Culture
3:00 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Astronaut Garan Gives An "Orbital Perspective"

Ron Garan
Credit Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

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Health News Florida
2:51 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Selling Hard Boiled Eggs For Medicine: Tradeoffs People In The Gap Make For Health Care

Cynthia Louis in one of Florida International University's Neighborhood HELP Program parked in parking lot of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:50 pm

 This is the third part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Every Tuesday, a giant blue bus parks in front of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Miami Gardens. Inside looks like a doctor’s office with a reclining exam chair and anatomical charts. You only know that it’s not a traditional office when it shakes as people get on and off.

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Law & Order
2:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Supreme Court Reduces Death Sentence for Tampa Cop's Killer

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr., who killed a Tampa police officer in 2009, should be reduced to life without parole.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

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Environment
2:13 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

President Obama Visits The Florida Everglades

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:38 am

EVERGLADES--This was President Obama's first trip to the Everglades. In a speech that lasted about 15 minutes, the president reiterated his administration's stance on preserving fresh water and reducing carbon emissions.

Seemingly in response to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's purported ban on the phrase "climate change," the president said, "(climate change) can't be edited out." Gov. Scott has denied any such ban exists.

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Health News Florida
12:49 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:33 am

This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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Health News Florida
10:49 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Program Building 3-D Bionics for Kids Grows

Wyatt Falardeau got a Blue Man Group bionic arm from Limbitless Solutions, a UCF nonprofit.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:14 am

An Orlando nonprofit that 3-D prints free bionic arms for children is expanding. And to kick off the expansion, they gave a 3-D printed arm to autistic 12-year-old.

Wyatt Falardeau had his arm amputated shortly after birth. He’s a huge fan of Blue Man Group, and earlier this month, they gave him a new robotic arm.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Wyatt said.

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Health News Florida
10:40 am
Thu April 23, 2015

FL To Add 500 New Nursing Home Beds

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:42 am

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

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Science
9:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Real Bodies for USF Research

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters about the proposed research facility.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

USF's Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is best known for its work at the Dozier School for Boys. Now, they're asking for approval to use a parcel of land in Lithia as a training ground for identifying real bodies in different stages of decomposition. 

Currently, students are using plastic skeletons to train on. USF Anthropology professor Erin Kimmerle, however, said that real bones aren't pure white like fake ones are. 

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Health News Florida
3:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Drug Database Credited With Lowering ODs

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:45 pm

A database that tracks oxycodone and other controlled substances in Florida is being credited with a 25 percent drop in overdose deaths.

In 2011, the state created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so doctors and pharmacists could see if patients were doctor shopping, or getting care from multiple doctors without their awareness,  for prescription drugs.

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Health News Florida
1:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Approves 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, is the sponsor of the bill.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:08 pm

With the Senate also poised to take up the issue, the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require 24-hour waiting periods before women can have abortions.

The measure (HB 633), sponsored by freshman Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, passed on a vote of 77-41, largely along party lines.

The debate followed party lines, too, with Republicans arguing for the sanctity of life and Democrats arguing for the right to choose.

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

USF Hosts Expert on Armenian History

Dr. Garabet Moumdjian will speak about the history of the Armenian people at a presentation Thursday, April 23, at the USF Tampa Library.
Credit Dr. Garabet Moumdjian

One hundred years ago this week, what some call the Armenian Genocide began in the country now known as Turkey.

By 1918, at least one million Armenians were dead and many others were displaced by the Ottoman government.

Even today, the events are still shrouded in controversy, with many in Turkey saying what happened shouldn't be classified as a "genocide."

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World Affairs
11:02 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Soviet Veteran on Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Alex Farfel as a colonel in the Red Army.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Russian-American Community Center of Florida

It's been almost 70 years since the end of World War II. 

Thinking back on the war holds many memories for Alex Farfel, 85, who on Tuesday joined a group of 80 other World War II veterans at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport for a special trip.  

Honor Flight West Central Florida regularly takes veterans on an all-expenses-paid, one-day flight to Washington, D.C. 

The veterans visited Arlington National Cemetery and memorials built to honor their service during the war.

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Health News Florida
9:33 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Florida House Pushes Forward A Handful Of Health Tweaks

State lawmakers are pushing forward a number of tweaks to Florida health policy.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:20 pm

A proposal mandating an abortion waiting period took center stage Tuesday on the House floor.  But lawmakers discussed a handful of other measures that could affect health administration in the state, too.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Ecologist: Biggest Threat To Reefs Is Human Activity, Not Climate Change

Jeremy Jackson was the lead author on a study that surveyed the changing health of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean over 50 years. That included reefs like Carysfort, off the Upper Keys.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:08 am

The lead scientist on a study that surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs over 50 years says climate change is not the most severe threat facing coral reefs.

The Florida Keys reef is among the unhealthiest reefs in the Caribbean, said Jeremy Jackson, who grew up in South Florida and first visited the Keys in the late 1940s.

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Politics
1:33 am
Wed April 22, 2015

With Added Exemptions, Abortion Waiting Period Bills Slated For Votes This Week

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami), left, and Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) are the bill's sponsors.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:59 pm

A controversial abortion bill that now includes a new exemption is now heading to the Senate Floor, after passing its last committee hearing Monday. It’s also teed up for a vote on the House floor, despite continued opposition.

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