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Shuckers Deck Collapse
1:45 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Timeline: Shuckers Deck Collapses Into Biscayne Bay During NBA Finals

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The deck at iconic bayside bar Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village collapsed into Biscayne Bay around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night, as dozens of Miami Heat fans cheered on their team for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:30 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Hurricanes

A view from the rooftop of L'Hermitage One Condominiums on Ocean Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale
Credit Tom Hudson

L'Hermitage One Condominiums on Ocean Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale is in an enviable location right on the beach. But when a hurricane is brewing, it's on the front lines of the storm.

On Monday's Sunshine Economy, come along as we talk with the building's manager, engineer and residents about their investment in storm preparedness.

In South Florida, we live with the risk of a big storm for six months of the year... every year. Like no place else in the U.S., we know the devastation a hurricane can bring. And the expense to protect ourselves.

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Tourism
8:15 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph Relaunches With Infamous Name Still Attached

Carnival Corporation's cruise ship Triumph.
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Thursday was a big day for one of the largest publicly traded companies in South Florida.

Miami-based Carnival Corporation sent back to sea one of its more storied vessels: The Carnival Triumph.

In February an engine fire knocked out the Triumph’s power. No one was injured, but passengers complained of food shortages and a lack of working toilets.

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Zimmerman Trial
6:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Miami-Dade Knows Riots Too Well; Plans For Zimmerman Verdict

EMOTION ON DISPLAY: The shooting of Trayvon Martin angered and mobilized multitudes in Florida and across the country. What will they do if his killer is acquitted?
Credit Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Miami-Dade County's Community Relations Board -- peacekeeper for the last half-century among the region's raucously contentious cultures and between the people and the police -- is getting ready for the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Not So Quiet Rebellion Against Florida's State Bird

The roseate spoonbill is often mistaken as flamingo.
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Birding blogger Nicolas Lund recently argued in an article for Slate magazine that Florida should change its state bird to the Flamingo.

He was actually advocating for several states to change their birds, but he seemed particularly peeved with Florida’s current choice:

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Digital
9:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

What You Need To Know About Changes Coming From Apple

Apple unveiled its new mobile operating system, iOS 7.
Apple

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 6:54 pm

If you opt for the upgrade, changes are coming to your iPhone experience this fall. And if you want to shell out some cash right away, the latest line of MacBook Air computers boasts a lot more power and battery life, and the machines are available to ship today.

Apple chiefs announced their latest products and improvements Monday as part of the keynote at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

We kept an eye on the two-hour presentation so you didn't have to. The highlights:

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Zimmerman Trial
7:12 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Here's A Brief Timeline Of The Trayvon Martin Case

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:42 pm

Jury selection begins this week in the trial of George Zimmerman, charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Here's what's happened so far in the case:

Feb 26, 2012 The Incident:

At approximately 7:10 p.m. Zimmerman called the Sanford police’s non-emergency line to report seeing Martin walking through the gated neighborhood in the rain. 

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Business
3:09 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

A Tour Of FAU's Technology Incubator In Boca Raton

The Technology Business Incubator on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton currently hosts 22 technology companies in the areas of pharmaceutical development, software development and logistics management.
Credit FAU

In the world of technology, the idea is critical. But how to turn it into application and how to monetize it are how start-ups live and die.

And that’s where business incubators come in.

During a recent tour of one incubator in Palm Beach County, the conversation quickly turned to real estate, or where incubation actually takes place.

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The Sunshine Economy
7:10 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Sunshine Economy Part Five: Technology

Join host Tom Hudson every Monday at 9:00 a.m. for WLRN's ongoing series, The Sunshine Economy, a weekly look at the key industries transforming South Florida into a regional powerhouse.
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South Florida may be known for its sun and sand, but software? There is a burgeoning effort to grow, encourage and attract the technology industry to South Florida.

Silicon Beach

Local entrepreneur advocates have been very active building the necessary infrastructure to support local start-ups. What else is needed? Can Miami really become “Silicon Beach?”

Future of Technology

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The Florida Roundup
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Today's Florida Roundup: Immigration Policy, Absentee Ballot Scandal And The Heat In The Finals

WLRN's weekly public affairs show
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On today's edition of The Florida Roundup... 

Immigration: 

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress.

Is Marco Rubio backing away from own bill?

When will there be resolution?

Has the issue been a net loser for the freshman senator, and when will there will a resolution in Washington?

Governor Scott vetoes a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants drivers licenses.

Which way is he heading this time as we approach his re-reelection campaign?

Is he heading back to his tea party roots?

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Social Services
8:58 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Miami-Dade Taps Faith-Based Groups For A Bigger, Better Social Safety Net

GREAT NEED: A homeless man in Miami Beach sleeps in public. Programs for the needy would be part of Miami Dade County's Engage305, a cooperative project with service providers from faith-based organizations.
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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching  out to religious groups to forge a social safety net that would be bigger and better than public or private sectors could achieve on their own.

Plans for the Engage305 project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.

The main infrastructure of Engage305, according to Gimenez aide Lisa Martinez, will be a soon-to-launch county website where religious groups can create an on-line, faith-based network to deal cooperatively with social issues.

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Weather
8:24 am
Thu June 6, 2013

After Sandy, Crews Wrap Up Work On Fort Lauderdale's Stretch Of A1A

Work crews on a stretch of A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach put the finishing touches on a five-month long road repair.
Credit C. DiMattei

The folks who live along a small stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach just north of Sunrise Boulevard know the drill.

Actually, they spent the first part of 2013 hearing little else.

Nearly every day since early January, work crews have been out between Northeast 14th Court and Northeast 18th Street  installing a new sea wall.  The first phase involved a huge rig drilling 40 feet down to make way for 500 pieces of sheet metal pilings.

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Journalism
7:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Reporter Heads Back To Gitmo, Where Only Prisoners Outlast Her Tenure

Carol Rosenberg
Credit Photo by Bryan Broyles

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg has been covering the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba for twelve years.

“The only people who have been at Gitmo longer than me are the prisoners,” she said in a recent phone interview.

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Americas
12:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Rio Goes High-Tech With An Eye Toward Olympics, World Cup

Rio's Operations Center brings together more than 30 agencies and allows them to coordinate on daily issues such as traffic, as well as on emergencies such as the frequent flash floods in hillside slums.
Raphael Lima Courtesy of the Operations Center, City of Rio De Janeiro

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:27 am

We are standing in front of a huge bank of screens, in the middle of which is a glowing map that changes focus depending on what the dozens of controllers are looking at.

The room looks like something straight out of a NASA shuttle launch. The men and women manning the floor are dressed in identical white jumpsuits. With a flick of a mouse, they scroll through dozens of streaming video images coming into the center.

This is Rio de Janeiro in real time.

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Weather
7:34 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Delicate Art And Science Of Naming Hurricanes

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With all the unknowns attached to the 2013 hurricane season, there’s at least one thing that’s down in black and white:  the 21 names chosen for this year’s tropical storms.

The first name up: “Andrea.”

Gulp.

Strike the last letter, add a “w” and you’ve got the name of the 1992 hurricane that killed 65 people and caused an estimated $26 billion worth of damage. 

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