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Americas
7:23 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat

A street vendor fries food for lunch customers in Mexico City on July 10. Mexico has now surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre AP

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:10 am

Nearly a third of all Mexicans are obese, putting Mexico at the top of the list of overweight nations — ahead of the United States.

In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers are taking aim at consumer's pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.

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People
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How 'The Condom Lady' Teaches Local Seniors About Safe Sex

Marguerite Bryant, 69, (left) and program coordinator Victor DeSouza watch as Kate GeMeiner, 82, known as The Condom Lady, displays a female condom at a seminar.
Credit Charles Trainor Jr / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Kate GeMeiner, in a pixie haircut and a sensible brown pantsuit, holds up what, from the back of the room, appears to be a see-through balloon. It isn’t.

“Never use Vaseline with a condom,” she says in her best announcer’s voice. “Never, only KY jelly.”

The audience sits in rapt silence.

“And before you use a condom, check it for the expiration date.”

In a corner, a couple of women titter.

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Beatles Mania
3:36 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Were You One Of The Miami Teens Photographed By Beatle Ringo Starr In 1964?

Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr is looking for these teenagers in Miami Beach whom he photographed on the band's first U.S. tour in 1964.
Credit Ringo Starr/Genesis Publications

Update 3:12 p.m. Oct. 24: The mystery of the identity of the kids in a car whose photo was snapped by Ringo Starr during The Beatles first visit to the America may have been solved.

Sadly, Starr may have gotten his cities mixed up. The photo was likely not taken in Miami, but in New York.

A Boston attorney says he recognizes the kids in the photograph, which began circulating earlier this week, as his classmates at Fair Lawn Senior High School in New Jersey in 1964.

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Special Investigation
12:10 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

How A Flawed System Of Reviewing Medical Complaints Puts Floridians At Risk

The Florida Board of Medicine, responsible for the discipline of medical professionals in the state, met earlier this month in Orlando.
Credit Mendy Indek

Medical professionals in Florida hang onto their licenses and continue practicing as the state grapples with a lengthy disciplinary process that can take years, according to an analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Between 2010 and 2012, it took the Florida Board of Medicine an average 434 days to resolve charges of misconduct against doctors, physician assistants and anesthesiology assistants, according to Florida Department of Health records.

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Politics
9:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Poll: Support For Legalizing Pot Surges During Past Year

A person identifying himself as Jermagisty Tha King of Denver lights up a 28 ounce blunt on April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 4:44 pm

Over the past year, Americans' support for legalizing pot has surged 10 percentage points.

That's according to Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. That means that 58 percent of Americans — a clear majority for the first time in more than 40 years — support legalizing marijuana and just 39 percent say the opposite.

To see the dramatic shift in public opinion, just look at this historical graph from Gallup:

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Americas
8:32 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Haitian Cholera Strain Spreads To Mexico

A nurse treats a cholera patient at the Juan Pablo Pina Hospital in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, in August. Health officials say that the strain of cholera circulating in the country— the same one that first appeared in Haiti three years ago — has also caused outbreaks in Cuba and now Mexico.
Erika Santelices AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 1:21 pm

A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent's mainland.

Mexico is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It's a disease that's very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor water and sanitation.

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Ethnicity
7:32 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Pew: Most Latinos Can't Name 'Most Important Hispanic Leader'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was named by 5 percent of respondents as "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today."
Win McNamee AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:54 pm

While most Latinos believe it's important for their community to have a national leader, most of them can't pinpoint whom they think that leader is.

That's the new finding from a survey released today by the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project. Survey participants were asked an open-ended question to name the person they think is "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today."

Sixty-two percent responded they didn't know and 9 percent said no one.

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Economics
3:44 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Job Growth Was Disappointing, But Some See Reasons For Hope

Hans Kahl (left) speaks with prospective employees at a job fair for veterans, in Miami on Tuesday. With job growth still slow, the Federal Reserve may keep trying to stimulate the economy.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:49 pm

When it finally came out Tuesday, the September jobs report — delayed for 18 days by the government shutdown — showed a labor market moving forward. But the pace was slow enough to prompt many economists to view it as a letdown.

Job growth "is disappointing, given that employment is still down by about 1.8 million from its peak prior to the recession," Gus Faucher, senior economist with PNC Financial Services Group, said in his analysis.

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Energy
3:18 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Nuclear Plant Starts Up On India's Tsunami-Vulnerable Coast

An Indian Coast Guard plane flies over hundreds of anti-nuclear activists during a protest last year. The Kundankulam Nuclear Power, still under construction, can be seen in the distance.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:34 pm

A controversial nuclear power plant situated on a stretch of India's southeastern coast that was hit hard by the 2004 Asian tsunami has begun supplying the grid with electricity, officials say.

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, a joint project with Russia located at the country's southern extremity in Tamil Nadu state, was connected to the grid on Tuesday, The Indian Express reports.

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Economics
11:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Broward, Palm Beach Beat Other U.S. Metro Areas In Jobless Drop

Broward County and Palm Beach’s unemployment rates are dropping faster than it is in any other major metropolitan area, according to a new federal report.

For August, the most recent month with updated federal data, the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area saw unemployment plunge to 5.8 percent from 7.7 percent a year before. according to data released Monday. Palm Beach also saw a drop of nearly two percentage points (from 9.7 percent to 8.4 percent), ending Seattle’s six-month run atop the list produced each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Sports
10:49 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Miami Hurricanes To Lose Scholarships But Avert Bowl Ban

This image from Sept. 2003 video shows Miami booster Nevin Shapiro gesturing on the field at an NCAA college football game between Miami and Florida, in Miami.
Credit WFOR /CBS4

The NCAA delivered what appears to be a gift to the University of Miami on Tuesday in the case involving rogue booster and convicted Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro.

The Hurricanes football program will lose nine scholarships over a three-year probationary period (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) and will not be penalized another postseason ban. UM basketball will lose three scholarships, one each for the next three years.

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Sports
10:34 am
Tue October 22, 2013

International Swimming Hall Of Fame Is Leaving Broward County

After 50 years by the beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame plans to close its headquarters and museum when its lease with the city expires in February 2015.
Credit Chuck Fadely / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Johnny Weismuller’s swimsuits will be packed up and moved out of Fort Lauderdale. Mark Spitz’s starting blocks, Jenny Thompson’s medals and Greg Louganis’ memorabilia are also seeking a new home.

RELATED: Is The Swimming Hall Of Fame In Broward Moving To California?

After 50 years by the beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame plans to close its headquarters and museum when its lease with the city expires in February 2015.

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Law
7:40 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Executions And Mental Disability

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:40 pm

The standard by which a person is judged to be mentally competent enough to face execution for a crime will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed Monday to hear a Florida case revolving around that issue.

The capital punishment case, Hall, Freddie L. v. Fla., centers on the standard for judging mental disability and how state officials arrive at that judgment. The case will be argued in Washington early in 2014.

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Trade
11:49 am
Mon October 21, 2013

How Spanish Investment, Trade Ties With Florida Offer Business Gold

Angel Santibañez is the owner of Brisas de España, 8726 NW 26 St., Doral, which carries a variety of goods from Spain including paella pans hanging from wall, hams, ceramics and food products.
Credit C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald Staff

Arriving in South Florida, visitors from Spain might feel as if they’ve never left the Iberian Peninsula.

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Business
11:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Why South Florida Workers Are Learning Portuguese

Alexandra Estrada (right) is studying Portuguese at the Cultural Center for Language Studies in Miami. Estrada encounters many Brazilian customers in her job with the cruise industry. Her teacher is Valmira Hayes.
Credit Karen Rundlet

Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. All three counties beat the national average when it comes to the number of homes that have foreign language speakers.

We already know that local polling places offer ballots in English, Spanish, Creole. And that business is conducted in those three languages.

But in recent years, it’s Portuguese that has established itself as a new language of commerce.

Carolina Pinho is Brazilian. She moved to South Florida more than 20 years ago.

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