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8:41 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler Covers The World Of Dance, In Eight Minutes Or Less

Niura Marquez/Nu Flamenco Collaborative’s “La Nina de mis Ojos.”

The Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler was a mixed bag of performances that introduced audiences to contemporary dance, ballet, new flamenco and traditional African dance forms. The performances, billed as six- to eight-minute samplers, highlighted the scope of dance talent that exists in Miami. Produced by Dance NOW! Miami and Miami Dance Futures, the goal of the sampler is to give local talent exposure and to expose audiences to dance forms that they wouldn’t normally seek out.

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That's So Miami
2:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem

Credit @ilianaarrazola on Instagram

All month long, WLRN and our partners at O, Miami Poetry Festival have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down we have decided to put the best of these poems up for vote.

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News
7:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

How Urban Explorers Record History South Florida Forgot

Aerojet Missle Silo (not to be confused with Nike Missile Silo, this facility is outside of the Everglades and not open to visitors)
Credit abandonedmuse.com

Built in 1964 as part of the Cold War response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nike Missile Silo was abandoned in 1979, but the former complex remains eerily intact within the southern portion of Everglades National Park. It is a reminder of a time when South Florida was a focal point of international politics, and it's also one the region's more famous abandoned sites.

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Rollercoasters
6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: A Musical Ode To A Roller Coaster

The Dania Beach Hurricane, on the side of I-95, opened in 2000 and stopped running in 2011.
Credit Kenny Malone

The Dania Beach Hurricane was the largest wooden roller coaster in Florida. Depending on your definition of "is" and "roller coaster," it might still hold that title. The ride shut down in April 2011, but the monstrous jungle of lumber still looms over I-95. The track is still there. The trains are still there. The Hurricane just doesn't run anymore.

And now the coaster's owners are trying to give the entire thing away to charity. But, no surprise, that's proving difficult. (You can listen to that story above.)

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Earth Day
1:53 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Al Gore: How Six Trends Will Impact Florida, The World

Al Gore
Credit twitter.com/algore

Today is Earth Day. 

And here in low-lying, hurricane prone Florida, the day has special meaning.

Sea-level rise is no longer something so incremental that we don't notice.

It's real and visible, and planning for a future of rising oceans has become a top priority for local towns, cities and counties across the state.

For some perspective, WLRN turned to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who has become one of world's foremost thinkers on the consequences of global warming and climate change.

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Miami Dish
11:13 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day At The Restaurant: Miami Chefs Weigh In On How Pro Kitchens Can Go Green

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As today is Earth Day, a few Miami chefs chimed in on how they try to reduce waste or recycle at their restaurants.

Jen Chaefsky, owner and general manager of Macchialina:

“Our water glasses are made out of recycled wine bottles. It’s something small, but every little bit helps; plus it’s a cool element that guests love to learn about.”

Sam Gorenstein, chef and owner of My Ceviche:

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Community Contributor
8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe

Retired teacher Evelyn Stahl says arming teachers will help prevent school shootings.
Credit Photo provided

When a mentally ill person entered a Connecticut school and slaughtered children and teachers, it was the last straw for some people. In this ultra liberal, politically correct climate in which we find ourselves today, the immediate outcry was to ban this and ban that. The very thought that teachers should not have the right to defend themselves and their pupils is laughable.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Key West's Banana Bread Man Made The 'Man's Bread' Popular

There was a real man in Key West who used to sell his homemade banana bread out of his bicycle nightly at the famous sunset celebration on Mallory Docks. I never saw him leave there with any bread leftover. Down in the Caribbean Banana Bread is considered a “man’s bread”. Perhaps the reasons are related to anatomy or maybe it’s the hefty dose of rhum included in the recipe.

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That's So Miami
7:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

That's So Miami: Submit Your Poem, Win A 'Staycation'

Miami is called the Magic City for a reason.
Credit @gretamuna

We live in one of the best cities, proven by the fact that millions of people vacation here every year. But even in paradise, we get caught up in our daily routines. We let weeks or even months go by without heading to the beach, closing our eyes and enjoying the sounds, aromas and tastes that make our home such a worldwide draw.

We're here to help.

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Music
5:24 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Peace, Love And Sweat At Miami's Sweatstock Music Fest

Miami's 4th Annual Sweatstock music festival kicks off on Saturday at 9 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 2 a.m. Admission is free.

Miami's eclectic community of artists, local musicians, singers and fans will converge at Sweat Records and Churchill’s Pub on Saturday, April 20, for the 4th annual Sweatstock -- an 18-hour block party of live bands, up and coming DJs, coffee, ticket raffles and Crossfit competition. 

Stages will be set up outside of the two venues.

The Sweat Street Stage will feature local music favorites like Awesome New Republic and Beatmachines.

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Earth Day
3:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Student Eco Film Comes Full Circle Via Miami Nature Center

Bertha Vazquez

“When you contaminate the water, you contaminate yourself,” explains science teacher Bertha Vazquez to her students at Miami’s George Washington Carver Middle School. “You’re part of an ecosystem.”

Since 1991, Vazquez has taught students what they can do to save the planet through an integrated curriculum that weaves together science, human behavior and facts about climate change.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Florida Roundup: Gun Control, Medicaid, Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro, former vice president under Hugo Chavez, wins Venezuela's presidential election with 50.7% of the vote. His challenger Henrique Capriles received 49.1%.
Credit chavezcandanga / Creative Commons/Flickr

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon on WLRN:

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Politics
11:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Rates Could Skyrocket Under Proposed Legislation

Attorney Sean Shaw is a critic of Citizens Property Insurance. He is founder of the group Policyholders of Florida.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature is considering big changes to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

The state-run insurer is supposed to be the last resort for property owners in high risk areas who can't get coverage in the private insurance market.

Citizens Property has about 1.3 million policy holders.

The company is trying to reduce its risk by raising premiums and sending hundreds of thousands of customers back to the private market.

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Five Centuries Later, Florida Remembers Ponce de León's Tumultuous Arrival

Juan Ponce de León came to Florida searching for the Bahamas, not the fountain of youth.
Credit Photo via the Granger Collection, N.Y., and Visit Florida

Juan Ponce de León served as governor of Puerto Rico for a tumultuous five years. During that time, the native Taínos tried unsuccessfully to overpower him, but, in the end, it was the son of Christopher Columbus who unseated him during a political struggle for power in the New World. Ponce de León’s new “asiento,” or assignment, from Spain’s King Ferdinand II was to set sail and find – not the fountain of youth, as is widely thought – but the island of “Benimy.” After being at sea for nearly a month, he finally sighted land, but it wasn’t Bimini.

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Journalism
6:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer

Sun-Sentinel Investigative Reporter Sally Kestin
Credit Christine DiMattei

It was a humdinger of a story.

A Miami police officer in a marked squad car is pursued, pulled over and handcuffed by a Florida state trooper after speeding down the turnpike like race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

A dash-cam video of that pre-dawn October chase in 2011 went viral and sparked a three-month investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper into how local police officers routinely endangered the general public through reckless driving.

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