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Hurricane Sandy
7:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill: Post-Sandy Restoration Work Begins On Fort Lauderdale's SR A1A

Workers begin drilling along a section of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit C. DiMattei

A four-block stretch of State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale that got a pounding from Mother Nature last fall is now getting a drilling by construction workers.

Between October and November, crashing waves, high tides and storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of the beach, seawall and roadway just north of Sunrise Boulevard. 

This week, an enormous rig positioned along the beach will drill about 40 feet down, to prepare the way for the installation of a new seawall.

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Economic Incentives
3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Florida Gave Tax Breaks To Industries Blamed For Mass Shootings

The National Rifle Association has blamed violent video games and films for recent mass shootings. The state of Florida gives economic incentives and tax breaks to both industries as well as gun manufacturers.
Credit Jon Worth/Flickr

Q&A with Miami Herald political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa

Florida taxpayers are helping subsidize three industries that have been blamed for recent mass shootings: violent movies, bloody video games and high-powered assault weapons.

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Latin America
12:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Cuba's New Travel Rules May Cause An Influx

El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan Tamayo.
Credit Phil Latzman


Wednesdays on WLRN, we take time out for discussions and stories concerning our hemispheric neighbors in Latin American and the Caribbean.

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Marketplace In Miami
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurgent Miami Housing Makes Billionaires As It Challenges Normal-Income Buyers

CONDO KING: Asked if ordinary Americans can still aspire to home ownership, billinaire chairman George Perez of the Related Group says, sure they can. They may not get it, but they can always aspire.
Credit Jolie Puidokas/Marketplace

In the Marketplace Morning Report's second Wednesday segment, host Jeremy Hobson wonders if home ownership is still part of the American Dream. He speaks with Miami's billionaire condo king, chairman George Perez of the Related Group, and introduces WLRN's Karen Burkett with a story about the challenges that home buying poses to normal-income people competing with investors for the same properties.

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Public Radio
11:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

'Marketplace' Searches For A New American Dream During A Week At Miami's WLRN

MARKETPLACE FROM MIAMI -- Through the glass at WLRN, Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson is seen kicking off a week of broadcasts about Miami as a product of immigration and diversity.
Credit Dan Grech

  

 

Marketplace Morning Report will spend the first week of President Obama's second term broadcasting from Miami and demonstrating what some of the president's inaugural themes mean in real life.

The raw materials for show host Jeremy Hobson and his production team of three are Miami's huge immigrant population, its great wealth and crushing poverty, and the enormous empty space between those economic extremes.

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Diversity In South Florida
7:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

On Inauguration And MLK Day, South Floridians Agree That Diversity Takes 'Work'

Audience inside Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall watching simulcast of Monday's inauguration
Credit Christine DiMattei

In recent years, parallels have often been drawn between South Florida's diverse population and the multi-cultural America that President Obama will be presiding over for a second term.  But some South Floridians feel that cooperation between various racial and cultural groups is still a work in progress.

Among the hundreds of who filed into the Adrienne Arsht Center Monday to watch a live simulcast of President Obama's inauguration was Janette Kemp of Tamarac.  She says that when it comes to multiculturalism, our region has more work to do.

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Martin Luther King Day
7:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida

Brent McLaughlin is the executive director of Branches (formally South Florida Urban Ministries), a non profit organization that has been in Miami-Dade for about 40 years.
Credit Arianna Prothero

    

People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

More than 100 people gathered at Lakeview Elementary in North Miami to celebrate MLK Day. Brent McLaughlin, executive director of Branches, one of the non profits that put on the event, said people who grew up in the United States sometimes take Dr. King's message for granted.

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Inauguration Day
11:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

How South Florida Is Spending Inauguration Day, And What People Are Saying

Carol City High School Band at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts
Christine Di Mattei

As South Florida prepares for a day of dual celebration for Inauguration Day and MLK Day, we are rounding up what is going on in the community, and what people are talking about.  There are watch parties all over the place- but we have sent our reporter Chris Di Mattei to the Arsht Center to sit in on the watch party there.  Our StateImpact education reporter Sarah Gonzales just happens to be in Washington D.C. for the event, and we are going to be hearing from her, too.

Inauguration Day
11:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Obama's Florida Body-Double In D.C. For Inauguration

Lynn University student Eric Gooden with a life-sized cut-out of President Obama, days before the Oct. 22nd debate.
Credit Lynn University

Among the throngs of people gathered at the National Mall to watch today's inauguration ceremony is Boca Raton's "President Obama."

That would be Lynn University student Eric Gooden.  Last fall, the 24-year-old senior served as a stand-in for the President during Lynn University's final preparations for the presidential debate in late October.

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Sun Life Stadium
9:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Tax Funds For Dophin Stadium Would Be 'Welfare For Billionaires,' Braman Says

Divided opinions may make Dolphins' stadium renovations a hard sell.
Credit Nathan Rupert (flickr)

South Florida businessman Norman Braman is calling the  proposed plan to renovate Sun Life Stadium with the public dollars "plain welfare for a multi-billionaire."

He contends that Miami Dolphins owner Shephen Ross’ football team is a private asset and should not receive any public money. 

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Social Media
6:26 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Is Facebook Friending Between Judges And Trial Lawyers Improper? Even In 2013?

FB VS. FAIRNESS:The State Supreme Court may decide whether judges can face Facebook friends in court and still be impartial.

If you’re a judge and you’re Facebook friends with a lawyer and that lawyer winds up in your courtroom to try a case, does that mean you have a conflict of interests?

That's what the state appeals court based in West Palm Beach wants the Florida Supreme Court to decide. It's the same court that took Broward County Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel off of a case because, it decided, his Facebook friendship with the prosecutor made it impossible for him to be impartial.

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Post-Newtown
9:35 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Palm Beach Sheriff Wants To Respond To Anonymous 'Suspicious Behavior' Reports

WATCHFUL EYES: The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office says citizen suspicions quickly reported may reduce acts of violence such as the school attack in Newtown.
Credit David Sillitoe/Guardian

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is seeking funding for teams of social workers and deputies who can respond 24/7 to anonymous citizen complaints of suspicious behavior by others.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's second-in-command, Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, announced the program at a community forum on Wednesday. He said early vigilance and quick response might have prevented the school shootings in Newtown. The Palm Beach Post was there:

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Another Tax Payer Funded Stadium?
6:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Why Economists Are Skeptical Of Dolphins' Plan To Renovate Stadium With Tax Dollars

Unlike the Miami Marlins and Miami Heat, Sun Life Stadium is privately owned and does not receive any public money. The proposed bill would change that.
Credit Matt Velazquez (Flickr)

The Miami Dolphins' proposed deal to use state and local tax dollars to renovate Sun Life stadium is getting some big endorsements.

But the  benefits a renovated stadium would bring  the county are questionable, some economists say.

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Your Smart Phone
9:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Midnight Alert Tone Meant Your Smart Phone Had Just Become A Public Facility

SPEADING THE WORD: Amber Alerts the old way, left, and the new smart phone way which relies on software that government ordered installed on all post-2011 phones.
Credit amberalert.gov, Florida Today

Right now, it’s Amber Alerts for missing children and possible emergency messages from the president.

But the fact is -- as many South Floridians found out this weekend -- the government has found a way to co-opt your smart phone for its own purposes.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Miami Dolphins Ask Taxpayers To Go 'Halfsies' On Stadium Facelift

An artist's rendering of a renovated Sun Life Stadium
Credit Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

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