Alabama and Notre Dame Show Their BCS Colors in Miami

Jan 7, 2013

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:

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.

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.

Kittisak /

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.

Miami's Oldest Bar Turns 100

Dec 31, 2012
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.

Virginia Key Beach Park Works To Restore Swimming

Dec 28, 2012
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.

South Florida's Notable Deaths Of 2012

Dec 27, 2012

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.

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

Dec 21, 2012
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.

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:

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.  

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

Dec 14, 2012
Office of Public Counsel


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.

Art Basel Takeaway: It Was Art Over Glitter

Dec 9, 2012
Aubrey Swanson on Twitter

We're taking a look this morning at the parting shots of the world's journalists as Art Basel reaches its opulent and glittery conclusion in Miami.

It was great, most of them say: Bigger and more lucrative than ever and ultimately a testament to the supremacy of art over glitter.

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Drops Gambling Ballot Bid

Dec 7, 2012
Jay Zhang

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put a hold on its plans to petition for a casino amendment on the twenty-fourteen ballot.  Halting the petition effort means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas- style gaming to Florida. The Malaysian-based casino giant -- Genting Group -- has spent close to a million dollars on a campaign to let voters decide. That campaign started after a casino amendment died in the Florida legislature last year.  But now the group is taking a less aggressive strategy, in part perhaps because gaming regulations ar

Jay Koenigsberg

Anyone visiting the National Hotel on South Beach during Art Basel this week will get a rare peek inside the Miami Marine Stadium.

The Marine Stadium was built off the Miami mainland on Virginia Key in the 1960s. It was originally used for boat racing and then later for concerts and even religious services.