Pietra Diwan takes pride in the masterâ€™s degree she earned in history back in her native Brazil. But a passion for historical accuracy may cost her the business she built here in South Florida.
As a historian, Diwan pays attention to document details. Thatâ€™s why she raised flags last month when Venezuelan friends here started posting Facebook photos of the ongoing anti-government protests in Venezuela.
When I got an email from my daughterâ€™s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed.Â
On the other hand in South Florida, a somewhat common winter tradition is for schools to pay to haul in snow. What kid doesn't like snow? Well, it wasn't a big hit among these 1 year-olds at a preschool in Little Havana.Â
Venezuela has the worldâ€™s largest oil reserves. Big deal. This is Valentineâ€™s week, when cocoa matters more than crude â€“ and whatâ€™s important is that Venezuela produces the worldâ€™s best chocolate.
Problem is, will politics soon drag down Venezuelaâ€™s cacao (cocoa) industry the way itâ€™s reduced the countryâ€™s oil output? On Feb. 14, at least, thatâ€™s a worrisome question, especially inside gourmet chocolate shops like Romanicos.
Commuters beware: Critical Mass Miami will hold its monthly bike ride throughout the city tonight.Â
Riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Government Center downtown and the ride will end at The Filling Station Express on Northwest FirstÂ Avenue. The 13-mile ride will pass through several neighborhoods, including Little Havana and the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. See the map below for the complete route.
Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. SheÂ started the program Code Fever last year to reach that goal.
"Technology will allow [the students] to build their businesses and catapult their ideas much faster and definitely much cheaper," Hatcher says.
In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.
At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into Americaâ€™s mainstream.
If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.Â
The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists (many in costume for Halloween) will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.
The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.
Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Has South Florida had any good mayors? Some of suggestions from our audience, clockwise from top left, Robert King High, mayor of Miami (1956-1967); Jim Naugle, mayor of Fort Lauderdale (1991-2009); Alex Penelas, mayor of Miami-Dade County (1996-2004) and Raul Martinez, mayor of Hialeah (1981-2005).
1. Â People are thinking big. From new, east-west train routes to more edible landscaping and higher educational standards, South Floridians have clear visions of what theyâ€™d like to see in their towns.
The walk up of parties for the Miami Broward Carnival weekend has officially begun.
Still, the big parade at Sun Life Stadium with all the bands isnâ€™t until Sunday and that means plenty of people are still hustling on the last minute preps, such as finishing the bright shiny costumes.Â
Inside one garage in Miramar the sewing crew hums to soca beats as they glue yet another rhinestone onto another skirt of a Carnival costume. Music plays from the computer.
Jai-Alai players prepare to play a game at the once cultural icon in Miami, Aug. 22, 2013. The Jai-Alai fronton declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Despite the financial restructuring they will continue to entertain with Jai-Alai, concerts, and gambling.
Out near the Miami Airport thereâ€™s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami.Â Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. Itâ€™s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.
But it's also more complicated than that, and dangerous. But the way Jai-Alai attendance is growing, in seven years ,followers say it will eclipse baseball.
Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgroundsâ€“even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home. Â She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.
Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the countyâ€™s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will â€śkill the tourism industry.â€ť Â