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7:48 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began

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This week’s (Jan. 21)announcement that six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage has its roots in the 2008 election.

  That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Mon., Jan. 27 Starting @ 8p
8:09 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

It's Nature Night! Love, Horses & African Deserts

Each Monday, WLRN airs powerful nature and wildlife documentaries, including the popular PBS series Nature and the best from the BBC. 

On January 27, Channel 17 will air these stunning shows from some of the most remote parts of our planet:

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Tails And Tales
8:00 am
Sat January 25, 2014

A Word On Food: Oxtails

Please click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

The majority of times I have enjoyed oxtails has been in the classic Cuban dish named, “Rabo Encendido.” The translation is literally “Lit Tail.”

This is supposedly due to the spice level in the dish, but unless I make it myself or have it in the home of another chile-loving person, the spice is mild, while the flavor is great. I love the tomato-ey rich stew that I have eaten since venturing into places like “El Siboney” in Key West years ago. I had it there again recently. 

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Jan. 25 @ 10p
9:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Liberace: Remembering "Mr. Showmanship"

The World Of Liberace (10:00 p.m.)

Liberace is one of the most popular American entertainers of the 20th Century, a flamboyant pianist and vocalist from the U.S. Midwest who became a cultural icon,

Wladziu Valentino Liberace was a child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants. Liberace's career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures and television.

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School Discipline
5:48 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How A Broward County School District Is Rethinking Zero-Tolerance Policies

Some school districts are reconsidering their zero tolerance policies.
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In many schools, zero-tolerance discipline policies dictate harsh punishment — expulsion, suspension and arrest — for breaking rules.

But, as StateImpact Florida has been reporting, some districts are reconsidering zero tolerance after concerns about a rise in the number of children arrested on campus.

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News
4:53 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal

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Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.

Campaign manager Ben Pollara says his organization, United We Care, gathered more than 1 million signatures to come up with the 683,149 needed to win a ballot spot.

He is now starting to fundraise for what he says will be an expensive and difficult campaign.

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The Florida Roundup
12:59 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea"

Above, the six couples and their attorneys at a press conference announcing the lawsuit challenging the state's same sex marriage ban.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.

We then look at the American Dream for another national minority group: Latino-Americans. Two new polls examine the outlook and views of Latinos.

And Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine causes a furor with his comment that trying to make his city a high-tech hub is "the dumbest idea in the world."  The mayor will join us to explain why he's standing by that assessment.

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News
11:55 am
Fri January 24, 2014

E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Now A Crime In Three Broward Cities

E-cigarette use -- or 'vaping' -- is on the rise nationwide.
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If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.

And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”

This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned.  Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.

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Community Contributor
10:09 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Tech CEO To Phillip Levine: Miami And Miami Beach Are One

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was quoted Jan. 22 in the Washington Post saying "Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
Credit ANDREW ULOZA / Miami Herald

Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Mayor Levine,

Congratulations on your installation as the Mayor of Miami Beach. When I first moved to Miami I lived on Ocean Drive, and it still holds a warm place in my heart.

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Weird News
9:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Job Posting: Crocodile Handlers Wanted In South Florida

Yikes! Think you can handle this?
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If you’re an outdoorsy type, Florida wildlife officials have a job for you.

But there’s a catch. Actually, several catches – all with very sharp teeth.

In the United States, the only place you’ll find an American crocodile in the wild is South Florida. It used to be an endangered species.

But not anymore.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Jan. 24 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

A Night Of Drama! DCI Banks, Dalziel & Pascoe, Circus

DCI Banks

WLRN presents some of television’s best crime and mystery dramas every Friday night.

Tune in to Channel 17 to see hit British police procedurals, such as DCI Banks, built around the driven and intense detective Alan Banks and Dalziel & Pascoe, featuring two Yorkshire detectives with very different styles; followed by Circus, a behind-the-scenes look at the world beneath the Big Top, with a real-life cast of characters in the greatest show on Earth.

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Finances
4:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Miami Hispanics Not Saving Much For Retirement, Study Says

Wells Fargo Financial Health Survey in Miami Area
Wells Fargo

A recent survey by Prudential Financial advisors reveals the Hispanic American community places a priority on funding near-term goals, making it more difficult for Hispanics to prepare for retirement.

From Oct. 28 to Nov. 18 last year, the study polled 1,023 Americans who identify as "Hispanic." It covered several financial topics and what the driving force is behind making financial decisions in Hispanic American households.

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How Much Is Enough?
8:39 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Riding The Bus Is Cheaper Than Driving. Isn't It?

The view from inside the 120 bus en route to South Beach.
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On the surface, taking public transportation in South Florida is unquestionably cheaper than driving.

But there are hidden costs associated with a commute, stemming from the amount of time behind a wheel or sitting on a bus, and the value of your time in both financial and immaterial terms.

I wanted to find out: At what point is it more valuable to drive than to take public transportation?

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Thurs., Jan. 23 Starting @ 8p
9:01 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

It's History Night! Freedom Riders, Sister Rosetta & Instruments Of Change

American Experience: Freedom Riders

WLRN looks back on Thursday nights at some of the most important milestones in human history with powerful and award-winning documentaries from around the world, including from our own backyard right here in South Florida. 

On January 23, Channel 17 takes a historic bus ride to revisit one of the most significant victories in the U.S. civil rights movement and presents Sister Rosetta Tharpe with her colorful mix of gospel music and good 'ol fashioned rock & roll.

(Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties, Mary Pleasant has been postponed. Instead, WLRN will air an original production, Instruments of Change, at 10:00 p.m. See below for more details on the program.) 

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Transportation
6:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing

Only 2.2 miles of the Old Seven-Mile Bridge remain open to foot traffic.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The prospects for the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys have turned 180 degrees in the past several weeks. The historic bridge and popular walking spot once in danger of being shut down is now close to receiving more than $77 million for repairs and 30 years' worth of upkeep.

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