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Immigration
12:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Executive Action Leaves Many Disappointed

About 50 people attended a watch party in downtown Miami held by the Florida Immigrant Coalition for President Barack Obama's announcement of his deportation relief executive actions on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

At 19 years old, Jose Machado has already been living without his mother for several years. She was deported back to Nicaragua, where he was born, for driving without a license.

“The state was not aware that we were here without any parents. They were not aware about our living conditions. So I presented myself to the authorities, the process began, and I ended up in a Jewish foster home,” Machado said.

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SMART Ride 11
1:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hundreds Of Cyclists Ride From Miami To Key West For HIV/AIDS Organizations

SMART Ride 11 begins today, Nov. 14, in Miami and ends Saturday, Nov. 15, in Key West.
Credit SMART Ride

Imagine being told you have only 11 days to live. That’s what Glen Weinzimer’s doctors told him when they diagnosed him with AIDS in 1993. 

“I was forced to retire and made final arrangements,” he said. “I was in the hospital, and it made me very angry.”

After a rough patch, he started taking new drugs his doctor had prescribed him. He then became energized and started volunteering.

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Internships
2:13 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A WLRN Intern?

Your local public radio station is on the hunt for spring interns. Interested? Here's the deal:

WLRN-Miami Herald News offers interns significant professional experience in a supportive environment. These are not coffee-making internships. Here are only some of the stories our interns have produced recently.

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Election 2014
12:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Amendment Two Gets Majority Of Votes, Does Not Pass

Jesus Rodriguez, left, and Adrianna Machado, both of Miami, wait for the results of the election at the Leafly and the Florida MMTC Institute's Amendment 2 election watch party at Gramps in Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Jon Durr / Miami Herald Staff

Medical marijuana supporters in Florida were unsuccessful Tuesday night in garnering enough votes to pass Amendment Two.

Although 57.6 percent of votes were in support of Amendment Two, which would have legalized medical marijuana, the votes did not meet the 60-percent requirement to pass the amendment. 

WLRN reporter Diego Saldana-Rojas attended an Amendment Two watch party at Gramps Bar in Wynwood.

He said supporters were sharing drinks and watching the results fluctuate on large TV screens.

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Election 2014
8:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Turned Away At Ferguson Senior High Before Polls Closed

Voters were turned away at the John A. Ferguson Senior High School polling location before the polls closed at 7 p.m.
Credit Wikipedia

A few voters at the John A. Ferguson Senior High School polling location in West Kendall were turned away before the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Orlando Duluc says he was turned away at 6:49 p.m.

"[At] 6:49, they say they are closed. They say the machines stopped just before 7 and that we cannot get in," he said.

WLRN intern Gregory Castillo was at the polling location when he heard an election official tell a voter that "it doesn't matter if it's five minutes off, it's whatever the election says."

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Food
2:15 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ruben's Restaurant Calls It Quits After 34 Years

For many, the loss of Ruben's is irreplaceable. The 34-year-old restaurant has been a hub for homestyle Cuban food in Pinecrest. Ruben's closed its doors on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

As soon as Kimberly Standiford walked in, she noticed something was different. 

It was a Thursday morning and at Ruben’s Cuban Restaurant in Pinecrest, 34 years of home cooking would soon be gone.  

"We just had breakfast there and I didn't realize that they were closing,” says Standiford, a longtime patron. “It's a special place and it has told so many stories from years in this community."

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Arts
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Chris Brown Paints Mural For Overtown Children

Entertainer Chris Brown and local visual artist Ron Bass unveiled Monday a mural near the entrance of Overtown's House of Wings restaurant.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Singer Chris Brown and local artist Ron Bass have collaborated on a mural painted in Overtown on the wall of a restaurant called House of Wings.

It was unveiled Monday -- thanks to the help of Headliner Market Group -- to a crowd of schoolchildren eager to meet Brown, said Nikki Williams, the restaurant owner's sister. City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was also in attendance.

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Broward Voting Notice
4:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Broward Issues Notice For Voters To Read Both Sides Of Ballot Form

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections is reminding voters at polling locations to read the entire ballot form, front and back.
Credit Theresa Thompson / Flickr

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office announced Thursday night that it is posting notices throughout early voting and Election Day polling locations to remind voters to thoroughly analyze each form.

The ballots will have selections on both the front and back of the forms.

Several state and municipal offices are listed throughout the ballot.

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Arts
4:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Voting Begins Monday For $20,000 Art Prize From Knight Foundation

Leah Brown, a member of the FATVillage Arts District organization, which is one of the six nominees, poses for a photo on Sept. 27, 2014.
Credit Mitchell Zachs / Knight Foundation

Six local arts organizations are each hoping to receive the most votes in the Knight Foundation's People's Choice Award competition for a $20,000 cash prize.

The prize will allow the winning organization to use it to fund or expand an arts project of its choice in its community.

Voting begins Monday, Oct. 20, and will end Monday, Nov. 17. The votes can be casted by texting each organization's unique number, which can be found here, to 22333.

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Food
12:04 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Croqueta Comeback: Shuttered Barley & Swine Wins Croquetapalooza

Kendall's Finka Table & Tap dazzled with their chicken croqueta.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Past the flashing lights of slot machines and green poker tables, a battle for fried finger food supremacy raged on at the Magic City Casino Sunday afternoon. 

Hundreds gathered for Croquetapalooza, the first event of its kind, honoring the crispy, gooey Cuban snack.

"This is an idea we had to simply find out who has the best croqueta in Miami," says Sef Gonzalez, event mastermind and creator of the Burger Beast blog. 

Ten restaurants accepted the challenge of creating the best possible dish for what was the Super Bowl of croquetas. 

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Safety
4:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Adds New Slow-Speed Zone Ahead Of Columbus Day Weekend

Officer Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speaking to reporters Friday, Oct. 10, at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Miami Beach.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

The U.S. Coast Guard today announced a new slow-speed zone to ensure the safety of boaters in and out of Convoy Point and Black Point Marina during the Columbus Day weekend celebrations.

“Historically, we have had a slow-speed zone in the area, but it’s been centered mostly in the northern part of the Biscayne Bay,” said Lt. Mike Cortese, Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach. “We have extended it south all the way to Black Point [Marina] to help cover the high-traffic areas between the Elliot Key and the marinas where boaters often launch out of.”

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Sports
6:14 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Senator Sets Sail After Passing Of Parasailing Law

Senator Maria Sachs suits up in a life vest prior to her parasailing flight.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

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. 

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Health Care
2:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Miami-Dade Moms Among The Highest In C-Section Rates

Karolina Salas had two unplanned C-sections because the doctor told her it was necessary for the baby.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Although the World Health Organization recommends Cesarean rates stay between 10 and 15 percent, last year almost half of all babies born in Miami-Dade County were delivered by C-section.

That’s a 49-percent rate.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the cesarean rate in Miami-Dade County has been steadily growing during the past decade. 

Karolina Salas had her first baby two years ago. She had planned with her doctor for a relaxed atmosphere with no drugs and, most importantly, no surgery.

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Inner City
10:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

How This Miami Food Truck Is Run By At-Risk Youths

The Vibe 305 food truck is staffed by the young men participating in the Empowered Youth USA program.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

The Vibe 305 food truck serves up sandwiches with unconventional names: gratitude, hope, and opportunity, for example.

It's staffed by young men, 12 to 19 years old. They are part of the Empowered Youth USA program in Miami.

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Public Spaces
9:16 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Local Woman Plans A Sound Garden For Miami's Bayfront Park

The Sound Garden is one of two projects from the challenge that will be implemented in Bayfront Park.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

Yida Hernandez, a student at Miami-Dade College wants to change Bayfront Park into a sound garden.

She says she hopes to create an audio oasis that "surrounds people with the soothing sounds of the instrumental music that we will be piping in through a hidden audio system."

The plan is to install fancy chairs in the northeast corner of the park, as well as free wi-fi. Hernandez hopes to get it running by November.

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