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2:02 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texting-And-Driving Ban Likely To Get Driven Out Of Florida Legislature – Again

As I lean my motorcycle into the curve that takes me onto I-95, I roll the throttle to accelerate up to highway speeds. Up ahead I see a car going well below the minimum speed of 45 mph, with the left turn signal on but swerving to the right. I give this big unknown a wide berth, and as I pass, I see the person gabbing it up on a cell phone.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

WLRN Town Hall Tackles The State's Tough Issues Before The Legislature's 2013 Session

Attendees at Monday night's Town Hall session came prepared with hundreds of questions on everything from healthcare to gun control.
Credit WLRN

Education, voting reform, property insurance, and political transparency were among the topics covered during Monday night's Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Stand Your Ground
12:32 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

A Year Later, Community Awaits Justice In Travyon Martin Shooting

Civil rights leaders and residents of the city of Sanford, FL attend a town hall meeting to discuss the death of a 17-year-old unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.
Credit Gerardo Mora

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Town Hall 2013 Environmental Issues
11:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader

Wildlife viewing is popular with Florida residents and tourists, making Everglades restoration and environmental protection a matter of economic concern.
Credit toki-doki / Flickr Creative Commons

Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

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Arts
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Searching For Sugarman' Has Connection To South Florida's Radio-Active Records

This year's Oscar for best documentary went to Searching For Sugar Man, a film that follows two South African fans of the cult musician Sixto Rodriguez as they attempt to figure out if, as rumors have it, he died, or if he's still toiling in obscurity. The film explores how Rodriguez went from an almost-was folk star of the early '70s to a largely forgotten cult icon, to a favorite once again of the clued-in.

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Historic Movie Palaces
10:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

An Endangered Architectural Species: South Florida's Historic Movie Palaces

This photo is of the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables during a film premeire in 1950.
HistoryMiami

Now that the Oscars are over, let’s take a look back at how people used to watch movies in South Florida: in ornate theaters with lit marquees and plush seats.

These historic movie palaces have become an endangered species in the region.

The Miami Herald’s Howard Cohen grew up watching movies in many of these iconic theaters and writes about them in the Miami Herald.

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Stand Your Ground
9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Stand Your Ground Panel Recommends Keeping Law Mostly As Is

Credit Surachai / freedigitalphotos.net

for News Service of Florida  

The panel charged by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state's 'stand your ground' self-defense law did not recommend any major changes to the statute, although it did make suggestions for tweaks by the Legislature in the upcoming session. The basic premise of the law isn't challenged in the final report released Friday. Scott's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection included lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of minority communities and law enforcement. 

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Power2give in Broward
7:02 am
Tue February 26, 2013

ArtServe And Other Broward Arts Groups Go Digital For Fundraising

The auditorium at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale is about due for an AV upgrade and they're turning to online donations to help get there.

The audio/visual set-up at ArtServe, an "arts incubator" in Fort Lauderdale, could use an upgrade. To get there, the organization needs equipment like XLR cables and a 12-channel mixer, plus permits and the manpower to install the gear. In total, it's expected to require nearly $7,500 in funds. 

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Weird Florida
4:56 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Big Weird Florida Bash !

Photo by Gary Lester

From the shadows of Ashley's Restaurant, catch the spirit at the

BIG WEIRD FLORIDA BASH !!
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH 5p.m. till closing !!!

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Considers 'Cost Effective' Option For I-395 Flyover In Downtown Miami

Original designs for a new I-395 flyover called for an artistic look.

Over the past several years, FDOT initiated the process to replace the 1.5-mile structure that links State Road 836 east of Interstate 95 to the MacArthur Causeway. As the main artery between the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and South Beach, millions of visitors traverse this scenic stretch annually on the way to a cruise or the beaches.

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Slideshow
10:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Unlikely Pairings: Photos from South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2013

Marlins Park and hungry fans who paid a lot of money to get in: In this case, the fans were foodies hungry for kielbasa hotdogs with giardineria (by April Bloomfield, pictured) or popcorn, peanut and caramel ice cream.
Trina Sargalski

The wine-soaked, bacon-infused, foie-gras-stuffed long weekend that was the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday. There were celebrity chef appearances, parties, tastings, chef demos, and wine pairing sessions, among other things.

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Tegu Invasive Species
8:01 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Meet The Tegu: An Intelligent And Athletic Invasive Threatening Florida's Wildlife

This domesticated tegu, Draco, is an education animal for the Zoological Society of Florida.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

As Mike Perez mingled with visitors at the recent Python Challenge awards event in Miami, his left arm supported the weight of a black-and-white lizard with a body as thick as a linebacker's bicep. Gazing through heavily hooded eyes, the lizard rarely moved, save for sticking out its forked tongue for an occasional sniff . 

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
3:21 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Save This List: Where Famous Chefs Eat When They Visit The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Chef and former Top Chef contestant, Fabio Vivani, in his role as spokesman for Bertolli at the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Credit David Samayoa

 Chefs and food personalities flock to  Miami this week to take part in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which starts this Thursday. We asked some of the out-of-town chefs which Miami restaurants they want to check out while they are here:  

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Tallanasty, The Game
5:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Tallanasty: An Interactive (And Ethical) Experience To Test Your Integrity

Do you have what it takes to navigate the political swampland of Florida and come out clean?

WLRN and the Miami Herald have partnered to create a  new interactive experience that will allow you to put your political integrity to the test.  After a cutthroat election, you have officially begun your career as a Florida politician.

Now it is up to you to make the right political and personal choices.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE 'TALLANASTY' ETHICS GAME

The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Is Gov. Rick Scott Headed Toward Sequestration From State GOP? Join The Conversation

Governor Rick Scott reverses his opposition to Obamacare and supports expanding Medicaid. But is this a genuine change of heart or a calculated re-election move?
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On the Florida Roundup, we have on the slate:

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