Miami-Dade

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
Jeff Gitchel/Flickr

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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Politics
12:21 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Florida Supreme Court Will Rule On Nuclear Cost Recovery Fees

Crystal River nuclear power plant
eutrophication&hypoxia/flickr

Utility companies in Florida are allowed to charge customers for power plants that may never be built.

It’s allowed under a law passed in 2006, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants the law overturned.

A legal challenge is now before the Florida Supreme Court.

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Beer and Baseball
8:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

$8 Beers Put Marlins Park In The Middle Of The Ballpark Pack

Miami Marlins play while crowd quaffs beer

Ordering beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for beer at a baseball game. Eight dollars for a Bud Light draft at Miami Marlins Park.

“It’s kind of weird,” says Shane Marinelli on his first visit to the new stadium. “I’m used to, like, $3 pitcher nights and like dollar beers and stuff. But I have no choice, you know, this is — this is expensive.”

Marinelli, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, works part time at a sporting goods store. An $8 dollar beer soaks up a nice sized swig of his paycheck.

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Braman commission
2:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Activist-Tycoon Braman Targets Miami-Dade Commissioners

Norman Braman

Powerful businessman Norman Braman is casting a long shadow over the Miami-Dade County Commission election. He's backing a slate of four candidates against four incumbents, ostensibly in the name of reform and good government.

Braman, a civic activist,  car dealer and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team,  was the prime mover in the recall of former county mayor Carlos Alvarez. He was also a bitter but unsuccessful opponent of the Miami Marlins stadium deal. Braman favors reforms that would limit spending and commissioners' political power.

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Miami-Dade Mayoral Election
9:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Gimenez Wins Another Term As Miami-Dade Mayor

Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

Tuesday’s race for Miami-Dade County Mayor ended on odd terms.

Even though Mayor Carlos Gimenez won by a significant margin, his challenger refused to concede.

Mayor Gimenez’s campaign spent hours at the Doubletree hotel near the airport waiting for his opponent to throw in the towel-- but that never happened.

Gimenez was leading in his reelection race by almost 25 percentage points all night and it was looking like the election was going to be called early for Gimenez, but challenger Joe Martinez told his supporters at the 94th Aerosquadron "this ain't over."

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Transportation
8:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

A New Yorker's Commute on South Florida Public Transit

Bob B. Brown (Flickr)

South Florida is clearly a car-centered part of the country, but there are a lot of people here who rely on public transportation. This summer, WLRN intern Luc Cohen was one of them.  

Cohen, who is majoring in public and international affairs at Princeton University, was born and raised in New York City. So for him, public transportation is practically second nature.

Before coming to Miami for his internship, Cohen had driven a total of six blocks by himself in his life.

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Arts
6:36 am
Fri July 13, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Disco Comes To Miami

A scene from "The Donkey Show" at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Christine DiMattei

The disco craze that took the world by storm nearly 40 years ago was born in New York City, right?

Maybe not.

A theatrical experience celebrating 1970's disco comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center tonight.  And while it’s hundreds of miles away from the streets John Travolta struts down in “Saturday Night Fever,” it turns out Miami played a major role in the disco craze.

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Most Doctors Don't Learn About Nutrition
4:42 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Doctors And Dieting May Not Mix

Some doctors say teaching nutrition is difficult.
Kahala Flickr/Creative Commons

In South Florida it's pretty easy to find a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck. But finding a primary care doctor who can tell you how to lose weight by changing your diet is a different story.

When doctors write prescriptions, they know what their patient will receive. But when a patient asks what they should eat, it's hard to be that specific. A developing body of research shows most doctors receive little to no instruction in nutrition.

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School Suspensions
12:37 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

In-School Suspension: a Better Alternative or Waste of Time?

Students at Power U Center in Miami advocate for keeping students in class and out of in-school-suspension.
Sarah Gonzalez StateImpact Florida

There is a place on school campuses for students who break the rules.

In some Florida schools, it’s called SCSI.

Marcus Pryor, a junior at Miami Northwestern Senior High, thinks it stands for School Criminal Scene Investigation.

SCSI actually stands for School Center for Special Instruction. And in Miami, it’s where students go when they get an in-school suspension.

It’s an alternative to out-of-school suspension Florida schools can use for offenses considered minor, like consistent tardiness, wearing baggy clothing or cutting class.

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Canoe Project
12:29 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Curses, Criminals And Canals

Kenny Malone

Years ago, Terence Cantarella had the idea to navigate Miami-Dade’s canals via canoe.  He’s not an experienced paddler or an avid outdoorsman, but he wanted to seize a homegrown opportunity for adventure: “I wasn’t going to explore the world’s oceans like Jacques [Cousteau]. I don’t have the time or money for that. I was going to spend four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade county via the canals.”

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Canoe Project
12:16 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

View of Himmershee Canal, Fort Lauderdale
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

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Canoe Project
5:15 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

WLRN Staff Celebrates End Of The Canoe Project

David Samayoa

Yesterday evening at Scotty’s Landing, the WLRN Miami Herald News staff celebrated the end of the Canoe Project and welcomed Terence Cantarella back on dry land. WLRN Miami Herald News anchor Arianna Prothero led a Q & A with Terence about his journey.

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FCAT 2.0
12:46 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Inside FCAT 2.0: What Changes Mean for Teachers, Students

At Booker T. Washington High School, students likes Danna Contreras, took turns taking the online FCAT reading test because there aren’t enough computers for sophomores to take the test at the same time.
Sarah Gonzalez StateImpact Florida

Danna Contreras doesn’t like the new FCAT.

The sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami emigrated from Colombia three years ago.

She wears thick, pink-rimmed glasses and she squints a lot. She says the new computerized version is harder to take.

“I think I am better with paper, not on the computer because sometimes my eyes hurt,” she said.

That’s not the only reason she’s worried about her reading score.

“I have difficulty speaking English and the vocabulary is really hard,” she said.

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