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State sees sharp increase of kids in foster care

State sees sharp increase of kids in foster care

New methodology in place to keep children safer BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The number of Florida children in the state’s foster-care system has reached its highest level since 2008 – driven by both a spike in the number of kids being removed from their homes and a drop in […]

Study: ‘Fish poisoning’ in state more prevalent than reported

Study: ‘Fish poisoning’ in state more prevalent than reported

BY JENNY LUNA MIAMI HERALD/TNS Carmelo Gianino, who works on a tow boat at the Miami Beach Marina, follows an old rule of thumb in South Florida fishing — stay away from the big barracuda to avoid a nasty fish-borne illness called ciguatera. He has seen a few people return to the dock, proudly displaying […]

NASA / International Space Station

NASA / International Space Station

Lost going into space A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its seventh mission to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) broke apart on June 28, after launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It’s the third explosion of a NASA-affiliated resupply rocket in eight months. Click here for a story about the explosion. (RED […]

SunPass customers now paying a little bit more

SunPass customers now paying a little bit more

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA SunPass users will see an increase in tolls when traveling on Florida’s Turnpike starting this week. The 1.6 percent went into effect due to a 2007 state law that allows state officials to adjust SunPass and toll-by-plate rates every year based on changes in the consumer price index. The change will […]

Senator seeks answers about SpaceX explosion

Senator seeks answers about SpaceX explosion

Third disaster in past year involving cargo ship heading to space station BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sounding the alarm about the future of U.S. space flights but industry officials in Florida remained calm after the latest explosion of a cargo rocket on Sunday, June […]

Heads up: Don’t take your selfie-stick to Disney World

Heads up: Don’t take your selfie-stick to Disney World

BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Walt Disney World is banning selfie-sticks from its theme parks, citing safety concerns, a company spokeswoman said last week. Under a new policy, which took effect Tuesday, the poles won’t make it past the bag check at any Disney World theme park. The sticks also won’t be allowed in Disney […]

Former head Rattler turns 80

Former head Rattler turns 80

Educators celebrate Dr. Walter Smith BY JENISE GRIFFIN MORGAN FLORIDA COURIER The Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) is the professional association for Florida’s 28 public community colleges, their boards, employees, retirees and associates. When the AFC held its Joint Commission Spring Conference in May at Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College, one of their outings took them to […]

Budget bills readied as session nears end

Budget bills readied as session nears end

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – After months of sparring and a nearly three-week special session, lawmakers will be able to vote Friday – after the Florida Courier’s Wednesday press time – on a $78.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget was sent to lawmakers and other state officials at 5:37 […]

Miami man wins $850,000 in wrongful arrest case involving ‘The First 48’ TV show

Miami man wins $850,000 in wrongful arrest case involving ‘The First 48’ TV show

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAM HERALD/TNS MIAMI — A federal jury late Monday awarded $850,000 to a man who said he was wrongfully arrested for murder by Miami police preening for reality-show TV cameras. Taiwan Smart, 27, spent 19 months in jail before the charges were dropped against him in the November 2009 fatal shootings of […]

Legendary actor to host documentary on Florida Memorial

Legendary actor to host documentary on Florida Memorial

Florida Memorial University is partnering with In America to produce a documentary on the Miami Gardens-based HBCU. “In America with James Earl Jones’’ will be filmed this summer. Dr. Roslyn Artis. president of Florida Memorial, will be interviewed about student life and the HBCU experience. In America produces stories featuring a wide variety of topics […]