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11:36 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Check Out The Miami Bars Planting Gardens To Make You A Better Cocktail

The vertical garden wall at Blackbird Ordinary was installed and planted by Urban GreenWorks.
Credit Blackbird Ordinary

Who's growing cocktails in their gardens? In a manner of speaking, Blackbird Ordinary and Broken Shaker are. The two Miami-Dade bars are growing plants they use to make simple syrups, infusions and garnishes. You can also grow your own "cocktail garden." Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, visits Books & Books this Friday, and she'll be giving gardening tips.

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Community Contributor
10:32 am
Thu April 11, 2013

'Medical Marijuana' Contradicts A Physician's Do-No-Harm Mantra, Doctor Says

Pot can't be classified as a drug, says Dr. David A. Gross.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

A patient, we’ll call him John, called my office several years ago, frantic over the behavior of his son Aaron. “My son thinks there are helicopters circling our home, following his movements,” he said.

At my office the next day, dad was frantic. Aaron, who appeared disheveled and preoccupied, presented his experiences in a matter-of-fact style. He was certain some authority had singled him out to be placed under surveillance. He had no insight into the psychotic nature of his thinking.

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That's So Miami
8:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

La Carreta, Tremendo Slideshow And Banyan Trees: The Best Of That's So Miami

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Here we go again!  Check out some of our favorite #ThatsSoMiami poems from the last couple of days. Like what you see? Check out our Tumblr page, where we collect your submissions and post them for your viewing (laugh out loud) pleasure. Click here to make your submission.

(Maryan Firpo)

Here’s the thing about Miami—

There’s an ancient monastery

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Sea Turtles Are Nesting In South Florida
7:02 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins: Here's How To See Them In Action

Sea turtle nesting season is in full swing in South Florida. Hatchlings, like this green sea turtle, will start appearing later this summer.
Credit USFWS/Southeast / Flickr Creative Commons

Sea turtle nesting season is off and crawling this year with the first reported sea turtle nest in Boca Raton. The nest, made by a leatherback turtle, was recorded on Sunday morning in South Beach Park by Marine Turtle Specialists with the Boca Raton Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program based out of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Hey, Everybody! Florida Is Looking At A Budget Surplus Next Year

Tax revenues are up, enabling Florida lawmakers to spend $4 billion more than last year.
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Florida lawmakers are doing something they haven't done in years: adding money to state programs.

The recession sent the state into multi-billion-dollar budget shortfalls that led to big cuts in education and state government payrolls.

But this year, lawmakers have money to play with. Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a budget of more than $74 billion for the fiscal year that starts in July. That's about a $4-billion increase in spending over the current year.

So where did the extra money come from?

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Film
7:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Don't Miss The Stanley Kubrick Retrospective In Wynwood This Week

This haunting scene is from The Shining, a classic film by Stanley Kubrick.
Credit Warner Brothers

The work of the iconclastic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is part of a retrospective this week at O Cinema in Wynwood.

South Florida native Rodney Ascher directed Room 237, a new documentary exploring the many interpretations of Kubrick's The Shining. Both films will be shown at O Cinema this week. 

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Youth Theater
5:02 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Read About This Innovative High School Program If You Dream About A Career In Theater

High school students perform in a high-pressure, but supportive, environment at The Youth Artists' Chair at Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Credit Courtesy photo / Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Sure, logging a stint with South Florida's largest theater company's rigorous high school mentorship program looks good on a college application. But the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Youth Artists' Chair is about much more than beefing up a resume. 

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Norman Van Aken's Word On Food
3:43 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Caldo Gallego: White Bean Soup From Spain Is A Taste Of Key West

Caldo Gallego is a white bean soup made with pork, potatoes, collard greens, boniato and garlic.

It may surprise some of you but I used to be quite shy when it came to going into restaurants and trying dishes and ingredients I had not known growing up, (as I had) in a small town in Northern Illinois. Now I am known for being “all in” when it comes to that… but we all have our ‘earlier selves’...don’t we?

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Venezuelan Election
3:30 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Campaign Heats Up Ahead Of Sunday's Vote To Replace Hugo Chavez

A Venezuelan flag flutters in the wind. On Sunday, South Floridians pick a successor to Hugo Chavez.
Credit Guillermo Esteves

This Sunday, Venezuelans return to the polls for yet another presidential election.

This vote is to replace the late Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last month after winning re-election in October.

Interim president Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's former vice president, has tried to embody his former boss as he runs for the permanent job. The man who was defeated in the fall -- Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles -- is waging a more aggressive campaign.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Deal Close; Rubio's Role In Immigration Reform Grows

Dolphins rendering of proposed $400-million renovation of Sun Life Stadium
Credit www.miamidolphins.com

Marathon talks between the Miami Dolphins and Miami Dade County officials appear to have delivered a tentative deal.

In the agreement, the Dolphins would receive $7.5 million a year in hotel sales taxes to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The deal also stipulates that the Dolphins repay the county between $110 million and $120 million over the next 30 years. The team would face huge penalties if it fails to bring high-profile sporting events to the stadium, including four Super Bowls and four college football championship games.

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Just Like That, Kaboom! Adds Three New Playgrounds In Miami

Kaboom! plans to build 150 playgrounds this year.

For the third Saturday in a row an under-utilized patch of land in South Florida was transformed.

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Seminole Tribe Photo Exhibition
7:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Rediscovered Photographs From 1910 Offer A Glimpse Of Seminole Life In The Everglades

Photos from the Julian Dimock collection will be on exhibition through the end of the year.
Credit Julian Dimock Collection / American Museum of Natural History

Throughout the month, WLRN will celebrate the Everglades in audio, visual, and written form. On Sunday, Florida's singular River of Grass got a national shout-out when the weekend edition of NPR's "All Things Considered" profiled an exhibition of recently "rediscovered" photographs of Seminole subjects living in the Everglades in 1910.

In her introduction to the story, host Jacki Lyden spoke of her annual spring pilgrimage to the Everglades: "There's nothing quite as evocative as the Florida of mangrove swamps and inhospitable terrain that you will find in the Seminole territories..."

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News
7:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Silence Isn't An Option For Miami's Holocaust Survivors

Credit Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Isaac Klein is standing arm-in-arm with his wife at the edge of three small steps. They lead down to a pond that surrounds Kenneth Treiester’s famous Sculpture of Love and Anguish.  

Klein shared his personal account of tragedy at the hands of the Nazis.  “I will tell you a little story, a sad story about myself,” he said. “I am a holocaust survivor and one of the twins of Dr. Joseph Mengele.”

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Arts
3:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Poetry In Motion: A Chat With O, Miami's P. Scott Cunningham

P. Scott Cunningham at O, Miami 2011
Credit Robby Campbell / From the NEA website

P. Scott Cunningham is the founder of O, Miami, a biennial poetry festival in Miami organized by the University of Wynwood and with support from the Miami-based Knight Foundation. The festival is happening this month.

WLRN: Tell us a little bit about yourself. The real P. Scott Cunningham. 

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unlike Most States, Florida Forbids Nurse Practitioners From Prescribing Some Drugs

Florida law restricts nurse practitioners from prescribing all kinds of medicine.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Once upon a time, nurses were not allowed to take blood pressure – only the doctor could do that. Times change.

  But they haven’t changed enough. For 19 years, nurse practitioners in Florida have tried to get the right to practice to the full extent of our education and capability, which includes prescribing scheduled substances. So far, our efforts have been fruitless.

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