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7:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Trio Of Scientists Create Miami's First-Ever Sci-Fi Film Fest

Founders of the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival (L to R) Edward Figueroa, Eric Swain & Troy P. Bernier
Credit T. Bernier

Beam everybody down, Scotty.  Or to downtown Miami, to be exact.

From Jan. 17 to 19,  the Hyatt Regency is set to be invaded by all kinds of interplanetary voyagers and time-travelers -- courtesy of a film festival celebrating all things sci-fi.

About 50 science fiction, fantasy and horror films from around the world will be screened at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival this weekend.

MiSciFi, as it’s called by its founders, is being billed as the first of its kind in Miami.

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StateImpact Florida
6:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

What Education Is Like At An All-Girls Public Middle School

Ferrell Preparatory Academy students Ariana Jerome, Shawna Kent, Elena Postlewait and Destiny Jackson all say they prefer their all-girls school to the co-ed schools they previously attended.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Earlier this week we told you about a bill that would create a pilot program for single-sex elementary schools. Now, we asked Karen French, the principal of all-girls Ferrell Preparatory Academy, a public middle school in Tampa, about the differences in single-sex and traditional schools.

Q: I assume you’ve taught at both coed and single-sex schools. Is that right?

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News
5:52 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

World Ambassadors Explore Trade Opportunities In Miami

Wilfredo Fernandez addresses the ambassadors at The Space Miami.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Ambassadors to the U.S. from all over the world left D.C. to touch down in Miami for a program called "Experience America," sponsored by the Department of State.

"This is a remarkable city," says Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Oman's ambassador. This is the 13th Experience America trip, and Al Mughairy says she attends as many as she can. "This gives us as ambassadors the opportunity not only to see the U.S. but also to meet the different communities within the states." 

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Weather
5:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

South Florida The Warmest In The State, Even In The 40s

Credit Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

This weekend will be the coldest of the 2013-2014 so far, and South Florida can expect frost, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. 

Here's a message from WLRN's meteorologist Jeff Huffman: 

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Theater
3:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

How A Shakespeare Play Could Transform Miami Into 'Broadway South'

Chuckwudi Iwuji as Enobarbus and the cast of 'Antony and Cleopatra'
Hugo Glendinning

  The four-week run of a rarely done Shakespeare play at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach could be a defining moment for South Florida theater.

The set for “Antony and Cleopatra” is minimalist.  The costumes, unelaborate.  The play, which chronicles the dying days of ancient Rome’s Second Triumvirate, is a collaboration between another mighty trio – England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, New York’s Public Theater and Miami’s own GableStage.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Thur., Jan. 16 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK

On Thursday nights, WLRN looks back at the people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world. 

On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events -- a string of historic legal and legislative successes by America's gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:

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Politics
6:24 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Florida Senate President Considers Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Strain

A strain of marijuana that doesn't get users high has been found to help children who suffer from chronic seizures. The strain, known as Charlotte's Web, is currently available only in Colorado. Lawmakers are considering a proposal to make the strain legal in Florida.
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Desperate pleas from parents of sick kids got the attention of legislative leaders in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week.  

“We just need solutions quickly. We don’t have time. Time is not on our side,” said Seth Hyman from Weston. “Rebecca unfortunately could have a seizure today back in our hotel and die.”

“All the medications he’s on – it’s not a guarantee. He’s actually suicidal right now,” said Renee Petro from Uthia, talking about her son Branden. “He wants to kill himself. He’s 12.”

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How Much Is Enough?
5:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent

The sight for many home seekers in Miami, 'for sale' signs are few and far between.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Foreign investors have been gobbling up properties all over South Florida, often paying with cash. And banks are less willing to take a risk with families who need financing in lieu of cash.

This affects the percentage of income South Floridians spend on housing, because when it's harder to purchase a house, more people rent. And when more people are renting, rent prices go up.

For six years now, home-seeker Lionel Lightbourne has been looking for a home with his wife and the seven kids they have between them, aged 15 to 28.

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Politics
8:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

More Tanning Salons Than McDonald's: Why The Tanning Bed Bill Is Back

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The World Health Organization lists tanning beds among the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation.

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Sunshine Economy
8:07 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida

South Florida's two ports expect trade and tourism to pick up the pace in 2014
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

The dawn of a new year brings with it new promises and old challenges.  

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Wed., Jan. 15 Starting @ 8p
10:18 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Best Of British TV! Doc Martin, Scott & Bailey, Midsomer Murders

On Mondays, WLRN presents some of the best of British television, a mix of droll comedy and compelling drama.

In Doc Martin, popular British actor Martin Clunes stars as Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactlessness cause mayhem in a small Cornish community. Scott & Bailey is a thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, while Midsomer Murders, based on the novels of Caroline Graham, has a lush visual style, quirky characters, ubiquitous red herrings and a rural countryside that recall classic British crime mysteries of the past:

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Links
7:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Jan. 6-10

Locals embark on the first Homestead national parks trolley ride.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

This week's top attention-grabbing  stories include:  A proposal to add a Satanic statue in the Oklahoma Capitol, a Vero Beach company employing all-day surveillance of company smartphones and computers,  a free trolley giving locals access to Biscayne and Everglades national parks, and more.

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New Trends
7:46 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

What's With All The Hype And Hope For Electronic Cigarettes?

VaporZone associate Amanda Suarez shows a customer how to insert the flavored nicotine blend into the electronic cigarette.
Credit Chloe Herring / WLRN

 

Jeremy Brock was working an overnight shift stocking shelves at a grocery store when he felt excruciating pain in his chest.

"I haven't felt anything that painful in my life," he says. "It was really hard to breathe. I couldn't breathe."

His lung had just collapsed. 

Brock was taken to the hospital and given medication to ease the pain from the puncture in his lung. He says nurses didn’t tell him the cause of the incident but he thought it was likely due to his heavy smoking.

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Latin America Report
7:22 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

U.S. Aid Official: 'We Have To Change The Way We Do Business In Haiti'

USAID Haiti mission director John Groarke visits Haitian farmers.
Credit haiti.usembassy.gov

Right after Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people, I rode in a U.S. Army helicopter ferrying food and medical supplies into demolished Port-au-Prince neighborhoods.

As we descended near the suburb of Pétionville, and as corpses became visible amid the ruins and campfire smoke billowed up in our faces, the pilot said he couldn’t put us down. Too many people were running to the landing spot, and they risked being killed by the chopper rotors.

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Session 2014
7:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters

The penalties may get tougher for illegally catching large numbers of spiny tailed lobsters.
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It’s illegal to take lobsters out of season or out of traps that don’t belong to you. But Keys State Representative Holly Raschein (R-Monroe County) says the issue is that the penalty for stealing three lobsters is the same as stealing 300.

RELATED: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher 

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