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Let's Move!
7:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

FLOTUS Brings Parks And Rec To Liberty City

The First Lady speaks alongside Amy Poehler about the Let's Move! campaign.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Liberty City's Gwen Cherry Park this week to celebrate the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign. The initiative's aim is to fight childhood obesity in the United States through nutrition education as well as creating programs to supply kids with healthier snacks. 

Michelle Obama made an announcement earlier this week about limiting junk-food marketing in schools and creating healthier options for kids during school hours. This week, she made an announcement that will provide these same choices after school.

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Tech Startups
5:47 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation

Levine addresses Rokk3r Labs, accompanied by his dog, Earl.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.

"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."

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College Culture
9:03 am
Tue February 25, 2014

FAMU Brings Anti-Hazing Message To South Florida Through Music

"Groove 87" brought anti-hazing awareness throughout the mini-concert in Miami to make high school recruits feel safe.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

Florida A&M University's music department toured South Florida this past weekend to recruit high school students and promote its anti-hazing stance. After their drum major Robert Champion of the Marching 100 was beaten to death in 2011 during a hazing incident, the university is trying to get young musicians to feel safe at their institution. 

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Links
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 17-21

Luisa Toledo and her grandson Michael Toledo
Credit Kenny Malone

If you were to read the week's top stories as just one, the plotline would be a little like this: A caffeine-driven abuela is on the loose. She is wanted on multiple charges, including robbing several Key West homes, criminal mischief at the Perez Art Museum, speeding on the I-95 express lanes and forcing musician Julio Iglesias out of his home and into a party.

But they're really five different stories. Here they are:

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News
3:48 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado May Have Mixed Up His Numbers

Credit Phillip Pessar/Flickr

In our If I Were Mayor interview with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, we asked him a few questions about the state of homelessness in the area.

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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.
Credit VASSALLOMALTA.COM

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.
Credit FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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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