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12:42 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Which One Is Better: Miami Or Miami Beach?

Credit Photo on left by Wyn Van Devanter, right by Katie O'Connor / Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/5idr27)

Miami Beach is celebrating its centennial on Thursday with a giant concert with performances by Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida.

And while non-South Floridians and some sports anchors might not realize there's a difference between Miami and Miami Beach, people who live in each city hold a lot of pride for their hometowns. And sometimes, it leads to rivalry.

So my colleague John O'Connor and I each took up the cause for our side of the causeway. Take a listen for what lovers of each city had to say:

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News
2:57 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Miami's Proposed "Anti-Camping" Law Targets The Homeless

Jorge Clabijo settles in for the night as Miami Police officer Gregg Vassari chats with Kevin Key in downtown Miami on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

UPDATE: At a meeting Thursday, March 12, the Miami City Commission deferred a final vote on the proposed "anti-camping" law for 30 days.

The Miami City Commission has a final vote scheduled for Thursday that would make it illegal for the homeless to camp out on public property.

The commission tentatively approved a version of the law on February 12 that banned “camping paraphernalia” such as sleeping bags and bedding.

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Dance
10:15 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey Dance Director, Has Miami Roots

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater director leads a masterclass with aspiring dancer at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Robert Battle is a Miami native. He grew up in Liberty City. He went to school there, and this is where he learned to dance.

Battle leads one of the nation’s premier dance companies, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

But for him, Miami will always be home, and that always factors into his work and inspiration, he says.

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News
11:28 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Miami Commissioner To Modify Homeless "Anti-Camping" Law

Jorge Clabijo settles in for the night as Miami Police officer Gregg Vassari chats with Kevin Key in downtown Miami. Key decided to move to a shelter as Miami’s police outreach team worked with the homeless by offering shelter in the Mat Program.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

The City of Miami recently approved a preliminary law that would make it illegal for homeless people to erect tents on public sidewalks.

The law also prohibits setting up blankets and pillows on sidewalks, which concerned homeless advocates and prompted criticism that the city was criminalizing homelessness.

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Housing
2:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

These Liberty City Tenants Are About To Lose Power

The apartment complex in Liberty City that's in danger of losing power due to outdated and illegal power meters.
Credit Lisann Ramos

A Liberty City apartment complex has been in the spotlight recently due to complaints from its tenants about the deplorable living conditions. Now the building is facing a power outage this Friday due to illegal and outdated power meters, which the landlord has not updated.

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Newscast
6:37 am
Thu February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015: Miami Mayor Regalado Declares State Of City's Economy Strong

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard...

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News
5:03 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Liberty City "Slumlord" Tenants Demand Apology From Miami Commissioner

Protesters demand to speak to Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon outside of Miami City Hall.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Tenants who live in a Liberty City apartment building with leaky ceilings, moldy walls and toilets that don’t flush protested Friday morning to get the attention of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

They live at 6040 NW 12th Ave., a building city officials and tenants say is owned by a slumlord.

The protesters showed up at Miami City Hall to demand an apology from Hardemon, who represents Liberty City, for this statement he made to WLRN about their building’s living conditions:

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Feature
1:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Black While Policing: A Miami Officer Shares His Experience

Major Delrish Moss with the City of Miami Police Department talks about being stereotyped as a black man and as a police officer.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Right now, there's a national discussion happening around race and how police treat black men. 

But what happens to that conversation when you pair being a black man with also being a police officer?

Miami Major Delrish Moss talks about his experiences — from being a high school student who cleaned floors at the Biscayne Federal Bank to now being a Miami Police Department officer.

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News
2:46 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

City Of Miami Makes Finances More Transparent With New Website

Miami debuts new financial transparent website by OpenGov.
Credit Screengrab Miami new financial website

The City of Miami is making it much easier for you to see how it spends your tax dollars.

Miami debuted a website today that will allow you to dive into the fine details of every department's spending.

For example, you can see  how much commissioners spend on traveling, how much the city spends on public safety and how much each department spends on salaries.

Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said this a valuable tool for the public that also promotes government transparency.

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Miami
9:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Miami Commissioner Proposes Five-Cent Plastic Bag Fee To Fund Anti-Poverty Plan

Credit Owen Byrne / Flickr Creative Commons

Miami city commissioners are trying to figure out a citywide anti-poverty plan and how they would fund the program.

Two months ago, at the urging of Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the city set aside $1.2 million into a poverty trust during its budget process. Hardemon represents the most impoverished district in the city which includes Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti.

On Friday morning, Hardemon, Commisioners Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff and about a dozen city staff members took part in a roundtable discussion about an anti-poverty strategy.

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Aftermath
1:18 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Victims' Mothers To Hold Vigil At Liberty City Mass Shooting Scene

Teddy bears rest near the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Hermana Richardson is returning to the Liberty City street where her son and his best friend were murdered.

It’s been three months since one of the worst mass shooting in Miami’s history. Seven people were injured. Two died.

“Three months they’ve been murdered and we haven’t heard anything yet,” says Richardson.  “They’re not talking about it anymore and I don’t want it to be thrown on a shelf.”

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News
12:19 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Miami Agency That Polices Police Is In Turmoil

Sheila McNeil says the CIP failed her in trying to get justice for her son Travis McNeil who was killed by a Miami officer.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil says she still holds hope that the Miami police officer who killed her unarmed son three years ago will one day be held accountable.

Prosecutors cleared Officer Reynaldo Goyos, who believed Travis McNeil was reaching for a gun when he shot him during a traffic stop. Goyos was fired in 2013, only to be reinstated with back-pay. But there’s one agency left with an open case: Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel, which reviews cases of alleged police misconduct.

The independent watchdog has yet to close its inquiry — nearly two years past its own deadline.

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Newscast
6:50 am
Wed September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014: Miami Commissioners Approve $558 Million Budget

 Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:   

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News
6:40 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wynwood Fights Parking Regulations

Members of the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA) meet in a room in the back of Gramps bar.
Lisann Ramos WLRN

The Miami Parking Authority is implementing meters throughout Wynwood, and the meters are meeting resistance from businesses in the area.

Representatives from the Miami Parking Authority were in attendance at the Wynwood Arts District Association meeting Tuesday evening.

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Newscast
6:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014: Activists Demand Officials Stop Deportation of Miami Construction Worker

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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