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Nadege Green / WLRN

Former Miami Heat player James Jones is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that’s just where he works.

For Jones, Miami will always be home.

On Tuesday morning he kicked off his annual Crew 22 Summer Camp, now in its fifth year. The camp is organized through the James Jones Legacy Foundation and it’s a family affair.

Jones’ parents were on hand to help coach students in kickball and basketball skirmishes.

Brad Balukjian / Wax Pack Book

For millions of kids there were few experiences like getting a new pack of baseball cards. There was a simple but euphoric joy in tearing the thin metallic wrapper, being hit by the wafting smell of stale sugar and feeling the hard stock, glossy cards between your fingers.  

Brad Balukjian was one of those kids in the 1980s. He bought his first deck in 1986, a year that included players such as Dwight Gooden, Ken Griffey and Eddie Murray. Recently, the freelance writer came up with an idea. He bought a pack of 1986 Topps cards on Ebay -- unopened. 

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Alba Prieto says life with her son Daniel can be a “roller coaster.”

“One day you’re up, one day you’re down,” she says. “But at the end of the day, at the end of the roller coaster, you feel super excited about what you have been doing.”

Daniel Varela, 10, was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. It’s a spectrum disorder (one with varying degrees of severity) that can make communication and social interaction challenging. 

Florida Advocates Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

Jul 24, 2015
Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.

Among other things, the ADA prohibits discrimination against disabled people in the areas of employment, transportation, communications and public accommodations.

From restaurants to clothing stores and government buildings to baseball stadiums, businesses must reasonably accommodate people who have physical and mental challenges.

The silver anniversary was celebrated at the state capitol Friday.

Nadege Green / WLRN

With a series of twists, turns and tucks, Yasmine Abellard transforms a rectangular piece of African fabric into a pompadour-like wrap atop her head.

She pairs the black and white patterned wrap with a simple black dress.

“It makes me feel bold, fearless, fierce,” she said.

Abellard started wearing African-inspired headwraps more than 10 years ago. She said when she would travel to Haiti where she has family, some of the women disapproved of her wraps.

Interns Use Mangos To Turn Their Instructor Into A Miami Girl

Jul 24, 2015
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

A mango salad is a tradition that is mostly done in the summer. It’s derived from the Caribbean and the black culture. For Miamians no one questions what a mango salad is or how it came to be.

But this summer we discovered that our instructor Ms. Wilson Sayre had never eaten a mango salad. Ms. Wilson is from North Carolina and mangos don’t really grow there.

One day we were offered a plain sliced mango, with the skin still attached, to eat, but no one went for it. It was then that Ms. Wilson noticed something was wrong.

Classic Video Game Characters Are Taking Over Miami

Jul 21, 2015
Michael Loretta / shop.mikebusiness.com

In the upcoming action-comedy "Pixels," classic video game characters such as Pac Man and Donkey Kong attempt to take over the world.

These 1980s characters also run amok in Michael Loretta’s digital art. He inserts two-dimensional figures from similar video game titles into high-resolution photos of Miami.

 

BEACH CRUISER

Mark Stein / WLRN

This week, the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies hosts its 25th annual conference here in Miami. The society aims to study the history of Jewish communities persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition of the 14th and 15th centuries.

How Well Do You Know Ernest Hemingway?

Jul 20, 2015
Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Key West was home to many famous American writers, but the most well known is Ernest Hemingway.

More than 50 years after his death, hundreds flock to the writer's old hometown near the end of July for the annual Hemingway Days festival. It begins Tuesday, July 21, on the 116th anniversary of his birthday.

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

The artwork at Locust Projects Gallery in the Design District plays with Miami stereotypes.

A palm tree smelling of coconut oil rests on a hammock. In the corner, the static of a television set resembles the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Opposite that lie deconstructed items taken from a strip club.

Twenty high school students made these and other works as part of the sixth-annual summer program, Locust Art Builders or LAB. LAB allows young artists from Miami-Dade County to create their own exhibition, which opened July 11.

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