Politics

Zimmerman Trial
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Students Keep Capitol Vigil As Scott Visits Panhandle

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In Gov. Rick Scott's absence, protesting students dug in Wednesday at the Florida Capitol for the second day of a vigil prompted by George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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City Zoning
7:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

You Can't Own An Elephant In Coral Gables (And Other Weird Laws)

Morman Ross rides an elephant on Miami Beach in 1922. Coral Gables wanted to discourage this circus-like atmosphere.
Credit Courtesy of History Miami

Coral Gables has a reputation for its very strict—and frequently unusual—city codes.

As recently as 2007, the entire zoning code was revamped, but to this day, there are still a few ordinances that are... well, peculiar.

While flipping through the 464-page zoning code manual, there were seven ordinances that stood out.

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Community Contributor
7:16 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Cubans Question Treatment Of Bahamas Detainees After Video Airing

A video broadcast on América Tevé claims to show a Cuban detainee in the Bahamas with a padlock through his lips.

América Tevé recently televised videos and photographs purportedly showing abuse of Cuban detainees being brutally beaten by Bahamian officials. The video shows four detainees on the floor, an immigration official kicking them.

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Zimmerman Trial
4:36 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

How Trayvon Martin’s High School Reacted To His Public Death

Students at Krop Senior High in Miami wore hooded sweatshirts to remember slain classmate Trayvon Martin.
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Reposted from NPR's StateImpact from March 21, 2012.

Trayvon Martin’s death has inspired a national debate about race and justice. But at the high school Martin attended in Miami, his death had not been announced publicly until today, when the school held a moment of silence for the slain student.

Ashley Aristide is a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High in Miami, where Martin went to school.

She’s having a hard time coping with her friend’s death.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Race, Self-Defense And The Law

Today on the Florida Roundup at noon on 91.3 FM:

We’re bracing for a verdict in the Zimmerman case, a trial that has the state on edge. Does Florida’s Stand Your Ground law make it an open-and-shut case for the defense? And is too much being made of the possible reaction if Trayvon Martin’s killer is set free?

The U.S. Justice Department finds - for the second time in a decade - that City of Miami police used excessive force in a spate of shootings, seven resulting in the deaths of black residents of the city.

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Community Contributor
7:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Rising To Environmental Challenges In America’s Sinking Cities

Credit Flickr photo from VgM8989

As an undergrad at Louisiana State University, I learned quickly what it means to live in a swamp. I left our college newsroom after an all-nighter working a tropical storm and found my car parked behind Tiger Stadium — filled to the stickshift with murky brown water.

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Sea level rise
6:30 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Documenting Evidence Of Climate Change

A damaged stretch of A1A
Credit Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

For South Florida, climate change isn't part of some vague future; it's a reality today.  South Florida has seen nine inches of of sea-level rise since the 1920s.

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Technology
6:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

How In The World Could Florida Ban Cell Phones?

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Your computer or cell phone, most likely whatever you’re reading this article on right now, could technically be illegal in the State of Florida. Which is great because I’m sick of my cell phone anyway, and often think that going back to the days of just using a pager would streamline my life.

Though I would be out of a job. And theoretically, so would everyone who uses a computer at work.  And all of my personal relationships would be put in serious jeopardy. My mother, bless her, would be very angry. 

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Americas
11:50 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

In his new book, Alfredo Corchado writes about the escalating violence in Mexico.
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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:11 pm

When Alfredo Corchado went to cover Mexico for The Dallas Morning News, he was determined not to focus on drugs and crime but rather to cover issues critical to the country's future — immigration, education and the economy.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami, Soon The American Atlantis?

A depiction of our area with a 5 ft. rise in sea level, which by some estimates could happen in 100-300 years.
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On The Florida Roundup, we focus on the impacts of sea-level rise on our very vulnerable region.   

Rolling Stone magazine says Miami - and much of South Florida - is doomed to drown.  You wouldn’t know it based on what you hear from state leaders.  While county and local officials say they are working on solutions, are they pursuing the right ones? 

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South Florida in Congress
11:03 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Rep. Deutch On Climate Change, Food Stamps, Hunger And Immigration

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton)
Credit http://teddeutch.house.gov/

We're celebrating Independence Day this week by talking to some in South Florida's Congressional delegation.

Today it's Boca Raton-based Democrat Ted Deutch.

In the complete interview, I asked what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing about climate change and sea-level rise, what the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage of Act means for gay couples in Florida, and about his frustrations with the GOP over immigration reform.

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Congress
4:26 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved'

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami)
Credit http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/

 

South Florida's longest serving Congressperson says she's changed with the times.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican from Miami, has served in the house for 24 years and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act when it passed in 1996.

"I have evolved, just as the country has evolved."

She explains why she went from supporting DOMA to applauding its undoing by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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Americas
8:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Why This Summer Offers Hope For Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez speaking to State Department officials during her visit to the U.S. earlier this year, after Cuban leader Raúl Castro began allowing Cubans to travel abroad.
Credit U.S. State Department

 

Like a lot of idealistic U.S. presidents, Barack Obama took office in 2009 hoping to establish better dialogue with communist Cuba. Remember his plan to “pursue direct diplomacy” with Havana? Then he quickly discovered what most U.S. presidents find out:

First, communist Cuba really doesn’t want improved dialogue with Washington, since conflict with the U.S. offers more political payoff on the island. Hence Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s 2009 Christmas gift to Obama: the arrest of U.S. aid subcontractor Alan Gross on dubious espionage charges.

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Religion
10:28 am
Tue July 2, 2013

An Atheist Monument Rises In Florida

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:10 pm

As NPR reported over the weekend, the first monument to atheism erected on government property in the United States has been dedicated in Florida.

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Democracy
10:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Tales Of Three National Protests — In Pictures

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Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of Morsi opponents poured out onto the streets across much of Egypt, launching an all-out push to force him from office on the first anniversary of his inauguration.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 6:02 pm

Sometimes pictures do a better job of conveying what's going on in the world.

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