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Luis Hernandez / WLRN

On this Monday, Feb. 24, episode of Sundial:

South Florida woman given clemency by Trump

Last week, President Donald Trump announced 11 pardons and commutations in high-profile cases. 

Among them: Judith Negron, a South Florida woman who was convicted in a $200 million Medicare fraud scheme 10 years ago. 

Courtesy of Andrea Lieberman

Asher Lieberman has been obsessed with diseases since he was little.


Floridians will vote in the presidential preference primary on March 17.

Florida is a closed primary election state. Only voters registered with a political party cast a ballot for its respective party candidates or nominees for an office.

Jose A Iglesias / Miami Herald

A few miles north of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was another event for foodies this weekend. The Soul Vegan Food Festival showcased healthy black cuisine in an area of the state where only 4 percent of the population is black.


The clash of culture is something organizer and blogger Starex Smith loves about the event. Smith, who also goes by the Hungry Black Man on social media, organized the food festival to showcase healthy black cuisine.

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pipes in Fort Lauderdale keep breaking--it's been an almost daily reality for many people living and working in the city.

More than 200 million gallons of sewage have spilled from busted pipes in Fort Lauderdale since December.


Dake Kang / AP

There have been no cases of the coronavirus reported in Florida so far, according to the Florida Department of Health. 

State health officials say they can’t release information about how many people have been tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


voter registration drive
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office is blaming a widely used elections software company for a false report to the state that nearly a quarter million registered voters had been removed from the county's voting rolls. 

That incorrect number made it into a monthly data report by the Florida Division of Elections. The report lists 257,698 “active” voters that were removed from the voting rolls across the state in January. Out of that total number, 239,147 of the removed voters were from Orange County alone.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

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.

Screenshot from Google.com

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.

Review: Arsht Center's 'Hamilton' Lives Up To Its Reputation, In Every Way

Feb 21, 2020
Joan Marcus

Last season, undisputed honors for the hottest theater ticket in town went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton” in its regional debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

This season, the “Hamilton” love continues unabated, albeit with a different touring company of the same show. Fresh from three weeks at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the “Angelica” cast has begun a four-week run at Miami’s Arsht Center.

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. 

Fernando Llano / AP

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
Courtesy of Chopin Foundation of the United States

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.