What's the Story

Triva Night
4:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Join WLRN For A Night Of South Florida Trivia In Boca Raton

Players answering a trivia question at Gramps in Wynwood on July 11.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Our newsroom has hosted South Florida trivia nights in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It's time we tested our listeners in Palm Beach.

WLRN will host another night of South Florida trivia on Tues., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

Questions will be about South Florida facts and history. Teams of five or fewer are allowed. RSVP on Facebook. 

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Halloween
6:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A History Of The Biltmore, Miami's Best Known Creepy Hotel

Looking east over the golf course at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24482

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables wasn't always a hotel. 

It was built in 1926 by a young developer named George Merrick, who's known as the founder of Coral Gables. 

The hotel became a place to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world.

At a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel, a gangster named Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed by another gangster. That murder yielded a lot of ghost rumors over the years.

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What's the Story?
10:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

A solar panel installation at FPL's Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant.
Credit Julia Duba

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.

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What's the Story?
7:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

PHOTOS: "What's The Story?" Trivia At Gramps Bar

Thirteen teams participated in our trivia night.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

The WLRN-Miami Herald News team hosted its third trivia night at Gramps in Wynwood on Thursday, July 10.  

As part of our project What’s the Story? — where we answer your questions about South Florida — why not play some trivia?

Thirteen teams competed during three rounds of questions about South Florida. The winning team received a $75 bar tab. But don't feel bad for the losing team -- they took home freeze-dried ice cream for being so spacey they got few questions right.  

Click on the photo above to look at our photos from the trivia night! 

What's The Story?
1:19 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Power Of The Diaz-Balart Name, From Cuba To Miami

Three generations of Diaz-Balarts in political office: from left, grandfather Rafael was a mayor and legislator in Cuba; father Rafael was also in the legislature and an undersecretary of the interior in Cuba; and Lincoln and Mario have both served in the state legislature and U.S. Congress.
Credit Miami Herald, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart

 

Take our quiz on South Florida's political families.  

When immigrants leave their country, they usually leave their connections and name recognition behind. But that doesn’t apply to Cubans in South Florida, which is home to almost half of the U.S. Cuban population.

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What's the Story?
12:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Join Us Thursday For South Florida Trivia!

As part of our new blog What's the Story? -- where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting -- we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!

Come meet us Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood at 176 Northwest 24th St. Teams of five or less are allowed. Every team gets a WLRN or Miami Herald team member!

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What's The Story?
5:56 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops

Credit Vera Arias

For our What's the Story? project, a listener asked us:

Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter?

And while working to answer that question, we asked our audience what their worst experiences were while waiting for buses in South Florida.

We came up with the five things wrong with bus stops in our area. Listen:

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Transportation
6:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

We Asked Miami-Dade Transit Why Not Every Bus Stop Has A Shelter

Not all bus stops have shelters like this one in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.
Credit Miami-Dade Transit

There are about 8,000 bus stops throughout Miami-Dade County. But Miami-Dade Transit is only responsible for 3,300 -- municipalities are responsible for the approximately 5,000 that fall within city limits. Of the bus stops in unincorporated Miami-Dade, only about a third have a shelter.

Albert Hernandez is assistant director for the Division of Engineering, Planning and Development at Miami-Dade Transit.

He says the lack of shelters is apparently not due to money.

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What's the Story?
3:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Importance Of A Name In South Florida Politics

All in the family: Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo; Miami City Mayor Tomas Regalado; former Miami City Mayor Joe Carollo, brother of the commissioner; Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado, daughter of the current mayor; Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez; and his father Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez.
Credit Pedro Portal / EL NUEVO HERALD

Going into your family's profession probably gives you an advantage over the average newbie: you know the ins and outs, have connections in the industry, and maybe even got some on-the-job experience. The same advantage holds true for elected office. 

Before Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado ran for office, they spent many years in the public eye because their fathers were politicians. Both Suarez and Regalado count that time as valuable experience. 

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What's The Story?
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

PHOTOS: Fort Lauderdale Knows South Florida Trivia

Sara Shake

To launch our new investigative blog, What's the Story?, the WLRN-Miami Herald News team took over Fort Lauderdale's Riverside Market on Tuesday, April 22.

What's the Story is a reporting project in which we let your curiosity guide our investigations. You ask us a question, and we try to answer it. So tell us: What have you always wondered about South Florida?

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What's The Story?
12:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Join Us Tuesday For A Night Of South Florida Trivia!

Come hang out with us!

To launch our news project What's the Story - where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting - we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!  

The subjects will be about South Florida history and pop culture. Here are some examples (for the answers, please scroll to the bottom):

1.  On Miami Vice, Don Johnson’s character, Sonny Crockett, had a pet named Elvis who was also a retired college mascot.  What kind of animal was Elvis? 

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What's The Story?
2:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What's Up With The Naked Carpet Guy?

The Don Bailey Carpets sign.
Jen Mertens

This story is part of WLRN's new investigative blog, What's the Story? It originally ran as part of WLRN's Under the Sun What's Up With South Florida? series, in March of 2010.

Some time ago, journalist Nicholas Spangler wrote in The Miami Herald, “He calls to mind Michelangelo’s David, with a mission from a more swinging time.” He was referring to Don Bailey, the naked carpet guy you’ve noticed on the billboard driving down I-95.

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