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N4P: Financial Coaching and Budgeting Strategies for the Lower Income Sector of our Community

By WVUM News Staff | September 20th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.

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N4P: The Sex Economy: Miami’s sex trade estimated at $235M

By WVUM News Staff | September 13th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Human Trafficking generally involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for profit. Laws dealing with human trafficking and slavery are not new to the U.S. legal system. But in recent years, commercial sexual exploitation, a concept that refers to a sex act coupled with a commercial transaction, has become a matter of increasing concern for the local community of South Florida. Betty Lara, President of Glory House of Miami, talks about the strength and resilience of the survivors as they battle their way back to a life of freedom. Too many children, as young as 12 years of age, are brought into the sex industry. It is not enough for women alone to advocate against child pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation. As Betty put it, “it will take the city of Miami” to stop the demand and end sex trafficking. Men and women must come together and advocate against any form of sexual exploitation.

The Sex Economy: Miami’s sex trade estimated at $235M by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

N4P: Exploring Childhood Behavioral Disorders

By WVUM News Staff | September 6th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most challenging of the childhood behavioral disorders. For most affected individuals, the impact of autism continues through adulthood. Children and adults with autism frequently suffer as well from various medical and psychiatric disorders, further complicating its treatment and management. Parents’ and clinicians’ attention to the occurring disorders can greatly improve the quality of life and health of affected individuals. That is why it is important to stress early intervention for children with Autism.

Dr. Daniel Messinger, the principal investigator of the SIB SMILE lab, is an associate professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology and in the departments of Pediatrics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Miami. His current research aims to further understand emotional and social interaction and development of typically developing infants, infants who have autistic siblings, and children with autism spectrum disorders. He is using automated measurement and ratings of facial expressions to explore emotion and interaction. Additionally, Dr. Messinger is examining dynamic systems and the impact of real-time processes (sharing a smile) on developmental processes (secure attachment). Devon Gangi graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Miami. She is enrolled in the Developmental Psychology track as a graduate student in the SIB SMILE Lab. As part of her undergraduate senior honor’s thesis, Devon investigated the relationship between initiating joint attention and language ability in high-risk infants for developing an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her graduate work at the SIB SMILE Lab, she hopes to investigate the genetic factors of temperament.

On ‘Not For Profit,’ Dr. Daniel Messinger and Devon talk about UM SIBSMILE (Sibling Studies Measuring Infant Learning and Emotion) a research study that investigates the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children between 2 months to 4 years of age. The research data is used to examine differences in the development of younger siblings of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with a typically developing older sibling.

N4P: Agriculture in America: Growing Crops in Florida

By WVUM News Staff | August 30th, 2014 |

With the total US citrus crop equaling 11.2 tons at a value of $3.2 billion annually, it is safe to say citrus production is a valuable industry. Florida being a key player in citrus production recently held a Citrus Expo in Fort Meyers.

To aid citrus growers and correct any detrimental factors inhibiting production such as citrus greening and citrus canker diseasing crops, Bio S.I. Technology Founder Wayne Tucker presented Bio S.I’s all-natural soil microbial solutions to rebuild, restore and renew from “Roots to Fruit.”

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Lauren’s Story: A Talk On Childhood Sexual Abuse

By WVUM News Staff | August 4th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.”

An official 501(c)3, Lauren’s Kids is based in South Florida and educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curriculum, awareness campaigns and speaking engagements around the country and world. Lauren’s Kids holds an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” event, which brings together survivors and advocates on a 1,500-mile walk across Florida to raise awareness and promote supportive legislation. The foundation has helped advocate for the passage of more than two dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators.

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WVUM NEWS Special: End of the NCAA-UM Saga

By WVUM News Staff | October 24th, 2013 |

Chris Wittyngham, WVUM Sports director, reporting:

After years as a football program, a university, and a leadership structure in flux, the NCAA finally handed down sanctions to the University of Miami in relation to the Nevin Shapiro allegations. Many of those allegations were proven true in the report from the Committee on Infractions, but a combination of self-imposed penalties and a tainted investigation by the NCAA allowed Miami to get handed relatively tame penalties.

The most relevant penalties are 9 scholarship reductions over 3 years for the football program, 3 scholarship reductions over 3 years for the basketball program, and a 3 year probationary period that begun Wednesday. With the conclusion of the investigation and the process with the NCAA, Miami will be looking on to several things.

The first is a period for the football program that will hopefully thrive for the first time in a long time. Miami heads into the weekend at 6-0 and ranked #7 in the BCS rankings. Now that this cloud of uncertainty has been lifted, it certainly will allow the program to operate more effective.

Second is a period of further compliance, something discussed by UM President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Blake James ad nauseam in the aftermath of the announcement. They understand that they simply cannot allow this to happen again and have already implemented measures to do so.

Third is moving on. This era of Miami Hurricanes history has been largely mired by this scandal and it has hung over everything athletically and otherwise that has happened at the University. All parties involved will be glad to move on.

WVUM Special Report–End of the NCAA-UM Saga by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Counterpoint Clip: Eyes on SCOTUS

By WVUM News Staff | June 25th, 2013 |

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The Counterpoint team presents their preliminary thoughts on the historic cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 including looks at the Voting Rights Act and two cases regarding same-sex marriage.  Aired June 21, 2013.

Counterpoint is live Fridays at 1pm ET on WVUM 90.5FM in South Florida and worldwide at WVUM.org

Morning Headlines: June 18, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 18th, 2013 |

Here are some of the headlines that caught our eye this morning:

Afghan forces are now in charge of security across their country.  NATO-led forces turned over control today for the last 95 districts in Afghanistan where troops from the U.S. and other countries have taken the lead since 2001.  Turning over security control started three years ago.  There are now roughly 97-thousand NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, including about 68-thousand from the U.S.

Authorities are holding a man who allegedly terrified fellow passengers aboard a Hong Kong to New Jersey flight.  The unidentified passenger had to be restrained with makeshift  plastic handcuffs several hours into yesterday’s flight after reportedly telling the crew that everyone had been “poisoned” and that he was “dead.”  And it didn’t end there.  The man apparently dropped NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s name and claimed to have secrets from the CIA.  The plane was met on the tarmac at Newark Liberty Airport by FBI agents.  Officials say there’s no evidence of anyone on United Flight 116 being poisoned.

The FBI is expected to resume its search for the body of former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa today.  Yesterday, crews with shovels and a backhoe moved dirt at a site north of Detroit, following a tip from 85-year-old reputed Mafia underboss Tony Zerilli.  Hoffa went missing in 1975.

*Officials from Miami-Dade and other places in Florida are urging the State Board of Education to reconsider their method for assigning grade letters to schools. According to the Miami Herald, school letter grades will be decided by new exams and other similar score methods. While Miami-Dade schools have done well on tests this year, administrators are concerned that school grades will fall meaning wider implications for communities surrounding those schools, the Miami Herald reports.

Miami Weather:  Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content

Morning Headlines: June 17, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 17th, 2013 |

Here are some of the headlines that got our attention this morning:

President Obama spoke before a crowd of mostly young people in Northern Ireland overnight before the start of the two-day G8 summit.  His speech in Belfast comes ahead of talks scheduled for later today with British Prime Minister David Cameron.  One of the big topics of discussion at the G8 meeting will be the bloody civil war in Syria that is now in its third year.

Speaking of the President, recent controversies are weighing down his approval rating. This morning’s CNN/ORC International survey shows Obama’s approval rating at 45-percent. That’s down eight points since last month and it’s the President’s lowest approval rating in more than a year and a half.

Big cases may be soon decided in the Supreme Court.  Affirmative action is one and The U.S. Supreme Court could issue landmark rulings on same-sex marriage soon, as soon as today actually.  It’s the biggest civil rights issue to come before the high court in decades.  Justices have been considering two key cases.  One involves the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA [[ DOE-mah ]].  It defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman.  The second case involves California’s Proposition-8, a voter-approved measure which bans same-sex marriage.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio isn’t saying whether he’ll vote for a Senate immigration reform bill as-is.  The Florida Republican told ABC’s “This Week” the bill is an excellent “starting point,” but elements need to be improved.  Rubio dismissed speculation that he’s being used by Democrats to vote on softer immigration reform.  He said his priority is securing the border and preventing a future wave of illegal immigration.  Rubio is a key member of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight.”  The group has worked for months drafting a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Miami Weather:  A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.



Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.



Morning Headlines: June 14, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 14th, 2013 |

Here are the headlines we’re following this morning:

Britain’s foreign secretary says he agrees with the U.S. assessment that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels. William Hague says the UK has presented evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria to UN investigators. Meanwhile, two senior western diplomats say the U.S. is looking into setting up a no-fly zone along Syria’s southern border, near Jordan.

It was exactly six months ago that 20 school children and six adults were shot to death at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.  A Twenty-year-old stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th and opened fire in what would become the second deadliest school shooting in the United States.  He killed himself as police closed in.

The Disneyland employee accused of setting off dry ice bombs in that theme park is out of jail.  Christian Barnes was released on his own recognizance yesterday after a judge determined he is not a threat to the community.  The 22-year-old had been behind bars since May 28th, when he was arrested after allegedly setting off two dry ice bombs in the Mickey’s Toontown section of the park.  The judge said a subsequent search of Barnes’ car didn’t turn up any evidence the bombs were anything other than a bad idea for a joke.

A restaurant deck collapsed into  Biscayne Bay, injuring at least two dozen people, three of them critically last night.  Rescue divers and helicopters were sent to the scene at the Shuckers restaurant in North Bay Village and authorities say everyone is accounted for.  No word yet on what caused the collapse that happened as patrons were watching the Heat take on San Antonio in Game Four of the NBA Finals.  A game which they won, 109,93!

Miami Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.