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7:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Mayor: 'The Onion Did Not Make Me Cry'

The New River at sunrise: Apparently The Onion hasn't seen this.
Credit Eric Barton

Chances are you have a friend who forces you to make excuses for him. He’s just not good in big crowds. Or he’s like that because of the tough boss he has at work. He’s late all the time, but then, he’s just from Miami.

Living in Fort Lauderdale is like having one of those friends. It’s a city that’s often the punch line of a joke in a state that just can’t seem to stay out of late-night monologues.

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Transportation
12:40 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

10 Things Miami's Terrible Drivers Need to Learn

Credit Miami New Times

Miami is notorious for its bad drivers.

We know that it would be futile to try and teach you (yes, you) about things like the "speed limit" and that there is a difference between a yellow light and a freshly turned green light, but we figured someone should at least give you a--holes a bit of a refresher course.

Perhaps you've merely forgotten some things since you took your driver's license test (assuming you ever did take one), so here, have a quick refresher course.

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Environment
7:03 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Enjoy Florida's Wetlands Before They Disappear

Wildlife hotspots like Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach are ideal places to mark American Wetlands Month.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden / WLRN

The recently-wrapped 2013 Florida Legislative session was an active one for those who track environmental issues in the Sunshine State.

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Texting Ban
3:40 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Simulator Offers Crash Course On Dangers Of Texting

"It Can Wait" Tour Manager Griffin Hagler shows 16-year-old Park Vista High School student Webster Jean how to work AT&T's Texting-While-Driving Simulator.
Credit C. DiMattei

Sixteen-year-old Webster Jean is driving around on city streets, left hand on the wheel, right hand holding a smartphone.  As he reads and responds to his text messages, he repeatedly veers across the double-yellow lines.

And then --  wham.

"I crashed,"  says Jean with a chuckle.

Jean tee-bones another car – but he’s fine.  The teenager is just taking a spin in a texting-while-driving simulator brought to Park Vista High School by wireless carrier AT&T. 

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News
12:59 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Negotiation Is Key For Women Seeking Equal Pay

Equal-pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter signs her new book for a fan at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
Credit C. DiMattei

The woman whose name is synonymous with the fight for equal pay for women brought her message to South Florida this week.  And Lilly Ledbetter has some advice for working women at any stage of their careers:  learn how to negotiate.

A study released last month by the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that South Florida women are earning 86 cents for every dollar their male co-workers earn.  Although that's better than the national average of 77 cents, Ledbetter responds to that statistic with three words:

"Not good enough."

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Psychology
10:24 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Therapists, Patients Find Stress Relief On Skateboards

Robert Aguilar and Isaac Farin rest after an afternoon of therapy on wheels.
Credit Patricia Sagastume

Move over, Freud. Your couch is being replaced by a piece of wood on wheels.

On the shady slopes of pavement in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, a therapy counseling session is in progress.

Once a week, amid the sprawling canopies of hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests, patients sort through emotions — while pushing on a longboard skateboard.

Donning kneepads and helmet gear, Alex Batista, 47, smiles as he rides silently alongside his therapist.

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Education
7:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition

30-year-old FAU student Alberto Jordat says he's concerned about the rising cost of college tuition in Florida.
Credit A. Jordat

Throughout the 2013 legislative session, we've been posing questions to Tallahassee lawmakers that were raised at a WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall last February.

Among the topics is the rising cost of higher education in Florida.

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Arts
6:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Key Largo Honors Humphrey Bogart With Film Festival

Credit Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

Here's lookin' at YOU,  Bogie fans.

Starting today, fans of Humphrey Bogart will be flocking to Key Largo for a film festival celebrating one of Hollywood's most beloved tough guys.

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Gateway Miami
5:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

As Youth Crime Spikes, Brazil Struggles For Answers

A youth smokes crack in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. A crack epidemic is one factor contributing to the sharp rise in crime committed by Brazilian minors.
Felipe Dana AP

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 9:34 am

In Rio de Janeiro, tourists are drawn to Copacabana for its wide beach and foliage-covered cliffs. But a month ago, not far from the tourist hub, an American woman and her French male companion were abducted. She was brutally gang-raped; he was beaten.

Perhaps what was most shocking to Brazilians, though, was the age of one of the alleged accomplices: He was barely in his teens.

"Why? That's what you ask yourself," says Sylvia Rumpoldt, who is walking with a friend at dusk by the sea in Rio. "It's horrible. It's criminal energy."

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Journalism
2:26 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Short List Of Journalism Awards Given To WLRN

WLRN staff at the Florida Associated Press Awards ceremony in Orlando on April 27. From left to right: Kenny Malone, Marva Hinton, Laura Coburn, Kaylois Henry and Phil Latzman.
Credit Hannah Sampson

WLRN-Miami Herald News has garnered an impressive array of journalism awards nationally and within the Southeast region recently. We decided to share some of this professional recognition we received from our peers with you, our readers.

Below are some of the highlights from March-April:

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Gateway Miami
10:32 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Stadium Issues Dog Brazil Ahead Of 2014 World Cup

The renovated Maracana stadium hosts a game by the teams "Friends of Bebeto" and "Friends of Ronaldo" during the stadium's inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Silvia Izquierdo AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Soccer isn't just a sport in Brazil, it's a religion, and the main temple is the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The venue is not only the biggest stadium in Brazil but the biggest in South America. Over the weekend, the newly renovated complex reopened to great fanfare, with stirring musical numbers, a light show and dignitaries including Brazil's president.

The headlines in the local media, however, focused not on the fanfare but on the many problems, from flooding in the VIP area to malfunctioning seats and turnstiles. The stadium was also four months late reopening.

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Archaeology
6:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

More Evidence Of Tequesta Civilization Unearthed Near Miami River

The Third Avenue Circle, pictured with archeologist Ray Skinner and FIU archeology student Adrian Espinoza
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Two months ago, twelve dump trucks bursting with dirt and fill from a downtown Miami construction site made their way to the Everglades Outpost, an animal rescue facility in Florida City.

Barbara Tansey, the facility’s owner and overseer is slowly sifting through the remnants looking for clues. Though volunteers occasionally come to help, at some moments the elderly Tansey is entirely on her own, tirelessly sifting in hopes of revealing any artifact.

It should be mentioned that twelve truckloads is an insane amount of dirt.

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Bike Culture
5:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Ditch Your Car And Ride A B-Cycle

Broward B-Cycle offers commuters a chance to ditch their cars for short trips around various county locations.
Credit hollywodmargaritaville.com

Riding a bike is a childhood right of passage.  As we age, we move from tricycle to bike with training wheels to classic two-wheeler. But at some point we shift from bikes to the expanded mobility of owning a car.

Kathryn Moore, program manager at Broward B-Cycle, thinks people should consider going back to the basics when it comes to getting around downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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Food
8:02 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future

Eduardo Somarriba is a researcher at the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:47 pm

At the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, you can touch the history of coffee — and also, if the optimists have their way, part of its future.

Here, spread across 25 acres, are coffee trees that take you back to coffee's origins.

"The story starts in Africa, no? East Africa," says Eduardo Somarriba, a researcher at CATIE, as we walk through long rows of small coffee trees.

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Corporate Run 2013
12:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Thousands To Take Part In Miami's Mercedes-Benz Marathon

This year's Corporate Run logo.
Credit facebook.com/mercedesbenzcorporaterun

Up to 20,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in Thursday evening’s annual Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run through downtown Miami — and that means street closures.

The race officially begins at 6:45 p.m. It concludes around 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park, but some closures on Biscayne Boulevard could begin as early as 2 p.m.

Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes. Residents that live in the area will be allowed access on a “local traffic only” basis.

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