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Monroe County voters will have more than just presidential primary candidates to consider on their March 17 ballots—all voters, regardless of party, will be asked to weigh in on an ongoing tax earmarked for teachers.

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On Google’s homepage, Mexican TV comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños stands proudly with one hand on his hip as his body is magically projecting out of a classic 1970s television. 

Gómez Bolaños, who is better known as Chespirito or "Little Shakespeare," died at age 85 in 2014. Today would have marked his 91st birthday. 

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Local governments would be barred from licensing food truck vendors in their communities, as part of broader deregulation proposals that cleared final House and Senate committees Thursday.

The Senate Appropriations Committee and House Commerce Committee approved similar bills (SB 474 and HB 1193) that meet part of a call by Gov. Ron DeSantis to scale back occupational regulations.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This is the first installment in an occasional series about the people who keep returning to old South Florida motels.

For decades, U.S. 1 in South Florida has been dotted with small, colorful motels. For some families, the motels have become nostalgic destinations they return to year after year. 

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In his State of the State address at the beginning of the 2020 legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked for a bill to require minors seeking an abortion to obtain parental consent. On Thursday, he received it.

After five hours of heated debate over the course of two days, the Florida House passed a bill that would do just that, sending the legislation to DeSantis’ desk, the first piece of major legislation to do so.

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It’s no secret Venezuela’s once robust oil industry is wrecked, which is why its economy is wrecked too. Even Venezuela’s authoritarian socialist president is now admitting it.

Madeline Fox / WLRN

Much like many snowbirds this time of year, two art exhibits have made their way to South Florida from New York City.

The Norton Museum of Art is hosting a collection of Robert Rauschenberg’s work, comprising five decades of the pioneering modern artist’s sculpture, prints and mixed media on loan from the Whitney Museum of Art.

Chopin Competition: The 'Super Bowl Of Piano' Comes To Miami Beginning Saturday

Feb 20, 2020
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The repertoire of Frédéric Chopin is widely considered among the most challenging for pianists to tackle. And for nine days, beginning Feb. 22, young hopefuls from across the country will do just that, taking on the works of the great Polish composer for the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition.

The 26 contestants will perform at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium — half on Saturday and the other half on Sunday — for the preliminary sessions. They must be U.S. citizens between 16 and 30 years old.

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On this Thursday, Feb. 20, episode of Sundial:

Environmental reporter moderates presidential debate

The Democratic presidential debate in Nevada was moderated by its first climate journalist, Vanessa Hauc. 

"The Democratic field takes [climate change] very seriously," Hauc says. "Right now, we have a clear understanding of what is happening to our planet."

Hair Club for Men founder — and client — Sy Sperling dies in Boca Raton

Feb 20, 2020
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Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed "I'm not only the Hair Club president but I'm also a client," died in Boca Raton. He was 78.

Sperling died Wednesday after a lengthy illness, spokeswoman Terri Lynn said Thursday.

In the late 1960s, Sperling was a balding New York City swimming pool salesman who was growing frustrated with toupees. "If you're dating and going to be having special moments, how do you explain, 'I got to take my hair off now?'" he said.

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Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved renaming the county’s “Dixie” highways after Harriet Tubman, replacing a name branded as celebrating a racist legacy with the name of a legendary liberator of Americans subjected to slavery.

The resolution by Commissioner Dennis Moss officially creates Harriet Tubman Highway out of stretches of road currently named Old Dixie Highway in South Dade and West Dixie Highway in Northeast Dade.

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COMMENTARY

It took forever. But Democrats finally seem to have found an answer to President Trump’s claim – directed for years now at Latino voters in Florida – that the party is a sinister socialist cabal poised to nationalize auto factories, shutter churches and send your abuelita out to cut sugar cane to meet the Politburo’s Five-Year Plan. Like, you know, the way Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez did.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Coping with storm surge fueled by rising seas in the Keys means elevating homes, buyouts in vulnerable areas, protecting important places like hospitals and wastewater plants and stabilizing parts of the Overseas Highway that could get washed out in storms.

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On this Wednesday, Feb. 19, episode of Sundial:

Coronavirus in Florida

Florida health officials say they can’t disclose how many people statewide have been tested for the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As of Wednesday, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Florida. 

The Scripps Research Facility in Jupiter and other research facilities around the country are developing vaccines to address the new coronavirus outbreak.

Puerto Rican Singer iLe Brings Almadura’s Seductive, Revolutionary Rhythms To North Beach

Feb 19, 2020
Cesar Berrios

Fresh off of sold-out shows in New York and Boston, Puerto Rican singer and activist iLe (Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar) will bring her signature sound to the North Beach Bandshell this Friday.

Her 2016 debut album, “iLevitable,” won a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” NPR called her second album, “Almadura,” “an ode to Puerto Rico, an homage to its history and a plea for political action.”

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