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Sundial's guests for Wednesday, April 18:

Cuba's Raul Castro stepped down and the new leader of the communist island is Miguel Diaz-Canel. WLRN's Tim Padgett discusses what the new president means for U.S.-Cuba relations.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

Guests for Sundial on Wednesday March 14, 2018:

We revisited a past interview with Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat. She spoke with us in 2017 about her book, The Art of Death, which she wrote as part of her journey after her mother's passing.

The current owners of the Marlin’s are clearing  house. Notable examples include slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Mr. Marlin himself, Jeff Conine. Reportedly, Derek Jeter has also expressed interest in removing Homer,  the moving monument designed by Red Grooms and set off when a Marlin hits a home run.

Jeter’s hands are tied when it comes to dispatching the colorful structure.

Homer belongs to the taxpayers and it is owned by Miami-Dade County. The structure cost around $2.45 million  to complete and 75 percent of the funding came directly from taxpayers.

Music has long been used as a vehicle to drive social awareness forward. Artists like Bob Marley and Gil Scott-Heron tackled political issues head-on in their lyrics and used their voices to speak for the forgotten, marginalized people. Such artists are found in all corners of the world.

In Haiti, Joseph Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne followed this tradition fervently, writing songs about Haitian politics and the circumstances of his countrymen. Charlemagne died Sunday, Dec. 10, in a Miami Beach hospital where he was being treated for cancer.      

José A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo joins us for a conversation about Puerto Rico, DACA, and the Las Vegas mass shooting - and the need for "sensible gun policy."

Then we hear from Marine Col. Michael Samarov about recovery efforts in Dominica and the Leeward Islands.

Little Havana Businesses Prepare For MLB All-Star Game Celebrations

Jul 7, 2017
Adrianne Gonzalez / WLRN News

In the Little Havana neighborhood around Marlins Park, handymen are fixing lighting fixtures and shopkeepers are cleaning corners — all in hopes of attracting some of the 110,000 people expected to attend the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

David Lopez, an employee at New York Pizza across the street from Marlins Park, says that the business will be open longer hours with more employees at hand. He helps run the small pizza joint at the front of the house and in the kitchen. 

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Miami Marlins need a financial turnaround, and CNBC television star Marcus Lemonis says he's ready to spend big to help provide one.

Julio Cortez AP / Miami Herald

Not many of us can say we have a dream job waiting for us out of high school. And even fewer of us can say we're going to be paid millions for that job, again, straight out of high school.

I'm talking about this year's Major League Baseball draft picks. The top two picks are right out of high school and they're looking at potential bonus checks greater than $7 million each.

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It was eight months ago that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on the jetty of Government Cut near South Beach. 

Pedro Portal pportal@elnuevoherald.com / El Nuevo Herald

You can be a part of the upcoming 2017 MLB All Star Game. OK, you cannot actually play in it, nor can you take part in the homerun derby. But you can become one of the army of unpaid volunteers during the weeklong festivities. If anything, there's some baseball swag to collect for your time.

What sort of positions are available for volunteer? One can be a greeter or work at the information booth. There's a need for people to work booths for video games and batting cages.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

José Fernández's visitation was Wednesday.

 

Outside St. Brendan Catholic Church, police shepherded throngs of mourners across Southwest 87th Avenue; traffic was backed up for blocks. A news helicopter flew overhead and an encampment of reporters occupied the church lawn. Cameramen circled a young boy in a black Miami Marlins T-shirt, weeping in the embrace of a woman who appeared to be his mother.

 

But inside, the church was quiet.

 

 

 

Associated Press

The Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with is family at a very difficult time."

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

On opening night for the Marlins in April, it was Miami vs. the Detroit Tigers. As the booming voice in the stadium announced the lineup, a new guy walked from the bullpen onto the field: Number 54, Wei-Yin Chen, a native of Taiwan.

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