News http://blog.wlrn.org en Gang Violence Pushes Even The Prosperous To Flee Central America http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gang-violence-pushes-even-prosperous-flee-central-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The country is grappling with how to handle the influx of Central American children who have come to the United States over the past few months. And as Central America has become more and more violent, more families have been coming to South Florida too.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last year more than 55,000 families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s almost six times more than the same time period a year ago.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 36331 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gang Violence Pushes Even The Prosperous To Flee Central America FAU Calls On Techies And Entrepreneurs To Improve Cyber Security http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fau-calls-techies-and-entrepreneurs-improve-cyber-security <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Florida Atlantic University has started a collaborative project to bring South Florida tech entrepreneurs' businesses to life.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:11:27 +0000 Julia Duba 36343 at http://blog.wlrn.org FAU Calls On Techies And Entrepreneurs To Improve Cyber Security How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-mosquitoes-helped-bring-world-air-conditioning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer in the South can be unbearable without air conditioning. That’s why folks like Sam Hancock stay busy. He’s tuning up an air conditioner at a home in Tallahassee, and it’s very hot.</span></p><p>“Most days it is. Attics are the worst,” says Hancock, a service technician with Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning. He’s among the more than 300,000 people in the United States employed in the industry.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:46:54 +0000 Gina Jordan 36214 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Mosquitoes Helped Bring The World Air Conditioning Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pollsters-say-medical-marijuana-support-runs-high-most-florida-demographic-groups <p>If the latest poll is believable, nearly nine out of 10 Floridians are prepared to vote "yes" on the medical marijuana Amendment 2 in November.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinnipiac pollsters in Florida surveyed 1,251 registered voters on the medical marijuana question. The result? Overwhelming support: about 88 percent in favor. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters younger than 30 were the most enthusiastic, with 95 percent in favor. Voters older than 65 were the least supportive -- but, even there, the yeses were 83 percent of the total.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:30:03 +0000 Rick Stone 36287 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pollsters Say Medical Marijuana Support Runs High In Most Florida Demographic Groups Cruise Passengers Call For Regulation, Industry Disagrees http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cruise-passengers-call-regulation-industry-disagrees <p>A bill that would lead to better protections for cruise passengers has yet to move forward in Congress.</p><p>Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on cruise passenger safety. The hearing was called by committee chairman and senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia, who sponsored the Cruise Passenger Protection Act.&nbsp;</p><p>At the hearing, lawyer and International Cruise Victims Association board member Philip Gerson testified. He is the legal representative of a 15-year-old victim of rape on a cruise ship.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:03:19 +0000 Carla Javier 36215 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cruise Passengers Call For Regulation, Industry Disagrees Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-circuit-judge-rules-favor-gay-marriage <p>Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed.&nbsp;</p><p>In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."</p><p>Zabel&nbsp;ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed.&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:55:51 +0000 Carla Javier 36181 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage Critical Mass Tonight In Miami and Fort Lauderdale http://blog.wlrn.org/post/critical-mass-tonight-miami-and-fort-lauderdale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's that time of the month again.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, the Critical </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mass swarm&nbsp;of bicycles share the road with cars&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Miami and Fort Lauderdale</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The event usually happens at the end of every month -- to represent the <a href="http://www.themiamibikescene.com/2014/07/friday-july-25th-630pm-ride-starts-at.html">Miami Bike Scene</a>&nbsp;in Miami and to inspire road sharing.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:16 +0000 Selima Hussain 36148 at http://blog.wlrn.org Critical Mass Tonight In Miami and Fort Lauderdale Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-seaquarium-fined-no-barrier-between-trainers-and-killer-whale-0 <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Miami </span>Seaquarium<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:04 +0000 Julia Duba 36149 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-be-discussed-symposium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The impact of sea-level rise on South Florida will be the topic of discussion at the </span><a href="http://www.artmarshall.org/portal/sea-level-rise-symposium#.U9FSmo1dU9U" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Second Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Friday.</span></p><p>Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:57:06 +0000 Nadege Green 36089 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training http://blog.wlrn.org/post/programs-offers-inner-city-youths-professional-field-training <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://urgentinc.org/drupal/?q=content/about-us" target="_blank">FACE</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.</span></p><p>The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:48:09 +0000 Wilson Sayre 36040 at http://blog.wlrn.org Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training 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 Hear From Children Seeking Refuge In Miami From Violence Below The Border http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hear-children-seeking-refuge-miami-violence-below-border <p>As tens of thousands children from Central America have been fleeing for the United States, U.S. society is trying to figure out how to deal with the crisis -- at many different levels.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:59:41 +0000 WLRN Staff & Miami Herald Staff 36057 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hear From Children Seeking Refuge In Miami From Violence Below The Border Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys http://blog.wlrn.org/post/same-sex-couples-still-will-not-marry-keys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.</span></p><p>Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long"> last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry</a>. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Nancy Klingener 36055 at http://blog.wlrn.org Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys First Responders And Safety Advocates Raise Awareness of Child Deaths By Heatstroke In Cars http://blog.wlrn.org/post/first-responders-and-safety-advocates-raise-awareness-child-deaths-heatstroke-cars <p><a href="http://www.ggweather.com/heat/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">According to research at San Francisco State University,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Florida is second in the nation in child deaths from heatstrokes in hot cars.</span></p><p>Reggie McKinnon lives in Cape Coral. He lost his daughter Payton to heatstroke in March 2010 after he left her in his car.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:41:38 +0000 Carla Javier 35985 at http://blog.wlrn.org First Responders And Safety Advocates Raise Awareness of Child Deaths By Heatstroke In Cars Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dueling-appeals-court-decisions-leave-obamacare-subsidies-limbo <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia;">Some<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Obamacare<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>insurance subsidies were struck down by one court but upheld by another during a tumultuous day for the Affordable Care Act. One of&nbsp;the rulings is a direct threat to the tax credits that have recently helped thousands of Floridians buy health insurance.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:13 +0000 Rick Stone 35978 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo