

Yesterday was a big day for bars and restaurants in Oakland Park. After a unanimous commission vote last week, the city lifted its law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday mornings.

Oakland Park is the latest in a string of cities (including Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield Beach) to repeal their so called "blue laws.”

Hooligans Rule!

You can make an argument that Oakland Park’s blue law repeal started with a group of English hooligans who wanted to watch their European soccer matches.


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.