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Boston Marathon Bombings
2:29 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Bombings Meets Definition Of "Act of Terrorism," Expert Says

Aaronson: The Boston Marathon bombings don't have the signs of an Al Qaeda attack.

Trevor Aaronson was running errands when he heard about yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. The news coming across the radio caught his attention, maybe more than the rest of us, and he soon found himself forgetting about his dry cleaning and going to Twitter for clues.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Close Call At Hairy Intersection Shows Need For Bicycle Education

Bike riders head north on Biscayne in 1940. Things have gotten tougher since then for bicyclists.

One particular evening will always stick with me. I was commuting home from work and at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue, which is a pretty intense during evening rush hour.

As I crossed the intersection, I was cut off by a driver who was clearly unaware of my presence, despite the bike lane. The car came within inches of my bike. Being familiar with this intersection, I know when and where I need to be watching. Had I not known where to look, I would not have been able to break in time.

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Community Contributor
9:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

One Man's Gun Control Timeline: Riots, Hurricane Wilma, And A Late-Night Visitor

Gleason: "From birth until death you are responsible for you own safety."

1969.  Seventh grade.  School trip to an amusement park.  While sitting with a friend in a shaded and secluded spot, I was surrounded by 5 or 6 kids who demanded our ride tickets.  When I stood to my 6-foot-2-inch frame and invited them to try and take my tickets, they decided to pick on someone else.

1975.  A high-school football linebacker decided to test the band major in the boys’ locker room.  Football linebacker had a sore nose.  Band major was unscathed.

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Personal Essay
8:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

After Yoani Sanchez: What Changes Linger In The Miami Air?

Author Daniel Rivero with prominent Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez during her recent visit to the Miami Herald's editorial board
Credit Patricia Sagastume / WLRN

Seven or eight years ago, during a sociology class at Miami-Dade College, the professor asked us to write a sociological history of our lives. It was the first time I thought long and hard about my life in the scheme of history, about the chain of events that brought me to my life in Miami as a Cuban-American.

For people of my generation, you simply could not avoid getting a crash course on Cuban politics and the dream of a free Cuba.  The reason we are here. We are here because of him. Because of Fidel.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Just Like That, Kaboom! Adds Three New Playgrounds In Miami

Kaboom! plans to build 150 playgrounds this year.

For the third Saturday in a row an under-utilized patch of land in South Florida was transformed.

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News
7:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Silence Isn't An Option For Miami's Holocaust Survivors

Credit Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Isaac Klein is standing arm-in-arm with his wife at the edge of three small steps. They lead down to a pond that surrounds Kenneth Treiester’s famous Sculpture of Love and Anguish.  

Klein shared his personal account of tragedy at the hands of the Nazis.  “I will tell you a little story, a sad story about myself,” he said. “I am a holocaust survivor and one of the twins of Dr. Joseph Mengele.”

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unlike Most States, Florida Forbids Nurse Practitioners From Prescribing Some Drugs

Florida law restricts nurse practitioners from prescribing all kinds of medicine.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Once upon a time, nurses were not allowed to take blood pressure – only the doctor could do that. Times change.

  But they haven’t changed enough. For 19 years, nurse practitioners in Florida have tried to get the right to practice to the full extent of our education and capability, which includes prescribing scheduled substances. So far, our efforts have been fruitless.

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Personal Essay
9:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Saying Goodbye To Fashion Designer Lilly Pulitzer

One of the classic "Lilly" dresses by Palm Beach designer Lilly Pulitzer.
Credit Etsy.com

My wardrobe is completely Lilly Pulitzer-free. 

And today, I regret it.

As the fashion world mourns the death of the socialite-turned-designer, who died Sunday in Palm Beach at the age of 81, I find myself wondering what about Pulitzer’s signature line was so intimidating to me.

Were the sherbet orange and sea foam green prints too bold for me?

Did I feel my triceps weren’t toned enough to pull off that sleeveless shift?

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News
6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

'Owl-catraz' Revisited: ACLU Defends FAU Students Against Alleged Intimidation

Credit Christine DiMattei

“Owl-catraz” is no more.

But it seems the controversy over a private prison company’s efforts to buy naming rights to Florida Atlantic University’s stadium is far from over.

In a letter to FAU’s Dean of Students, the American Civil Liberties Union criticizes the university for an alleged retaliation against seven students for rallying against the defunct deal. 

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Everglades Day
5:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

How WLRN Will Celebrate 'Everglades Day' Throughout April

Katy Fox-O'Malley

On Sunday, April 7th, Florida will celebrate its first official “Everglades Day.” Established by the Florida Legislature, Everglades Day honors South Florida’s unique wetland ecosystem, the wild inhabitants who live there and all the passionate Floridians working to conserve this magical place.

As a tribute, WLRN will run a month-long TV and radio series entitled, "Guardians of the Everglades" which will profile people from a variety of different backgrounds but who are bound by a common desire to save our state's national treasure for future generations.

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Events
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Miami's Philanthropy Festival Is A Fun Way To Learn About Nonprofit Life, Work

Credit Mitchell Zachs/magicalphotos.com

The second annual PhilanthroFest kicks off Saturday at noon in downtown Miami. The event is like speed-dating for volunteers, donors, nonprofits and the people who may need them.

More than 100 organizations are participating in the event that runs from noon until 6:30 p.m. at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, at 300 NE Second Ave.

PhilanthroFest co-founder Estrellita Sibila says the festival is helpful for local nonprofits, which sometimes have to compete with organizations from out-of-town.

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Poetry Project
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Foreclosure, Citrus Trees, Failed Relationships And Traffic: Best Poems From That's So Miami

Gallo/ Chicken
@JessicaGross on Twitter

Happy National Poetry Month!! All month long we will be bringing you the best poems from our ongoing That's So Miami project, a joint venture with O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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News
10:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Escape from 'Owl-catraz': Prison Firm Pulls Out Of FAU Stadium Deal

The stadium on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University
Credit Christine DiMattei

A $6 million deal that would have given a private prison company naming rights to Florida Atlantic University's stadium is now off. And that's leaving some FAU students wondering if another donation that size is coming around any time soon.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Unable To Vote In Miami, Local Venezuelans Mobilize For Road Trip To New Orleans

Emily Bello-Pardo, National Coordinator of VotoJoven in the US, and the Executive Director of Se Habla Venezolano Foundation.
Luis Cedeno

Absentee ballots. Polling centers open for days on end. Early voting. All of these are ways in which Americans can vote for their nation’s elections. So they might be shocked to hear me tell them that 19,542 Venezuelans living in the United States have to go through a much more grueling process to be able to do the same thing they can do rather easily.

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Baby Boomer Drug Addiction
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse

More baby boomers are seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs.
Key Foster Flickr/Creative Commons

Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate. 

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.

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