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Debate Watch Parties
8:07 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In Miami (Stiff Drink In Hand, If Necessary) (Updated)

The Local Craft restaurant and bar in Coral Gables
Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

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Miami's Middle Class
3:33 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report: Miami Is Unaffordable Because People Aren't Making Enough Money

Miami is the least affordable city in the U.S. because people aren't getting paid enough.
Tax Credits/ Flickr

According to a report released this week from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Miami is the least affordable metropolitan area for middle class Americans.

And it's not because Miami is more expensive-- it's because the middle class here isn't making enough money compared to other big cities.

This week's study highlighted the cost of housing and transportation in major metropolitan areas-- but in relation to household incomes.

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Airport Security
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Nightline Showcases Miami International Airport Security

MIA security shows off their training to ABC News.
ABC News

ABC's Nightline profiled Miami International Airport's security this week. 

The news show talked to security personnel at MIA about what they see in the airport day to day and the extensive amount of people, dogs and machinery used to keep the airport safe.

In true Miami fashion, security personnel mentioned that in their time working at MIA they have witnessed people smuggling birds, body parts and even human fetuses (which are used as part of a Haitian ritual) in their luggage.

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Superbowl In Miami
7:52 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A 2016 Miami Super Bowl May Depend On A $225M Facelift For Sun Life Stadium

Super Bowl XLI, Feb. 4, 2007 in Miami. It rained.
Credit Chris Vicente on flickr

Miami is a finalist for Super Bowls in 2016 an 2017. Only problem: There are other finalists - San Francisco and Houston - and each has a younger, better-looking and better-equipped stadium. The possibility of hosting the big game, the Miami Herald reports today, may put some steam behind a drive for taxpayer-funded renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

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Arts
6:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Vizcaya Museum And Gardens $2 Million Skylight Complete

Tuesday (October 16th, 2012) is the unveiling of a two million dollar upgrade to the skylight at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Museum officials says it's the largest construction project since 1914  at the home once owned by industrialist James Deering.  Vizcaya had the same problems as any run-of-the-mill home that's almost 100 years old It's skylight had gotten a little shabby. It was leaking, in disrepair and not even up to hurricane code. The new glass and steel courtyard cover no longer blocks the view of Biscayne Bay, and can now capture rainwater t

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Jeb Bush
4:15 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Subtle, Subtle' Racism: Why Jeb Bush Moved To Miami

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

New York Magazine published a great profile of Florida's former governor and current Miamian Jeb Bush this week.

The profile tackled some pretty big topics about Bush, who has stayed mostly out of the limelight since he finished his term as Florida's governor in 2007. The article mentioned how Jeb's connections to the Hispanic community might make him the greatest hope for the future of the GOP and why he didn't run in 2012.

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The Miami Vote
6:29 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Obama Adviser Says Campaign Will Make Gains With Miami Hispanics

Plouffe says president will make gains among Hispanics in Miami.
Obama for America/Flickr

The Tampa Bay Times chatted with David Plouffe, President Obama's Senior advisor, recently. While polls show the president is struggling right now, Plouffe tells the Times that he's confident Obama will make gains in Florida-- particularly among Miami Hispanics.

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Obama In Miami
8:16 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Swing State Life: Obama's On His Way To Make A Nightmare Of Miami Traffic

Here He Comes Again: A presidential motorcade much like this one that tied up Miami traffic in 2010 will inject itself into the Brickell area rush hour today.
Miami Herald

President Obama makes an appearance this afternoon at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. It's a grassroots rally with free admission for those who got advance tickets. Doors open at 1 p. m.

After that, Brickell Avenue will close at Southeast Seventh Street at 4 p. m. as the president makes his way to another event at the J. W. Marriott Marquis Hotel.

He's supposed to arrive at 5. But the Miami Herald warns downtown drivers need to make three and half hours worth of plans:

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News
2:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Chávez Reelection Could Send More Venezuelans To South Florida

More fallout from the Venezuelan election. A real estate agent tells the Miami Herald's Alfonso Chardy there's nothing like fear to touch off capital flight.

President Hugo Chávez’s reelection could prompt a further exodus of Venezuelans to South Florida, leading more entrepreneurs to seek U.S. green cards in return for investments and more people to buy properties from Key Biscayne to Weston, real estate agents and immigration attorneys said Tuesday.

Local Documentaries
1:14 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Tom Wolfe Documentary Premieres In Miami

Tom Wolfe spent six years researching his latest novel.
Medusahead

Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, Back to Blood, takes place in Miami. It won’t be out until later in the month, but a new documentary about the years Wolfe spent here researching the book premieres Tuesday, October 9 at O Cinema in Wynwood.

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Under The Sun
1:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Mt. Trashmore: This Place Is A Dump

Mt. Trashmore
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
  • Flora Thomson-DeVeaux on Mount Trashmore.

Intern Flora Thomson-DeVeaux grew up in a home where there was a lot of trash talk.

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Univision And ABC
7:38 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Univision And ABC Are Partnering In English

Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas grilled President Obama during this Sept. 20 event at the University of Miami. Mitt Romney was on the same stage two days before.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

  Spanish language broadcaster Univision and ABC will open a 24-hour cable channel in the Miami area, the Miami Herald reports today.

Programming will be in English but produced with a Latin perspective. Herald reporter Doug Hanks got a look at documents that describe the project:

The joint venture is expected to employ about 350 

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Dispatches From The Swing State
2:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Cuban-American Artist In Miami

Known just by his first name, Antuan, the 40-year-old artist is a sculptor provocateur whose work is at times absurd (brains, pills and ashtrays) and more often profound (Holocaust memorial pieces). Antuan says that growing up in Cuba gave him political "trauma." He loves the freedom of democracy, but doesn't trust government.

Dispatches From The Swing State
2:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Sleepless In Miami

9:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

In Miami, Taking The Good With The Weird

Lead in text: 
In Florida's strangest county, candidates need the votes and just accept the crime, traffic and celebrity culture. Oh, and the face-eating. The Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith:
What if a presidential election came down to the strangest county in the weirdest state in America? For better or worse, that's Miami-Dade, whose vote Nov. 6 will go a long way in determining who wins America's biggest swing state.

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