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Key West Literary Seminar
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Real Portraits, Invented Biographies

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Key West Literary Seminar
11:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

At The Key West Literary Seminar: Hemingway On A Boat

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All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Post-Newtown
9:35 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Palm Beach Sheriff Wants To Respond To Anonymous 'Suspicious Behavior' Reports

WATCHFUL EYES: The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office says citizen suspicions quickly reported may reduce acts of violence such as the school attack in Newtown.
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The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is seeking funding for teams of social workers and deputies who can respond 24/7 to anonymous citizen complaints of suspicious behavior by others.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's second-in-command, Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, announced the program at a community forum on Wednesday. He said early vigilance and quick response might have prevented the school shootings in Newtown. The Palm Beach Post was there:

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Gun Control
8:42 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Hialeah Gun Maker Says Economics Will Thwart Any Ban On Assault Weapons

ECONOMICS: Manufacturer says the value of assault weapons such as these will rise if they're banned and a black market wsill thrive.
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South Florida gun dealers are warning that a ban on assault weapons, as President Obama is asking from Congress, will result only in a new flood of higher-priced weapons on American streets.

Hialeah gun factory owner Antonio "Tony" Vega says fundamental economic principles kick in every time gun owners feel their rights are under threat.

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Teachers
8:10 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Florida Teachers Sue To Toss Performance Pay As An Intrusion On Bargaining Rights

TOUGH CASE: Judge John Cooper tells teachers he doesn't know how he'll rule in their suit against performance pay.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Lawyers for a group of teachers asked a Leon County judge on Wednesday to throw out a nearly two-year-old state law aimed at tying teacher's pay and evaluations more closely to student performance.

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Rick Scott's Dog
7:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Scott's Missing Campaign Dog Is Safe And Living On A Ranch With A New Name

HAPPIER DAYS: Gov. Rick Scott and Reagan during their brief partnership.
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Gov. Rick Scott's 2010 campaign dog, Reagan, has been located -- safe, but probably a little bitter -- on a horse ranch somewhere in southwest Florida. Tampa's WTSP Ch. 10 reports he's now known as Pluto.

This should close out a week of speculation about whatever happened to the rescued Labrador that Scott acquired, named through a Facebook contest and campaigned with...

...before the dog mysteriously disappeared!

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Stand Your Ground
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Trayvon Martin's Mom Calls For A Repeal Of Stand Your Ground Law

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is calling for the repeal of Stand Your Ground.
Credit News Service of Florida

With lawmakers taking a new look at Florida's "stand your ground" law, the mother of the young man whose death brought the law back into focus urged lawmakers Wednesday to repeal it.

"How many lives do we have to lose?" Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, asked outside the legislative chambers. "How many children have to be killed? How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do anything about it?" 

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Film
6:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Pompano Multiplex Gives Indie Filmmakers Some Screen Time

L.A.-based indie filmmaker Luciano Saber awaits preview audiences inside Muvico Pompano.
Credit Christine DiMattei

At Muvico Broward 18 – better known as “Muvico Pompano” -- there's a red carpet rolled out in front of Cinema 6.   Inside, the projectionist is running "Edge of Salvation," a new film by Los Angeles-based director Luciano Saber.

"Actually, my publicist suggested it because she had opened another movie here,” says Saber.  “So I said, 'Alright, let's do it in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Why not?' "

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Another Tax Payer Funded Stadium?
6:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Why Economists Are Skeptical Of Dolphins' Plan To Renovate Stadium With Tax Dollars

Unlike the Miami Marlins and Miami Heat, Sun Life Stadium is privately owned and does not receive any public money. The proposed bill would change that.
Credit Matt Velazquez (Flickr)

The Miami Dolphins' proposed deal to use state and local tax dollars to renovate Sun Life stadium is getting some big endorsements.

But the  benefits a renovated stadium would bring  the county are questionable, some economists say.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Florida One Step Closer To Providing Seniors With Long-Term Healthcare

After months-long bidding process, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration said Tuesday it has chosen five health plans to provide coverage to seniors who need long-term care. AHCA expects to start using the new system in August in the Orlando area.
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In another step toward transforming Medicaid into a statewide managed-care system, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration said Tuesday it has chosen five health plans to provide coverage to seniors who need long-term care.

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Key West Literary Seminar
3:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The 'Key' To Being A Successful Writer

Arlo Haskell, right, Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar with attendee Hannah Scott, left, and Jolly Benson, center.
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  If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.

The Key West Literary Seminar attracts some of the finest authors – and their fans – for two consecutive weekends.

This year’s four-day event started on Jan. 10 and the second session picks up on Jan. 17 and ends on the 20th, with a Writers’ Workshop Program sandwiched in between.

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Democrats
2:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Rise Of The Cuban-American Democrat

Former Hialeah mayor and Democratic Congressional candidate Raul Martinez
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The Cuban-American Democrat. It is an unusual breed in Florida.

Since the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 made the Democratic administration of John F. Kennedy look bad, and caused many Cubans to flee their homeland forever,  El Exilio community in South Florida especially has been strongly Republican.

But that's beginning to change. Some exit polling indicated Cubans nearly split their vote between President Obama and Mitt Romney this past election, something that has never happened.

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Session 2013
1:08 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Bill May Aid Job Search For Floridians With Rocky Credit History

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said a new measure may ease the job search process for Floridians.
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Rocky credit history? A bill that would prevent potential employers from weighing a job applicant's credit history unanimously passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee Tuesday.

Some say the bill (SB 100), sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is an effort to ease the job search process for Floridians.

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Historic Preservation
12:14 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Fearing For History, Beach Preservationists Make Their Stand At A Star Island Mansion

ENDANGERED: Beautiful but beyond repair, its new owner says, this home at 42 Star Island Dr. is at the center of an unusual preservation debate.
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In an unusual case of pre-emptive historic designation, Miami Beach preservationists are trying to protect a decrepit Star Island mansion from being torn down by its new owner.

That would be plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein, who bought the waterfront place at 42 Star Island Drive for $7.6 million and then found it too far gone to be renovated.

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Session 2013
10:01 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott, Black Caucus Find Little Common Ground As 2013 Session Nears

PERRY THURSTON: House minority leader says Gov. Scott 'doesn't relate well to others.'
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Gov. Rick Scott's hour-long sit-down with the Legislative Black Caucus on Tuesday was frostily correct and almost completely nonproductive for the black lawmakers, according to two accounts of Tuesday's session in Tallahassee.

The Tampa Bay Times and the Palm Beach Post described the governor as almost completely unyielding on voting rules, ex-felon rights and appointments to the judiciary and other state positions.

As to the 2011 voting law that many say turned the 2012 election into a Florida disaster, the governor said he should not be blamed for that.

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