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While most home chefs may fancy their salsa as worthy of a slot on a grocery store shelf, there is one local group that took that inspiration and turned it into not only a business but a teaching non-profit that serves up spice and inspiration. Taste of Immokalee is a student-run initiative that teaches high school kids about business, the food industry, and marketing, among other things. We're joined by Yvelande Astreid, she's assitant to the Taste of Immokalee executive director, and Marthe August, a junior at Immokalee High School.

Paul Finkelstein - Love @ AOL

Sep 18, 2018

September 16, 2018  Paul Finkelstein tried dating on-line and figured it out.


Barbara Davis - Volunteering Keeps You Young

Sep 18, 2018

September 9, 2018  Barbara Davis is retired and keeping busy.


Anita Garbett - The Loving Room Theatre

Sep 18, 2018

September 2, 2018  Anita Garbett is working and finds a friend.


Ginger Goldman - Prayer Chain

Sep 18, 2018

August 26, 2018  Ginger Goldman recalls a time when she needed help.


Anna Stolarova - Lost and Found

Sep 18, 2018

August 12, 2018   Late at night Anna Stolarova finds a wallet

Matthew Sabatella - Not Missing a Beat

Sep 18, 2018

August 19, 2018  Matthew Sabatella is under pressure in a new job when things go wrong.



Juanita Martinez grew up in Immokalee, the daughter of migrant parents who she says motivated her to strive to achieve her dreams and get a college education, which she did, receiving a bachelor’s in communication and a master’s in public administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. After graduating, Martinez spent time travelling the world, visiting more than two dozen countries. And it was during those travels that she decided to return to her hometown and devote herself to her community.

A new report from a Tallahassee-based research group raises questions about the growing role of charter schools in Florida, including citing the closure of 373 charter schools since 1998.

Ben Wilcox, research director for the group Integrity Florida, said the closure of charter schools has averaged nearly 20 a year “and that comes with a cost to taxpayers.”

“When a charter school closes, it is often difficult to get taxpayer funds back,” Wilcox said. “A closure can cause severe problems for a school district which must absorb the displaced students.”

At Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland last week, Rabbi Bradd Boxman told the congregation there was an elephant in the room. The elephant was a prayer, or a piyyut, a liturgical poem, that has been recited during the Jewish New Year for centuries.

The prayer, the Unetaneh Tokef, is about who will live and who will die in the coming year, and how. It involves asking to be inscribed in the book of life, to remain among the living. 

The president of the University of Miami is hoping to significantly increase the institution’s endowment — and its national and international stature — ahead of its centennial celebration in 2025.

President Julio Frenk calls the private university’s newly adopted strategic plan a “roadmap to our new century.”

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to become a university not just of Miami, not just of this country, but also of the world,” Frenk said during a state of the university speech on Monday night.

President Trump astonished people across the country last week when he denied 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria. He insisted (falsely) that Democrats inflated the death toll to make him “look bad.”

For Ernesto Morales, Trump’s tweets exacerbated his awful memories of the storm, which demolished Puerto Rico a year ago this Thursday.

Miami biotech billionaire and philanthropist Dr. Phillip Frost says he was stunned by the stock trading fraud charges filed against him earlier this month by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Frost denies the allegations, saying in a statement, they "are belied by common sense, my history of supporting promising scientific technology, and the facts."

Frost declined WLRN's invitation for an interview.

A new law will takes effect next month that expands workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcements officers and other first responders.

Workers comp for those professions will now include post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ivan Nieves and David Torres, a couple from Puerto Rico, used to own a restaurant, hair salon and a boutique in San Juan. But one year ago, Hurricane Maria seriously damaged the business, leaving them unable to work. 

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