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StateImpact Florida
2:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Report Says Florida A National Leader In Charter School Growth — Another Says It’s Not Fast Enough

Volunteers build a playground at a charter school in Tampa.
Credit Kaboomplay/Flickr

The number of charter schools operating in the United States has surpassed 6,000 for the first time, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Charters are now serving a record 2.3 million students based on estimates from the current school year. But a pro-choice non-profit says Florida school districts are preventing more charters from opening.

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Session 2013
12:30 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Senate President Don Gaetz Has Ethics, Voting Proposals To Take To Legislature

DON GAETZ: He says ethical behavior is so rare the public is losing respect for elected officials.
Credit Orlando Sentinel

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is ready to toughen ethics laws, reform campaign finance, streamline the Florida ballot...just about every issue of timely significance, he told the Orlando Sentinel editorial board, except for gun control.

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Twitter Story
12:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer gave us the first line, now you get to finish it.
Marzena Pogorzaly geoffdyer.com

Welcome to the Key West Literary Seminar edition of Tweet Us A Story

Starting at 5:00, we'll be writing a story with KWLS author Geoff Dyer.

Dyer has graciously given us the first line of a tale. It's up to you to help us finish it.

You can join in on the storytelling in the space below. Check out the rules at the bottom of the page.

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Miami City Hall
10:30 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Frank Suarez Says He'll Run For Miami Mayor

HE'S RUNNING: A Miami city commissioner since 2009, Frank Suarez grew up during his father, Xavier Suarez's, four terms as mayor.
Credit City of Miami

It's election year in the region's largest city and the race for Miami mayor has just become a little more interesting. City Commissioner Francis "Frank" Suarez, 35,  will officially announce a challenge to incumbent Mayor Tomas Regalado today.

Suarez is the son of former longtime Miami mayor and now county commissioner Xavier Suarez, who was removed from office in 1997 after charges of voter fraud. The younger Suarez, who grew up with his father running the city before being removed after winning a fourth term, says "sins of the father" should having nothing to with him

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Session 2013
8:59 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Uninsureds' Midnight Fears Raise Curtain On Obamacare Legislative Session In Florida

COST ESTIMATES: Senate select committee chairman Joe Negron says lawmakers must plan with better numbers.
Credit Florida House

As lawmakers decide how --- or whether --- to move forward with parts of the federal Affordable Care Act, House and Senate select committees plunged Monday into issues such as a potential expansion of the Medicaid program and the law's effects on Florida businesses.

In back-to-back meetings, lawmakers heard testimony from people with far-different perspectives about the controversial health overhaul, which Florida Republican leaders resisted for more than two years.

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The Week In Dogs
8:14 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Rick Scott's Missing Labrador Gives Governor, PR Staff A Lesson In Political Power Of Dogs

WHAT DID RICK SCOTT DO TO THIS DOG? It barked too much and the governor held it accountable.
Credit Facebook

If Gov. Rick Scott didn't know this before, he sure knows it now: If you're in politics, your dog can make you or break you.

A hilarious  story in the Tampa Bay Times tells how the Scott family's photogenic but slightly psychotic Labrador, Reagan, failed to work out as a gubernatorial dog and was discreetly gotten rid of. 

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AIDS In Haiti
7:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti

Alex, 17, lives in the municipality of Carrefour.
Photos by Andre Lambertson, Haiti, 2010.

 

Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.

The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.

But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:37 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Miami Dolphins Ask Taxpayers To Go 'Halfsies' On Stadium Facelift

An artist's rendering of a renovated Sun Life Stadium
Credit Sun Life Stadium

The Miami Dolphins say they're willing to foot most of the bill for a badly needed facelift for Sun Life stadium -- and are hoping state and local funding will supply the rest.  But lingering taxpayer anger over another stadium deal could be hanging over the proposal like a dark cloud.

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News
5:43 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Miami's Regalado And Other U.S. Mayors Say Will Ease Gun Violence

Mayor Regalado's office is hosting a gun buy back program in Miami starting January 19th.
Credit Arianna Prothero

On the one month anniversary of the Newtown, CT school shooting, mayors across South Florida and the country called for stricter gun regulations on Monday. Among them was Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

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Florida Perspective
2:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Key West: A Complete View From The Edge

BEGINNING AT THE END: A coffee break leads to a new way to consider the Florida Keys.
Credit Daniel Rivero

I had set out to find a real cafè con leche during the half-hour break in the Key West Literary Seminar, and the task proved to be more difficult than anticipated. As I sat on the curb at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming, sweating and sipping my reward, I spotted a family walking my way.

They were obviously tourists, probably from the Midwest and looked fresh off the cruise ship.

The couple was about to pass me when the wife noticed the sign on the nearest pole, directly in front of me. "It read ‘Begin US1. Mile 0."

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Venezuela
12:05 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Taking The Pulse Of Venezuelan-American Sentiment After Chavez' Delayed Swearing In

Venezuela president Hugo Chavez in healthier times.
Credit cc-by Valter Campanato - Agencia Brasil.

With an ailing Hugo Chavez still in Cuba, and perhaps on his deathbed, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans now living in South Florida are anxiously awaiting word of what happens next.

El Arepazo 2 on N.W. 79th Avenue in Doral is their unofficial headquarters.

Inside the restaurant, the walls are covered with major league baseball cards, honoring players from Venezuela's most popular sport, such as reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera and Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio.

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Immigration
9:10 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Rubio, Diaz-Balart On Board As Obama Shoots For The One Big Immigration Bill

END OF THE PATH: Illegal residents could look forward to citizenship under the comprehensive immigration bill President Obama favors.
Credit 8asians.com

Holdouts against amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U. S. are bracing for the lobbying pressure they are certain to experience as President Obama, grassroots groups and converts in Congress prepare for the Big Immigration Bill.

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Sun Life Stadium
7:41 am
Mon January 14, 2013

We're Not The Marlins, Dolphins Say, But We Do Need Tax Money For Our Stadium

NEEDS WORK: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants a partial roof and reconfigured seating at Sun Life Stadium and he wants taxpayers to fund some of the renovations.
Credit Wikimedia

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has an appointment with reporters today to discuss his plans to go after public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

The cost estimate is $400 million, says the Miami Herald, some of which Ross apparently hopes to raise from state and local government sources.

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StateImpact Florida
7:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New CPALMS Website For Teachers Makes Common Core Lesson Plans A Snap

JUST CLICK: The CPALMS website is a handy resource for teachers developing Common Core lesson plans.
Credit Administrador Galeria Uninter/Flickr

As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.

So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.

They’re not doing it alone.

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Environment
6:47 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Fearing Underwater 'Silent Spring,' NOAA Seeks Public Comment On Coral Decline

Credit FlickR/mattk1979

Corals are not as visible as panthers, manatees or dolphins.  But scientists say they deserve just as much protection -- and respect -- as other animals beloved by Floridians. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed extending federal protection to 66 species of coral, including seven local species that scientists say are nearing extinction.

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