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You've probably heard it hundreds of times, especially in your childhood—that signature ascending glissando ("zoooooOOOOOMMMM!") followed by a full orchestra playing a rollicking, fast-paced calliope-style melody.

The tune "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" was written in 1937 and is perhaps best known as the theme song for Warner Brothers' "Looney Tunes" cartoon series. It's a safe bet that most cartoon aficionados know the melody, but not the title.

Hector Gabino, el Nuevo Herald

District 12 Commissioner Jose Diaz’s constituents in Miami-Dade County comprise the largest population of Nicaraguans in the United States. On Tuesday, Diaz helped pass a resolution condemning the Nicaraguan government’s use of force against protesters. He specifically wants to see action from the U.S. Congress.

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

On Feb. 15 — the day after the school shooting in Parkland — Fred Guttenberg stood on stage at the amphitheater in Pine Trails Park, expressing shock and anguish over the loss of his daughter, Jaime.

“I don’t know what I do next,” he said that night. “My wife is home. We are broken.”

Danny Hwang

The law studies class in Brownsville Middle School just got a lot more engaging: students are getting a law academy lab, complete with jury rooms and witness stands.

For the past 3 years, law studies class at Brownsville middle school involved mock trials and field trips to local courtrooms, in an effort to bring students into closer contact with the workings of law.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN News

Javier Vizoso knew that he was going to move to Miami at some point. But the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island of Puerto Rico last September accelerated his decision.

Tanzina Vega: 'Change Is Happening' In Newsrooms

Jun 5, 2018
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She calls herself an “anomaly” in public radio.

Tanzina Vega, the new host of the public radio program “The Takeaway,” says she knows that the country's top radio hosts aren't generally women of color or those from a low social economic background. 

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN News

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed it found three invasive Oriental Fruit flies in farmlands south of Miami-Dade County. This species is labeled one of the most serious fruit fly pests in the world and lays eggs in host fruits.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

High school graduation is a moment of reflection and anticipation - the recognition of accomplishments and capability. It also looks ahead to possibilities for the future.

Graduation day on Sunday for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagles was unlike any other in the nation. Just three-and-a-half months ago a mass shooter killed 17 people in the school, including four in the senior class: Nicholas Dworet, Meadow Pollack, Joaquin Oliver and Carmen Schentrup. 

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Attendees of Friday night's Miami Fashion Week runway shows walked through an unglamorous scene to get to the downtown event: dozens of protesters wearing blue and white waved Nicaraguan flags and whistled at people walking into the venue, Ice Palace. They had gathered to express anger about the possibility that Camila Ortega Murillo, the daughter of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, would show up.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Enacting gun control has been the main focus for some survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting — and some parents of those who died.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Survivors of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have announced their next push to end gun violence: a cross-country voter drive.

Hurricane preparedness Sistrunk
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Some people came because memories of last year’s Hurricane Irma made them laugh. Some people came because memories of Hurricane Irma made them cringe. But the more than 200 people that came to Broward County's open house for hurricane preparedness in Fort Lauderdale's Sistrunk neighborhood on Saturday were all trying to make summer storm plans. 

 

“Got some hand sanitizer, flashlights, first-aid kit…” Brian Bush said, as he dumped out his ‘Get A Plan!’ bag full of hurricane supplies. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

Gun violence activists gathered in Miami this weekend as part of a national campaign to honor victims of shootings. 

  

Miami Herald

Former Palm Beach Gardens Officer Nouman Raja tried to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to have manslaughter and attempted murder charges against him dismissed. Raja shot and killed  Corey Jones, 31, whose car was stranded on the side of the road.

On Friday, Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer denied the motion to dismiss.

Courtesy of Harry Castiblanco

Since January, the Teatro Trail in Little Havana has been showing the play, “Tres Viudas en un Crucero” (“Three Widows on a Cruise”), to sold-out crowds. The Spanish-language production featured a blackface character. A fair-skinned actress wore brown face makeup and overdrawn big red lips.

 

The theater recently decided to eliminate blackface from the play after an El Nuevo Herald report denouncing it. 

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