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7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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Florida Legislature
10:59 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Hope For Health Care Compromise Dwindles

The Capitol buildings in Tallahassee.
Credit Wikipedia

House Republicans rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal to accept $51 billion in federal health care money on Thursday, diminishing hopes that lawmakers will reach a health care compromise before the legislative session ends next week.

After five hours of targeted questions and impassioned debate, Republicans rejected an attempt by renegade Republican Rep. Mike Fasano to accept the Senate plan to provide federally subsidized health coverage to more than 1 million Floridians.

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Florida Legislature
4:16 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Florida Senate Passes Bill To Overhaul Citizens Insurance

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland
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UPDATE 4:36 p.m. - The Florida Senate passed SB 1770 today, 24-15.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, believes he has the votes to put his sweeping overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. up for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday.

Simmons was busy lobbying his colleagues over the proposal (SB 1770) during the floor session on Wednesday after the measure was postponed for the second time in nine days from being put up for a final Senate vote.

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Corporate Run 2013
12:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Thousands To Take Part In Miami's Mercedes-Benz Marathon

This year's Corporate Run logo.
Credit facebook.com/mercedesbenzcorporaterun

Up to 20,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in Thursday evening’s annual Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run through downtown Miami — and that means street closures.

The race officially begins at 6:45 p.m. It concludes around 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park, but some closures on Biscayne Boulevard could begin as early as 2 p.m.

Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes. Residents that live in the area will be allowed access on a “local traffic only” basis.

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Dolphins Stadium
11:42 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Foreign Banks Could Pay For Renovations At Dolphins Stadium

SunLife Stadium where the Miami Dolphins play their home games.
Credit sunlife.com

To create a tax break for the Miami Dolphins, Florida might eliminate a tax break for Miami’s foreign banks.

On Thursday, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill allowing Florida to pay out $15 million a year in sales-tax rebates for stadium renovations, including a possible $3 million yearly subsidy for the Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium. To pay for the new stadium dollars, the legislation would end a tax deduction reserved for international banking operations, which in Florida are clustered in the Miami area.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Miami Sex Abuse Victim Finishes Fourth Walk Across Florida

Lauren Book, flanked by media near the Capitol, completes her fourth walk across Florida.
Credit Jordan Michael/WLRN

Around this time of year, a lot of people walk to achieve the highly coveted yellow-polka-dot-bikini body.

Lauren Book walks to help mend lives.

Book ended her fourth annual trek on Tuesday, walking 1,500 miles from Key West to Tallahassee.

She was joined on the last mile of the trip by an army of supporters in blue shirts adorned with footprints and the words “Walk In My Shoes 2013.”

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Public Radio
7:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Got A Face For Public Radio? Then Try This Name Generator

NPR fave Ira Glass is considered a good name, and many would say, a good face.
Credit Via Wikimedia Commons

It's almost a chicken-and-egg question. Do reporters and hosts with worldly or intellectual-sounding names naturally seek out public radio? Or are they drawn to this career after recognizing their fellow fancy-monikered peers on the air? Either way, among the staff at National Public Radio there are definitely a lot of fancy first-and-last-name combos like Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Douali Xaykaothao.

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Entrepreneurship
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Get Rid Of Your Junk With A College Hunk

Miami franchise owners Christopher Poore (left) and Ron Rick (right).
Credit Steve Boxall

Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Poore opens the door with a warm and welcoming smile. He turns and walks back into his new office. A lounge area with couches and a wooden table are off to one side in front of a wall painted bright orange and green, the colors of his alma mater. 

His business partner Ron Rick ,23, enters the room sporting a buzz cut and green polo shirt with a muscle man logo on it. The two are laid-back entrepreneurs who became friends as undergraduates at the University of Miami.

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That's So Miami
1:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

We Really Love Driving! Vote For The Best 'Traffic Ballad'

Credit @toocleverbyhalf 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 decided to put the best theme poems up for a vote.

A universal favorite among Miamians: traffic.

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That's So Miami
1:13 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Congri, Pastelito, Rum: Vote For The Best 'Ode To Miami Food'

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What makes Miami's food culture so great?  Vote for a poem from our That's So Miami project that best describes a culinary favorite.

UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED AFTERNOON OF 4/25, WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THAT'S SO MIAMI READING AND FINALE

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That's So Miami
12:54 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Lo Mejor De That's So Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Spanglish Poem

Credit @bleeding_palm on Instagram

One of the beautiful things about nuestra ciudad is the way that you can pasar todo el dia switching it up between English and Spanish, dependiendo del tema.

UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED AFTERNOON OF 4/25, WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THAT'S SO MIAMI READING AND FINALE

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That's So Miami
12:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Vote For The Best 'Ode to Miami's Flaws'

Credit @drsherer on Instagram

Since Julia Tuttle’s arrival in 1891, Miami has grown like crazy: more people, more homes, more roads, more 

  boom. Dense tropical hardwood trees that covered the City of Miami were chopped down and urbanization moved west into the Everglades.

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Great Outdoors
12:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Florida's National Parks Are Free Through April 26

Sunrise on Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In celebration of National Parks Week, every national park in the United States is free of charge through Friday, April 26.

These include Everglades National Park and the Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West.

For a complete list of Florida's National Parks, go to the website by clicking here.

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History
11:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Plan Preserves Jackie Gleason Theater In Miami Beach

The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach
Credit facebook.com/SaveTheFillmore

One of the most contentious aspects of the plan to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center has been settled: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater will stay.

The theater had been slated for demolition by Portman-CMC, one of the two teams still in the running for the massive overhaul project. But with music and history lovers lined up in support of saving the theater, the team said that its plan has changed.

“We listened to the community,” said Jack Portman, vice chairman of Portman Holdings and John Portman & Associates.

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Community Contributor
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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