Sam Turken

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Durham, N.C.

Sam Turken

Freelance reporter at NPR station WLRN



'Don't Sell Now': Vacant Luxury Condos Are Driving Down Prices Across Downtown Miami

Real estate broker Gabriel Miranda thought it could take a while to sell unit 905. The vacant condo is in Echo Brickell, a recently-built, sleek residential tower that overlooks Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne. The building has elevators for cars, an enormous aquarium in the main lobby and a $42 million penthouse.
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Miami has a surplus of condos downtown, and they're still not cheap

A surplus of condos in Downtown Miami has led to a drop in prices. However, the average price is still more than most people can afford.
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Fights With Knives, Yelling, Collisions: Drama At Black Point Boat Ramp Draws Dedicated Audience

Jeff Forsythe could not stop laughing at the boaters. He sat on a grassy hill near the Black Point Marina boat ramp with his wife and son. The ramp was too crowded for him to trailer his own boat into the water on this Sunday before the Fourth of July. Instead, he joined more than a dozen others watching and jeering at boaters using the ramp.
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Protestors Rally Against Broward Elections Supervisor Following Scott Lawsuits

A backlash to the tightening governor and senate races grew on Friday as dozens of angry Republican voters rallied outside the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office where provisional ballots were still under review. Fueled by Gov. Rick Scott’s recent lawsuit against Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes, the raucous protestors called for more transparency of the county’s vote-counting process.
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'A Disservice To Our Voters': Election Supervisors Discuss Long Ballots, Bundled Amendments

With the start of early voting less than a week away, South Florida election supervisors are concerned this year’s ballots could overwhelm people and result in voters ignoring contentious referendum questions at the voting booth. The ballots are longer than those in previous years. And the supervisors of elections in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties are urging voters to learn about the amendment questions before showing up to the polls.
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At Work On Thanksgiving, Fort Lauderdale Airport Employees Highlight Fight Over Broward Wages

For Guildere Guerilus, Thanksgiving was like any other weekday. The wheelchair attendant at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport clocked in at 3 a.m. before working eight hours. He then took a two-hour nap in his car at the airport before starting a second five-hour shift. He didn’t return home until later in the evening.
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Shalala Wins 27th Congressional District After Tight Race Against Salazar

Donna Shalala, a Democrat, won a long-held Republican congressional seat in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday, giving her party a crucial win in its bid to retake the House of Representatives. Shalala defeated Maria Elvira Salazar, a well-known television journalist, by about six percentage points in a race that attracted national attention.
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Broward County Volunteers Finish Manual Recount For Senate Race Earlier Than Expected

Hundreds of people at Broward County's election warehouse finished reviewing ballots earlier than expected on Friday as part of a statewide manual recount for the U.S. Senate race. The hand counting of tens of thousands of votes marked a final step in an arduous recount process that began earlier this week for the tight contest between Democratic incumbent Sen.
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Florida Democratic Party Hosts Outreach Summit In Opa-Locka To Mobilize African American Voters

Officials from the Florida Democratic Party met with black South Floridians on Saturday to discuss the importance of voting and to train them how to mobilize other voters ahead of the midterm elections in November. About 25 attendees learned how to canvass, phone bank and use social media to persuade people to vote.
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Shalala, Salazar Make Final Rounds With Voters In Tight House Race

With less than a week before Election Day, Donna Shalala and Maria Elvira Salazar remain locked in a tight congressional race in Miami-Dade County that will have a critical impact on deciding which party controls the future U.S. House of Representatives. Salazar, a Republican, has touted her deep ties to the district as a former television journalist in South Florida.
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Why doesn't the men's basketball program have female managers?

Duke’s men’s basketball managers are easy to notice if you’re watching the Blue Devils in the stands. At every timeout, the managers dash onto the court with one handing a clipboard to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the others giving the players Gatorade and towels. They usually all dress similarly with each wearing black slacks, black Nike sneakers and a blue, black or white collared shirt with a Duke logo.
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How The Charles River’s Water Quality Is Monitored — And What’s Being Done To Make It Swimmable

At dawn on a balmy August morning, two volunteers are on the Eliot Bridge in Allston, lowering a small, orange-rimmed basket into the Charles River. The basket is attached to a long black and yellow rope, and inside it there's a plastic bottle. Bubbles appear as the bottle slowly sinks and fills with clear water.
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Sam Turken

I am a journalist in Durham, N.C and senior at Duke University majoring in public policy and minoring in history with a journalism certificate. I am an incoming intern at WLRN, the NPR news station in Miami. I am also the former managing editor at the Duke Chronicle, Duke's independent student newspaper. In the past, I have interned at WBUR, the NPR news station in Boston, the Duke Reporters' Lab, the Borgen Project and Fusion Media. Send ideas to and follow my SoundCloud page,



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