Arianna Prothero http://blog.wlrn.org en How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-gay-marriage-advocates-plan-win-court-public-opinion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.”&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30743 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach http://blog.wlrn.org/post/planners-reveal-pricetag-light-rail-miami-beach <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.</span></p><p>The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.</p><p>Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:08:43 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30254 at http://blog.wlrn.org Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach You're Invited To Brainstorm The Future Of The Coconut Grove Playhouse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/youre-invited-brainstorm-future-coconut-grove-playhouse <p></p><p>Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/01/4032899/ideas-wanted-for-coconut-grove.html" target="_blank">wrote for the Miami Herald</a> that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:34:08 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30178 at http://blog.wlrn.org You're Invited To Brainstorm The Future Of The Coconut Grove Playhouse How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like </span>old-timey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:13:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30130 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods http://blog.wlrn.org/post/west-grove-trolley-garage-unearths-vulnerabilities-low-income-neighborhoods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation" target="_blank">including a civil-rights investigation</a>, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:35:35 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30056 at http://blog.wlrn.org West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods It’s That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets http://blog.wlrn.org/post/it-s-time-again-thousands-critical-mass-cyclists-take-streets <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29879 at http://blog.wlrn.org It’s That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets Shunned By Miami-Dade, Uber Looks For Alliances Elsewhere http://blog.wlrn.org/post/shunned-miami-dade-uber-looks-alliances-elsewhere <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Marco Rubio, as well as several Florida state representatives, are trying to clear the road for a popular smartphone app called&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank">Uber</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to operate in Miami-Dade.&nbsp;The app, which allows people to hire a town car and driver through a few taps of their phone, has been meeting fierce resistance from the county’s taxi companies.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:45:24 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29825 at http://blog.wlrn.org Shunned By Miami-Dade, Uber Looks For Alliances Elsewhere Jazz In The Gardens Fest Mostly R&B, Hip-Hop -- But For A Reason http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jazz-gardens-fest-mostly-rb-hip-hop-reason <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida’s Jazz in the Gardens festival kicks off this weekend at </span>SunLife<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Stadium. Now in its ninth&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">year, the festival has a line-up of mostly&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">funk, hip-hop, and R&amp;B artists. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the event is hardly about jazz and not in a garden.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29177 at http://blog.wlrn.org Jazz In The Gardens Fest Mostly R&B, Hip-Hop -- But For A Reason ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples http://blog.wlrn.org/post/aclu-sues-florida-rights-married-same-sex-couples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new lawsuit challenging part of Florida’s ban on gay marriage has been filed in a federal district court in Tallahassee.<br /><br />The ACLU of Florida is representing 8 same-sex couples who say their U.S. constitutional rights are being violated because Florida doesn’t recognize their out-of-state marriages. The lawsuit names Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and two other state officials as defendants.<br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:44:01 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29171 at http://blog.wlrn.org ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples See Historic South Florida Through The Lenses Of Miami Herald Photographers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/see-historic-south-florida-through-lenses-miami-herald-photographers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Herald has been documenting life in South Florida through pictures for a long time now -- the paper's photo archives go back to well into the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">19</span>40s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The archives, which includes millions of photos, were just digitized last year. Now the paper is sharing those old photos with the public through a new website called <strong><a href="http://flashbackmiami.com/" target="_blank">Flashback Miami</a></strong>.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:22:28 +0000 Arianna Prothero 28265 at http://blog.wlrn.org See Historic South Florida Through The Lenses Of Miami Herald Photographers Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing http://blog.wlrn.org/post/once-near-closure-fortunes-old-seven-mile-bridge-are-changing <p></p><p>The prospects for the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys have turned 180 degrees in the past several weeks. The historic bridge and popular walking spot once in danger of being shut down is now close to receiving more than $77 million for repairs and 30 years' worth of upkeep.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:21:49 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26811 at http://blog.wlrn.org Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six couples from South Florida are legally <a href="http://eqfl.org/pressprep" target="_blank">challenging the state's ban</a> on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.</p><p>Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26750 at http://blog.wlrn.org Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida More Mormons? Time For A Temple http://blog.wlrn.org/post/more-mormons-time-temple <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first Mormon temple in South Florida is scheduled to open this spring in Davie to serve the region’s growing Mormon population.</span></p><p>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ membership in South Florida has almost doubled in the last six years, to around 25,000, according to church officials.</p><p>All those Mormons have had to go to Orlando or farther to hold important religious ceremonies, like marriage, performed in a temple.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:58:53 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26714 at http://blog.wlrn.org More Mormons? Time For A Temple Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/keys-lawmaker-takes-lobster-mobsters <p></p><p>It’s illegal to take lobsters out of season or out of traps that don’t belong to you. But Keys State Representative Holly Raschein (R-Monroe County) says the issue is that the penalty for stealing three lobsters is the same as stealing 300.</p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-one-woman-lives-sea-inside-life-florida-keys-lobster-catcher" target="_blank"><strong>RELATED: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher&nbsp;</strong></a></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:44 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26464 at http://blog.wlrn.org Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters 'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/four-seasons-remix-henry-flaglers-gilded-age-mansion <p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:55:36 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26212 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion