Politics

Sports
12:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Dolphins Spend $10M On Failed Stadium Vote

The Florida legislative session ended without state approval of public money to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
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Americas
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Feels Pain Of Guatemala Genocide, Narco-Terror

Guatemala in recent years has been the site of massacres perpetrated by narco-gangs that are all too reminiscent of the 1980s butchery.
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The last time I spoke with former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt, in 2003, he was running (unsuccessfully, thank God) for President—and he was delusional as ever.

Every bit as unhinged from reality as he’d been two decades before, during the darkest days of Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, when as military dictator from 1982-83, he led a “scorched earth” campaign that killed thousands of mostly indigenous Maya peasants.

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Session 2013
2:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The 7 Things To Know About Florida's Legislative Session

So many issues made the headlines during the state's 60-day legislative session.  But if you haven't been following the ins-and-outs of Tallahassee, we have you covered.  Here are the 7 main events from Florida’s recently concluded legislative session.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session

Join us for The Florida Roundup today at noon for a special look back at the 2013 state legislative session and a follow-up with participants from our WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall in February.

Below you can be part of a live, online discussion curated by our social media editor, Danny Rivero.

Click here for The Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Florida's Legislative Session

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Elections Bill
3:41 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

How The Elections Bill Will Impact South Florida Voters

Miami voters wait - and wait - on Election Day 2012.
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Many South Florida voters were still in line to cast ballots during the 2012 election hours after President Barack Obama had been declared the winner.

Twelve years after hanging chads and the infamous election recount, Florida was again a national punchline last November.

Elections supervisors blamed the length of the ballot and fewer days for early voting as reasons for the long lines in some areas.

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Flawed But Fabulous
7:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

How Much Do You Walk? Livability In South Florida

A pedestrian walk across the crosswalk as a vehicle makes a right turn heading west on SW 13 Street in Miami's Brickell area on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Credit Carl Juste/Miami Herald Staff

Have you ever tried to cross US-1 on foot? Both in South and North Miami, all the way through Broward and even in parts of the Florida Keys it’s a harrowing experience. People are driving fast and not expecting pedestrians. It has the feel of an action movie to it and one you’re definitely not starring in.

There are other roads that have this same feel in South Florida. Brickell, Calle Ocho and the Macarthur Causeway are streets you take to get from point A to point B and pray you avoid running into a $200,000 luxury car or uninsured $500 car.

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Local Elections
2:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

North Miami: A City Divided Along Racial Lines

North Miami as seen from Keystone Point on the city's east side.
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The city of North Miami holds key mayoral elections this month.

But the new mayor will have the difficult job of reuniting a city divided between east and west. 

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Florida Legislature
1:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

What Tallahassee Lawmakers Failed To Do in 2013

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Editor's Note: Be sure to check out an interactive bill tracker of this year's session from the Miami Herald.

It's curtains for Session 2013 in Tallahassee but a feeling persists that not much was accomplished during the last two months.

Dolphins Stadium

Here in South Florida, the clock ran out on the Miami Dolphins' 2-minute drill for state help on renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

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Florida Legislature
2:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

List Of Florida Legislation That Passed, Failed In 2013

The Florida Capitol
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Lawmakers have gone home. The following is a partial list of bills that were passed or failed to pass during the 2013 Florida Legislative session. (Please note: This is NOT a comprehensive list.)

Editor's Note: Be sure to check out an interactive bill tracker of this year's session from the Miami Herald.

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Gateway Miami
11:08 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Violence, Hardship Fuel Central American Immigration To U.S.

Honduran Army soldiers patrol streets in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in April. Gang violence has many Hondurans fleeing to the U.S.
Orlando Sierra AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:03 pm

William Ordonez and his wife, Carolia, thought that starting a new business in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was a great idea.

But just two weeks after they started selling chips, candy and soda, gang members showed up and ordered them to pay about $25 a week.

"We tried explaining to them that we just opened, we aren't making that much, we can't pay you," Ordonez says.

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The Sunshine Economy
7:01 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Part One Of The Sunshine Economy Special Series: The Americas And Miami

Special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.
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 THE AMERICAS AND MIAMI

From world famous beaches to international trade flows, South Florida has become one of the world's most vibrant and diverse economies.

Through a series of one-hour radio programs, special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on Mondays in May and June exploring The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.

Guests:

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Florida Legislature
7:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee

'Mary' was introduced in the House this week. The-auto reader has its own Twitter account with hundreds of followers.
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Speaker Will Weatherford introduced a new member of the Florida House this week.

“Members, we have an auto-reader. We had it in the closet just in case we ever had to actually read the bills,” Weatherford said amid laughs from the chamber. “It may be a little bit faster than normal.”

Weatherford's communications director announced on Twitter that the auto-reader's name is Mary.

Within an hour of her debut, Mary had her own Twitter handle - @HouseAutoReader. Some of her tweets include “I'm so bored” and “Anybody have a cure for the hiccups?”

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Education
3:03 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Lawmakers Urge Better Reporting On Treatment Of ESE Students

Sunrise Rep. Katie Edwards sponsored a bill that would have eliminated seclusion rooms in schools and issued guidelines for use of restraint.
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With just a few days left of the legislative session, we're working to get as many answers as possible to questions posed during our last WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall meeting in February.

This question comes from Steve Moyer of Cooper City:

"I have a disabled child that attends public school and feel the education provided to most ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students in Broward County as well as other districts is inadequate.

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Community Contributor
8:26 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Sandy Hook Made All Schools Feel Unsafe, But Arming Teachers Isn’t The Answer, Mom Says

The Sandy Hook Elementary School memorial in Newtown, Conn.
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I will never forget that awful December day. My daughter left to school and I turned on the TV. I stumbled upon something that read “School Shooting.” All I could think was that my little princess was at her school and that this could happen anywhere. As it was getting time to pick her up, I rushed a little more and could not wait to hear her voice and see her smile. As soon as I saw her, I felt an immense sense of relief and peace. Tears kept on coming down my face.

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