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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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