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2:04 am
Wed April 1, 2015

For Palm Beach County Seniors, Stickball Is A Return To Childhood

Palm Beach Stickball League All Star Game at Village Park.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

There's always something that can take us back to our childhood in an instant. It could be a toy, a song or maybe a game.

For many kids growing up in the early and mid-20th century on the streets of New York, or Boston or Philadelphia, that game was stickball. The streets, the parks and the alleyways became Yankee Stadium, or Fenway Park or Connie Mack Stadium. Stickball was as big as most major sports for kids in their early teens.

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News
1:32 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Three Snorkelers Die On One Day In The Keys

Credit npr.org

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of three people who all died Monday in separate incidents while snorkeling in the Keys.

Monroe Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Tuesday that having three fatalities on the water in one day was unprecedented.

Richard Gueringer, 71, of San Antonio, Texas, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center after he lost consciousness in the water off Key West. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Deputy Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

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Tennis
9:23 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

It's The Miami Open Now. Obrigado, Itaú.

The new Miami Open logo designed by the tournament's new lead sponsor, Banco Itau
Credit The Miami Open / Banco Itau

The big pro tennis tournament that starts Monday on Key Biscayne has had four different corporate names since its debut 30 years ago. But now the event is free of a commercial label. And that may be the smartest corporate move yet.

It was most recently the Sony Open. Now – and many hope from now on – it’s the Miami Open.

For that you can say obrigado – thank you – to Brazil’s Banco Itaú.

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Sports
12:51 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Running Beyond Marathons: Obstacle Races In South Florida

The finish line, like the starting line, will greet runners with the Battle Frog.

Millions of runners are searching for a new challenge. They want something with more danger and fun than a traditional marathon event.

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Sports
12:15 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Downtown Miami Welcomes Formula E Race

One of the electric cars racing in the Formula E.
Credit Lisann Ramos / WLRN

This weekend downtown Miami hosted the first Formula E car race in the United States.  

The Formula E is similar to Formula 1 races -- except the cars are electric.

It was quite the adjustment for those accustomed to racing in gas-powered vehicles. Daniel Abt is a driver who raced in Saturday’s event.

“It did happen to me that I thought the engine wasn’t running and it actually was. When you’re not accelerating, there’s no sound at all,” said Abt.

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Sports
4:21 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Is Key West Race Week Sailing Into The Sunset?

Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth, sails to an overall IRC 1 class victory at this year's Quantum Race Week in Key West.
Credit Ken Stanek / Florida Keys News Service

Since 1987, Key West has hosted the international sail racing world each January. Quantum Race Week fills thousands of hotel rooms and provides footage that is shown all over the globe.

But the regatta's future is in question with the announcement Monday from Premiere Racing, the event's owner and organizer, that it is stepping aside.

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Culture
10:04 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Diana Nyad Returns To Key West With One-Woman Stage Show

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits, from Cuba to Key West. Now she's returned to Key West for the debut of her one-woman stage show, "Onward!"
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

Diana Nyad’s most famous journey, her swim across the Florida Straits, started in Havana and ended in Key West. Her newest project – a one-woman stage show – is starting out on the island. 

The distance swimmer made international headlines when she came ashore in Key West on Labor Day 2013. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. She was 64 years old.

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Spring Training
1:41 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

West Palm Beach Mayor Vows Clean Water Will Come Before Baseball Complex

OPENING DAY A photographer made this panorama from 81 separate frames as the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals opened the 2009 Spring Training season at the Astro's facility in Kissimmee. The two teams now want to build a new stadium in West Palm Beach.
Credit Andrew T. Sullivan / Flickr Creative Commons

Local leaders in West Palm Beach are looking forward to hundreds of jobs and a fatter economy from a proposed $135 million spring training baseball stadium that's nearing approval on a couple of fronts.

But, they say, they'll give it up in a minute if scientists find it’s a threat to their drinking water.

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Health
7:36 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Concussion Fears Starting to Reach Younger South Florida Athletes

High school students across Florida must take part in a program called IMPACT. This is an effort by state officials to try and curb the growing problem of concussions in high school sports.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

There used to be a time when athletes would get knocked in the head, fall to the ground, struggle to get back on their feet and wobble around before regaining their bearings.

It used to be called "getting a ding." Athletes were encouraged to just "walk it off."

That still happens in many sports, from the youth levels all the way to the pros. But over the past few years, recreational leagues, schools and athletic associations have gotten more serious about these head injuries.

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Sports
2:28 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

FIU Could Be Temporary Home For Beckham's Soccer Team

Florida International University's football stadium has been suggested as a temporary home for David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise.
Credit Junette Reyes / WLRN

Almost a year has passed since retired soccer star David Beckham announced he would make Miami the home of his new team. So far, there are only rumblings concerning the franchise’s status.

In hopes of eventually settling Beckham's Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, the Miami-Dade County commission voted Tuesday on a resolution that would allow the team to negotiate with Florida International University. The school's football stadium would serve as a temporary home for the franchise.

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Sports
7:50 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Ball's In Your Court, Mr. Beckham

David Beckham (center) with MLS Commissioner Don Garber (left) and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (right) announcing the possibility of an expansion team for Miami. This was February 4th, 2014. Beckham was named one of the principal owners of the team outside of the Perez Art Museum.
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald Staff

It was almost a year ago when international soccer star David Beckham stood before a crowd of Miami leaders and fans to announce he chose Miami as the home to his new expansion franchise for Major League Soccer.

Beckham retired in 2013, but part of his contract with the MLS was a $25 million option to start a franchise. On the day of the announcement there was a lot of excitement. A year later, that excitement has become somewhat deflated. (Super Bowl pun intended.)

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Sports
2:51 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Baseball: America's Pas--Cuba's Pastime

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig was one of the Cuban players smuggled into the U.S. to play baseball. His story has become famous.
Credit Jae C. Hong / AP Photo

Cuban baseball players live a great life compared to other Cuban residents. They make approximately $40 to $200 a month with a few extra bonus incentives, a much better salary than the average Cuban's. They also get better housing, an annual bonus and the coveted privilege of traveling.

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Sports Economy
3:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Sun Life Stadium Is Getting A Reset

Miami Dolphins hold a press conference to tout the upcoming renovations to Sun Life Stadium

Dolphins fans will notice changes to the stadium next season. Construction crews have begun renovations by removing hundreds of seats. It's part of a $350 million facelift to the 27-year-old stadium. 

Last week the team opened up the stadium for a group of county officials and the media. Owner Stephen Ross announced his commitment to give the stadium a reset. The changes would improve the experience for fans. But the biggest reason for the facelift is about getting back on the list of sites to host the Super Bowl. 

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Race & Business
10:58 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

The Sunshine Economy: Magic And Mike (Fernandez)

Health care billionaire Mike Fernandez and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Johnson became a strategic partner with the Fernandez-owned health insurance firm Simply Healthcare.
Credit Mike Fernandez / Courtesy

  

By the looks of this photograph, one would think Mike Fernandez and Earvin "Magic" Johnson have known each other for years. When they greeted each other before their interview on the Sunshine Economy, they embraced in a bear hug, the 6-foot-9-inch former NBA point guard more than a head taller than the billionaire health care entrepreneur. Fernandez even gave Johnson a kiss on the cheek. This was not a boardroom greeting, but the two have known each other only since 2012.

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Medicine
7:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Researchers Are Testing A New Tool To Diagnose Concussions

IPortal - PAS goggle, from medical equipment manufacturer Neuro Kinetics Inc.
Credit University of Miami Miller School of Medicine med.miami.edu

According to a report from the NCAA, a little more than seven percent of injuries in college football are concussions. 

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