Kelley Mitchell http://blog.wlrn.org en Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting http://blog.wlrn.org/post/taxpayers-saddled-miami-dade-police-settlement-botched-sting <p>Miami-Dade County taxpayers are most likely on the hook for settlement payments in a county police sting operation where three alleged home invasion robbers were killed, along with the confidential police informant working with the department.</p><p>It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and <a href="http://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/County-Agrees-to-Pay-600k-for-Deaths-in-Botched-Miami-Dade-Police-Sting-267103161.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_MIBrand" target="_blank">NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation</a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:33 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 35989 at http://blog.wlrn.org Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/remember-proposed-city-center-pembroke-pines <p>City Center was supposed to be the start of a new way of life for residents of Pembroke Pines.</p><p>A downtown of sorts with shopping, restaurants and even a new civic center. A way to reign in the urban sprawl that defines so much of West Broward and make it feel more like a cohesive community.</p><p>Also, maybe a bit of a money-maker for the city.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:46:45 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 35145 at http://blog.wlrn.org Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines? How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miami-wants-revitalize-downtown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine sipping an iced cappuccino on Flagler Street beneath a lush shade tree, next to the very road that really kicked off Miami.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Or meandering through a long, lazy park inserted in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the InterContinental Miami Hotel and Resort.</span></p><p>Not possible, you say?</p><p>Quite possible, says Javier Betancourt, the Deputy Directory of the <a href="http://www.miamidda.com/">Miami Downtown Deve<span style="line-height: 1.5;">lopment&nbsp;Authority.</span></a></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:40:12 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 32427 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown Miami Honors NPR Host Michel Martin http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-honors-npr-host-michel-martin <p>Don't be surprised if you see <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/5201175/michel-martin">Michel Martin</a> tearing up a bit on Thursday, May 8, when she visits Miami to receive this year's Hank Meyer Headliner Award -- even she's worried about crying a little.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:59:25 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 31841 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Honors NPR Host Michel Martin Why Rep. Katie Edwards Supports Medical Marjiuana http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-rep-katie-edwards-supports-medical-marjiuana <p>Before there was a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Florida on this coming November ballot, there was West Broward Representative Katie Edwards.</p><p>She represents parts of Davie, Plantation and Sunrise.</p><p>A democrat from District 98 with a background in agriculture and applied economics -- along with a law degree -- Edwards first made a legislative effort to address the possibility of medical marijuana in 2013.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:21:01 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 31015 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Rep. Katie Edwards Supports Medical Marjiuana Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE http://blog.wlrn.org/post/meet-new-leader-gay-advocacy-group-save <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the largest advocacy group for gay rights in South Florida and it's once again known as SAVE -- Safeguarding American Values for Everyone.</span></p><p>Twenty-one years ago, SAVE was originally&nbsp;known as SAVE &nbsp;-- and then it morphed into&nbsp;SAVE Dade.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 22px; margin-left: 0px; ">It was started&nbsp;in 1993 by a small group of people who decided to fight against Anita Bryant’s anti-gay "Save our Children" campaign.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:58:34 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30519 at http://blog.wlrn.org Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month http://blog.wlrn.org/post/teens-can-find-time-rhyme-during-national-poetry-month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James </span>Lachterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:21:36 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30188 at http://blog.wlrn.org Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month Why An Orlando Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-orlando-attorney-supports-medical-marijuana <p>On Nov.&nbsp;4, state voters will decide whether to make medical marijuana legal.</p><p>The proposed constitutional amendment got enough petition signatures to make it onto the ballot and it also survived a Florida Supreme Court challenge by state Attorney General Pam Bondi.</p><p>John Morgan is an Orlando-based personal injury attorney who spearheaded the drive under the "United&nbsp;For Care" campaign.</p><p>Here he talks about what led him to the decision to start the effort to legalize medical marijuana.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:32:15 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 28794 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why An Orlando Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-and-cuba-florida-ready-embargo-reversal <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does Charlie know that we don’t know?</span></p><p>Charlie Crist, Florida’s ex-Republican governor and now its leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, assumed a real political risk this month: He called on Washington to lift the 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba.</p><p>In an interview with WLRN, Crist insisted his changed stance is a matter of common sense.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:15:25 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Tim Padgett 28066 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal? How The Beatles Stole Miami's Heart (And Vice Versa) http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-beatles-stole-miamis-heart-and-vice-versa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suffice it to say, almost everyone tries to score a trip to South Florida in February.</span></p><div><p>And, in February of 1964, that was true of the band almost everyone wanted to see: The Beatles.</p><p>Trade Liverpool for the swimming pool -- that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo did.</p><p>Fresh off their record-setting performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made one more stop in Washington, D.C. for their first public U.S. concert.</p><p>But Sullivan the showman knew what he had. And he wasn't letting it go so quick.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:11:27 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 27902 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Beatles Stole Miami's Heart (And Vice Versa) Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-curtain-rise-again-coconut-grove-playhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You didn’t even have to live in South Florida to know about the Coconut Grove Playhouse.</span></p><p>It began life as a movie theater – the Player’s State Theater.</p><p>And when it opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1927, it was part of the Paramount chain.</p><p>Designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, it came back in a time when theaters were meant to be as grand as the productions they would show.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:53:27 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 27553 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse? How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-mia-spots-human-traffickers-and-their-victims <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012.</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:26:27 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 27175 at http://blog.wlrn.org How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-fight-gay-marriage-florida-began <p>This week’s (Jan. 21<sup>)</sup>announcement that <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida" target="_blank">six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage</a></strong> has its roots in the 2008 election.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.</span></p><p>That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:48:51 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 26822 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken http://blog.wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-poem-not-taken <p>Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.</p><p>He could only have one guest.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.</span></p><p>“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”</p><p>So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:50:26 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 24991 at http://blog.wlrn.org Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mayor-gimenezs-veto-prevails-county-worker-pay-dispute <p>The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.<br /><br />That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.<br /><br />Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:46:01 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Rick Stone 25285 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute