Politics

Marijuana
12:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana'

One of the many, many forms of cannabis.
"it was 3 a.m." via Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:21 pm

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. This week, we look into how we came to call cannabis "marijuana," and the role Mexico played in that shift.

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Zimmerman Trial
7:12 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bracing For A Boycott: How Scott's Defense Of 'Stand Your Ground' Could Hurt Florida

DISNEY, CITRUS ON THE LINE Activists around the country say Florida should be punished with a boycott for its Stand Your Ground law.
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The calls to boycott Florida grew louder and more widespread on Friday after Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his support for the broad self-defense law that was key to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.

Scott told demonstrators occupying the state capitol on Thursday that he will not submit the Stand Your Ground law to a special legislative session for revisions despite demands by activists, elected leaders and at least one prosecutor earlier in the day.

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Zimmerman Trial
7:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida Governor Stands Firm On 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to protesters Thursday in the Capitol in Tallahassee. Scott told the protesters that he won't ask lawmakers to revamp the state's controversial self-defense law.
Phil Sears AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:30 pm

In the days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, protesters camped out at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee, calling for a meeting.

When Scott met with protesters on Thursday, one of the group's leaders, Philip Agnew, asked the governor to convene a special session of the Legislature to look at repealing the state's stand your ground law.

"It is the time for leadership," Agnew said. "The world is watching. Most definitely, the nation is watching. And you have the opportunity to stand tall above the rest."

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Americas
3:46 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Brazil's Highflying VIPs Face Backlash Over Air Travel

A helicopter carries VIPs to the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2010. Politicians taking expensive helicopters and government planes have generated controversy in Brazil.
Jefferson Bernardes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:57 pm

Unlike New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who often takes the subway to work, some prominent politicians in Brazil have a far more impressive way of getting around: private helicopters and government planes.

Perhaps the most over-the-top example of the trend is that of Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral. A recent magazine expose showed that his commute to work is only about 6 miles.

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The Florida Roundup
3:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

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City Zoning
7:36 am
Fri July 19, 2013

How Coral Gables Has Been Doing Since It Lifted The Pickup Truck Ban

Pick up trucks used to be banned in Coral Gables
Credit Karelia Arauz / WLRN

For residents of the city of Coral Gables, there are all kinds of strict rules and regulations, like the ones that we explored yesterday.

Not too long ago, you couldn’t even have a pickup truck within city limits -- at least not one that you kept parked in your driveway overnight. 

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Social Welfare
5:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Wilkins Steps Down As DCF Secretary, Scott Taps Jacobo Interim

David Wilkins
Credit Miami Herald

After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins on Thursday abruptly resigned as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that Wilkins had stepped down "to pursue opportunities in the private sector and to provide more attention to his foundation." 

Scott also tapped as interim secretary Esther Jacobo, the regional managing director for DCF's southern region, which serves Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. 

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Labor
2:59 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish

Farmworkers harvest and package cantaloupes near Firebaugh, Calif.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 1:02 pm

Advocates for farmworkers, especially those who grow America's leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are pushing the government to do more to protect those workers from exposure to pesticides.

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Zimmerman Trial
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Students Keep Capitol Vigil As Scott Visits Panhandle

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In Gov. Rick Scott's absence, protesting students dug in Wednesday at the Florida Capitol for the second day of a vigil prompted by George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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City Zoning
7:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

You Can't Own An Elephant In Coral Gables (And Other Weird Laws)

Morman Ross rides an elephant on Miami Beach in 1922. Coral Gables wanted to discourage this circus-like atmosphere.
Credit Courtesy of History Miami

Coral Gables has a reputation for its very strict—and frequently unusual—city codes.

As recently as 2007, the entire zoning code was revamped, but to this day, there are still a few ordinances that are... well, peculiar.

While flipping through the 464-page zoning code manual, there were seven ordinances that stood out.

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Community Contributor
7:16 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Cubans Question Treatment Of Bahamas Detainees After Video Airing

A video broadcast on América Tevé claims to show a Cuban detainee in the Bahamas with a padlock through his lips.

América Tevé recently televised videos and photographs purportedly showing abuse of Cuban detainees being brutally beaten by Bahamian officials. The video shows four detainees on the floor, an immigration official kicking them.

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Zimmerman Trial
4:36 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

How Trayvon Martin’s High School Reacted To His Public Death

Students at Krop Senior High in Miami wore hooded sweatshirts to remember slain classmate Trayvon Martin.
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Reposted from NPR's StateImpact from March 21, 2012.

Trayvon Martin’s death has inspired a national debate about race and justice. But at the high school Martin attended in Miami, his death had not been announced publicly until today, when the school held a moment of silence for the slain student.

Ashley Aristide is a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High in Miami, where Martin went to school.

She’s having a hard time coping with her friend’s death.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Race, Self-Defense And The Law

Today on the Florida Roundup at noon on 91.3 FM:

We’re bracing for a verdict in the Zimmerman case, a trial that has the state on edge. Does Florida’s Stand Your Ground law make it an open-and-shut case for the defense? And is too much being made of the possible reaction if Trayvon Martin’s killer is set free?

The U.S. Justice Department finds - for the second time in a decade - that City of Miami police used excessive force in a spate of shootings, seven resulting in the deaths of black residents of the city.

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Community Contributor
7:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Rising To Environmental Challenges In America’s Sinking Cities

Credit Flickr photo from VgM8989

As an undergrad at Louisiana State University, I learned quickly what it means to live in a swamp. I left our college newsroom after an all-nighter working a tropical storm and found my car parked behind Tiger Stadium — filled to the stickshift with murky brown water.

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Sea level rise
6:30 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Documenting Evidence Of Climate Change

A damaged stretch of A1A
Credit Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

For South Florida, climate change isn't part of some vague future; it's a reality today.  South Florida has seen nine inches of of sea-level rise since the 1920s.

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