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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."

Ruben's Restaurant Calls It Quits After 34 Years

Nov 4, 2014
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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."

Chris Brown Paints Mural For Overtown Children

Oct 29, 2014
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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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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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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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. 

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.”

Senator Sets Sail After Passing Of Parasailing Law

Oct 2, 2014
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. 

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

Oct 1, 2014
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.

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

Aug 28, 2014
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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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.

How South Floridians From Different Countries Get A Taste Of Home Through Rice

Aug 7, 2014
Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Click through the photos above to see the different dishes.

By itself, rice is a pretty simple grain. But in South Florida, rice takes on several roles.

For some cultures, it's a side dish, for others it's a main dish or even a delicacy. Below, South Floridians from different countries talk about what rice means to them.

COLOMBIA

Maria Teresa De Arango learned how to make coconut rice when she was 10 years old, from her aunt who lived in Cartagena, a small town off the coast of Colombia.

Carla Javier / WLRN

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie has 9 percent of the support in the race for Florida governor.

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This weekend, a service called FreeBee will start offering free short-distance rides in Brickell. The electric cars are paid for by advertisers in exchange for branding exposure.

The service's fleet of 20 electric vehicles has already been operating for two years in Miami Beach. 

FreeBee director of public affairs Linnea Rae calls the service a "marketing asset for prospective advertisers" that "caters to consumers by giving free rides around the community."

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie on Tuesday announced a month-long, 30-city campaign tour of some of Florida's local breweries.

Wyllie for Governor campaign manager Danielle Alexandre says they chose to tour breweries because "the craft-beer industry had come under fire with legislators in Tallahassee."

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