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Jai Alai, The Best Cubano & Miami's Art Scene

Jul 11, 2018
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Miami has a long and complicated relationship with the game of Jai Alai. In the 1980s the game was a huge deal in the city; it was played by celebrities and royalty. Its presence has not disappeared. A new casino with Jai Alai was approved by the state last week, with developers from West Flagler Associates setting their eyes on the Edgewater neighborhood just north of downtown.

Ellis Rua / Miami Herald

Thousands of attorneys across the nation have been working for weeks to help children who were separated from their parents due to the Trump Administration’s now-scaled-back “zero tolerance policy” on illegal border crossings.

Sara B. Herald of the Miami-based law firm Bilzin Sumberg says those groups have been overwhelmed by the case loads. That's why Bilzin Sumberg and other firms around the country are stepping forward to help.

Silvia Izquierdo / AP

COMMENTARY

Right now The Beautiful Game doesn’t look so pretty on this side of the pond.

When Belgium knocked Brazil out of the World Cup in Russia last Friday, it meant no team from the Western Hemisphere would make it to the tournament’s semi-finals for the first time since 2006. Soccer pundits immediately began waxing about the seemingly waning role of the Americas on the global fútbol stage.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

A plan to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee was approved by federal budget officials on Tuesday, as part of an effort to reduce blue-green algae blooms on Florida's coasts.

The roughly $1.6 billion dollar reservoir project will now pass from the White House Office of Management and Budget to the U.S. Senate, where it's expected to be funded as part of a water resources bill.

Claire Thornton / WLRN News

The Ft. Lauderdale City Commission approved on Tuesday a long-term plan to develop the iconic Pier 66 hotel and Sails Marina. Commissioners also voted to increase property taxes and agreed to pay for police in Broward County schools.

The committee's vote to increase property taxes means an additional $5 million stays in the city's water-sewer fund, which has seen its balance go down as money from it has been used to balance the city's budget in recent years.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The commission tasked with investigating the Parkland school shooting discussed on Wednesday how Broward County and the Broward Sheriff's Office communicate and split duties when responding to emergencies. 

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN News

Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and their families filed on Wednesday a federal civil rights lawsuit against Broward County, public officials and Broward County Public Schools employees.


Plantation Mayoral Debate
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Three of the five candidates running to be the next mayor of Plantation debated at a Tuesday evening meeting for the city’s Democratic Club.

Peter Tingom, Lynn Stoner and Aron Davis were invited to speak to the small crowd that gathered inside Deike Auditorium, as rain poured down outside. 

They fielded questions on issues like housing, recycling, and development.

 

Hustle And Flow: How Philip Levine Made The Money That's Financing His Bid For Governor

Jul 11, 2018
Brynn Anderson / AP Photo/ Pool

Philip Levine has told the story so many times that it sounds like a fable.

With $500 in the bank, a young man opened a small office on South Beach, launched a cruise-line media company and created a tourism marketing empire that sold a decade later for a small fortune. The tale is the backbone of a campaign promoting a self-made, blue-collar businessman who as governor would change Tallahassee to make it work for its 21 million "customers."

Peter Haden / WLRN

Jean Noël-Frydman was born in France, but he feels right at home at his house in the Grove.

"Coconut Grove is a neighborhood that appeals to the French taste," said Frydman. "It's not as organized as the rest of the city. Disorganization is a big French thing."

Trés bien. But recently, chaos in Frydman's business has turned his world upside down.

Desmond Boylan / AP

We haven’t heard much from Miguel Díaz-Canel since he became the new President of Cuba three months ago. But new regulations for private Cuban businesses came out Tuesday - and they may confirm fears that Díaz-Canel doesn’t wield much power.

Sam Turken / WLRN

The Miami-Dade County Commission approved on Tuesday a proposal that would extend the county's living wage ordinance to concession workers at Miami International Airport.

Under the new proposal, the workers will join other employees at the airport—like janitors—who already make the county's living wage. 

Alfredo Zuniga / AP via Miami Herald

The past few days in Nicaragua have been some of the bloodiest since protesters began calling for the removal of President Daniel Ortega in April. International human rights groups – and Nicaraguans in South Florida – are calling on the world to do more.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz had a well-documented history of severe behavioral problems. And yet he easily purchased firearms with his state ID card on his 18th birthday. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Tuesday that Cruz’s mother helped him to buy those guns. 

Miami-Dade High Schoolers Enter The Workforce For The Summer

Jul 10, 2018

Gone are the days when internships involved making copies and getting coffee.

This summer, about 2,000 high school students in Miami-Dade County are completing paid internships in programs from banking to information technology, and law enforcement to hospitality, through The Children’s Trust Summer Youth Internship Program.

The program offers work experience and school credit to students by placing them in fields related to their goals and interests. 

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