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Wildlife
3:04 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Panther Adopted Out By Dying Owner Now At Palm Beach Zoo

Twelve-year-old Mirasol the Florida panther finds a new home at the Palm Beach Zoo.
Credit Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society

It's not unusual to find a Florida panther among the other "big cats" in a typical Florida zoo.  But the Palm Beach Zoo's new arrival is one with a poignant history.

The 12-year-old Florida panther named Mirasol -- nicknamed "Mira" -- is in quarantine at the Palm Beach Zoo and will be seen by visitors starting next month. 

Mira had lived virtually her entire life at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Homestead. But when its founder was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he contacted state wildlife officials to help him find homes for his animals.

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Television
5:47 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

WLRN Wins Suncoast Emmy For 'Hialeah Speedway: No Guts! No Glory!'

WLRN TV production and executive staff present the Emmy at Miami-Dade County Public School board meeting.

We’re excited to announce that WLRN's television production “Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory!” has been honored with a Suncoast EMMY Award for best documentary.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners this weekend at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Hialeah Speedway was awarded best documentary under the category of Nostalgia Programs.

On behalf of WLRN, we want to congratulate producer Debra Hall Greene for her excellent work.

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Mid-day Links
2:51 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 18-22

Miss Universe, Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.

  This pre-holiday week, from Nov. 18-22, we brought you a bit of nostalgia (see our "Delis Of Yore" post below), some future planning (that's two proposals for Miami-Dade structures) and a little current analysis in the form of beauty-pageant criticism.

Well, we brought you much more than just that. But here's what you liked best:

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A Life Remembered
8:05 am
Mon November 25, 2013

My Little-Girl Memory Of JFK

Credit Flickr CC

Allow me to be a little different when it comes to President Kennedy.

I'd like to remember when he was alive.

I was 6 years old in January of 1963. I got all dressed up in a light-brown, double-breasted wool coat with a darker brown, velveteen collar and a matching dark-brown, velveteen hat.

My parents and grandparents and I were going to the Oklahoma state capitol, where President Kennedy would deliver an outdoor address following the funeral of U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr.

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News
9:56 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Miami Commission Says Yes To Midtown Walmart

Designs for the proposed Midtown Miami Wal-Mart. The store would be located between Midtown Boulevard and North Miami Avenue from Northeast 29th and 31st streets.
Credit Courtesy of City of Miami Planning Department

Miami commissioners voted Thursday to allow retail giant Walmart to build a new store in the city’s Midtown district.

The two-year battle came to a close after four hours of debate and testimony. Commissioners decided Walmart complied with zoning rules, and unanimously granted the retailer a special Class II permit. This will allow a 203,000-square-foot building at the sound end of Midtown, including three floors and parking space for nearly 600 cars.

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Architecture
11:39 am
Thu November 21, 2013

SkyRise, 1,000-Foot Observation Tower, Planned For Downtown Miami

This is a rendering of the proposed SkyRise tower.
Credit Arquitectonica via MiamiHerald.com

Miami developer Jeff Berkowitz is putting together a proposal to build a sky-scraping observation tower in downtown Miami. The SkyRise Miami tower would stand 1,000 feet tall at the Bayside Marketplace.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Philanthropy In Education: Help Getting Started

Donor May Jean Wolff meets Thamara Jean, a recipient of Broward College's Wolff scholarship.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

Giving for educational purposes is a popular choice. It's second only to religious donations. According to Giving USA, Americans donated $41.3 billion to educational institutions in 2012. That is a 7-percent increase from the previous year.

May Jean Wolff and her husband Lou have been part of the Fort Lauderdale community since the 1950s. As Lou's career as an architect flourished, the two wanted to give back. They started by donating money for scholarships to Broward College.

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Give Miami Day
4:49 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: What Is Philanthropy?

Credit Flogert Dollani / Flickr CC

Wednesday is Give Miami Day. It was established last year by the Miami Foundation to encourage donations to local non-profits. Their idea is to establish a culture of giving in Miami. But what counts as charitable giving?

As you consider whether or how you will participate in Give Miami Day, try your hand at this quiz to see if you can pick out what's philanthropy and what isn't.

ANSWER CHOICES: 
A. Philanthropy
B. Charity
C. Neither
D. Both philanthropy and charity

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Mid-day Links
3:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 11-15

Credit Florida Department of Transportation

  Last week, we plunged into the problem of sea-level rise in South Florida. You may have heard lots of experts and lots of facts -- enough to lose track of all the real-estate risks and saltwater-invasion projections. So I've fished out the stories that got the most traction from readers and listeners like you.

Again, here are WLRN's top-five stories this week:

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News
11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sinkhole Maps Will Show State's Vulnerability

Sinkholes are found all over Florida, particularly in the central corridor. A sinkhole swallowed this home in Sebring 25 years ago.
Credit Florida Geological Survey

Florida is susceptible to sinkholes because so much of our landscape sits on rocks that dissolve easily, such as limestone.

The Florida Geological Survey is building a map to show the risk of sinkholes around the state. The project is the result of what happened last year after Tropical Storm Debby.

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Friday Business Report
8:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice?

Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.

Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.

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News
6:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Florida Sets Record For Tourism

Visit Florida President and CEO Will Seccombe joins Gov. Rick Scott at Busch Gardens in Tampa to announce record tourism numbers.
Credit Florida Governor's Office

The three-month period ending in September brought almost 23 million visitors to Florida. That's the highest number ever for a third quarter.

The state is on pace to welcome about 95 million tourists in 2013. That would be a record, but shy of the 100-million goal the governor’s office was hoping for this year.

And it’s not just about the theme parks. Many visitors are hitting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach from international destinations.

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I-395
8:06 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's 'Signature Bridge'

DOUBLE WISHBONE: An early idea for a signature bridge, it would have been called the 'Wishbone Arch.'
Credit Florida Dept. of Transportation

Under construction during most of the 1960s, Interstate-95 ripped right through the heart of Overtown. Thousands of homes were torn down. Instant slums were created as the concrete expressway ripped apart the neighborhood's cultural, economic and education connections.

The result is the Overtown that's visible today -- the Overtown that's still trying to recover.

"[I-95] caused great harm in the past," says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We need to rectify that."

So, let the rectification begin.

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Journalism
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

WLRN Announces Senior Leadership Team For News

WLRN Public Radio and Television has named Tom Hudson as vice-president of news, Terence Shepherd as news director and Alicia Zuckerman as editorial director for all of WLRN-Miami Herald News.

“We have brought together one of the best, if not the best, leadership teams in public media news,” said John Labonia, general manager of WLRN Public Radio and Television. “Our goal of making WLRN the round-the-clock, pervasive and constant source of news and information about and of interest to South Florida is now in reach. I am honored to be working with such talented individuals.”

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Philippines
7:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

WATCH: Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra's Philippines Relief PSA

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is helping to spearhead an effort to get money to Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Spoelstra's mother is from the Philippines and he has held several basketball camps and clinics there since becoming head coach for the championship team.

He says his family in the Philippines came through the storm just fine, with wind and rain in and around Manila, where they live.

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