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South Florida has long been a target for Medicare fraud. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced 24 people had been charged in a $1.2 billion telemarketing Medicare fraud scheme. Two of the individuals charged in the case were from Boca Raton. 

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T Kira Madden chronicles her childhood in Boca Raton as a queer and multiracial woman in her new debut memoir, “Long Live The Tribe of Fatherless Girls.”

Holocaust Survivors
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum honors individuals around the globe each year who have shown a commitment to Holocaust remembrance and education. 

The museum turned 25 last year, and chose to give its highest honor - the Elie Wiesel Award - to all Holocaust survivors from around the globe.

On behalf of survivors living in South Florida, Rita Hilton, 92, accepted the Elie Wiesel Award Tuesday night at the regional fundraising dinner Never Again: What You Do Matters. 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened on Tuesday to sanction Airbnb over what he called the home-sharing platform's anti-Semitic move to cease its operations along Israel's West Bank. The company has removed more than 200 listings in Israeli settlements in recent months, due to the dispute the homes have fueled with Palestinians.

Flanked by South Florida Jewish community leaders at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, DeSantis said Airbnb's decision violates a state law that prohibits Florida from working with companies that boycott Israel.

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Guests for Sundial on Monday April 30 2018:

As the political and economic situation in Venezuela worsens, thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in Colombia. WLRN reporter Tim Padgett is in the border town of Cucuta, Colombia, where he recorded an interview to speak about how the mass migration is affecting both countries.

Moishe Mana is a billionaire real estate investor that has brought property in Wynwood and Flagler Street. He talked to Sundial about his plansto make Miami into a tech and cultural hub that links South America and the Far East for business. 

Boca Mayor Haynie Bows Out Of County Commission Race

Apr 25, 2018
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Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie has withdrawn from the Palm Beach County Commission race after her arrest on corruption charges. 

She spent 2 1/2 hours in the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday night before she posted $12,000 bail and emerged to a crowd of reporters.

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The first of more than 800 March For Our Lives events in Washington, D.C., the U.S. and around the world took place early on Saturday on the island of Pohnpei in the Pacific nation of Micronesia.

Here in South Florida, things kicked off, fittingly, in Parkland - which was the site of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and ignited the student-led #NeverAgain movement for stricter gun control and school safety. Marches were also held in Miami Beach, Boca Raton and Key West.

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Cheers and hugs welcomed a barefoot Jorge Sempere as he finished a 12-mile journey from West Boca Community High School and arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Tuesday morning to protest gun violence in the wake of the school’s massacre.

He and other students from West Boca High walked out of their school campus to show solidarity with their neighboring peers, some of whom had just embarked on a lobbying trip to Tallahassee.

Coffee is an integral part of any breakfast in Miami. Of the many different coffee drinks available, none are as native to the Miami culture as the colada -a bittersweet Cuban espresso shot served in diminutive styrofoams cups meant to be shared with friends, co-workers or even strangers.

Coladas are usually served in the small walk-up windows- or "ventanitas"- of the restaurants that populate South Florida.

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The city of Boca Raton suffered “several million dollars” worth of damage to its beaches from Hurricane Irma, Mayor Susan Haynie said Wednesday.

 

“The dunes got crushed,” said Chrissy Gibson, city spokeswoman. 

In addition, 49 percent of the city remained without power as of noon on Wednesday, Gibson said.

 

The city, like the rest of county, is slated to have its power restored by Sunday, Gibson said. In the interim, the county’s midnight to 6 a.m. curfew will be enforced in the city.

 

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A new exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art wants us to rethink the way we look at something all around us: glass.

“These are not decorations,” said Kathleen Goncherov, curator of contemporary art. “A lot of this work is very political. These pieces tell stories.”

She points to an elaborate, floor-ceiling chandelier by Chinese artist Song Dong.

“This is a take on a traditional Venetian chandelier, except it has surveillance cameras on it,” said Goncherov. “It’s called “Glass Big Brother.”

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Parents at an exclusive boarding school in Boca Raton are upset over the way administrators are communicating about the abrupt departure of a headmaster and the hiring of two law firms to investigate possible sexual abuse at the school.

Reporter Andrew Marra has been writing about this issue for the Palm Beach Post. He says it's unclear whether the two events are related. Our interview, below, starts off with a description of St. Andrew's School.

Nearly 20 years after an earlier proposed merger was rejected by U.S. regulators, Staples says it is acquiring Office Depot for $6.3 billion. Combined, the two office supply giants would have annual sales of some $39 billion.

"Staples began discussions to acquire Office Depot in September 2014," the companies said in a news release. "The agreement has been unanimously approved by each company's Board of Directors."

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Our newsroom has hosted South Florida trivia nights in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It's time we tested our listeners in Palm Beach.

WLRN will host another night of South Florida trivia on Tues., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

Questions will be about South Florida facts and history. Teams of five or fewer are allowed. RSVP on Facebook. 

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