Patricia Sagastume http://blog.wlrn.org en By Sculpting Through His Grief, Local Artist Finds Spotlight http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sculpting-through-his-grief-local-artist-finds-spotlight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charles Soto started tattooing four years ago, after his mother died following a long illness.</span></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:59:45 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 24526 at http://blog.wlrn.org By Sculpting Through His Grief, Local Artist Finds Spotlight Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise http://blog.wlrn.org/post/outdated-miami-canals-too-weak-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s been more than half a century since flood-control structures such as dams and canals were constructed throughout Florida. Now, with the impact of sea-level rise on the horizon, many of these structures are becoming fragile barriers to keep floodwaters and tidal surge safely away.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:24:37 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 23657 at http://blog.wlrn.org Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise Discovering Guava Cake Specialities In The Everglades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/discovering-guava-cake-specialities-everglades <p></p><p>Just like Key Lime pie is an iconic dessert from the Florida Keys, some locals claim the guava cake, or some form of it, is a mainstay Everglades favorite.</p><p>The name &quot;guava&quot; is derived from the Greek word meaning &quot;edible fruit.&quot;</p><p>But despite its gastronomical attributes, many people would be surprised to learn that the common guava is officially listed as an invasive species.</p><p>Reporter Patricia Sagastume traveled to edge of the Everglades to see how one town is not likely to condemn this tasty fruit.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:57:29 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 22234 at http://blog.wlrn.org Discovering Guava Cake Specialities In The Everglades Why Stone Crabbers Are Praying For A Better Season http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-stone-crabbers-are-praying-better-season <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">All summer, stone crab crews have been mending their traps and preparing their boats -- waiting for the start of the stone crab season.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">With the opening of the season starting Oct. 15, the economic future of the industry will hinge on how bountiful the catch is for Monroe, Lee and Collier counties.</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:56:02 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 21525 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Stone Crabbers Are Praying For A Better Season North Miami Beach Supports Voting Rights for Felons http://blog.wlrn.org/post/north-miami-beach-supports-voting-rights-felons <p></p><p></p><p>Florida has some of the strictest laws concerning a felon&rsquo;s right to vote. They must apply for executive clemency after a five- or seven-year waiting period. And that&rsquo;s only if they are deemed eligible.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:05:10 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 21537 at http://blog.wlrn.org North Miami Beach Supports Voting Rights for Felons How One Woman Lives At Sea: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-one-woman-lives-sea-inside-life-florida-keys-lobster-catcher <p>It’s past sunset as 28-year old Captain Kelly Nichols Bourne and her crew return from a day of hauling lobsters traps. When she joined her father’s business a decade ago, she was the youngest female commercial captain in the Keys. She still is. Now she and her father drop about 7,600 lobster and 8,000 crab traps from the Gulf to the Atlantic.</p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 3395 at http://blog.wlrn.org How One Woman Lives At Sea: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher Veterans Build New Army Of Divers In Shark-Infested Waters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/veterans-build-new-army-divers-shark-infested-waters <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21pt;">Once a warrior always a warrior.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:07:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 18287 at http://blog.wlrn.org Veterans Build New Army Of Divers In Shark-Infested Waters Why Invasive Lionfish Are So Hard To Eradicate From South Florida Waters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-invasive-lionfish-are-so-hard-eradicate-south-florida-waters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A team of scientists from &nbsp;around the country recently spent two days off the coast of South Florida to investigate the explosion of </span>lionfish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>What they found was shocking. Why?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Because there’s a war going on a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd the indomitable </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">l</span>ionfish<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are winning.</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:13:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 16695 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Invasive Lionfish Are So Hard To Eradicate From South Florida Waters Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gay-hialeah-cop-captures-struggle-equality-through-short-film <p>Floridians in same-sex marriages &nbsp;and&nbsp;elsewhere hope to be indebted to Edith Windsor. She is the 84-year-old widow whose U.S. Supreme Court victory garnered equal federal rights for gay marriages this week.</p><p>Windsor nursed her ailing wife, Thea Spyer, until Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. Until recently gays and lesbians &nbsp;Florida often have not had the opportunity to provide loved ones that kind of care if family or hospital staff objected.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:14:18 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 16508 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film How Igor The Amazonian Pacu Fish Found A Place Called Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-igor-amazonian-pacu-fish-found-place-called-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the piranha- infested waters of the Amazon, a baby Black </span>Pacu<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the vegetarian cousin of the flesh-eating fish survives capture.&nbsp; If it had nine lives, its next one was in a tropical aquarium in a Boca Raton seafood restaurant.</span></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:38:21 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 16111 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Igor The Amazonian Pacu Fish Found A Place Called Home Therapists, Patients Find Stress Relief On Skateboards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/therapists-patients-find-stress-relief-skateboards-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">Move over, Freud. Your couch is being replaced by a piece of wood on wheels.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">On the shady slopes of pavement in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, a therapy counseling session is in progress.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:24:29 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 13394 at http://blog.wlrn.org Therapists, Patients Find Stress Relief On Skateboards Where To Hear Live Music: More Than 40 Bands Play Grassroots Festival At Key Biscayne http://blog.wlrn.org/post/where-hear-live-music-more-40-bands-play-grassroots-festival-key-biscayne <p></p><p>This weekend, music lovers have a special treat with the&nbsp;second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at Key Biscayne. This four-day event of live music, &nbsp;includes camping, a sustainability fair, along with great food, meditation and yoga.</p><p>Reporter Patricia&nbsp;Sagastume&nbsp;tells us why the event is coming back despite last year’s rough start:</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:08:19 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 9759 at http://blog.wlrn.org Where To Hear Live Music: More Than 40 Bands Play Grassroots Festival At Key Biscayne How Organics And Imports Are Impacting Florida's Once-Dominant Tomato Market http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-organics-and-imports-are-impacting-floridas-once-dominant-tomato-market <p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 9174 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Organics And Imports Are Impacting Florida's Once-Dominant Tomato Market How Baby Quails Are Helping Baby Humans Before Returning To The Wild http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-baby-quails-are-helping-baby-humans-returning-wild <p></p><p></p><p>One day more than seven years ago, Debbie Brunson &nbsp;woke up to an unfamiliar sound. She and her husband were camping on their land in the Redlands farming area. The sound she heard was that of an adult male Bob White quail.</p><p>It shocked her because she hadn't heard that bird call for over a decade.</p><p>"In Florida, there use to be quail everywhere. &nbsp;But because of farming and pesticides and buildings,&nbsp; they’ve disappeared," Brunson said.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 7224 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Baby Quails Are Helping Baby Humans Before Returning To The Wild A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti http://blog.wlrn.org/post/poetic-journey-after-quake-hivaids-haiti <p></p><p></p><p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">But from the ruins came&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px;">Voices of Haiti -- </em>an odyssey in verse that&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px;">grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 6511 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti