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5:11 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Obama Turns To Comedians To Promote Health Coverage

Comedian Sarah Silverman helped get out the vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
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Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:19 pm

Who needs jocks when you've got Jennifer Hudson and Amy Poehler?

That seems to be the message coming out of the White House following a star-studded meeting yesterday led by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Its mission: Figure out how to help promote the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
3:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Time To Get Out Of The High-Risk Health Insurance Pool?

High-deductible "last resort" health plans have been the only option for some folks with pre-existing conditions. No more.
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Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 3:16 pm

The online health insurance marketplaces can't open soon enough for Chris and Kristi Petersen. Enrolled in the Iowa high-risk insurance pool because insurers on the private market won't cover them, the couple pays more than $1,300 each month for a plan with a $2,500 annual deductible and a 20 percent copay for medical services. It's more than they can afford.

"At the end of this year, these exchanges are either going to have to offer some relief, or I'm just going to quit working and let the welfare take care of us," says Chris. "I'm fed up with it. I'm fed up with insurance."

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History
2:44 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Old Postcards Offer Glimpse Of South Florida's Appealing (And Appalling) History

Postcard, circa 1930. The Hotel New Yorker boasts a "Swimming Pool" and "Air Conditioning"
Liz Coursen, americanpostcardart.com

In this digital age, when vacationers to South Florida can grab their smartphones and send jealousy-inducing photos to friends and family within seconds, it’s hard to believe the humble postcard is still hanging in there.

Visit most any local souvenir shop and there they are, usually on one or two racks tucked behind the seashell bracelets and painted coconuts.  But Sarasota author Liz Coursen doesn’t think much of the postcards being sent from Florida these days.

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Environment
1:23 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Balancing Tourism With Eco-Preservation On Islamorada

Abandoned mosquito trenches have gummed up the natural water flow on the land.
Credit Cammy Clarck/Miami Herald

A proposal to build an eco-friendly resort in the Upper Keys is raising questions about how to marry economic development and environmental preservation.

Coral Springs urologist Dr. Albert Vorstman owns eight acres of land in Islamorada along US-1 that Miami Herald reporter Cammy Clark described in a recent article:

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Health
8:06 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease

Skipping breakfast is risky.
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Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:18 pm

Breakfast has long gotten a good rap for everything from aiding weight loss to improving focus in the classroom.

And ever since the Alameda County study in California back in the 1960s linked breakfast — along with a host of other habits — to a longer lifespan, there's been a societal push towards breaking the fast.

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Zimmerman Trial
7:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

Aqua Etefia holds up a Trayvon Martin mask at a rally Saturday in Miami.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:09 am

Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

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Climate Change
7:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Rolling Stone Article Says Goodbye To Miami Prematurely, Climatologist Says

Rolling Stone's article imagined a future where sea level rise forces Miami to become abandoned.

As as a Miami resident, and one of the 97 percent of climate scientists who agree that global warming is happening and is primarily due to greenhouse gases released by humans over the last two centuries, I feel compelled to comment on the recent article in Rolling Stone magazine “Goodbye Miami”.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Florida Over Kids In Nursing Homes

Credit justice.gov

Nearly a year after issuing a scathing investigative report, the U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that Florida has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily placing children with disabilities in nursing homes.

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Technology
12:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

They Can Hear You Now: The Global Surge In Cellphone Use

A woman uses her cellphone to record celebrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 4.
Ed Giles Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:03 pm

The age of the traditional landline telephone is in rapid decline, as NPR's Dan Bobkoff reports on today's All Things Considered.

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Business
11:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Tuthilltown Spirits in New York makes a clear corn whiskey, and the first legal aged whiskey in the state since Prohibition, among other products.
Joel Rose/NPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:30 am

A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.

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Americas
7:39 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Brazil's Evangelicals A Growing Force In Prayer, Politics

Evangelical Christians pray during the "March for Jesus" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Nelson Antoine AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:32 pm

Pope Francis arrives Monday evening in Rio de Janeiro for a weeklong visit celebrating World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics have made the pilgrimage to see the Argentine-born pontiff, and he is expected to receive a rapturous welcome.

Still, Pope Francis's visit comes at a delicate time for the church in Brazil. Catholicism — the nation's main religion — is facing a huge challenge from evangelicals.

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Americas
7:20 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pope's Visit To Brazil Seen As 'Triumphant Homecoming'

A Brazilian flag flies on Saturday near the podium which will receive Pope Francis on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:25 pm

When Pope Francis arrives in Brazil on Monday, he'll begin a trip of firsts.

He's the first Latin American pope, and it will be his first trip abroad as pontiff. And he'll be visiting a country with more Catholics than any other.

Francis, who is gaining a reputation for his simple ways, is expected, The Miami Herald writes, to:

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Zimmerman Trial
2:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago'

President Obama at the White House on Friday, as he spoke about the death of Trayvon Martin and the national discussion that the case has generated.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:15 pm

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Environment
2:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, on his 63rd birthday at the South Florida Museum in 2011.
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The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday.

In what was one of the first recorded births in captivity, Snooty was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948. In 1949, he was transferred to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he has been living comfortably ever since.

To celebrate the occasion, the museum held a free birthday party.

Over the years, Snooty has proven to be invaluable in teaching scientists about conservation and education of the state's marine life.

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People
12:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida Community Asks Mermaid To Swim Elsewhere

Jenna Conti, also known as Eden Sirene, before being asked to stay out of the water.
Courtesy of Bob Abruzzese

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:27 pm

Jenna Conti just wants to swim.

In her custom-made mermaid costume.

At the Fishhawk Ranch community pools in Tampa, Fla.

But rules are rules, the local development district board says. And the rules say no swim fins in the pools.

So Conti, or Eden Sirene as she's known when she swims, has been left high and dry.

She "just wanted to really show some magic here in Fishhawk," Conti says.

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