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7:28 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Woman Hates Songwriter's Big Hit, Marries Him Anyway

Jodi & Zach Ziskin today: she loves the man but hates his song
Courtesy of Jodi and Zach Ziskin

This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out: 

Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him. 

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The Sunshine Economy
2:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

5 Questions For Invizio's Kevin Michael: South Florida 'Fiercely Competitive'

Invizio co-founder Kevin Michael says South Florida is not all fun-in-the-sun and is more competitive than some might think.
Credit Tom Hudson

 

In our 5 Questions series, we ask local entrepreneurs and CEOs how they got where they are and what they think of the business community in South Florida.   

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Heritage
12:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hear Florida's Black History Through Song

Miami Beach after the 1926 Miami Hurricane.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.

You can listen to the rare recording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series.  The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.

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Opinion
8:14 am
Thu February 13, 2014

America, Florida Want Cuba Policy Change Because They Want Change In Cuba

Cuban women walk by wall graffiti in Havana.
Credit Flickr

A major poll released Monday confirms most Americans, and especially Floridians, feel it’s time to normalize relations with communist Cuba after more than a half century of Cold-War rupture.

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Politics
8:11 am
Thu February 13, 2014

DREAMers Receive Scholarships From Miami Dade College

Some of the DREAMers sign their scholar commitment forms
Credit Lisann Ramos

Miami Dade College announced last week that it will be giving scholarships to DREAMers--the undocumented students who have grown up in the United States and would like to attend college here. 

MDC has joined forces with TheDream.US, who will be providing the scholarships. 

On Tuesday the college held a ceremony at the Freedom Tower where the 22 Miami-Dade scholarship recipients signed their scholar commitment forms surrounded by their families and advisors. 

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Robots
7:42 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Real-Life RoboCop Makes Debut At FIU

Hutch
Credit Lisann Ramos

The Discovery Lab at Florida International University in Miami demonstrated a prototype for its own version of RoboCop on Wednesday morning. The robot is designed to allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.

They call the model TeleBot because it combines telepresence and robotics. This particular TeleBot’s name is Hutch.

Construction on Hutch began in 2012 when Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim, the director of Discovery Lab at FIU, received a donation from Lieutenant Jeremy Robins of the U.S. Navy.

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Jimmy Ryce Act
7:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Questions Linger Over Jimmy Ryce Act's Prevention Of Violence

The Jimmy Rice Act was named for the nine-year-old boy who was raped and murdered in Florida.
Credit sakhorn38 / freedigitalphotos.net

Juan Carlos Chavez's inadvertent legacy to the people of Florida was a piece of legislation now known as the Jimmy Ryce Act, in honor of the nine-year-old boy Chavez raped and murdered in 1995. It was one of those crimes so heinous that it inspired action.

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Olympics
7:06 am
Thu February 13, 2014

From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf

Nancy Watson, co-founder of the Panthers Curling Club based in Coral Springs, throws a curling 'rock.'
Credit Christine DiMattei

Every Wednesday night, 35-year-old Amy Tejirian takes the long drive from her home in South Beach to the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.

Once there, she dons some strange gear for someone who lives year-round  in Miami. But the heavy jacket, wool hat and gloves are a must at the rink. Outside, it's a seasonable 70 degrees. Inside, it's so cold, you can see your own breath.

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Walking Around
12:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Crosswalks For Biscayne Blvd. Pedestrians

A resident who will be affected by the construction on Biscayne Blvd. reviews the plans.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.

“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians. 

Design plans include:

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Latin America Report
6:10 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Chocolate And Chávez: Valentine's Day Confronts Venezuela's Strife

Alejandra Bigai, owner of Romanicos chocolate shop in Miami, shows off her assortment of truffles made from Venezuelan criollo
Credit Sophia Padgett Perez

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. Big deal. This is Valentine’s week, when cocoa matters more than crude – and what’s important is that Venezuela produces the world’s best chocolate.

Problem is, will politics soon drag down Venezuela’s cacao (cocoa) industry the way it’s reduced the country’s oil output? On Feb. 14, at least, that’s a worrisome question, especially inside gourmet chocolate shops like Romanicos.

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Arts Preview
5:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Muslim Undergarments, 'Slut Energy' At New Broward College Drama Series

Aizzah Fatima will perform "Dirty Paki Lingerie" at Broward College.
Credit Aizzah Fatima

Thought-provoking cultural experiences have made their way to Pembroke Pines.

In September of 2013, Broward College launched an arts and cultural initiative on its Pembroke Pines campus, which operates as one of three campuses functioning as separate entities. This young program is also referred to as "B.SOCA," or Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs.

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StateImpact Florida
10:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Marco Rubio Wants To Change College

There was a protest outside the hall where Rubio spoke.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

When Sen. Marco Rubio was growing up, his parents gave him an edict:

“From a very early age they used to tell us, ‘tu tienes que estudiar,’ which means, ‘you have to study.’ So growing up I don’t ever recall not considering going to college,” Rubio told an audience at Miami Dade College on Monday.

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Politics
8:28 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana, Speed Limits And Social Media Privacy On Senator's Agenda

Credit Eric Broder Van Dyke/flickr

  Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, is sponsoring bills to help tackle violations of the Do Not Call list and give employees and job applicants more social media privacy.

Clemens also wants higher speed limits – he admits he’s a speeder – and he still likes red-light cameras, even though he’s been ticketed by one.

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Links
8:16 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Feb. 3-7

Credit Jeffrey Katz / Courtesy FDOT

From the stories you've been reading on WLRN this week, one could weave the following fictional story:

On the day formerly known as Chinese New Year, Cuban hackers got into the city's traffic-light system and were able to rush onto I-95. Once there, they sped to Wynwood only to find that the neighborhood has lost all its appeal. So they decided it was best to head to a place that was truly dead: the ancient Tequesta village downtown.

Read on to see what the top-five stories are.

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Living
7:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year

There are more homeless people living in Miami-Dade County than before.
Credit Wilson Sayre

After a night-long count a few weeks ago, Miami-Dade County has just released the newest numbers. In total, 4,156 homeless people live in Miami-Dade County. Eight-hundred and forty people are living on the street, about the same as previous counts.

But this census also tallies the number of homeless sleeping in shelters, in hotels and transitional housing. That number is 3,316, about 200 more than in August and 353 more than last year. Most of those people were in hotels or motels, placed there as part of a program designed for struggling families.

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