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Latin America Report
7:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will

BEQUEST BATTLE: Impoverished children in Panama.
Credit Appropriate Projects

Panama today is best known for its economic boom, and rightly so. But unfortunately, poverty and piracy remain as much a part of the country's image as the Panama Canal.

According to the World Bank, half of Panama’s children are poor. A fifth of them are malnourished. Those underfed kids cram Panama charity centers like Nutre Hogar. On a recent visit there I saw the devastating effects of child malnutrition, including brain damage.

“We don’t only feed them,” one Nutre Hogar staff member told me. “We spend a lot of time repairing their motor skills.”

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Miami
6:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Liberty City Community To Protest Recent Shootings

Miami police are investigating a shooting in Liberty City that left two people dead. Up to 10 people were shot. The shooting happened in the 6500 block of Northwest 12th Avenue.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami's Liberty City community will rally in an anti-violence protest on Saturday. The residents will gather in response to a recent mass shooting that left two dead and five injured.

Since the mass shooting in June, a man riding on his bicycle was shot dead and 67-year-old Pastor Kenneth Johnson was also murdered in the neighborhood. Johnson was attacked by two young men who tried to steal money out of his hand and a gold-plated chain from around his neck.

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StateImpact Florida
4:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning

New research provides some support for Florida school leaders who want high schools to start later.
Credit Diana Schnuth / Flickr

Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning.

Teenagers just can't get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m.

University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom said that's because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift.

"Teenagers are basically unable to fall asleep on a regular basis every night,"Wahlstrom said, "say, before 10:45 or 11. It’s just a biologic almost impossibility.”

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News
3:51 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades

Credit Jephie Bernard / WLRN

Florida East Coast Railway unveiled its new assembly-line facility for making trains at Port Everglades on Monday.

The site will also serve as as a port for housing those trains.

The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, or ICTF, is a public-private venture among Florida East Coast Railway, Broward County and the state of Florida.

The partners say it should be a more efficient train-assembly plant and operations at the train yard will start on Wednesday.

The ICTF took 18 months to complete the project which is expected to provide over 200,000 jobs.

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News
3:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?"

The NRDC thinks a shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy is the best way to protect Florida from climate change.
Credit Ben Grantham/Flickr

The federal government released the third National Climate Assessment in May.

The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century. 

It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels. 

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Miami Heat
11:23 am
Tue July 15, 2014

LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus

A haiku from Hialeah Haikus
Credit Hialeah Haikus / Courtesy

We read your haiku
about LeBron James leaving.
Thanks for the poems.

In 2010, WLRN and the Miami Herald collected poems to welcome the arrival of LeBron James to the Miami Heat. It's fitting to say goodbye to one of the Heat's celebrated players in verse again.

Fans from all over the Heat Nation shared their disappointment, their understanding and their (mostly) well wishes for James' new journey. Here are nine haikus that are our favorites.

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Local Elections
1:14 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Former North Miami Mayor Awaiting Trial For Fraud Endorses Candidate

From left to right: Jean Marcellus, Kevin Burns and Dr. Smith Joseph

North Miami’s elections are typically drama-filled.

The upcoming mayoral election, triggered after former mayor Lucie Tondreau was arrested by federal agents and removed from office, is no different.

Three candidates are vying to replace Tondreau: Jean Rodrigue Marcellus, a former city councilman, Kevin Burns, a former two-term mayor and Dr. Smith Joseph, a local physician. All three men are familiar faces to voters; they ran for mayor last election against Tondreau.

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Summer Fruit
7:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

International Mango Festival Uses Auction As Education

Some mangos on display at the auction during the International Mango Festival.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

Over the weekend, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden hosted the 22nd annual International Mango Festival.

The highlight of the festival was what organizers say is the world's only mango auction.

But according to Dr. Richard Campbell, director of horticulture at Fairchild and auction co-host, the festival is not just for buying and selling mango products. It's educational.

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LeBron James
6:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone"

The Gone burger was formerly known as the Bron burger.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

A local restaurant called OneBurger in Coral Gables created the Bron Burger back when LeBron James first announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

The ingredients are listed on a big sign on the wall:

  • Kaiser roll ("Kaiser is the German word for king.")
  • Kobe beef ("Cuz Bron eats Kobe for dinner.")
  • Swiss cheese
  • Onion ring ("Brother gonna wear some rings," the sign reads.)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mustard
  • Jalapeños ("Dude loves the heat")

Well...

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Miami Heat
12:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The LeBron James Story Has Always Been A Tale Of Two Cities

Credit Andy Coleman

LeBron is gone but we will always have Julia Tuttle.

Heat fans, this may not comfort you the first time LeBron James walks into the AmericanAirlines Arena in Cavalier wine and gold. It will certainly not help next June when, for the first time in five years, the Miami Heat will very likely be watching the NBA Finals from home. But historically, the “Mother of Miami” beats the King of Cleveland one-on-one every time.

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Business Of Pot
9:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Canna-Ed Day: Cannabis Entrepreneurs Bank On Amendment Two

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  Armed with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, horticulturist Carlos Hermida headed west to California, where he graduated as valedictorian from a for-profit college that trains individuals for the cannabis industry.

Hermida, a Miami native who now resides in Tampa, is one of the more than 200 interested parties – from doctors to security expects to current or potential patients – who attended Canna-Ed Day in Boca Raton Friday.

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What's the Story?
7:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

PHOTOS: "What's The Story?" Trivia At Gramps Bar

Thirteen teams participated in our trivia night.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

The WLRN-Miami Herald News team hosted its third trivia night at Gramps in Wynwood on Thursday, July 10.  

As part of our project What’s the Story? — where we answer your questions about South Florida — why not play some trivia?

Thirteen teams competed during three rounds of questions about South Florida. The winning team received a $75 bar tab. But don't feel bad for the losing team -- they took home freeze-dried ice cream for being so spacey they got few questions right.  

Click on the photo above to look at our photos from the trivia night! 

Radio Special
5:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Reveal: Unraveling The Mysteries Of The GI Bill, Coast Guard And EPA

  Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story.

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Miami Heat
3:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku

Many local Miami Heat fans treasure their LeBron James' No. 6 jersey.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Courtesy

LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.

WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.

Would you like to say goodbye to LeBron James in a haiku? Submit your three lines through the Public Insight Network.

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Miami Heat
3:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Serge Toussaint Paints "Queen" Over LeBron's Blacked-Out Face

Jephie Bernard WLRN

Clevelanders burned their LeBron James jerseys. Miamians blacked his face out of a mural.

Roughly a couple hours after announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James' face was blacked out from a Serge Toussaint mural of the Miami Heat in Midtown.

“It really hurts me to see people vandalizing my artwork, but at the same time I understand where they’re coming from,” says Toussaint.

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