WLRN interns

For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity

Jun 16, 2014
Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

 

For Silvina Di Pietro cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country.  

Di Pietro was born in Argentina but moved to South Florida 14 years ago. She still supports her birth country's team, especially during the World Cup.

“Argentina is one of the most beloved, devoted people that love soccer,” she says. “For us it's like a religion."

She says soccer is the world’s No. 1 sport, and the best thing about it is it brings people together.  

Conference Highlights Hispanic Millennials' Voting Power

Jun 16, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

This past weekend, a Voto Latino Power Summit was held at Florida International University, the first such summit in Miami for the first time. The summit had workshops and networking opportunities with different professionals in South Florida and the country.

Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that looks to connect with Latino Millennials across the country.

Leadership, advocacy and technology were three themes geared to get participants civically engaged in their communities

Florida Trend

According to a panel discussion last Friday, the Florida Legislature did a fair job handling water issues this year. 

Legislators gave millions of dollars for Everglades restoration projects, drinking-water issues and lake clean-ups.

The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades, the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County and Oxbridge Academy hosted the discussion.

Todd Bonlarron handles legislative affairs for Palm Beach County. He says the one thing the Legislature didn’t pay enough attention to was the more than 900 Florida springs.

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Charlotte's Web

Jun 16, 2014
EggRole / Creative Commons

A Florida bill legalizing Charlotte's Web, a strain of low-THC marijuana used to treat severe illnesses in children, was approved today by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Advocates say Charlotte's Web benefits children who suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. 

"The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life," Scott was quoted saying in a press release.

Museum Park In Downtown Miami Opens To Public

Jun 16, 2014
Carla Javier / WLRN

Museum Park opened to the public Saturday afternoon. 

The new space, bordered by the Pérez Art Museum and the Frost Museum of Science, features palm trees, sandy spots, and large open fields of grass.

It cost $40 million to build so far. Future plans include a children's garden and space for a restaurant.

Listen to the story here:

City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws

Jun 13, 2014
Miami Herald

  Since 2008, many South Florida residents have experienced the horror of finding surprise red-light ticket violations in their mailboxes. These violations are the result of red-light cameras, which were originally installed by cities as a so-called “safety precaution.” Fines for these tickets can come to as much as $200.

But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.

County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft

Jun 13, 2014
Miami Herald

The Board of County Commissioner’s transportation and aviation committee met this week to talk taxis, Uber and Lyft. The ride-sharing apps have been facing resistance from the taxi industry and some county commissioners.

“I have a problem with companies coming into the area and setting up shop when they’ve been told that what they’re doing is illegal,” said Dennis Moss, chairman of the committee.

Conservation Group Says Beach Project Will Harm Reef

Jun 12, 2014
Lightning Landon / Flickr/Creative Commons

 

Broward County plans to widen five miles of eroded beaches from northern Fort Lauderdale to southern parts of Pompano Beach. The project is near an offshore coral reef  in South Florida.

Cry for Water is a nonprofit conservation group that fears the new sand will destroy the coral or make them vulnerable to diseases.  

Dan Clark is the group's director. He says the Army Corps of Engineers did a less than complete review of the project.

Business.Fau.edu

Florida universities are revising policies that deal with cases of rape after a federal investigation of 55 schools nationwide revealed assaults were either underreported or not investigated thoroughly. 

Only one school in Florida was part of the investigation, but the U.S Department of Education asked state universities to make some policy changes.

Florida Atlantic University  is one of the schools with the least amount of reported sexual assaults. This is out of 33 reported cases from last year.

Michael Femia / Creative Commons

The music of several Caribbean island nations will play this Saturday at Young Circle Park in Hollywood, for the Colors of the Caribbean festival.

The event will celebrate the eighth anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

The free family celebration will include performances by Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Wonder and reggae-roots group Midnite, from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

International Tweeters Use Hashtag To Protest The World Cup

Jun 12, 2014
Openclipart.org

Tweeters, mainly in Spain and Latin America, are using the hashtag #NoVoyABrasilPorque to state why they're not going to -- and some boycotting -- Brazil for the World Cup. The users are mainly protesting Brazil’s economic preference toward the tournament than many of its social issues.

Lyft Rep Says The Service Can Coexist With Taxis

Jun 10, 2014
Jose A. Iglesias / el Nuevo Herald

Ride-sharing app Lyft has been operating illegally in Miami-Dade County for a little over two weeks now, and the app's directors and lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez are trying to resolve their legality issue.

They are working on new model legislation that seeks to make room for apps like Lyft in county code. If the Board of County Commissioners approves, the service has the potential to become legal.

Voto Latino Power Summit Comes To Miami

Jun 10, 2014
Voto Latino website

Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States, according to Pew Research.

This caught the attention of Voto Latino, a nonpartisan organization that will host the first power summit for 300 Latino millennials in Miami.

The leadership conference plans to engage millennials to create a positive impact in their community. Advocacy, leadership and technology are the main tracks that participants will hear about and receive training on.  

Gov. Scott Signs Bill Allowing DREAMers To Qualify For In-State Tuition

Jun 9, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott/flickr

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill allowing certain students who arrived to the United States illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at colleges and universities in South Florida.

The bill (HB 851) was sponsored by Rep. Jeannette Nunez, R-Miami.

Palm Beach County Fights Hurricane Amnesia

Jun 8, 2014
Constanza Gallardo

Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.

The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.

Pages