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Politics
2:39 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

On Haitian Radio, North Miami Elections Are Real-Life Drama

North Miami Mayor-Elect Lucie Tondreau was one of several of that city's candidates at the center of real-life Haitian radio drama.
Credit C.W. Griffin/ Miami Herald Staff

In the city of North Miami, a third of the population is of Haitian descent, and Creole-language radio is vital. During the lead-up to Tuesday’s runoff for city council and mayor, all kinds of election drama played out over the airwaves.

In North Miami, anyone running for office has no choice but to keep up with the latest chatter on the radio, regardless of whether they speak Creole. Many of the city’s Haitian residents rely on radio for their news and often take as gospel what radio hosts tell them—even when it’s not true.

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Environment
10:35 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Everglades Restoration: Water And Money Flow Into The River Of Grass

Everglades restoration received a sizable cash infusion this week.
Credit Balthazira / Flickr Creative Commons

May was an eventful -- and most would likely say hopeful -- month for the beleaguered Everglades. Gov. Rick Scott signed into law new legislation that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade to fund Everglades restoration and cleanup.

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Americas
6:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

How The Most Violent Places On Earth Benefit Miami

South Florida has benefited from the combination of Latin America's financial wealth and its criminal scourge as immigrants transfer new wealth to the United States.
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Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of stark paradoxes, and that has never been truer than in the past decade: Even as the continent enjoys one of its most dynamic economic booms, it’s suffering one of the worst violent crime crises in its history.

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Labor
6:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Democrats, Labor Urge Gov. Scott To Veto Wage Bill

THEY WANT A VETO: Miami State Senator Dwight Bullard (in black) and State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez (center with red tie) call for a veto of House Bill 655 at a rally in downtown Miami.
Credit Rick Stone

Florida Democrats and advocates for working folk are turning up all the pressure they can to wring a veto out of Gov. Rick Scott sometime this month.

Their target? House Bill 655, passed during the 2013 legislative session to stop local governments from exceeding federal minimum wage and benefit guarantees.

If the governor signs the bill, counties such as Broward and Miami-Dade with special "living wage" ordinances already on their books, will have to abandon then.

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Americas
1:15 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

New Laws Enshrine Domestic Worker Rights In Brazil

Cassia Mendes, who has worked as a housekeeper for more than 20 years, cleans a house in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 19, 2012. Brazil enacted on April 2 a constitutional amendment to grant domestic workers health insurance and other benefits.
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Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 4:57 pm

The phone is ringing off the hook at the crowded waiting room at the Domestic Workers Union in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the past decade, millions of Brazilians have joined the middle class. Advocates say this isn't just the result of a growing economy or social spending, but also laws like the one just passed that enshrine domestic workers' rights.

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Americas
8:20 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Why China Is Behind Fresh U.S. Moves In Latin America

School children in Sao Paolo, Brazil take a Mandarin-language proficiency class at the Confucius Institute, which offers language courses and Chinese cultural programs.
Credit Juan Forero/NPR

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago next week. President Obama already swung through Mexico and Costa Rica this month and next month Obama will host the presidents of Chile and Peru at the White House.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New Internet Cafe Ban Leaves Chuck E. Cheese Alone

Popular gaming chain Dave & Busters features slot machines where players insert enough tokens to claim prizes.
Credit Greg Castillo/The Miami Herald

When is a gambling machine, not a gambling machine?  Apparently when it is inside a Chuck E. Cheese.  

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Politics
2:59 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Gov. Scott Signs Florida Budget; Explains Vetoes

Gov. Rick Scott signs the 2013-14 state budget. He told reporters he vetoed a tuition hike because it will help Florida families.
Credit Tom Urban/News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 state budget into law today.

He also sent a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner explaining his decision to veto a tuition hike. “We are also holding the line on tuition by vetoing the Legislature’s recommended 3 percent tuition increase on our college and university students,” the governor wrote.

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The Sunshine Economy
9:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

The Sunshine Economy Part Three: Real Estate

Special correspondent Tom Hudson hosts a weekly series on The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.
Credit WLRN

 

REAL ESTATE

From world famous beaches to international trade flows, South Florida has become one of the world's most vibrant and diverse economies.

Through a series of one-hour radio programs, special correspondent Tom Hudson hosts a weekly radio show on Mondays in May and June exploring The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.

Topic & Guests: South Florida's economy is underpinned by the local real estate market, which is influenced by global trends.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Does The Governor Deserve Credit For The Economy?

The state announced that the jobless rate dropped to 7.2 percent in April 2013. But what kind of jobs have been created?
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On The Florida Roundup, we take a special look at the economy.  

Employment, tourism and real estate numbers suggest a recovery. We’ll examine whether Gov. Rick Scott’s “it’s working” motto is actually working -- for him.

Meanwhile, the legislative session is over but many bills are still under review by the governor. The biggest: Florida's $74.5 billion budget.

And locally, could South Florida lose both the Super Bowl and the International Swimming Hall of Fame to California?

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Miami Stories Project
8:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Our family came from Havana, a beautiful city that some have called a tropical paradise.

My brothers and I came to Miami on a Pan American flight and were taken to a campground that the Pedro Pan organizers had set up in Kendall, near where Town & Country Mall now stands. We were there for about two weeks before being sent to Albuquerque, N.M., where we were taken in by the family of Dr. Eugene Purtell.
 

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Climate Change
6:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Broward County Mayor Leads Local Response To Sea Level Rise

Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs
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Even before last year's coastal calamity caused by superstorm Sandy, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs was trying to get everyone's attention about sea-level rise and it's impact on South Florida.

She's one of the founding members of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a multi-county effort to help local governments plan ahead. Jacobs is a longtime county commissioner serving a second one-year term as mayor, a largely ceremonial role.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Dolphins Spend $10M On Failed Stadium Vote

The Florida legislative session ended without state approval of public money to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
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Americas
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Miami Feels Pain Of Guatemala Genocide, Narco-Terror

Guatemala in recent years has been the site of massacres perpetrated by narco-gangs that are all too reminiscent of the 1980s butchery.
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The last time I spoke with former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt, in 2003, he was running (unsuccessfully, thank God) for President—and he was delusional as ever.

Every bit as unhinged from reality as he’d been two decades before, during the darkest days of Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, when as military dictator from 1982-83, he led a “scorched earth” campaign that killed thousands of mostly indigenous Maya peasants.

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