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Roger Stone's South Florida Connections, Youth Book Gets Techy & Palm Beach Writers LIVE!

Roger Stone arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington on Tuesday for his arraignment. The longtime political consultant pleaded not guilty to the charges of false statements and obstruction.

On Tuesday, longtime political strategist Roger Stone plead not guilty to a series of criminal charges in Washington D.C. federal court. Just last week, Stone, who's also a Republican strategist and President Donald Trump's ally, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale by the F.B.I. on a number of charges: obstructing justice, tampering with a witness and lying to Congress. He was released on bail. Sun Sentinel reporter Brittany Wallman has reported on Stone’s long political career in South Florida. Wallman joined Sundial to talk about Stone’s involvement in a number of the key election battles in the region.

Local author, educator and performer Octavia Yearwood has been very open about her traumatic experience as a foster child. She wrote about her journey in her memoir, "How The Hell Did You Do That?!" which is a guide and workbook for foster youth who have suffered traumatic experiences. Yearwood recently implemented the book curriculum in two educational organizations in Miami, URGENT, Inc. and the Overtown Children & Youth Coalition. Yearwood joined Sundial to talk about the new video component for the book and how local schools are getting involved in the educational materials.

Palm Beach County’s Writers LIVE! 2019 is bringing local and national authors to different library branches around the county. Starting Feb. 2, there will be a number of conversations with a line up of best-selling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres. There will also be a series of events surrounding black authors for Black History Month. Chris Jankow, the lead event coordinator of Writers LIVE!, joined Sundial to about this year’s event.

International artist David Best is commemorating the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by building a wooden temple that he will set on fire in three months. It’s called “The Temple of Time." Best and a number of volunteer students started the construction of the temple in Coral Springs. WLRN reporter Jessica Bakeman sat down with Best and talked to him about the temple for Sundial.