community contributor http://blog.wlrn.org en Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-dcf-admin-system-suffers-overload-and-underfunding <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><i style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Join the Miami Herald and&nbsp;WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News for a town hall on how to fix the child welfare system at 6 p.m. Thursday, April&nbsp;17&nbsp;at the Doral headquarters of the Herald.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2014/innocents-lost/town-hall/index.html" target="_blank">Learn more at MiamiHerald.com.</a></strong></i></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:18:39 +0000 Jack Moss 30858 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding Study: Interrogations Can Lead To False Confessions By Juveniles http://blog.wlrn.org/post/study-interrogations-can-lead-false-confessions-juveniles <p></p><p>Juveniles may be particularly vulnerable to falsely admitting guilt, according to a study led by <a href="http://www.fiu.edu/">Florida International University </a>psychologist <a href="http://psychology.fiu.edu/faculty/lindsay-malloy/">Lindsay C. Malloy</a>.</p><p>The findings were published recently in the American Psychological Association’s journal <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2013-35907-001/"><em>Law and Human Behavior</em></a>.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:22:47 +0000 Ayleen Barbel Fattal 22624 at http://blog.wlrn.org Study: Interrogations Can Lead To False Confessions By Juveniles Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project http://blog.wlrn.org/post/become-online-citizen-scientist-through-um-plankton-project <p><em>Planktonportal</em> is a new online citizen science project to engage the public’s help in identifying planktonic creature images collected by an underwater robotic camera.</p><p>Plankton is the basis of our ocean ecosystem. No plankton, no life in the ocean. By understanding the mechanisms underlying plankton distribution both locally and globally, we can better assess the health of the ocean and better manage this precious environment. And now we can all do it together!</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Cedric Guigand 22463 at http://blog.wlrn.org Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project The Miami Job Fest: Solving Talent Retention Slowly But Surely http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-job-fest-solving-talent-retention-slowly-surely <p>Talent retention is a hot topic.</p><p>It seems like every group and organization in South Florida is working on a formula to reverse the ‘brain drain’, stop the ‘intellectual exodus’ or prevent the ‘mind migration’. With solutions that range from online resources and job boards to skills-based training and data collection on Miami’s talent pool, there is no deficiency of great ideas.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:39:21 +0000 Danny LaFuente 20313 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Miami Job Fest: Solving Talent Retention Slowly But Surely Opinion: Sex Offense Recidivism Is Rare, Shouldn't Determine Policy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/opinion-sex-offense-recidivism-rare-shouldnt-determine-policy <p><em>Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post. &nbsp;The views expressed here are those of the author and not&nbsp;WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News. &nbsp;</em></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jill Levenson 20037 at http://blog.wlrn.org Opinion: Sex Offense Recidivism Is Rare, Shouldn't Determine Policy Alternative Theater Festival Includes 'Glengarry' Revival, Thanks To Facebook http://blog.wlrn.org/post/alternative-theater-festival-includes-glengarry-revival-thanks-facebook <p>It all started with a Facebook post.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:49:34 +0000 Silvia Rodriguez 17839 at http://blog.wlrn.org Alternative Theater Festival Includes 'Glengarry' Revival, Thanks To Facebook Is the Millennial Generation Selfish or Selfless? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/millennial-generation-selfish-or-selfless <p></p><p>Gabriella Nuňez graduated near the top of her high school class. Her resume rivals that of many college graduates.&nbsp; She juggled rigorous courses with part-time work, a myriad of extracurricular activities and a thousand hours of community service.&nbsp; She held various leadership positions ranging from class president to design editor of her newspaper and she began her college career this summer with over 24 college credits under her belt.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:44:36 +0000 Neyda Borges 17890 at http://blog.wlrn.org Is the Millennial Generation Selfish or Selfless? Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-s-school-grading-system-remains-flawed-parent-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:35:31 +0000 Carolina Garcia 17117 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-no-goodbyes-cuba-exile-makes-miami-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I arrived in Miami in the early </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I never could imagine that I would end up calling this city home.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We came to Miami after a short stay in Spain. I came with my parents, Isabel and Ramon Santos, and my younger sister, Ana. Like many young children, we were excited about moving into a new place, learning a new language and making new friends.</span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:41:31 +0000 Gemma Santos 17087 at http://blog.wlrn.org After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cyberbullying-law-gives-educators-power-intervene-outside-school <p>Gabrielle Molina was a seventh grader in Queens, New York.&nbsp; Her friends and parents say that she was smart.&nbsp; She was ambitious and loved science. Her father said that she wanted to join the U.S. Air Force and then study law.</p><p>On May 23&nbsp;her 15 year-old sister forced open their bedroom door and found her lifeless.&nbsp; Gaby hung herself.&nbsp; She was 12.&nbsp; In her suicide note she apologized to her family and said that she was bullied.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 17200 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cyberbullying Law Gives Educators Power To Intervene Outside Of School Rising To Environmental Challenges In America’s Sinking Cities http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rising-environmental-challenges-america-s-sinking-cities <p></p><p>As an undergrad at Louisiana State University, I learned quickly what it means to live in a swamp. I left our college newsroom after an all-nighter working a tropical storm and found my car parked behind Tiger Stadium — filled to the stickshift with murky brown water.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rebekah Monson 16937 at http://blog.wlrn.org Rising To Environmental Challenges In America’s Sinking Cities Miami Proves To Be "The Place" For Family Of Contractors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-proves-be-place-family-contractors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1955, a 21-year-old Swiss woman, </span>Margrith<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lübke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, traveled to North America to satisfy a childhood fantasy of living and working in New York City.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She loved the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">glamor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and enjoyed every moment.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a few months in the Big Apple, however, a fateful turn of events led her to Nassau. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Caroline Allen 16935 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Proves To Be "The Place" For Family Of Contractors Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later http://blog.wlrn.org/post/given-two-years-live-teacher-continues-fight-seven-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We all piled into the school gym wearing our new, originally designed t-shirts, made in our school colors, teal and white. The sound system was on, the bleachers were down and the photographer was set up and snapping away.</span></p><p>Only, this was not an average pep rally. This one was special. This one was for Ms. Susi. Jennie Susi has stage four ovarian cancer.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:35:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 16337 at http://blog.wlrn.org Given Two Years To Live, Teacher Continues to Fight Seven Years Later South Florida High Cost Of Living Outpaces Incomes, Realtor Says http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-high-cost-living-outpaces-incomes-realtor-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I resigned a position in November 2012. The income was decent, but the position I resigned was 42 miles north in Broward County. Gas and tolls cost about $600 per month. While the pay was a very good income seven years ago, a lack of raises meant it was no longer adequate. In the past few years we have seen drastic increases in home insurance cost, gas, health insurance, food, and electricity. Yet income levels have not increased to keep pace with the expenses.</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:24:00 +0000 Winnie Smith 16226 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida High Cost Of Living Outpaces Incomes, Realtor Says Lives In Limbo: Lesbian Couple Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lives-limbo-lesbian-couple-awaits-supreme-court-ruling-gay-marriage <p><strong>Update, June 26:</strong> <em>This post was originally published back in April of this year but we decided to rerun it in light of today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.</em></p><p>Last summer, my father-in-law entered the hospital in Germany. My wife, Lu Mueller-Kaul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, desperately wanted to be with him. But she was in this country on a complicated visa that forbids her from returning if she leaves. She stayed as her father suffered, cursing the unfair system.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:27:33 +0000 Deb Ofsowitz 11846 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lives In Limbo: Lesbian Couple Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage