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12:27 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

North Campus Of Miami-Dade College Unveils 9/11 Memorial

Despite the rain, the dedication service was standing-room only.
Wilson Sayre

At a solemn ceremony today, the North Campus of Miami Dade College dedicated a new memorial to honor those lost in the attacks on 9/11. 

The memorial is about 10 feet high. On top of the base, which is supposed to represent the Pentagon, there is a granite column with three sides. Each side has the name of a place that was attacked on Sept. 11 along with a quote of remembrance. On top of the column is a two foot piece of what looks like an I-beam with a large nail sticking out of it. 

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Local History
2:44 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

How The Woman Behind Miami's Manhattan Cafe Witnessed The Downtown's Rebirth

Rosaly Guimaraes stands behind the counter of her Manhattan Cafe for the final time.

The year was 1995 and the place is on the cusp of a dilapidated downtown Miami at Northeast 14th Street and Biscayne Boulevard: parking lots located next to empty lots and patches of dusty grass that were home to those who had no other -- prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and those who had simply given up.

It was back when the euphemism for Miami was South Florida, because like many a crime-ridden city, very few wanted to claim the name anymore.

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Miami Dish
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food

This photo of a restaurant in Hialeah was taken just after it was constructed in 1922.
Credit William A. Fishbaugh (State Archives of Florida)

In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food.

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Preservation
5:06 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Miami Marine Stadium Advocates Win Big With Crucial City Vote

An aerial view of the historic, but neglected Miami Marine Stadium
Rick Bravo via National Trust For Historic Preservation

Advocates for the Miami Marine Stadium have received what they say will be a decisive moment in the effort to renovate and expand the stadium.

The Miami City Commission has approved a unanimous recommendation from a citizens steering committee, asking that the city designate the needed area surrounding the stadium for a future park's use. Lands are to be under the control of Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, a group whose sole purpose is to renovate the dilapidated stadium, which has been closed since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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Preservation
6:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Miami's Abandoned National Treasure, The Marine Stadium, Might Be Coming Back

The man-made basin that the stadium sits on is the length of the National Mall
Michael Stephen McFarland via National Trust For Historic Preservation

This story was originally posted in July. Shortly after, the Miami City Commission voted to allow efforts to save the stadium and designate the surrounding area a park. But the clock's ticking. 

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Painting
8:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Work Of Florida's 'Highwaymen' Gets A New Life

Phillip Estlund, "Stygian Sunrise"

Florida’s natural world, like its social world, is of many minds: serene, clear, or bright one minute, then dark, indignant, or utterly furious the next. And sometimes it’s a quixotic mix. 

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Miami Dish
11:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Hukilau: 500 Years of Tropical Cocktails In Fort Lauderdale

The Beachcomber Club in Miami Beach, 1947
Credit Florida State Archives

This weekend, a devoted national and international crowd of devoted tiki-philes descends on Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau. The annual gathering celebrates the music, history, and, of course, cocktails, associated with American midcentury tiki culture.

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Real Estate
4:07 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Old Miami Arena Site Gets New Plans; Here's A Timeline Of The Property

Professional skateboarder Danny Fuenzalida kick-flips over recently paved and painted bench bumps.
Credit @Matt_Roy on Instagram

Did you know that if you dig deep enough into the property records of any piece of real estate in the state of Florida you will find that all the land originally belonged to the Spanish Crown?

But ever since the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1821, land ownership has been like a hot potato, changing hands incessantly.  Indeed, taking a deep look into any one piece of property (likely where you live, included) will reveal a surreal story for the ages.

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History
11:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Plan Preserves Jackie Gleason Theater In Miami Beach

The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach
Credit facebook.com/SaveTheFillmore

One of the most contentious aspects of the plan to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center has been settled: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater will stay.

The theater had been slated for demolition by Portman-CMC, one of the two teams still in the running for the massive overhaul project. But with music and history lovers lined up in support of saving the theater, the team said that its plan has changed.

“We listened to the community,” said Jack Portman, vice chairman of Portman Holdings and John Portman & Associates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Florida’s Dark History Revealed

T.D. Allman
via www.booksandbooks.com

03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman.  His latest work is a ten-year project to create  FINDING FLORIDA:  The True History of the Sunshine State.  The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit.  Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”  He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any.  The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell.  Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.”  That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances: 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

500 Years Circumnavigating Earth

Joyce Chaplin
David Armitage

03/04/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin, author of ‘Round About the Earth:  Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.  Humans have circled the globe for some 500 years.  Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was the first to achieve the feat by spacecraft.

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News
11:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Viter Juste, founder of 'Little Haiti,' Dies at 87

Viter 'Pere' Juste
Credit Carl Juste

"Little Haiti" has lost perhaps the man who could be called its father and the man who is credited for the name.

Viter Juste has died at the age of 87.

He was born in La Gonaive, Haiti in 1924 and after first going to New York, he and his family made their way to Miami in 1973.

He started with a house in Buena Vista and a record store in downtown Miami, "Les Cousins."

That led to creating the first Haitian newspaper for the growing community,  Haitian Florida and the Haitian American Community Association of Dade.

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