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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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Culture
4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Aspiring Photojournalists Showcase Works At "Carnival Of Color"

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For over 25 years, Carl Juste has frozen time.   

With the shutter of his lens, the veteran Miami Herald photojournalist has documented the days and lives of those who live in and around South Florida. But now, Juste is changing things, putting the cameras in the hands of a new generation and showing them how visual stories are told.

A group 10 advanced photojournalism students will show off 10 weeks' worth of work, illustrating the vibrant colors that make up life in South Florida.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

South Florida State House Candidates Agree There's Too Much Testing

Republican, Democrat and independent candidates were unanimous Tuesday -- Florida schools test too much.
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The candidates running for three South Dade state House seats -- Republican, Democrat, independent -- all agree that Florida students and schools spend too much time testing.

Candidates running for the Florida House of Representatives in the 112th, 114th and 115th districts gathered for an education forum Tuesday night at Palmetto Middle School.

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Technology
1:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Google Picks Sarasota As Florida's Top 'E-City'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:54 am

Google chose Sarasota as the Sunshine state’s leading E-city this year.

Based on research conducted by Google and a research firm, small businesses in Sarasota are more likely to have an online presence than other cities in Florida.

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News
1:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Cracks Down On How Groups Can Give Food To The Homeless

Fort Lauderdale is considering cracking down on how the organizations feed the homeless out on the sidewalks.
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UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

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Newscast
6:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014: Crist, Scott Combative In Final Debate Before Election Day

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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The Governor's Race
12:40 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Highlights From The Final Debate For Florida Governor

Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, right, shake hands for their second debate at Broward College's Bailey Hall on Oct. 15.
Credit Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The awkward handshakes between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are done for now.

The candidates for Florida governor dug at one another in a final CNN debate hosted in Jacksonville. No fans were permitted but the temperature was a cool 63 degrees.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Does Medical Marijuana On Amendment Two Still Have A Chance?

A marijuana plant grows in a front yard in Dark View Falls in St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean March 10, 2014. As the use of marijuana becomes legalized in some parts of the United States, there is growing debate and division in the Caribbean over loosening restrictions on the popular crop. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is leading an effort to have Caribbean leaders study the issue. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

    

If voters approve Amendment Two, legalizing medical marijuana, the Florida Legislature will have the final say in how the amendment is carried out.

Lawmakers have the power to keep tight controls over how the drug is cultivated and dispensed.

Below, read an edited version of a conversation between WLRN's Tallahassee reporter Gina Jordan and Mary Ellen Klas of the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau.

What aren't the medical marijuana ads telling voters? 

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Politics
4:58 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

The Final Gubernatorial Debate Might Lack Controversy

The final gubernatorial debate takes place at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.
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Governor Rick Scott and opponent Charlie Crist will debate Tuesday for the final time before the Nov. 4 election.

CNN will host both candidates at the WJXT-TV studios in Jacksonville.

Co-moderator Jake Tapper, from CNN's "The Lead," says unlike the debate last week at Broward College in Davie, this debate will take place in a space with no audience and few reporters.

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Arts
4:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In Miami, Panhandling Ban Extends To Street Performers

Patrick Rogers Sr. plays trumpet on the sidewalks of downtown Miami, but sometimes he's told he can't play because of the area's anti panhandling zone.
Credit Wilson Sayre

A few days a week, Patrick Rogers, Sr., goes to downtown Miami to play trumpet on the sidewalk. But often enough, police stop him because they see street performance as a violation of Miami’s panhandling ban.

A couple musicians and lawyers are trying to figure out how to change that. Attorney Justin Wales and a few friends are drafting an ordinance whereby the city would allow street performers like Rogers to play unfettered.

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Sports
4:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Racing May Be Coming To Downtown Miami

Electric Race Cars
Credit FIA Formula E

Next March, Formula race cars could be tearing up the streets of downtown Miami. 

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Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Too Many Contracts For White Men In Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach County wants to see if it awards a disproportionate amount of contracts to white, male-owned businesses.
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Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $750,000 on a new disparity study to see if a disproportionate amount of contracts have been awarded to white, male-owned businesses, as opposed to women- and minority-owned businesses.

Because of a 1989 Supreme Court ruling, cities can’t set up special programs to favor minorities until there’s evidence of discrimination.

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Technology
4:07 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Miami Scientists Are Building Smartphones That Can Diagnose Cancer

Dr. Obdulio Piloto in the lab.
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The next stage of smartphone evolution, portable disease diagnostics, is headquartered on the edge of Overtown and Allapattah.

A Cuban-American doctor has brought his lab to the University of Miami’s Life Science and Technology Park where he’s developing a proprietary apparatus on the cutting edge of nanotechnology.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott Campaign Ahead of Final Debate

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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