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SFWMD Assessing Lands In Palm Beach County
7:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Like Kayaking The Loxahatchee River? Public Asked To Weigh In On Future Of State Lands

Sections of land surrounding the Loxahatchee River are being assessed for possible surplus by the SFWMD.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden / WLRN

Several ecologically-significant tracts of public land in Palm Beach County will go under the microscope this month as a state agency continues its multi-region assessment of state-owned lands throughout South Florida. 

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Gay Pride
9:49 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Thousands Celebrate Gay Pride In Miami Beach

Miami Beach raised a rainbow flag outside the City Hall on Monday. The city prides itself in a long history of support for its LGBT residents.
Credit Jason Pier in DC / Flickr

Miami Beach is usually pretty colorful. Art Deco buildings boast vivid shades of pink and turquoise. Bright green palm trees line the streets year-round.

But this weekend the city is awash in every color of the rainbow in celebration of Miami Beach Gay Pride, and if last year is any indication, that means a massive throng of at least 60,000 people could flood Ocean Drive.

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Flawed But Fabulous
4:37 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

WLRN Live Chat Tuesday at 11 AM: Tell Us Why Miami Is 'Flawed But Fabulous'

WLRN's recent letter to the NYT sparked an online avalanche of reactions. Join our live chat on Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. when Nathaniel Sadler will hear why you think Miami is 'flawed but fabulous.'
Credit Cristian P Cardenas Flickr

Well everybody, I have a new assignment. I'm WLRN's Flawed-But-Fabulous beat reporter.

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Miami Scientist Featured On Discovery Channel
2:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Miami Researcher Stars In TV Special On Great White Sharks

A Miami-based shark researcher routinely goes face-to-face with nature's top predators.
Credit Hermanusbackpackers / Flickr Creative Commons

Miami-based shark researcher Neil Hammerschlag, whose work WLRN has covered in the past, is getting international attention with his latest study on the feeding habits of the ocean's most feared and misunderstood creature: the great white shark. 

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Norman Van Aken's Word On Food
1:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

'Taco of Shepherds' Highlights Cooking Trip To El Paso

Credit Norman Van Aken

We were invited to El Paso, Texas to cook at a gathering of ‘Oldways Preservation’, a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachussetts. ‘Oldways’ is one of the premier educational forums for focusing on healthy, culturally diverse and historically respectful eating. They put on conferences around the world and invite scientists, farmers, professors, chefs and food/wine media to promote positive lifestyles.

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

Top News This Week In South Florida: Dolphins Referendum, Venezuelan Election And Medicaid

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon on WLRN.  Here's what we're watching:

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Education
11:50 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Lawmaker Warns Parent Trigger Bill Confuses Empowerment With Involvement

Sen. Bill Montford wants to see more parents involved in their children's schools. He says the parent trigger bill isn't needed because they are already empowered.
Credit billmontford.com

Sen. Bill Montford, a Democrat from North Florida, doesn't like the Parent Empowerment in Education bill. It's much better known as the parent trigger bill.

“We know overall that the majority of students that are successful have parents that are involved,” Montford said. “It's critical to have parent support and involvement in the schools.”

Montford is CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

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Internet Sales Tax
11:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Why Revenue Neutrality Is Key To Enacting An Internet Sales Tax In Florida

BUT WAIT! You may have to pay Florida sales tax on this on-line item if a bill makes it through the legislature.
Credit Rick Stone

Online shoppers in Florida may have to budget an extra 6 or 7 percent for their Web purchases if State Sen. Nancy Detert's sales tax bill (SB 316) makes it through the Legislature this year.

But they may get some of that back. She's making the legislation politically palatable by ensuring most of the revenue is returned in the form of tax breaks.

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Nerddom
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Miami Gets Street Cred As One Of The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities In America

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Behind the allure of bikinis and board shorts, Miami residents possess a sea of Star Trek costumes.

At least that's one conclusion you might draw from a recent article in Movodo, a real estate website.  The criteria used to determine the winners, while not scientific, is telling of the "nerd demographic" that our city has nurtured over the years.  Here is a quick rundown of the data used to determine the winners:

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Community Contributor
9:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

One Man's Gun Control Timeline: Riots, Hurricane Wilma, And A Late-Night Visitor

Gleason: "From birth until death you are responsible for you own safety."

1969.  Seventh grade.  School trip to an amusement park.  While sitting with a friend in a shaded and secluded spot, I was surrounded by 5 or 6 kids who demanded our ride tickets.  When I stood to my 6-foot-2-inch frame and invited them to try and take my tickets, they decided to pick on someone else.

1975.  A high-school football linebacker decided to test the band major in the boys’ locker room.  Football linebacker had a sore nose.  Band major was unscathed.

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Sun Life Stadium
8:41 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Remix The News: How The Dolphins' Stadium Debate Can Be Turned Into Sound Art

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium renovations.
Credit Dolphins/Dolphins

As part of WLRN's Remix the News Challenge: Sun Life Stadium Edition, we're asking people (both expert and amateur) to help us hear what the stadium renovations debate sounds like to them.

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Personal Essay
8:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

After Yoani Sanchez: What Changes Linger In The Miami Air?

Author Daniel Rivero with prominent Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez during her recent visit to the Miami Herald's editorial board
Credit Patricia Sagastume / WLRN

Seven or eight years ago, during a sociology class at Miami-Dade College, the professor asked us to write a sociological history of our lives. It was the first time I thought long and hard about my life in the scheme of history, about the chain of events that brought me to my life in Miami as a Cuban-American.

For people of my generation, you simply could not avoid getting a crash course on Cuban politics and the dream of a free Cuba.  The reason we are here. We are here because of him. Because of Fidel.

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A Gator-Free Look At Everglades Animals
7:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Nine Awesome Everglades Animals (Aside From The Alligator)

Roseate spoonbills.
Tricia Woolfenden WLRN

Is there any animal more closely associated with the Everglades than the American alligator? OK, the Burmese python has been the 'glades press "darling" as of late, but invasive, non-natives do not count for the purposes of celebrating the Everglades. While Florida's iconic reptilian king deserves all of the attention it gets, there are plenty of other cool critters that inhabit the Everglades.

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Florida Constitution
2:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Law Of The Land In Florida Is A Source Of Irritation For Asians

CONSTITUTIONAL RACISM: Asians have been angered and insulted for decades by the Alien Land Law in the Florida constitution. But they have still acquired land.

Here's a question we received from one of several hundred South Florida residents who attended a recent WLRN/Miami Herald Town Hall that was held just prior to the current legislative session.

This one comes from friend-of-WLRN Piyush Agrawal, a scholar, educator, businessman and philanthropist who lives in Weston:

"Why does Florida's constitution still allow the state to prohibit foreign citizens from owning real estate?"

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Cuba
1:09 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Jay-Z Stirs Passions About Cuba With New Song

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce paid a recent trip to Cuba despite a longstanding trade embargo by the United States.
Credit Vanity Fair

Back from his recent trip to Havana, rapper Jay-Z quickly released a new song, Open Letter, in which he not only addresses controversy about the trip but speaks his mind in a way that is likely to stir up some of the deep passions Americans have toward Cuba and the communist island's tumultuous relationship with the United States.

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