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Latin America Report
6:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Why Chikungunya – And The Mosquitoes – Are Overwhelming Haiti

MOMS VS MOSQUITOES: Haitian mothers and children await treatment for chikungunya symptoms in a PAHO information campaign
Credit PanAmerican Health Organization

The case of Marie Therese Lindor helps explain why chikungunya is spreading so widely and rapidly through Haiti.

As she’s done so many times before, Lindor traveled from New York earlier this year to visit relatives in Haiti. But in May, about a week before she was due to return, she got sick.

Really sick.

“The fever lasted for four days,” Lindor says. “I sat down and couldn’t get up. My body and all of my bones hurt. The second day I was bedridden. I needed help to bathe.”

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South Florida Passenger Rail
6:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Sneaking A Peek At All Aboard's Fort Lauderdale Station

ARRIVAL: This is the ground approach to the proposed All Aboard Florida station in Fort Lauderdale. Architectural trusses are a design feature that will be echoed in all four of the railroad's stations.
Credit All Aboard Florida

 

All Aboard Florida -- the fast passenger rail that will connect Miami to Orlando through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- unveiled plans for its Fort Lauderdale station on Tuesday.

The $30 million structure will straddle the Florida East Coast Railway tracks on Northwest Second Avenue between Broward Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street, opening an overlooked and unattractive area near important downtown destinations to development and commerce.

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Religion And Culture
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition

Florida International University hosted an open iftar event yesterday, July 3, where Muslims and non-Muslims could experience breaking fast. The event was hosted by the school's Muslim Student Association and PakSA.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, beach gatherings and plenty of food -- so last week, much of America feasted on sizzling hotdogs, watermelon and maybe potato salad.

But South Florida's Muslim community celebrated with fresh fruits, exotic cuisine and prayer.

This year, Independence Day fell on the sixth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Architecture
5:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

New Buildings Put Bay Harbor MiMo Architecture At Risk

Bay Harbor's Miami Modern architecture has made the list for most endangered historic sites in the country.
Credit Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

  Bay Harbor’s East Island has been listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.

The island, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of Miami Modern architecture in the nation, joined 10 other endangered sites on a list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Development
5:25 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Urban Studio Plans To Brings Sustainable Life To Deserted Sistrunk

The store has been empty for more than three years.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Few people walk down Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, and cars simply drive through the nearly deserted corridor.

Among old warehouses, an “unsafe building” sign marks a foreclosed plumbing store between a church and a convenience store.

But that abandoned building will soon become a living lab. Florida Atlantic University and Fort Lauderdale are partnering to create a studio for urban agriculture, structural investigations and art installations.  

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Money
3:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget?

Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Phillip Pessar

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is slated to reveal his proposal for next year’s budget tomorrow and lots of eyes are on how much he will allocate for county libraries.

John Quick, president of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Libraries, has fought cuts in library hours and personnel as the county is forced to dip into reserves to keep them afloat.

 

For Quick, $64 million is the magic number.

 

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Ocean Exploration
9:59 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Fabien Cousteau On His Underwater Aquarius Lab Mission

Credit The Miami Herald

The Aquarius Reef Base is the first (and only) underwater research laboratory in the world -- and it lies just under the tip of South Florida, about 60 feet below the surface of the Florida Keys.

WLRN and the Miami Herald spoke to Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, in a live online chat on what it's like to live, work and research from the depths of the ocean.   

Read more at: MiamiHerald.com 

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Medical Marijuana
6:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Boca Attorney Expects Charlotte's Web Rules To Affect Amendment Two Businesses

Credit Mohamed Aseel Hassan/Flickr

Florida's new Office of Compassionate Use has issued proposed rules for the regulation of Charlotte's Web, that buzz-free variety of marijuana the Legislature approved for limited medical use this year.

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LGBT Rights
5:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case

William Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit and are seeking to marry in Florida. They are both bartenders in Key West and have been together for 11 years.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. In recent months, gay couples wishing to marry have challenged that provision in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Today on Plantation Key, a Monroe Circuit judge heard arguments in a case brought by two Key West men. Aaron Huntsman and William Jones have been together for 11 years and had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. But Huntsman said they want to make it official.

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Miami Beach
5:08 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Whimsical Lifeguard Stands Coming To Miami Beach In 2015

A lifeguard stand on 13th Street in Miami Beach.
Credit Wikipedia

Miami Beach officials are replacing their collection of 29 lifeguard stands.  In their place next year will be bright, whimsical designs by local architect William Lane.

Lane says the new designs will be inspired by six iconic stands he created in the '90s.

"There was a round one, a pink one over on Eighth Street and that one is being rebuilt. It was sort of Jetsonian," he says.

That’s right, it was inspired by the '60s cartoon -- The Jetsons.

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PAMM
4:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami Asks For $2.5 Million In Additional Funding From Government

Art lovers gather around the piece "Mojo Jojo" in the Pérez Art Museum Miami in December.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Pérez Art Museum Miami says it needs help. The museum, which opened in December of last year, has not received enough private dollars to meet its $14 million annual operating costs.

So, it is asking for more public money. PAMM wants the county to assist with a 60-percent increase in the museum's subsidy. That money would come from hotel taxes, the Miami Herald reports. 

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Overtown Youth Center Introduces STEM Summer Program

Credit Alonzo Mourning mans the pump for the unveiling of the Overtown Youth Center’s STEM program. CW GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Overtown Youth Center is introducing a new STEM curriculum to its summer program, aimed at underserved kids. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Aerospace company AAR funded the $350,000 program.

In a recent study, The National Science Board found while diversity in the science and engineering fields has improved, African Americans, Hispanics and women remain underrepresented in the workforce. 

Tina Brown, who runs the center, says that’s why they’re introducing this program to the kids this summer.

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What's the Story?
12:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Join Us Thursday For South Florida Trivia!

As part of our new blog What's the Story? -- where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting -- we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!

Come meet us Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood at 176 Northwest 24th St. Teams of five or less are allowed. Every team gets a WLRN or Miami Herald team member!

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StateImpact Florida
6:47 am
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless

To prepare for more high-tech lessons, schools are switching to mobile carts with wireless Internet hubs. This one is stocked with iPads.
Credit Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms.

Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network -- and the Internet.

But Lanoue doesn’t have a smartboard --- or the Internet -- in his portable classroom.

“YouTube might not be the greatest thing to let a kid use unattended," he said, "but for the teacher to use it there’s a ton of resources on there.

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The End of the Road
6:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore

The sign at the end of the road.
Credit Gregory Castillo

A drive down I-95 is full of dozens, probably hundreds, of tiny design decisions that are ultimately about driver attention. From the lettering on a road sign to the shape of a road, engineers are constantly trying to find a sweet spot between getting a driver’s attention and distracting them.

As part of our End of the Road series we wanted to ask an expert about the thinking behind some of the things drivers see everyday on I-95 but aren’t supposed to pay much attention to.

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