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Gay Marriage
11:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Asks Judge To Continue Blocking Gay Marriage In Florida

A file photo shows Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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  Same-sex couples should continue to be prevented from getting married in Florida until a legal battle plays out about the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a federal-court filing Friday.

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Commentary
10:47 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

If Panama's Anti-Corruption Hunt Continues, Miami Should Watch Out

Panamanian Supreme Court Justice Alejandro Moncada Luna
Credit Panama Supreme Court

This past summer I wrote an article about Panama’s ultra-corrupt judicial system – and how the Supreme Court there nullified a will that had left property worth as much as $150 million to poor children. The highly dubious ruling instead handed those assets to rich adults.

After reading the piece, one Miami business leader tweeted: "This is why Panama will NEVER supplant Miami."

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Miami
9:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Miami Commissioner Proposes Five-Cent Plastic Bag Fee To Fund Anti-Poverty Plan

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Miami city commissioners are trying to figure out a citywide anti-poverty plan and how they would fund the program.

Two months ago, at the urging of Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the city set aside $1.2 million into a poverty trust during its budget process. Hardemon represents the most impoverished district in the city which includes Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti.

On Friday morning, Hardemon, Commisioners Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff and about a dozen city staff members took part in a roundtable discussion about an anti-poverty strategy.

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Ebola
9:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

South Florida Nurses Protest For Better Ebola Protocols

Gillian Brown and other members of National Nurses United present their petition at the rally.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The National Nurses United union wants Ebola to be less of a threat to nurses. Members of the union gathered at Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale Friday to take a stand for their protection.

They are circulating a petition that asks President Obama and Congress to require health facilities to improve their safety standards.

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Broward Voting Notice
4:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Broward Issues Notice For Voters To Read Both Sides Of Ballot Form

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections is reminding voters at polling locations to read the entire ballot form, front and back.
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The Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office announced Thursday night that it is posting notices throughout early voting and Election Day polling locations to remind voters to thoroughly analyze each form.

The ballots will have selections on both the front and back of the forms.

Several state and municipal offices are listed throughout the ballot.

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Commentary
3:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

When Cancer Comes Calling: The Canine Kind

Oscar, Kelley Mitchell's Pembroke Welsh Corgi, waits for his first visit with the oncologist as his "brother," Felix, stands guard.
Credit Kelley Mitchell

I'm not sure I really "battled" breast cancer back in 2002, as much as it battled me. But after a year of two chemotherapies, radiation and surgery, cancer and I agreed to a draw. We went back to our respective corners, both tired of this fight.

You always wonder when cancer will come back. And for me, so far -- and knock on wood or formica or perhaps a granite kitchen countertop -- it hasn't.

Yet, in a way I never expected, it has.

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Florida Roundup
11:27 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Florida Roundup: Polls And The Governor's Race

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On the Florida Roundup, the debates between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are over and early voting is underway. The newest Quinnipiac poll shows the candidates are tied - and gender divides within both support bases - and now Scott will use some of his own money in the campaign. 

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Newscast
6:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014: Crist Pledges To Support Solar Energy, State Parks Break Record

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Juventutem Miami
4:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

With Ancient Language, Catholic Mass Draws Young Parishioners

The Mission of Saints Francis and Clare holds traditional Latin mass every Sunday at 402 NE 29 St. in Miami.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language.

After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English -- you get the picture.

Latin is now sometimes referred to as “the dead language,” but it is not dead in Miami.

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Culture
3:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

First "Outside The Box" Performance To Highlight Emerging Talent

YoungArts Plaza in Miami
Credit Image Courtesy of YoungArts.Org

Under the stained glass of the Jewel Box building at the YoungArts Plaza, the National YoungArts Foundation will hold its first "Outside The Box" performance on Oct. 25.

Spokesperson Vanessa Leitman says the show will play off the building itself, using light and interpretive dance along with crowd interactivity. Leitman says the crowd will be able to suggest what happens as the show goes along. 

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Culture
3:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Broward College Arts Program Seeks Audience Of "Artivists"

BSOCA Cultural Director Lamar Lovelace, left, working with performance artist Roberto 'Simply Rob' Vassilarakis.
Credit Christine DiMattei / WLRN

Until about 18 months ago, the auditorium at Broward College’s Pembroke Pines campus was largely unused.

“They’ve done graduations for kindergarten through fifth grade,” laughs Lamar Lovelace, director of the Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs. “A few film festivals here and there, but no concerted effort to program around arts and culture.”

But now, the 352-seat theater has been re-branded as BSOCA. And Lovelace is hoping its audiences get fired up enough to change the world. 

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Newscast
7:16 am
Thu October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014: Governor's Race Too Close To Call, FLA AG Warns About Ebola Scams

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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#LastCall
12:23 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Tobacco Road Announces New Location

Tobacco Road's outdoor bar.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Tobacco Road, the bar with the oldest liquor license in Miami, is closing this week after 102 years of live music, food and drinks.

But don’t despair just yet -- at a press conference Thursday, representatives of the company announced a new location is in the works.

Patrick Gleber is the president of Tobacco Road. He’s been with the company for 32 years. He says five years ago, developers approached him offering to buy the property.

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Southern Seasons
6:29 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Five Reasons To Love Fall In South Florida

Art Festival in Coconut Grove courtesy of Bob B. Brown
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Leaves change colors up north but for South Floridians, fall is full of other colorful treats to relish.

1. Sauna time switches to indoor venues as humidity and temperatures fall out of the summer stratosphere. This means the full outdoor scene revs up with fall festivals and art shows, boating, biking and other activities.

Plus, the end of both election and hurricane season is fast approaching. Soon, those omnipresent campaign ads and ominous circulation patterns will fall off our radar.

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School Choice Lawsuits
5:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Court, Public Relations Battle Over Florida Private School Programs Heating Up

The Florida Education Association has amended its challenge of a new school choice law in the Leon County's Second Judicial Circuit.
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The legal and public relations battle over Florida's private-school scholarship programs continues, with the statewide teacher's union revising its lawsuit and a school choice group producing a new television ad supporting the programs.

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