Miami

Earned Sick Pay
3:28 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Why A Law Requiring Earned Sick Pay In Miami-Dade Might Be Possible

Miami activists want county commissioners to pass an ordinance requiring earned paid sick time.
Doug Geisler /Flickr

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe's books include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons, among others.
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:37 am

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

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Housing Crisis
10:56 am
Wed October 24, 2012

ProPublica: State Lawmakers Are Holding Up $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners

Florida's is sitting on $300 million meant to help homeowners.
401(K) 2012 /Flickr

ProPublica reports that $300 million awarded to Florida through a settlement over bad mortgages and foreclosures remains untouched. 

That money is meant to help homeowners in Florida that were hurt by the state's housing crisis.

Millions of dollars were given to individuals and state governments by big banks accused of wrongful foreclosures and other mortgage servicing abuses.

Florida got the biggest sum of money-- besides California-- because the state was wracked by the housing crisis.

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Miami Marlins
4:24 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Miami Marlins Manager Fired

Guillen, the Miami's Marlins coach has been fired after just one season.
Chuck Welch /Flickr

Ozzie Guillen, the embattled Miami Marlins manager, has been fired.

According to The Miami Herald, the Marlins released this statement:

“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” said Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest in a prepared statement. “Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”

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A Local Film Maker Highlights Urban Challenges
3:05 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Film: Why You Can't Just Live In Cities Anymore, Now You Have To Think About Them

University of Miami professor Sanjeev Chatterjee is profiling some of the world's major cities as they rapidly change to keep up with an evolving world.
By Georgia Popplewell (caribbeanfreephoto)/flickr

According to the World Health Organization, as of 2010, over half the world’s population lived in cities.

By 2050, that percentage is expected to increase to 70 percent.

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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Debate Watch Parties
8:07 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In Miami (Stiff Drink In Hand, If Necessary) (Updated)

The Local Craft restaurant and bar in Coral Gables
Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

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Miami's Middle Class
3:33 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report: Miami Is Unaffordable Because People Aren't Making Enough Money

Miami is the least affordable city in the U.S. because people aren't getting paid enough.
Tax Credits/ Flickr

According to a report released this week from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Miami is the least affordable metropolitan area for middle class Americans.

And it's not because Miami is more expensive-- it's because the middle class here isn't making enough money compared to other big cities.

This week's study highlighted the cost of housing and transportation in major metropolitan areas-- but in relation to household incomes.

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Airport Security
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Nightline Showcases Miami International Airport Security

MIA security shows off their training to ABC News.
ABC News

ABC's Nightline profiled Miami International Airport's security this week. 

The news show talked to security personnel at MIA about what they see in the airport day to day and the extensive amount of people, dogs and machinery used to keep the airport safe.

In true Miami fashion, security personnel mentioned that in their time working at MIA they have witnessed people smuggling birds, body parts and even human fetuses (which are used as part of a Haitian ritual) in their luggage.

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Superbowl In Miami
7:52 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A 2016 Miami Super Bowl May Depend On A $225M Facelift For Sun Life Stadium

Super Bowl XLI, Feb. 4, 2007 in Miami. It rained.
Credit Chris Vicente on flickr

Miami is a finalist for Super Bowls in 2016 an 2017. Only problem: There are other finalists - San Francisco and Houston - and each has a younger, better-looking and better-equipped stadium. The possibility of hosting the big game, the Miami Herald reports today, may put some steam behind a drive for taxpayer-funded renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

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Arts
6:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Vizcaya Museum And Gardens $2 Million Skylight Complete

Tuesday (October 16th, 2012) is the unveiling of a two million dollar upgrade to the skylight at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Museum officials says it's the largest construction project since 1914  at the home once owned by industrialist James Deering.  Vizcaya had the same problems as any run-of-the-mill home that's almost 100 years old It's skylight had gotten a little shabby. It was leaking, in disrepair and not even up to hurricane code. The new glass and steel courtyard cover no longer blocks the view of Biscayne Bay, and can now capture rainwater t

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Jeb Bush
4:15 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Subtle, Subtle' Racism: Why Jeb Bush Moved To Miami

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

New York Magazine published a great profile of Florida's former governor and current Miamian Jeb Bush this week.

The profile tackled some pretty big topics about Bush, who has stayed mostly out of the limelight since he finished his term as Florida's governor in 2007. The article mentioned how Jeb's connections to the Hispanic community might make him the greatest hope for the future of the GOP and why he didn't run in 2012.

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The Miami Vote
6:29 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Obama Adviser Says Campaign Will Make Gains With Miami Hispanics

Plouffe says president will make gains among Hispanics in Miami.
Obama for America/Flickr

The Tampa Bay Times chatted with David Plouffe, President Obama's Senior advisor, recently. While polls show the president is struggling right now, Plouffe tells the Times that he's confident Obama will make gains in Florida-- particularly among Miami Hispanics.

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Obama In Miami
8:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Swing State Life: Obama's On His Way To Make A Nightmare Of Miami Traffic

Here He Comes Again: A presidential motorcade much like this one that tied up Miami traffic in 2010 will inject itself into the Brickell area rush hour today.
Miami Herald

President Obama makes an appearance this afternoon at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. It's a grassroots rally with free admission for those who got advance tickets. Doors open at 1 p. m.

After that, Brickell Avenue will close at Southeast Seventh Street at 4 p. m. as the president makes his way to another event at the J. W. Marriott Marquis Hotel.

He's supposed to arrive at 5. But the Miami Herald warns downtown drivers need to make three and half hours worth of plans:

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News
2:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Chávez Reelection Could Send More Venezuelans To South Florida

More fallout from the Venezuelan election. A real estate agent tells the Miami Herald's Alfonso Chardy there's nothing like fear to touch off capital flight.

President Hugo Chávez’s reelection could prompt a further exodus of Venezuelans to South Florida, leading more entrepreneurs to seek U.S. green cards in return for investments and more people to buy properties from Key Biscayne to Weston, real estate agents and immigration attorneys said Tuesday.

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