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Killing Machine?
9:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Why The Lionfish Really Is The Terminator

Researchers say the lionfish is a voracious predator -- but also delicious.
Credit Miami Herald

Central Casting could call on Arnold Schwartzenegger should there ever be a movie made titled "The Lionfish."

That's how efficient a predator the invasive creature has become -- now dubbed "The Terminator." The lionfish has made its way here from its native Indo-Pacific waters -- and not by swimming. Most likely they were released from aquariums after consuming their tankmates.

Oregon State University has just finished a study about the red lionfish, which has taken up residence in the warm water reefs around South Florida and the Caribbean.

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Steven Sotloff
6:14 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

ISIS Captive Steven Sotloff's Mother Makes Video Plea To Terrorists

Shirley Sotloff pleas for the life of her son Steven Sotloff.
Credit Sotloff Family

It’s been a year since American journalist Steven Sotloff was kidnapped by terrorists in Syria. In that time, Sotloff’s family here in Pinecrest has not spoken publicly. But that changed Wednesday with a plea from Sotloff’s mother.

The short but moving video message from Shirley Sotloff is addressed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He’s the leader of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – or ISIS – which has threatened to kill her son if the United States continues bombing ISIS targets.

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Education
12:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Recapping The Results From Tuesday's Education Races

South Florida school boards remain mostly unchanged after Tuesday's elections.
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South Florida school boards remain unchanged after Tuesday's election, with incumbents winning in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

That includes Ann Murray, whose use of a racial epithet in 2007 was an issue as she sought reelection to Broward County's school board. Murray narrowly defeated Felicia Mychele Brunson. Four other incumbents won reelection as well.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why A North Miami Voting Precinct Draws Many Volunteers And Fights

Campaign volunteers in North Miami on Election Day Aug. 26, 2014
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The primary election in Miami-Dade County was, for the most part, unremarkable. Voter turn-out was low, and there weren’t many contentious races

But at one North Miami precinct, every election is drama-filled.

Dozens of campaign volunteers lined the sidewalks around the Sunkist Grove Community Center on Northwest 125 Street and 13 Avenue.

They shouted at voters in English and Creole from bullhorns. They sprinted after unsuspecting drivers to shove fliers  into their car windows.  And they aggressively argued with one another over whose candidate will win.

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Latin America Report
8:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Argentina's New Debt Drama: A Boost For South Florida Condo Sales?

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
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Argentina is no stranger to financial crisis. But an unprecedented drama is playing out there this summer, one that could alter the rules in global debt markets – and boost the sales in South Florida condo markets, as more Argentines look for safer places to put their money amid the turmoil.

At issue is $100 billion: the mountain of sovereign debt Argentina defaulted on in 2001 amid a horrific economic collapse. It was the largest default in history.

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Newscast
6:14 am
Wed August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014: Charlie Crist Wins Democratic Primary For Governor

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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2014 Florida Primary Results
12:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Here's How South Florida Voted In The 2014 Primary Election

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November's election will be a race between two candidates with Florida gubernatorial experience: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Miami-Dade and Broward were among the last counties to finish counting votes statewide. Among the items on the Dade ballot, locals decided to approve of SkyRise Miami and two long-standing school board members were re-elected.

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Opinion
10:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Having It Burger King's Way

Burger King announced its plans to acquire Tim Hortons. Burger King executive chairman Alex Behring says the deal is "not being driven by taxes."
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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.

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Keys Election Results
9:27 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cates Wins Fourth Term As Key West Mayor

Key West Mayor Craig Cates is congratulated Tuesday night after he won re-election for a fourth term.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West Mayor Craig Cates won a fourth and final term as mayor of the southernmost city Tuesday, defeating Margaret Romero for a third time and taking 53 percent of the votes in the three-person race. Romero won 44 percent while perennial candidate Sloan Bashinsky took just over 2 percent.

"I'm just a happy camper right now," Cates said. "Everybody that came out and supported me, four elections in a row -- it's an overwhelming feeling."

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IKEA
7:29 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

IKEA Comes To Miami-Dade

IKEA will open it's secon largest story in Miami-Dade Wednesday.
Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

The line for the new Miami-Dade IKEA has been in place for two days and boasts tents, fans, and a lot of IKEA passion.

The Swedish store’s location, adjacent to Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, will start selling it’s affordable, assemble-yourself, modern furniture. At 416,000 square feet, the store will be the second largest in the country and also have Florida’s biggest solar panel array on its roof.

Tony Grandson got to IKEA at 5 a.m. on Monday. As the first person in line of about 40 people, he has a chance to win bragging rights and a brand new sofa.

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Key West Cutter
4:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New Coast Guard Ship Honors WWII Hero In Key West

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans, to be commissioned Sept. 6, is one of six new Sentinel-class cutters that will be homeported in Key West.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

A World War II hero will be honored when the Coast Guard's newest cutter is commissioned into service in Key West on Sept. 6.

The 154-foot ship is named after Raymond Evans, who received the Navy Cross for rescuing Marines during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Another North Miami Candidate Puts Jesus Christ On Campaign Fliers

North Miami mayoral candidate Jean Rodrigue Marcellus declares "Victory in the blood of Jesus" on a flier being handed out to voters on election day.

In the quest for votes, candidates often vie for high profile endorsements.

In North Miami, the city has a history of mayoral candidates seeking and receiving endorsements from the son of the most high: Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday, campaign workers for North Miami mayoral candidate Jean Marcellus handed out fliers  to voters with his picture and the word "Jesus" in bold blue print. The flier also had a declaration in French: "Victory in the blood of Jesus."

Marcellus was not immediately available for comment.

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Primary Election
11:33 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Polls Close At 7 p.m. For Florida's Primary Election

Voters at the Miami Shores Community Center. Polling places close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

No long lines and quiet polling places are what most South Florida voters can expect so far during the primary election on Tuesday.

For most Democratic voters, the highlight of this election is getting to choose who will run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November: Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. But there are local races on the ballot, and some voters are finding it’s wise to go into the voting booth with a plan.

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Everglades
7:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Restoring Everglades Water Flow Is Key For South Florida

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Every few years we get a snapshot of the health of the Everglades in the System Status Report, which was released earlier this month. It shows improvement in the restoration of animal habitat, but there’s still a lot of work to do in getting more water to flow south.

Read a conversation with Julie Hill-Gabriel, the director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, about the update.  

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Overtown
7:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

How A Historic Theater Is Using Band Camp To Revitalize Overtown

Kids practice at the inaugural South Florida Marching Band Precision Camp in Overtown.
Credit Wilson Sayre

For the past few decades, Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood has struggled with crime and poverty. Sharing in that decline was the Lyric Theater, where figures like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Celia Cruz once graced its stage.

The old theater, though, has a new vision and through kids programming, hopes to change the image of Overtown emblazoned in the not-too-distant memory of South Floridians.

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