South Florida

Zika Detector Device Being Developed By FAU Researchers

Mar 14, 2017
Division of Public Affairs / Florida Atlantic University

A small group of researchers at Florida Atlantic University is developing a small device that could help detect the Zika virus within just a few minutes and at a very low cost that could be available for use as early as next summer. 

Florida has the highest number of Zika-related cases--with Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County being among the most affected. The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention listed 5,040 virus cases in the United States in the last two years and 1,069 were in Florida. The majority of the cases reported were travel-related.

Roberto Koltun / Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

South Miami teacher Jorge Cast has his enemies of the people all neatly figured out – including the mainstream media.

“My family came from Cuba, and they taught me something very basic,” Cast told WLRN last Saturday at a rally in Tropical Park in support of President Trump.

“When the media tells you something is white, you believe it’s black. When they tell you it’s right, you believe it’s wrong.”

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org


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For some of his countrymen, Venezuelan cross-country skier Adrián Solano’s performance in Finland last week was uplifting – even though it involved a lot of falling down. To others it was mucha pena. Really embarrassing.

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Before Wynwood was the heart of hipster Miami, it was a Puerto Rican enclave. So Puerto Rican community leaders and business owners recently gathered there at Jimmy'z Kitchen for a campaign fundraiser.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

On Labor Day there was a good Puerto Rican party on Hollywood Beach – classic Willie Colón salsa music playing on the boom box – hosted by a South Florida group called Boricuas Realengos.

Boricua means Puerto Rican, and so the group’s name translates to “Far-Flung Puerto Ricans.”

Spencer Parts / WLRN.org

Puerto Rico’s economic crisis has gotten deeper this summer. This month the U.S. commonwealth defaulted on $1 billion of debt – and the U.S. Congress approved a federal oversight board to rescue the island.

Puerto Ricans living on the U.S. mainland want a say in how that happens. So they recently created a more unified front called the National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA). The group includes a South Florida chapter – which reflects the surprising growth of Florida’s Puerto Rican population down here, not just in Central Florida.

Doctor Gets 3-Plus Years In Prison For Medicare Fraud

Jul 7, 2016

A South Florida doctor will spend more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to falsely diagnosing hundreds of patients in a Medicare fraud scheme.

 

Court records show 57-year-old Isaac Thompson of Delray Beach also was ordered Wednesday by a federal judge to pay more than $2.1 million in restitution to the government. Thompson previously pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

You Too, Can Own A Drug Lord's Ferrari

Jul 6, 2016
Eddy Clio Via Flikr / WLRN

Ever wonder what happens to the cars of drug lords when they go off to prison? They get sold off and the government keeps the money.

 

Now the cars are being auctioned by the federal government at Marlins Park.

 

Six of the 10 cars for auction once belonged to drug kingpin Alvaro Lopez Tardon, imprisoned for 150 years in Miami in 2014 for among other things, laundering $14 million in local real estate.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article87984117.html#storylink=cpy

Courtsey Pro Footvolley Tour

This story first aired on December 14, 2015.   

These days, if you’re sitting on a South Florida beach and someone shouts, “Shark attack!” it’s probably got nothing to do with “Jaws.” Instead, it’s all about feet.

Namely, a sport called footvolley.

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Nonprofit transportation research group TRIP released a study last week that names Florida’s interstate highways the 9th most congested in the country.

 

The study shows that travel is increasing too fast for states to keep up, but Greg Stuart, executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Broward County, says the study bodes well for Florida’s future.

 

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

South Floridians are no strangers to mango season - the time of year when round colorful fruit falls from trees in backyards across the region. One local business is taking advantage, and using the fruit almost as currency.

 

 

The Whip N’ Dip ice cream shop, 1407 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables,  has a sign in the window that reads: “It’s mango time.” It further invites people to bring in mangoes in exchange for a quart of ice cream.  

The body of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people in the Orlando shooting on June 12th, has a final resting place: the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida in Hialeah Gardens.

It is not clear, though,  if he has already been buried or is scheduled to be buried there.

Alex Harris is covering the story for The Miami Herald. She says, after a traditional Muslim death, family members wear white and it is a relatively short grieving period.

 

“And after three days, mourning’s over, and you can change out of your white clothes and...life goes on.”

Scenes of Grief and Healing in South Florida After Orlando Attack

Jun 13, 2016
Spencer Parts

In the hours and days following the Sunday massacre at a gay club in Orlando, members of South Florida's LGBT community have gathered to mourn and to provide comfort to each other.

What is it

About this place

With

Sound and stories…

So salty.

That’s our ZipOde, a poetic ode to our zip code here at the studios in Miami: 33132.

Your zip determines the number of words in each line of the poem. So, for us, that’s three words, then three words, one word, three and two.

With our partner O, Miami poetry festival, we asked you to memorialize your own federally appointed numerical designation by writing ZipOdes.

More than 1,100 poems came in and they were a lot of fun to read.

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