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Religion
3:07 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Miami Archdiocese Gets New Auxiliary Bishop

The new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, Peter Baldacchinno.
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Pope Francis has announced the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami. He is Monsignor Peter Baldacchino from the European island nation of Malta.

Baldacchinno says he is excited to begin his new position of assisting Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

"It comes as a surprise to me from the fact that I’m Bishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Miami. I wait to learn what it involves," says Baldacchinno.

Baldacchino has spent the past 15 years serving as chancellor of the Mission of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. 

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The Caribbean
5:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

How Haitians' Beef With Dominican Republic Complicates U. S. Trade Relations

ANGER AT THE DR New Dominican immigration policy could make ethnic Haitians ineligible for citizenship in the Dominican Republic.
Credit Rick Stone

One of the latest villains in the rogues' gallery of human rights is the Dominican Republic because of a decision handed down by the country's highest constitutional court late last year.

Reaching back decades into its shared but troubled history with Haiti, the nation with which it shares the island of Hispaniola, it ruled that ethnic Haitians living in the D.R., some of them since 1929, are not eligible for citizenship because of the "in transit" status of their parents.

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Everglades Expansion
4:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

National Park Service Wants Public's Opinion On Acquiring FPL-Owned Everglades Land

Everglades National Park.
Credit Rodney Cammauf/National Park Service

The National Park Service has come up with five different ways they can acquire Everglades land currently owned by the Florida Power and Light Company.

NPS held a forum this week to get public opinion on possible acquisition plans. Currently, FPL owns an 8.5-square-mile area of land within Everglades National Park.  

 The agency laid out its five alternatives in a draft environmental impact statement. The most notable were Alternative 2, in which NPS would acquire the land in fee, and Alternative 3, exchanging the FPL-owned land for other land.

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Political Showdown
12:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters

Protestors at Crist book signing.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Former Republican governor Charlie Crist was greeted by protesters at Books and Books in Miami Beach, where Crist was to sign copies of his new autobiography, "The Party's Over." 

Apparently, the criticism he faces after switching political parties is just getting started.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Miami-Dade Mayors Rally Behind Plan To Control Gun Industry With 'Market Forces'

Arms With Ethics plans to target the gun industry through its reliance on purchases by municipal police departments.
Credit Josh Lopez via Flickr/Creative Commons

Firearms makers will have to make sure their products stay out of the wrong hands under a new gun control approach that's already taking root in Miami-Dade County.

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Links
1:33 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 10-14

Credit Christine DiMattei / WLRN

The death -- or not -- of Wynwood is our most popular story this week, topping out with more than double the views of the other stories in this list. Perhaps the loss of Wynwood's "authenticity" resonates with more South Floridians than opening relations with Cuba, a move that according to recent surveys most Floridians would back. Read on to find out what else made our list this week. 

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News
1:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bill Would Eliminate Health-Care Enrollment Waiting Period For Immigrant Children

The proposed bill would open Florida KidCare to an estimated 26,000 children.
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Under Florida law, children who are born outside the United States and live here legally must wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are proposing a bill to change that during this year's Legislative session.

Before 2009, the waiting period was a federal requirement.

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Art
3:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Local Artist Denounces Ai Weiwei Pot Smasher

The vase on the right with the green top half was destroyed this weekend.
Credit Perez Art Museum Miami

The news about the smashed pot at the Perez Art Museum Miami has now reached as far as France, China and even Romania. The green-and-peach pot created by Ai Weiwei as part of a 16-pot installation has been valued by the museum at $1 million.

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Business
4:45 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Friday Business Report Revisits Innovation Jobs Program In South Florida

Ronald Herbas is on the right in a dark suit.
Credit courtesy Ronald Herbas

Last fall, an innovation training program called StartupQuest launched in South Florida. Full time employees were not welcome. It was specifically for folks who were out of work or underemployed.

The goal of the program was to help people get new technology skills -- and jobs.

When you hear the words "technology" or "innovation," you might picture a kid, in a hoodie, coding all night at a computer. But in this program, the average age of participants was 51, and almost everyone had a master’s degree and decades of experience.

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Heritage
12:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hear Florida's Black History Through Song

Miami Beach after the 1926 Miami Hurricane.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.

You can listen to the rare recording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series.  The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.

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Jimmy Ryce Act
7:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Questions Linger Over Jimmy Ryce Act's Prevention Of Violence

The Jimmy Rice Act was named for the nine-year-old boy who was raped and murdered in Florida.
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Juan Carlos Chavez's inadvertent legacy to the people of Florida was a piece of legislation now known as the Jimmy Ryce Act, in honor of the nine-year-old boy Chavez raped and murdered in 1995. It was one of those crimes so heinous that it inspired action.

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Walking Around
12:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Crosswalks For Biscayne Blvd. Pedestrians

A resident who will be affected by the construction on Biscayne Blvd. reviews the plans.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.

“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians. 

Design plans include:

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Links
8:16 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 3-7

Credit Jeffrey Katz / Courtesy FDOT

From the stories you've been reading on WLRN this week, one could weave the following fictional story:

On the day formerly known as Chinese New Year, Cuban hackers got into the city's traffic-light system and were able to rush onto I-95. Once there, they sped to Wynwood only to find that the neighborhood has lost all its appeal. So they decided it was best to head to a place that was truly dead: the ancient Tequesta village downtown.

Read on to see what the top-five stories are.

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Living
7:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year

There are more homeless people living in Miami-Dade County than before.
Credit Wilson Sayre

After a night-long count a few weeks ago, Miami-Dade County has just released the newest numbers. In total, 4,156 homeless people live in Miami-Dade County. Eight-hundred and forty people are living on the street, about the same as previous counts.

But this census also tallies the number of homeless sleeping in shelters, in hotels and transitional housing. That number is 3,316, about 200 more than in August and 353 more than last year. Most of those people were in hotels or motels, placed there as part of a program designed for struggling families.

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News
8:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Pilot Program Would Supply Clean Needles For Drug Users In Miami Dade

Hansel Tookes is a fourth-year med student at the University of Miami who went to Tallahassee to testify in favor of the needle-exchange bill. The bill has been renamed the Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA).
Credit Gina Jordan / WLRN

Miami-Dade County has another chance at getting a program that would enable drug users to safely exchange their dirty syringes.

A bill to create a five-year pilot program has been filed again in Tallahassee, and a University of Miami medical student is behind the push.

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