South Florida

Miami Trumpeter Brian Lynch Up For Two Grammys

Jan 16, 2020
Tomoji Hirakata / Artburst

South Florida has a hometown hero to root for when the Grammys are awarded on Jan 26. The latest work by trumpeter, composer and educator Brian Lynch - “The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music” - has received a couple of nominations. 

The big band project is under consideration for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” and one of the nine songs written for it by Lynch, “Crucible for Crisis,” is a contender for “Best Instrumental Composition.”

Florida Prepaid College Prices Drop; Thousands To Get Rebates

Jan 14, 2020
Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

The Florida Prepaid College Board has lowered plan prices by $1.3 billion, benefiting 224,000 families and resulting in refunds of more than $500 million.

The price reductions apply to plans purchased since 2008, according to a news release from the Florida Prepaid College Board, which said Monday it was lowering plan prices.

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Ten years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, causing apocalyptic damage in the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities.

Andrea Hernandez Briceno / AP

Things haven’t gone so well lately for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. And last weekend it looked like the country’s socialist regime had left him powerless. But Guaidó made a comeback on Tuesday that heartened Venezuelan expats here in South Florida.

Julie Jacobson / AP via Miami Herald

Port-au-Prince was a canyon of crushed concrete and horrified screams as Jean Samson Edouard ran panicked and barefoot through the capital’s Carrefour-Feuilles district.

It was shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 — a decade ago this Sunday. A magnitude-7.0 earthquake had just destroyed much of Haiti — and killed anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people, according to most estimates (although the Haitian government had put the toll as high as 300,000).

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

On this Monday, Jan. 6, episode of Sundial:

President Trump Evangelical Event In South Florida 

Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday morning by a drone strike President Donald Trump ordered to deter "future Iranian attack plans." Shortly after Soleimani died, Trump was in West Kendall talking to thousands of supports at the King Jesus Ministry, also known as El Rey Jesus. 

“The day I took office, I got sworn in — the federal government's war on religion came to a very abrupt end," said Trump at the campaign event. 

AP (left) and Ariana Cubillos / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Most of America, even some Republicans, were stunned this week by President Trump’s letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That is, the raging, six-page tirade at the articles of impeachment against him — you don’t often see “you have found NOTHING!” typed on Oval Office stationery — which the U.S. House of Representatives approved Wednesday night.

But in South Florida, people probably weren’t all that shocked.

Marcelo Ruiz Mendoza / AP

COMMENTARY

Even by the satanic standards of all the clerical sexual abuse cases the world has learned of, this one is especially evil.

Courtesy of A24

In one of the opening scenes of the new film Waves, Tyler Williams, played by African American actor Kelvin Harrison Jr., and his girlfriend drive down a causeway in South Florida, blasting electric pop music with the windows down, hair flowing and surrounded by the deep blue South Florida water on both sides. 

CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD

President Donald Trump has done what so many New Yorkers have done before him — and upped sticks for the Sunshine State.

MIAMI HERALD

Brightline hopes to buttress its train ridership by tapping into the cruise line industry and two of South Florida’s most prosperous cities. And it expects to more than double its annual ridership through the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.

“We believe the three new stations ... will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes,” according to the rail line’s latest financial filing.

Katie Lepri/WLRN

Some of the most dramatic sea rise around South Florida has occurred in the last two decades: at least five inches near Virginia Key since 1992.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

South Florida headcounts during the 2020 U.S. Census will determine how much federal funding out of $675 billion will be invested in local communities over the next decade. It’s also critical in deciding Congressional seats and political power. 

To encourage more participation so South Florida sees its fair share of distributed federal tax dollars, the City of Miami announced its awareness campaign - Make Miami Count (#MakeMiamiCount.) 

Courtesy Bibenetakole

We first met Christherson Jeanty last week in our report on Haiti's grave political and economic crises. Jeanty was born in Haiti, grew up in Pompano Beach — and now lives in Haiti, where he owns a job placement and outsourcing firm. He also hosts an internet talk show, “Haiti Biz News,” on his YouTube channel SeeJeanty.

Miami-Dade County

A Miami-Dade County citizen transit oversight board has recommended the approval of a publicly-funded Virgin Trains station in Aventura despite lingering concerns the station could attract low ridership at high ticket fees.

The plan involves Miami-Dade’s purchasing a plot of land near Aventura Mall and building a $76.7 station with taxpayer funds. Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, would cover the operating costs for the service between its existing Downtown Miami station and the new Aventura station.

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