Right-Winger Says Don't Worry About Climate Change, We Can Just Build Miami Elsewhere

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A big part of Miami as we know is in danger of being underwater sometime in the near future. The science is indisputable at this point, but right-wingers are struggling to deal with how to handle this. Well, Marlo Lewis, a Fox News contributor and senior fellow of the fossil-fuel-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute, was on NPR's On Point with host Tom Ashbrook yesterday and had a novel idea. He thinks we'll just end up moving Miami anyway.

See also: Rolling Stone Predicts Miami Will Be Underwater by 2030

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A 14-Foot Great White Shark Named Katharine Spent the Weekend Circling Miami Beach

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photo by sharkdiver.com via Wikimedia Commons
After a few days of torrential rain, waterspouts, and tornado warnings to end last week, this weekend brought glorious sunshine and cool ocean breezes -- meaning half of Dade County spent Saturday and Sunday wading in the Atlantic Ocean or enjoying Biscayne Bay.

They weren't alone out there. (Cue ominous music.) A 14-foot great white shark named Katharine spent Saturday cruising off the coast of Miami Beach and on Sunday came within spitting distance of boater favorite Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park.

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Raising the Speed Limit to 75 Is Ludicrous; Lower It to 55

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My God! Rick Scott did something right.

Florida's governor announced yesterday he will veto a bill, approved by the state Senate and House, that would raise the speed limit on much oft the state's highway system.

Though law enforcement mostly supported the plan -- Scott proposed the veto after attending the funeral of a state trooper -- support wasn't unanimous. The Sun-Sentinel editorial board suggested that road planners ought to have the chance to consider it.

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Grove Residents Petition Feds to Investigate Alleged Cancer Cluster Near Old Incinerator

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Andre Thompson grew up a block from the old incinerator; he's had several relatives die of cancer.
Fed up with what they see as stonewalling by local officials, a group of Coconut Grove residents has filed a petition with a the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The petition calls for a formal investigation into the health risks associated with lingering contamination from the former trash incinerator known as Old Smokey.

The group, with assistance from the University of Miami School of Law's Environmental Justice Project, is also requesting the creation of a disease registry to systematically track and identify cancers and other adverse health outcomes linked to the incinerator's toxic byproducts.

See also: Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove

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Record-Breaking Hammerhead Catches Deadly, Possibly Illegal, Says Marine Biologist

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A screenshot of the video showing a hammerhead being pulled onto shore and measured.
Last week a local 21-year-old made international headlines for snagging a 13-foot hammerhead while fishing off the pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. After his friend's line bent hard and the huge fish was pulled in closer, Ryan Bolash dragged the shark onto a beach full of stunned onlookers.

"It was flailing around, everything like that," one witness later said. "It was really cool."

The famous snag was only the latest in a spate of recent high-profile hammerhead catches. But according to one marine biologist, the sharks' lives were in danger and the fishermen were probably breaking the law.

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Miami's Ten Best Hidden Parks

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It's Earth Day, which at the very least means you should figure out some time to be outside and be one with nature today. Miami, of course, is the only major city sandwiched between two national parks (Everglades to the west, Biscayne to the east), but there's plenty of green space in between -- some of which might get overlooked. Here are our picks for ten of the best hidden parks in Miami-Dade.

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"Glamping" Bill Hopes to Spur Visits to Florida's Aquatic Preserves

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Is there anything more glamorous than Florida's aquatic preserves? Yes, darling, lots of things, but a new proposed bill hopes to bring a bit of a ritzy touch to the areas by allowing and promoting the idea of "glamping" on islands and "uplands" in the preserves.

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Baby Baboon Born at Jungle Island

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Isis, a four year-old baboon at Jungle Island, is experiencing her first joys of motherhood after giving birth to a newborn baby yesterday. Which means obviously that she already wants to share the baby photos with you.

See also: Tiny Florida Panther Kitten Rescued from Abandonment Is Adorable

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Here's Video of a Camera Getting Eaten by an American Crocodile in Homestead

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Feel the pain.
Ever imagined that exact, excruciating moment when an American crocodile closes its iron jaws around your face and clamps out the last dying embers of your life with its array of razor-sharp teeth? No? Well, here's a GoPro video shot in Homestead to help fuel your newest croc nightmares.

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Someone Is Feeding All of Gould's Friendly Raccoons to Pythons

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Jessica Swanson
The raccoons of Cauley Square will nibble on your shoe laces, crawl over your feet and brush up against your legs. They are wild but not rabid. They are cuddly but also conniving. Emboldened by decades of free reign, these intelligent creatures have turned treacherous. And they are legion. That's why the owner of the Goulds attraction has decided to trap the raccoons and release them in the Everglades.

Although people come to the historic railroad village to wander through its foliage and peruse its antique stores, the raccoons were among its biggest draws. Honey Chalmers, one of the Square's tenants, says the animals were there before she opened Today's Collectibles 38 years ago. She started attracting more of them with cat food, and about 40 were permanent fixtures of her business until about a month ago.

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