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Sunshine Economy
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

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The school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards.

However, Florida public school kids won’t follow Common Core, at least not in name. The state legislature this spring eliminated references to Common Core from state education policy. Still, the principles of Common Core remain: more rigorous education standards to better prepare students for college and careers.

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News
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Palm Beach County Fights Hurricane Amnesia

PBC DART is Palm Beach County's new smartphone app for hurricane season.
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Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.

The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.

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Immigration
6:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Becoming Citizens In Little Havana

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You've probably heard of Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian History Month. 

Now we have Immigrant Heritage Month -- which was unveiled Thursday during a naturalization ceremony in one of the country's most famous immigrant enclaves, Miami's Little Havana.

At the event, hosted by Miami Dade College inside Little Havana's Tower Theater, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally recognized June as the time to honor immigrants.

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Port of Miami
3:03 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Last Call For Coral: Researchers Save Port Coral From Dredging

Brain coral like this one can be found at the bottom of Miami's shipping channel.
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The hours are ticking down for researchers trying to preserve some of the coral at the bottom of PortMiami’s shipping channel. This dash to harvest some of the reef that has made a home there reflects changing attitudes toward marine preservation.

The port will begin dredging on Saturday to accommodate bigger ships going to and from the expanding Panama Canal.

Even though not all of the coral can be preserved, the harvesting will create some unique research opportunities.

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News
6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
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Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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Prison Sentencing
5:59 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Study: Florida Makes Inmates Serve More Of Their Sentences Than Other States

Florida inmates are more likely than others to max out their sentences.
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A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences --- serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.

The study found that 64.3 percent of Florida inmates, or 21,426 offenders, were released in 2012 without conditions, monitoring or support.

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Housing
4:02 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

No Report Card, No Apartment

Two South Florida housing developments are being sued over a report card requirement.
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Sonoma Bay and Marsh Harbour housing developments are facing a federal lawsuit.

Both of the housing complexes require parents to provide their children’s school records, specifically their report cards.

A fair housing group in Palm Beach County was alerted to this fact after the developments placed an ad on Craigslist.

Vince Larkins, the president and CEO of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches says it violates the Fair Housing Act.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

Close-up of a star coral rescued by Coral Morphologic from a reef in Miami's shipping channel.
Courtesy of Coral Morphologic

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:18 pm

A lab just off Florida's Miami River has become the base for an unusual lifesaving operation.

A group of scientists there is on an urgent mission to save as many corals as it can before the marine creatures are destroyed as part of an underwater excavation of Miami's shipping channel. The channel — set to be dredged and deepened on Saturday — is home to a thriving coral reef.

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News
5:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya

Palm Beach County has several recommendations to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from spreading in the area.
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Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and 10 people total in the state.

The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.

“Look at your house, environment, make sure that you don´t have any standing water," says Tim O´Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "If you do, drain it off as much as possible.”   

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Transportation
11:02 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway

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Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.

The fines don't seem to be scaring off Uber, the company that faced opposition from county officials last year. Wednesday, Uber plans to launch a service similar to Lyft, UberX, and will offer free rides through June 20. 

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Latin America Report
6:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent

The Beast carries half a million immigrants from Central America to the U.S. border each year.
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There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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Monkey See
3:18 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

When it rains, it pours: Here's some advice for lady hurricanes on how to climb the corporate ladder.
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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:37 pm

We were alarmed to learn yesterday that hurricanes with female names are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It seems people in the path of a hurricane are more likely to heed warnings to take shelter or evacuate if the storm is named Charley than if the storm is named Eloise. Which can be a deadly decision. [Because, seriously: Hurricanes are dangerous — even if they have "lady" names.

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Transportation
11:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Lyft, Not Uber, Ended Up Operating In Miami-Dade County

This red Ford, dressed with the symbolic Lyft mustache, is one of the many vehicles Lyft passengers can expect when they request a ride through the phone app.
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A silver car with a pink, fluffy mustache pegged to its front bumper rolls up to pick up a colleague and me. It's not a taxi, but we get in anyway. We're getting a Lyft to Publix.

Our driver, Jeniffer Erickson, greets us with a fist bump and a “hi, how are you?” She has black hair, a mild accent and friendly enthusiasm.

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Weather
2:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Local TV meteorologist partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to teach children about forecasting on television.
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Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

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100 Years
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Broward Prepares To Launch Centennial Celebrations

Inside Out Broward photo installation outside of the Miramar Multi-Service Complex.
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In 1915 parts of Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County -- then Dade County -- joined to create Broward County.

The county’s year-long centennial celebration, Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community, will play host to art and performance events with the hopes of bringing in more visitors.   

Celebration details of Broward 100, and its official logo, were released at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex on Wednesday. Presenters included Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley.

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