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5:43 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Miami's Regalado And Other U.S. Mayors Say Will Ease Gun Violence

Mayor Regalado's office is hosting a gun buy back program in Miami starting January 19th.
Credit Arianna Prothero

On the one month anniversary of the Newtown, CT school shooting, mayors across South Florida and the country called for stricter gun regulations on Monday. Among them was Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

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World Music In Miami
7:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Femi Kuti Followed Dad's Dangerous Road To Afro-beat Stardom In Nigeria

Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti can sing as well as play the saxophone, trumpet and organ. He is entirely self-taught.
Credit TheArches/Flickr

    

This Sunday, Nigerian Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti will be performing in Miami. Femi is known for using music to protest against the Nigerian government -- a legacy he inherited from his father, the legendary Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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BCS Championship
6:14 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama and Notre Dame Show Their BCS Colors in Miami

Kickoff for the BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame happens at 8:30 tonight. But fans from both teams have been showing their colors across Miami and South Florida all weekend.

Check out some of our favorite BCS tweets and trash talk below:

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9:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama Vs. Notre Dame: A Boon To South Florida's Economy

South Beach has BCS fever as Alabama and Notre Dame play for college football's national title. The game means millions of extra dollars coming in to the region's coffers.
Credit Phil Latzman

Perhaps you've noticed South Florida awash in a sea of green and crimson these past few days.

The visitors are fans of Alabama and Notre Dame, which meet to decide college football's 2012 national champion tonight at Sun Life Stadium.

No matter the color of the jersey, or where they are from, no one is happier to see them than local tourism officials.

For Broward County, it means an additional 25,000 to 30,000 visitors, some for the very first time.

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Video Games: No Longer Child's Play
6:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Why Video Games Are Leaving The Living Room For The Art Museum

Cultural institutions, such as the Boca Raton Museum of Art and New York's Museum of Modern Art, are beginning to recognize video games as art.
Arianna Prothero

When 20-year-old Jackson Alexander Parodi got the chance to develop a show on his college radio station, he was inspired by some of the music he grew up with: video game scores.

Parodi is a music theory and composition major at the University of Miami who has been playing video games almost his entire life.

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Terrorist Support Trial
7:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Jury Selection Is Underway In Miami Imams' Taliban Case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of two South Florida imams accused of financially supporting the Taliban.
Credit Kittisak / freedigitalphotos.net

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of two South Florida imams accused of financially supporting the Taliban.

Hafiz Khan, 77, and his 26-year-old son, Izhar Khan, are charged with funneling $50,000 to the Taliban in Pakistan.

Both men are U.S. citizens born in Pakistan. Hafiz headed the Flagler Mosque in Miami. His son oversaw the Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen mosque in Margate.

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100 Years of Tobacco Road
6:30 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Miami's Oldest Bar Turns 100

The upstairs main stage at Tobacco Road: many blues legends, including John Lee Hooker and Koko Taylor, have performed on this stage.
Credit Phil Latzman

Editor's note: We've been re-airing some of our favorite stories of 2012. This one is from November.  

In my 22 years living in South Florida, if there's one establishment I can't enough of--it's Tobacco Road.

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South Florida History
6:25 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Virginia Key Beach Park Works To Restore Swimming

A restoration project is underway for Virginia Key Beach Park.
Credit Guy Forchion

Just a few miles away from downtown Miami lies a natural beach in the city’s largest park.

The 82-acre Virginia Key Beach Park remains a bit of a hidden gem. The historic beach still attracts those looking for a quiet place to relax despite one drawback.

In season, about 2,000 people visit Virginia Key Beach Park every weekend even though swimming isn’t permitted.

“It’s a disadvantage - one we’re overcoming," said Guy Forchion, head of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.

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The Year That Was
3:30 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

South Florida's Notable Deaths Of 2012

Hundreds of cyclists showed up for a memorial bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway following the hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, 36.
Credit ImageMD

South Florida lost a number of notable figures in 2012.

Bee Gees singer and former Miami resident Robin Gibb died at 62 after a battle with cancer.

Tony Goldman, the developer credited with turning South Beach and Wynwood into thriving destinations, died at 68 from heart failure.

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Coccothrinax barbadensis
6:58 am
Fri December 21, 2012

The Not-So-Little Palm Tree That Couldn't

The not-so-little Barbados silver palm that can't.
Photo by Patrick Griffith

This is the sad story of a very tall tree.

"This one right here," says Patrick Griffith, slapping his hand on a rough, grayish trunk, "coccothrinax barbadensis."

Griffith is executive director at the Montgomery Botanical Center, a 120-acre horticultural haven less than two miles from the more famous – yet 50 percent smaller – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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Voting Law
2:31 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Miami-Dade Grand Jury Cites 'Gaping Holes' In Florida's Absentee Voting System

VOTING ABSENTEE: On Election Day, voters found it easier to vote absentee in person at the Supervisor of Elections office in Doral.
Credit Rick Stone

"Gaping holes" in Florida's absentee voting process have undermined public faith in election outcomes, according to the Miami-Dade County grand jury in its concluding report. The grand jury also concluded those holes need to be plugged immediately.

At the top of the list of the grand jury's 23 urgent recommendations:

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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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News
8:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

J.R. Kelly heads up the Office of Public Counsel and opposes the settlement agreement between the state and the utility company.
Credit Office of Public Counsel

 

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Tom Wolfe in Miami
11:46 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Seven Observations About Miami From Author Tom Wolfe

Credit Mark Seliger

More than a quarter of a century after Tom Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities looked at race relations, class divisions, greed and ambition in New York City, the influential writer has shifted his focus to the Magic City.

On his recent trip to Miami, Wolfe sat down to chat with WLRN-Miami Herald News features editor Alicia Zuckerman about his new novel, Back to Blood.

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