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Two Arrested In Miami Ferguson Protest

Nov 26, 2014
Nadge Green / WLRN

Two men were arrested Tuesday night as more than 100 demonstrators occupied the street in front of Miami's criminal courthouse.

It was one of several protests that have erupted across the country over the refusal of a Missouri grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson who killed teenager Michael Brown in the town of Ferguson this summer.

Joyce Tenneson / RichardBlanco.com

From the opening pages of poet Richard Blanco’s refreshing memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” it’s clear that you’re not wandering Calle Ocho in one of those nostalgic, Little Havana paradises that so many Cuban-American chronicles try to recreate.

Instead, you’re wandering a Winn Dixie in Westchester.

Michael Scott Sheerin

This past Saturday, close to 4,000 people flocked to Tobacco Road, the bar and restaurant with the oldest liquor license in Miami. The venue hosted its "Last Call" party, closing its doors after 102 years. 

A line formed outside of the front door. You had to get your ID past Eugene Remy, bouncer there for the last 22 years, who calls this place his "house."

Standing in line the view was a glowing neon sign above the entrance that read, "Tobacco Road Liquor Bar 'Til 5 A.M."

Panama Supreme Court

This past summer I wrote an article about Panama’s ultra-corrupt judicial system. It looked at the case of a dead man whose will had left tens of millions of dollars to poor children – and how the Panamanian Supreme Court made the highly suspicious decision to nullify that will and hand the money instead to rich adults.

Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language.

After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English -- you get the picture.

Latin is now sometimes referred to as “the dead language,” but it is not dead in Miami.

Tobacco Road Announces New Location

Oct 23, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Tobacco Road, the bar with the oldest liquor license in Miami, is closing this week after 102 years of live music, food and drinks.

But don’t despair just yet -- at a press conference Thursday, representatives of the company announced a new location is in the works.

Patrick Gleber is the president of Tobacco Road. He’s been with the company for 32 years. He says five years ago, developers approached him offering to buy the property.

Knight Cities Challenges Opens Applications in Miami

Oct 1, 2014

The James L. Knight foundation is opening applications in Miami for its first-ever Knight Cities Challenge, which looks to make cities better and more successful.

Twenty-five communities across the United States will vie for a share of $5 million. According to a press release, the ideas can originate from anywhere, but they must benefit Miami or one of the other 25 Knight communities.

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Let’s be clear: Breast implants are no laughing matter.

Women who’ve had mastectomies can depend on them. Women who’ve had self-esteem issues can turn to them. And if they’re defective, women can die from them.

But let’s be honest: When the Associated Press this week reported a shortage of breast implants in Venezuela – the latest of a host of product scarcities in that whack economy – a lot of people chuckled.

Five Miami Restaurants To Compete On New Bravo Show

Sep 17, 2014
Image Courtesy of Bravo

Looking for the country's best new restaurant, Bravo, the reality TV network behind Top Chef, will give five Miami dining spots a shot at glory. 

Hosted by current Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Best New Restaurant will premiere in January. The show, featuring 16 restaurants from across the nation, pits eateries against each other in everything from food to decor and hospitality. 

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Sep 11, 2014

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

Flickr / Rawle C. Jackman

In 2005, before Burger King was majority owned by a Brazilian investment firm, it struck a deal to keep its corporate headquarters in the city where it was founded, Miami. The company had been tempted by an incentive package, including lower business costs, to move to Texas. Instead, the company stuck with its hometown.

Skyrise Miami

City of Miami voters will decide Tuesday whether to let a local developer build Florida's tallest building on the waterfront behind Bayside Marketplace. 

Jeff Berkowitz visualizes SkyRise Miami as the city's special landmark. A $400 million, 1,000-foot tower stuffed with observation decks, restaurants, a theater and even some thrill rides. It would create jobs, bolster the economy and polish up the Miami brand. He says this is what major cities do.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez kicked off a series of budget town hall meetings this week, starting with a Facebook and Twitter discussion on Wednesday.

From noon to 1 p.m., locals submitted questions on the mayor's Facebook page and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Twitter using #MDCBudget.

This weekend, the New York Times published an essay by Pamela Druckerman, a former Miamian, that was part jab at the "vapid" city where she grew up, and part backhanded appreciation of Miami's cultural developments since the 1970s.

Wanna Hear Rock 'N' Roll? You Might Have To Leave Miami

Aug 6, 2014
Young Deville / Courtesy

Electric Piquete is a Latin jazz and fusion band out of Miami. But when the band started in 2007, it performed as a traditional rock trio with guitar, bass and drums.

Michael Mut, the bass player, says his band just wasn't booking enough gigs, so they decided to change their sound.

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