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8:03 am
Fri May 3, 2013

T. Elliot Mansa Earns Street Cred For Miami's Urban Artists

Art that has been coming out of the urban core is often heavy on portraiture – characters, friends, family portrayed in both raw settings and historical and cultural context – especially in painting, especially from African-American artists. The work of Houston’s Robert Pruitt, currently showing at General Audience Presents up in North Miami, is one such example. But Miami has always lacked a strong black artistic infrastructure, and therefore we haven’t seen much significant work coming out of the community (with some notable exceptions). Enter the up-and-coming T.

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Arts
7:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Boys In Ballet

Ballet students during a class at Miami City Ballet School.
Credit Arianna Prothero

If you ask someone to name a valuable commodity, they may say gold, or oil. Ask someone in ballet the same question, and there’s good chance they’ll say boys.

Most ballets have almost equal part male and female roles. But in the U.S., boys who want to do ballet are hard to come by.  

For that reason boys often receive full scholarships to ballet schools and other forms of special treatment in order to attract them to the profession.

Former principal dancer with New York City Ballet Philip Neal was one of those boys.

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Dance
6:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Why Ballet Is A Man's World, Except In Miami

Miami City Ballet Artistic Director rehearses the ballet Apollo during her first series of performances at the head of the company.
Credit Daniel Azoulay

The legendary choreographer George Balanchine once said, “ballet is woman,” and that seems to be the case, considering the scarcity of boys aspiring to become ballet dancers compared to the legions of girls.  But of the girls who grow up to become top dancers, few have actually graduated into the upper levels of leadership.

Ballet’s Glass Ceiling

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Psychology
10:24 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Therapists, Patients Find Stress Relief On Skateboards

Robert Aguilar and Isaac Farin rest after an afternoon of therapy on wheels.
Credit Patricia Sagastume

Move over, Freud. Your couch is being replaced by a piece of wood on wheels.

On the shady slopes of pavement in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, a therapy counseling session is in progress.

Once a week, amid the sprawling canopies of hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests, patients sort through emotions — while pushing on a longboard skateboard.

Donning kneepads and helmet gear, Alex Batista, 47, smiles as he rides silently alongside his therapist.

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Education
7:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition

30-year-old FAU student Alberto Jordat says he's concerned about the rising cost of college tuition in Florida.
Credit A. Jordat

Throughout the 2013 legislative session, we've been posing questions to Tallahassee lawmakers that were raised at a WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall last February.

Among the topics is the rising cost of higher education in Florida.

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Florida Legislature
7:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

It's All About 'Mary' The Auto Reader In Tallahassee

'Mary' was introduced in the House this week. The-auto reader has its own Twitter account with hundreds of followers.
Credit Twitter

Speaker Will Weatherford introduced a new member of the Florida House this week.

“Members, we have an auto-reader. We had it in the closet just in case we ever had to actually read the bills,” Weatherford said amid laughs from the chamber. “It may be a little bit faster than normal.”

Weatherford's communications director announced on Twitter that the auto-reader's name is Mary.

Within an hour of her debut, Mary had her own Twitter handle - @HouseAutoReader. Some of her tweets include “I'm so bored” and “Anybody have a cure for the hiccups?”

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Arts
6:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Key Largo Honors Humphrey Bogart With Film Festival

Credit Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

Here's lookin' at YOU,  Bogie fans.

Starting today, fans of Humphrey Bogart will be flocking to Key Largo for a film festival celebrating one of Hollywood's most beloved tough guys.

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Arts
6:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Baller Mike Piazza Mans Up For His Miami Ballet Debut

Mike Piazza performs the “fish dive” with Miami City Ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado.
Phil Latzman/WLRN

Inside a studio at the Miami City Ballet, dancers rehearse for a performance of the George Balanchine classic, “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

At one side of the room waifish ballerinas warm up while on the other, a burly 12-time major league baseball All-Star waits for his cue.

Mike Piazza makes his ballet debut in a cameo performance for the production on Friday, May 3.

So what does the former Los Angeles Dodger catcher know about George Balanchine?

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Community Contributor
8:45 am
Wed May 1, 2013

A Cancer Patient’s Quest For Purpose And The Pacific Ocean

Menasche: “I understood cancer would take my future as soon as I was diagnosed, but I didn’t understand it would take my past.”
Credit Photo provided

David Menasche is a light packer. Four days of clothes, basic toiletries, a voice recorder, a laptop and a cell phone are all he needs. Oh, and his red-tipped cane, to help him navigate now that he is almost completely blind.

His quest is heavy on purpose and light on itinerary. His goal: to see the Pacific Ocean before his vision is completely lost, and to visit as many of his former students as possible along the way.

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That's So Miami
7:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest

Arlo Haskell, winner of Best Ode to Miami category
Robert Zuckerman

Love or hate Miami, the subject inspired so many beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes even funny verses for our "That's So Miami" project. It was impossible for us to pick the best.  So we asked you to do it!   

Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems: 

Best Ode to Miami Spanglish - Lauren Fernandez, Miami

Exciting and Extravagant.
Guajiros in Bentleys.
Tostones and Champagne.
That’s so Miami.

Best Ode to Miami Food - Cristina Rodriguez, Miami

Thanksgiving in Miami

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That's So Miami
6:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

After A Month Of Poetry, 'That's So Miami' Comes To A Close

Miami, you have exceeded our expectations.

When we asked for poetry, you delivered in droves.  And we didn't even offer an open bar.

The concept behind WLRN and O, Miami Poetry Festival's month-long project, "That's So Miami," was simple enough: Write us a poem that starts or ends with "That's So Miami."

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Education
3:03 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Lawmakers Urge Better Reporting On Treatment Of ESE Students

Sunrise Rep. Katie Edwards sponsored a bill that would have eliminated seclusion rooms in schools and issued guidelines for use of restraint.
Credit Mark Foley/myfloridahouse.gov

With just a few days left of the legislative session, we're working to get as many answers as possible to questions posed during our last WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall meeting in February.

This question comes from Steve Moyer of Cooper City:

"I have a disabled child that attends public school and feel the education provided to most ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students in Broward County as well as other districts is inadequate.

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Journalism
2:26 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Short List Of Journalism Awards Given To WLRN

WLRN staff at the Florida Associated Press Awards ceremony in Orlando on April 27. From left to right: Kenny Malone, Marva Hinton, Laura Coburn, Kaylois Henry and Phil Latzman.
Credit Hannah Sampson

WLRN-Miami Herald News has garnered an impressive array of journalism awards nationally and within the Southeast region recently. We decided to share some of this professional recognition we received from our peers with you, our readers.

Below are some of the highlights from March-April:

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Community Contributor
8:26 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Sandy Hook Made All Schools Feel Unsafe, But Arming Teachers Isn’t The Answer, Mom Says

The Sandy Hook Elementary School memorial in Newtown, Conn.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

 

I will never forget that awful December day. My daughter left to school and I turned on the TV. I stumbled upon something that read “School Shooting.” All I could think was that my little princess was at her school and that this could happen anywhere. As it was getting time to pick her up, I rushed a little more and could not wait to hear her voice and see her smile. As soon as I saw her, I felt an immense sense of relief and peace. Tears kept on coming down my face.

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Sports
10:09 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Florida Senate Approves SunLife Stadium Bill

Voters go to the polls today to decide on renovations to SunLife Stadium that may prove moot by the end of the week.
Credit sunlife.com

Update 10:07 p.m. EST: The Florida Senate approved the Dolphins bill, 36-4. Now the House will get its turn to pass its own version.

Believe it or not, early voting began Monday in Miami-Dade County in a referendum that may NOT be needed by the end of the week.

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