03/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist T.D. Allman. His latest work is a ten-year project to create FINDING FLORIDA: The True History of the Sunshine State. The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit. Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.” He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any. The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell. Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.” That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.
Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:50 pm
Early in November, a tortoiseshell cat named Holly jumped out of her human family's RV in Daytona Beach, Florida, and ran off. After a fruitless search, the husband and wife returned home to West Palm Beach without their cat.
Holly showed up back in West Palm Beach, only a mile from her house, on New Year's Eve. Because she had been micro-chipped, the family, two surprised and grateful humans and one bedraggled cat, were readily reunited.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Florida man's floating home was a house, not a boat, and that therefore, the city marina where he kept it docked could not seize the structure under federal maritime law. The case could affect thousands of houseboat owners nationwide.
In an election year and a redistricting year, you might have expected this. The biggest stories of 2012 ended up being an election and redistricting.
A third ongoing story also pervaded the year's news: The economy continued its long, slow rise from the ashes of the recession, and by year's end the rebound – while facing the possible stomach-punch of a fiscal cliff setback – appeared to be solid.
Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 11:16 am
Paging Jeb Bush.
Your party needs you.
In the aftermath of Tuesday's election losses, Republicans have been scrambling to formulate a fix for what went wrong.
A big part of that calculation involves repairing relations with Hispanics, the fast-growing electoral power base that rejected Republican Mitt Romney's "self deportation" immigration solution and voted for President Obama in numbers that exceeded 70 percent.
Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.
For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:
This is actually the last statewide and local jobs report we'll receive before Election Day on November 6th.The unemployment rate is down in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties and statewide, but not for the same reasons.
Streaming The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special live from Lynn University!
Host Phil Latzman, along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers are discussing U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.
Florida resident Ricardo Devengoechea had what the Venezuelans needed: an actual lock of Simón Bolivar's hair that could be used to authenticate the bones stashed in Caracas' National Pantheon. Reportedly, he lent them the hair, the match was made and Bolívar's certified skull was used to make the digital facial image that you see on this page.