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12:59 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Florida Drivers Can Soon Use Smartphones To Show Proof Of Insurance

Proof of auto insurance will soon be as close as your smart phone.
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Florida drivers are required to carry proof of insurance.

Those who are pulled over in Miami-Dade County and can’t show proof of coverage will get a $129 ticket. (It drops to $10 if proof is provided with 30 days that the driver had insurance at the time of the citation.)

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6:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Miami Gardens' Top Cop Departs After Request For Federal Civil-Rights Probe

Miami Gardens police chief Matthew Boyd

The chief of the Miami Gardens police department resigned on Wednesday amid allegations that his officers have been harassing and intimidating local citizens.

Meanwhile, a response from the U. S. Justice Department is awaited after an NAACP request on Tuesday for a special civil rights investigation.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Deal To Save The Keys' Old Seven-Mile Bridge Is Nearly Sealed

Various ideas to rehabilitate Old Seven have been discussed over the last several years but none have worked out.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

A long-awaited deal to fund repairs and upkeep for a historic bridge in the Middle Keys may be close to sealed.

The future of the Old Seven Mile Bridge looked bleak as salt water and storms eroded it toward a critical point where the state would be forced to shut down the last 2.2 miles of the bridge that remains open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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News
3:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Book Sale To Benefit Miami-Dade Libraries Starts Wednesday

Miami-Dade County's main library branch is holding a book sale on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Credit Miami-Dade County Public Library System

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library will host a book sale Dec. 11 through Dec. 14 at the Main Library branch at 101 West Flagler St.

Thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale. Guests are invited to "go green" and bring reusable bags to carry their books.

This summer, Miami-Dade libraries faced budget cuts which threatened to close down dozens of branches across the county.

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News
11:54 am
Tue December 10, 2013

MIAMI HERALD: Late Launch Of Spanish Healthcare Website Fuels Conservative Hispanic Campaign

With two weeks left to purchase health insurance to be effective Jan. 1, the Dept. of Health and Human Services announced the soft launch of its Spanish-language enrollment option under the Affordable Care Act. The Department is hoping to encourage enrollment through the site after January 1.

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Links
8:46 am
Tue December 10, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Dec. 2-6

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When one of the world's best known, most beloved champions of human rights died last week, we had to run a story about his impact on South Florida.

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News
5:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Anti-Church And State Group Adds Seasonal Banner To Capitol

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The Madison, Wis., group Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought in a seasonal display for the first-floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol, days after the Florida Prayer Network put up a privately funded nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

The foundation, a non-profit that advocates for non-theists and promotes the separation of church and state, proclaimed its "Bill of Rights nativity" banner as a counter to the nativity scene.

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News
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

How To Improve Healthcare For Blacks In South Florida

Medical professionals selected by Legacy Magazine discuss the state of black healthcare in South Florida. Author and speaker Casandra Roache (far left) moderated the panel discussion.
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A panel of the area’s top medical professionals gathered Tuesday to discuss the state of black healthcare in South Florida. The discussion, hosted by Legacy Magazine, addressed medical issues affecting African-Americans, who make up nearly a quarter of the South Florida population.

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The Internet
6:39 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Can Google Safety Tips Cancel Net's Threats?

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Google's new Internet-safety program for school kids made its Florida debut recently in Cooper City. A lunchroom full of Pioneer Middle School students were shown the sometimes-complicated guide to going online and coming back in one piece.

The Internet is as much a part of school life today as three-ring binders and Dewey Decimal card catalogs were in an earlier time. The only difference: Old-time school artifacts did not moonlight as entertainment and communication media and certainly carried no risk of ruining, or even ending, young lives.

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Medical Marijuana
1:29 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Florida Supreme Court To Hear Pam Bondi's Argument Against Pot Ballot

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The campaign to bring medical marijuana to Florida will face what may be a massive roadblock on Thursday. Florida’s Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case brought by Attorney General Pam Bondi. She says the proposed language for the ballot gives too many people access to the drug.

While the case is about what the voters would see on the ballot University of Miami law professor Donald Jones says the court will have to consider the entire argument for medical marijuana.

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The Internet
7:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

In Florida, 'Revenge Porn' Is A Moving Target

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Lovers in happy times often take intimate photos and videos of each other. But after an angry break-up, those images can become weapons.

It happened to Holly Jacobs, a Ph.D.-level researcher who lives in Florida. A month after her break-up, someone -- and she suspects her ex-boyfriend -- posted nude pictures and sex videos of her all over the Internet, sometimes on specialty "revenge porn" web sites.

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News
4:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Lawyers Turning To Non-Traditional Legal Work

More law school grads are working in fields that don't resemble courtroom lawyers. A third of them hold jobs that don't require passage of the bar exam.
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Tallahassee boasts one of the highest concentrations of lawyers in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of those lawyers are in jobs that have nothing to do with being in a courtroom.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

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La Ermita de la Caridad
4:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The mural in La Ermita contains 63 figures at 747 square feet. The Virgin of Charity is depicted in the center.
Jessica Meszaros

This past weekend The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, or La Ermita de la Caridad, celebrated its 40th anniversary since it opened in Miami with funds from Cuban exiles.

La Ermita de La Caridad is a replica of the shrine in El Cobre, a village near Santiago de Cuba. The Miami shrine overlooks the sea that connects Cubans to their homeland.

Julio Estorino is a retired Cuban journalist who took part in building La Ermita in Miami 40 years ago.

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Mid-Day Links
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29

Potato kugel from 'The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat'
Credit Donna Turner Ruhlman

Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:

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Animal Welfare
7:52 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

How Much Is That Puppy In The Shelter Window? Name Your Price This Friday

Broward County's animal shelter is making sure you can get a good deal on more than toys and TVs.
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You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.

Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.

According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.

“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”

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