Miami-Dade

Recession Trends
2:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

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One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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Voters Not Voting
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote

Miami-Dade County had 33 percent of its registered voters not vote this past election.
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Florida voters waited almost a week to hear who won the presidential election in Florida. It wasn’t until Saturday, Nov. 10 that President Obama had been declared the winner.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, only 67 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade County cast a ballot in this election. This includes people who waited in line at the polls, and people who voted via absentee ballot.

Statewide, this number hovers around 71 percent, which is the lowest turnout in the past three presidential elections.

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News
8:45 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Broward Joins Miami-Dade With Final Vote Tally

President Obama prevailed in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Broward has joined Miami Dade in wrapping up its final vote count.

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School Construction
10:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

What A Makeover For Miami-Dade Schools Will Look Like

School construction and renovations in Miami-Dade schools can start as early as June 2013.
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Miami-Dade voters have approved a $1.2 billion bond referendum to improve public school infrastructure and access to technology.

Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho proposed the measure back in August.

Carvalho has said the bond would establish a "technology baseline" for Miami-Dade schools—so that all schools have at least a minimum number of computers, for example. 

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Early Voting
1:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse

Miami-Dade voters finally enter their ballots after hours of waiting
Jessica Meszaros

All week, early voters have been grumbling about the hours-long lines as they cast ballots before the deadline for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.    

Miami-Dade, in particular, has only 20 available early voting locations for the county’s 1.28 million registered voters. In other words: the ratio of voters to early polling places is about 64,000:1.

Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.

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News
9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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Arts
2:29 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

South Florida Actor Tackles 30 Characters in One Play

Actor Tom Wahl in Zoetic Stage's "I Am My Own Wife" at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Justin Namon

After actor Tom Wahl first read the script for “I Am My Own Wife,” he had to lie down.

“It was a little overwhelming,” Wahl says.  “But from the first page, I was just blown away by the story.”

Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists -- as a woman.

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35,000 Have Cast Ballots in Miami Dade
9:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

500,000 Floridians Have Already Voted

Absentee ballots are pouring in across Florida.
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Election Day is less than three weeks away, but half a million votes are already in in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the heaviest voting is taking place in Miami Dade, Tampa Bay and along the I-4 corridor.

About 500,000 Floridians have already cast absentee ballots, and 1.8 million more have requested these ballots be mailed to them.

Heavy interest in the presidential race is believed to be behind the rush to vote so soon.

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News
8:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay is one of hundreds around the country planning to take part in this event.
Laura Coburn

After the final vote is cast next month, the country may be in need of some healing and reconciliation.

That's the idea behind Election Day Communion.

Hundreds of churches across the country will be holding services election night and serving communion including one in South Florida.

Reverend Spencer Potter is the rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay.

He says the service will be a time for the whole congregation to unite.

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Arts
6:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Vizcaya Museum And Gardens $2 Million Skylight Complete

Tuesday (October 16th, 2012) is the unveiling of a two million dollar upgrade to the skylight at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Museum officials says it's the largest construction project since 1914  at the home once owned by industrialist James Deering.  Vizcaya had the same problems as any run-of-the-mill home that's almost 100 years old It's skylight had gotten a little shabby. It was leaking, in disrepair and not even up to hurricane code. The new glass and steel courtyard cover no longer blocks the view of Biscayne Bay, and can now capture rainwater t

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Arts
4:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

The Nine Best Blocks In South Florida

Photo of Allapattah submitted by Albert Harum-Alvarez.
Credit Albert Harum-Alvarez

For the first time since the 1920’s, young people across the United States are migrating back to the urban cores, and leaving the suburbs behind, according to U.S. Census data.

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Education
2:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami-Dade School System Inducts 14 Into Hall Of Fame

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is a student for the night.

Fourteen of Miami-Dade Public School System's better-known and accomplished graduates were inducted into the first official Hall of Fame, Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

Ballot Measures
2:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington Post: 2012 Is A Busy Year For Ballot Measures

Florida has
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Anyone in Florida who has already gotten their absentee ballot for this year's presidential election will notice that there are a lot - A LOT - of ballot measures.

According to The Washington Post, voters all over the country will be voting on almost 200 ballot measures.

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Under The Sun
1:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Mt. Trashmore: This Place Is A Dump

Mt. Trashmore
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
  • Flora Thomson-DeVeaux on Mount Trashmore.

Intern Flora Thomson-DeVeaux grew up in a home where there was a lot of trash talk.

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