Senator Sets Sail After Passing Of Parasailing Law

Oct 2, 2014
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Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray) knows how far she's come when she's parasailing over the crystal-blue waters of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

It's been more than 10 years since Florida's Legislature attempted to create new regulations for the parasailing industry. By the time of her Thursday morning flight, the law had finally changed. 

Parasail Operators Face New Regulations

Oct 1, 2014
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A new law mandating several safety measures for the parasailing industry went into effect on October 1.

The White-Miskell Act is named for Kathleen Miskell and Amber White. They lost their lives in two separate parasailing accidents in Pompano Beach.

Miskell died in 2012, and White died in 2007.

"It was so tragic and so unfortunate and so unnecessary," says Delray Beach State Senator Maria Sachs.

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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Migrant smuggling is big business in the Caribbean – and it’s a gold mine if you’re smuggling a top Major League Baseball prospect from Cuba. Now a Miami businessman has been charged with smuggling one of the most lucrative talents of all. 

Cuban baseball star Yasiel Puig defected to Mexico two years ago. He eventually went to the United States and now plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But federal prosecutors in Miami say the way Puig got to the big leagues is a long and even violent criminal story.

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University of Miami president Donna Shalala says she’s stepping down next year from the job she’s held since 2001.

Shalala came to the university after leading the federal health agency for eight years and serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 She helped build the national stature of the school's medical school and hospital and increased research budgets.

Frank Nero, former head of the Beacon Council, says even big businessmen were impressed by Shalala


“It was always a big deal," he says.

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LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus

Jul 15, 2014
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We read your haiku
about LeBron James leaving.
Thanks for the poems.

In 2010, WLRN and the Miami Herald collected poems to welcome the arrival of LeBron James to the Miami Heat. It's fitting to say goodbye to one of the Heat's celebrated players in verse again.

Fans from all over the Heat Nation shared their disappointment, their understanding and their (mostly) well wishes for James' new journey. Here are nine haikus that are our favorites.

Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone"

Jul 14, 2014
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A local restaurant called OneBurger in Coral Gables created the Bron Burger back when LeBron James first announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

The ingredients are listed on a big sign on the wall:

  • Kaiser roll ("Kaiser is the German word for king.")
  • Kobe beef ("Cuz Bron eats Kobe for dinner.")
  • Swiss cheese
  • Onion ring ("Brother gonna wear some rings," the sign reads.)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mustard
  • Jalapeños ("Dude loves the heat")


Andy Coleman

LeBron is gone but we will always have Julia Tuttle.

Heat fans, this may not comfort you the first time LeBron James walks into the AmericanAirlines Arena in Cavalier wine and gold. It will certainly not help next June when, for the first time in five years, the Miami Heat will very likely be watching the NBA Finals from home. But historically, the “Mother of Miami” beats the King of Cleveland one-on-one every time.

Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku

Jul 11, 2014
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LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.

WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.

Would you like to say goodbye to LeBron James in a haiku? Submit your three lines through the Public Insight Network.