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3:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

"Nan Van" Follows Grassroots Gubernatorial Candidate

Former state senator Nan Rich speaks with supporters at a local campaign stop.
Credit Michael Spooneybarger / Miami Herald

Nan Rich is a long way from home.

In this ultraconservative city on the western edge of the Florida Panhandle, the Democratic candidate for governor is more than 650 miles from her base of support in left-leaning Broward County.

Any farther and she would be in Alabama.

Rich is keenly aware of the distance as she settles in for a meet and greet at a trendy restaurant that serves both sushi and Southern comfort food. Winning votes here is a long shot. But so is winning the governor’s mansion.

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Fraud
3:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Seniors On Medicare Patrol In Miami

Gustavo Franco, of Senior Medicare Patrol, warns seniors of Medicare fraud.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

It’s a crime that requires no guns. It frequently goes unnoticed until after the fact, and the victims are unwitting U.S. taxpayers duped to the tune of $68 billion a year. Medicare fraud has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in the country — and South Florida is the most likely place to get fleeced.

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Public Radio
3:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

StoryCorps Comes To The University Of Miami

James Garcia sits with StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton and Warmamas member Carolina Camps as he shares his military story.
Credit Selima Hussain

StoryCorps, the nonprofit radio program that broadcasts stories from everyday Americans, came to the University of Miami this week to record stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's part of the program's special military voices initiative. 

StoryCorps collaborated with UM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a nonprofit group called Warmamas to document the stories of 16 war veterans. 

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News
2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Mass Might Be A Bit Different Tonight

Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

This week the Miami Police Department addressed the monthly Critical Mass biking event as a "critical mess." Police Chief Manuel Orosa wanted the group to be more organized and follow traffic rules.

On Wednesday he said police officers may or may not attend the event.

Today’s ride will be going through Little Havana, West Flagler, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater, OMNI, Park West, and Downtown.

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The Florida Roundup
11:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy?

A fisherman walks the streets of Mariel. The Cuban government hopes expansion of the port will draw large cargo ships coming through the Panama Canal.
Credit David Gilkey/NPR

Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?  

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.

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Miami's CBGB
7:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Little Haiti Rock City" Raising Funds For 34 Years Of Churchill's History

Credit Little Haiti Rock City

Filmmaker Franco Parente first went to Churchill’s Pub in 1991. He was 17. He snuck in to see Young Turk, a Hialeah band just signed to Geffen Records.

“I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door,” Parente recalls. “I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn’t believe that they were doing a show there. [But] I had the time of my life and came back the following week.”

Now, Parente is documenting the 34-year history of the iconic Miami pub in “Little Haiti Rock City.”

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World Cup
7:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout

To the rest of the world he's Bat Boy
Credit Jimmy Baikovicius / Flickr

From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.

That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international fútbol really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.

Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.

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Books
6:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Viaje One Way," Anthology Of Miami's Latin Cultures, At The Betsy Hotel

Hernan Vera Alvarez is one of the authors and editors for "Viaje One Way." He moved from Argentina when he was 23 years old.

“Viaje One Way” is a Spanish-language anthology of authors from Latin America and Spain. Hernan Vera Alvarez, one of the editors, says the book is "a mirror of the 21st-Century Miami."

"Before there were anthologies of Cuban writers in Miami," he says, "but this book is the first one that unites Latin American, Spanish and Cuban writers."

Alvarez moved to the U.S. from Argentina when he was 23 years old. Below, he talks about the new "Viaje One Way."

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Governor's Race
5:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns

Charlie Crist talks politics at the offices of the United Teachers of Dade.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

Charlie Crist announced he’ll release his tax returns going back nearly 25 years.

“I would challenge Rick Scott to do the same,” said Crist at an event on Thursday.

Crist is running to be the democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in November. Last week, Scott released three years of tax returns for himself and his wife. Republicans had been calling on Crist to submit his financial information, too.

While Crist’s disclosure goes back much further than Scott’s, Crist drew the line at including his wife’s information.

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Immigration
11:54 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida

Recently arrived Salvadoran teen Andrea (center; she did not want to give her last name) with her mother Sandra (left) and immigration attorney Jose Teurbe-Tolon.
Credit Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

It’s easy to think the current crisis of undocumented child migrants from Central America affects only the U.S. Southwest. But the problem is very much South Florida’s too.

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Critical Mass
6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Police Department Addresses "Critical Mess" Biking Event

Ken Bureski is a regular rider at the monthly Critical Mass.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

A monthly group bike ride in Miami may face police sanctions during its next event.

Critical Mass brings thousands of cyclists on the last Friday of every month as a way to promote safe cycling.

The Miami Police Department thinks riders are not following state laws and make the roads dangerous for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.  

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What's The Story?
5:56 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops

Credit Vera Arias

For our What's the Story? project, a listener asked us:

Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter?

And while working to answer that question, we asked our audience what their worst experiences were while waiting for buses in South Florida.

We came up with the five things wrong with bus stops in our area. Listen:

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Libraries
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

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Research
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center To Receive $16 Million Per Year

Dr. Stephen Nimer, photographed on Wednesday March 7, 2012 is the director of UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald staff

  In Gov. Rick Scott's budget, the Legislature approved $60 million of annual funding for three cancer centers in Florida. One of the centers, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, will receive $16 million per year for five years.

Even before the funding the center made investments including hiring new physicians and researchers, and purchasing new equipment.

As Dr. Stephen Nimer says, the new personnel and machines help make the center "world class."

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Transportation
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station

All Aboard Florida President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger announces plans for the rail system's downtown station.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

All Aboard Florida, the privately funded project that plans to connect Miami to Orlando with high-speed rail service, has been touted as an alternative to congested highways. It has also been criticized for concerns regarding safety and noise.

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