News

Walking Around
12:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Crosswalks For Biscayne Blvd. Pedestrians

A resident who will be affected by the construction on Biscayne Blvd. reviews the plans.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.

“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians. 

Design plans include:

Read more
Links
8:16 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 3-7

Credit Jeffrey Katz / Courtesy FDOT

From the stories you've been reading on WLRN this week, one could weave the following fictional story:

On the day formerly known as Chinese New Year, Cuban hackers got into the city's traffic-light system and were able to rush onto I-95. Once there, they sped to Wynwood only to find that the neighborhood has lost all its appeal. So they decided it was best to head to a place that was truly dead: the ancient Tequesta village downtown.

Read on to see what the top-five stories are.

Read more
Living
7:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year

There are more homeless people living in Miami-Dade County than before.
Credit Wilson Sayre

After a night-long count a few weeks ago, Miami-Dade County has just released the newest numbers. In total, 4,156 homeless people live in Miami-Dade County. Eight-hundred and forty people are living on the street, about the same as previous counts.

But this census also tallies the number of homeless sleeping in shelters, in hotels and transitional housing. That number is 3,316, about 200 more than in August and 353 more than last year. Most of those people were in hotels or motels, placed there as part of a program designed for struggling families.

Read more
News
8:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Pilot Program Would Supply Clean Needles For Drug Users In Miami Dade

Hansel Tookes is a fourth-year med student at the University of Miami who went to Tallahassee to testify in favor of the needle-exchange bill. The bill has been renamed the Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA).
Credit Gina Jordan / WLRN

Miami-Dade County has another chance at getting a program that would enable drug users to safely exchange their dirty syringes.

A bill to create a five-year pilot program has been filed again in Tallahassee, and a University of Miami medical student is behind the push.

Read more
Remembering
8:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Trayvon Martin Foundation Plans Events To Honor Teenager

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of his murder.

It’s been nearly two years since Trayvon Martin of Miami Gardens was fatally shot while walking home in Sanford, Fla.

This weekend a peace walk and a remembrance dinner are planned to celebrate the life of the teenager who would have turned 19 this month.

The shooting that claimed his life, along with the subsequent trial and acquittal of the man who pulled the trigger, led to a nationwide discussion about Florida’s self-defense Stand Your Ground law, and racial profiling.

Read more
Living Wage
5:42 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

South Florida Wages Not Growing Very Quickly

Wage growth in South Florida is tapering off.
Credit Creative commons courtesy of Flickr user Images_of_Money

Workers wages and salaries grew 2.4 percent over the past 12 months. That's down from 2.6-percent growth half a year ago. Which not only means there has not been a lot of growth, but that what we have had is slowing.

On top of that, total compensation, which includes things like salaries plus health benefits and bonuses, has not been growing at a comparable rate.

As the wage growth slows, other costs of living like housing, food and transportation continues to rise at a much higher rate--putting more pressure on peoples’ pockets.

Read more
Little Haiti
10:20 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Notre Dame d'Haiti Church Holds Its First Mass In New Building

Notre Dame d'Haiti holds its first mass.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The new Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti opened this past weekend. But fundraising for it began eight years ago.

For the church’s pastor, Father Reginald Jean-Mary, the process has been much longer than that.

"It began 35 years ago when Archbishop [Thomas] Wenski, [back then] Father Wenski, established this mission," Jean-Mary says. "Because at that time what you could say was that this was the 'church of the living stone' because of the people. Who built that church? The people."

Read more
Small Business Administration
11:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Palm Beach County's Flash-Flood Victims Get Financial Help

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open at the Palm Beach County Library’s Hagen Road Ranch branch in Delray Beach until Thursday, February 13.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Help is on the way for people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the freak flash floods that hit parts of Palm Beach County in January.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has set up a disaster recovery center in Delray Beach where flood victims can apply for low-interest loans.

Read more
Medical Marijuana
7:41 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Miami Entrepreneurs Trained To Capitalize From Cannabis

Credit TheNewsHerald/Flickr

The Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) held a day-long seminar last weekend in Miami with the goal to train businesspeople on establishing legitimate, legal cannabis businesses.

According to the CCI's president Bob Calkin, entrepreneurs need to be ready if medical marijuana use is approved by voters in November.

Read more
Apps and Activists
11:31 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hackathon For Cuba Developers Try To Free The Island's Internet

One of the competitors during his solo presentation to the judges.
Diego Saldana-Rojas WLRN

At LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend, local software developers and designers formed teams to compete for the best app that would give Cubans on the island uncensored Internet access, calling it the first ever “Cuba Hackathon.”

The event was organized by Roots of Hope, a network of young professionals working to “empower Cuba’s youth.”

Read more
Art and Money
11:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style

C1's bathroom wallpaper has literally got some eyes on it.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

 A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based C1 Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.

It's the first financial institution to open the Wynwood Arts District of Miami -- the neighborhood better known for its street art than safety-deposit boxes.

Read more
Links
10:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Jan. 27-31

Credit Tom Hudson

Modern-day slavery in Brazil, Bitcoin's rising popularity among South Florida merchants, rent spikes, human trafficking and a killer whale dominated the top stories this week.

Bitcoin in South Florida: Real Business Taking Virtual Money: Flower shops, burger joints and -yachts? The digital currency Bitcoin is gaining wider acceptance among merchants, including a few in South Florida.

Read more
Riders On the Road
3:16 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Here Is Tonight's Critical Mass Map And Info

Commuters beware: Critical Mass Miami will hold its monthly bike ride throughout the city tonight. 

Riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Government Center downtown and the ride will end at The Filling Station Express on Northwest First Avenue. The 13-mile ride will pass through several neighborhoods, including Little Havana and the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. See the map below for the complete route.

Read more
Human Trafficking
2:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

For Sex Slaves And Forced Laborers, Trafficking Trail Leads To South Florida

LIVES IN BONDAGE: According to best estimates, 27 million people are held in slavery around the world.
Credit Imagens Evangélicas

A day-long conference on human trafficking at Broward College on Thursday was an opportunity for experts in the field to shift the emphasis back to the bigger part of the problem. Many of the victims are girls and women who are captured and forced into prostitution but three times as many become slave laborers and many of those wind up in South Florida.

Read more
Tattoos Are Clues
7:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012. It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended a fundraiser for Kristi House. Kristi House is the county's child-advocacy arm that focuses on getting help for sexually abused children. At the fundraiser was a young girl who once had been trafficked and exploited for sex. She described how she was be forced in and out of a

Read more

Pages