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Health
9:50 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Florida's A 'High Activity' Flu Area, CDC Says; How You Can Protect Yourself And Others

SEASONAL MISERY: Five percent of Florida hospital admissions are flu cases.
Credit CBS

Flu season has begun with a bang and more than half the states, including Florida, have been classified "high" activity areas by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control.

It's worse than usual, doctors say.

The Miami Herald says five percent of Florida emergency room and clinic visits are by patients with flu symptoms. Two Florida children have died and the last time the state saw such widespread flu was in 2009.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part IV
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

After The Haiti Earthquake, Fabienne Jean Dances Again

Fabienne Jean sits at home with her prosthetic leg propped up.
Credit Nick Kozak

 

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.

He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start  a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio. 

But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter. 

In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now. 

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Media
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Questioning Newtown: FAU Professor Takes Scorn To Suggest Government Faked The Story

SOLE SOURCE: For a brief time after the Newtown school shootings, the only information was given out in official news conferences.
Credit AP

In the national media today, James Tracy is the nutty professor. The whacko professor. The one-man argument for abolishing tenure.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part III
6:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Slideshow: Fabienne Jean, Three Years After The Haiti Earthquake

Fabienne Jean sits contemplative at home.
Nick Kozak

All week long we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago this month. 

A prosthetic technician from Boston heard her story and fitted Fabienne with a fake leg. He tried to help Fabienne recover in other ways too. He hatched plans to help her start her business, buy a house and open a dance studio to raise money for Haitian amputees. 

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, Fabienne's recovery has been a slow, frustrating process. 

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Why Wading Birds Are Getting A Little Less Busy In The Everglades

Nesting numbers of wading birds are considered an important measure of the health of the overall system.
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Breeding numbers were down for some bird species for the third straight year in a row in the Everglades.

Nesting numbers for wading birds fell by 38 percent compared to the past decade. That's according to an annual survey compiled by the South Florida Water Management District.

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Florida Lottery
11:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A New Look For The Florida Lottery

This new logo was unveiled to celebrate the Florida Lottery's 25th anniversary.
Credit flalottery.com

The Florida Lottery is getting an image makeover to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

An audience of Bright Futures scholarship winners applauded as the new logo was unveiled at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Lottery leaders showcased the new logo, which prominently features a pink flamingo.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell says the redesigned brand should help lure new players.

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Energy
9:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Progress Energy's $100-Million Dilemma: Retire Or Repair Crystal River Nuclear Plant

PROBLEM PLANT: The Crystal River nuclear plant in Citrus County has been idle since an accident in 2009. Progress Energy may owe customers $100 million if it doesn't come back on line.
Credit Flaglerlive.com

Still undecided about whether to repair or permanently shut down an idled nuclear-power plant, Progress Energy Florida faces the likelihood of eventually refunding up to $100 million to customers.

The refunds stem from a wide-ranging settlement agreement that Progress reached in early 2012 with representatives of consumers and business groups. Under that settlement, the utility would not have been subject to refunding money if it started repairs on the Crystal River nuclear plant by Dec. 31.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits

Black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts off of cars.
Credit Brian Henderson/Flickr

Next time you go to the Everglades you'll have the option to pick up an anti-vulture kit.

The park is offering the kits so people can protect their cars against vultures during the winter months. The black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts--such as windshield wipers and sunroof seals--off of cars.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part II
6:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

After The Earthquake: A Haitian Dancer's Highs And Lows As She Recovers From An Amputation

Fabienne Jean in the doorway of the part of her home where she cooks.
Nick Kozak

Yesterday we began the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake that devastated Haiti three years ago this month. A prosthetic technician from Boston promised to help Fabienne dance again. But he didn't stop there. He wanted to help her put the rest of her life back together too. 

In the second part of our week-long series, Jacob Kushner tells us how difficult their task would become. 

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Mortgage Mess
11:35 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Big Banks Agree To Pay $8.5 Billion To Settle Foreclosure-Abuse Claims

April 2011: A foreclosure sign in front of a home in Richmond, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:26 pm

Ten of the nation's major mortgage servicing companies, including household names such as Bank of America and Citibank, have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to resolve claims that they abused some homeowners when they foreclosed on mortgages during the recent housing crisis, the Federal Reserve and the Comptroller of the Currency announced late Monday morning.

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News
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

After Mall Shooting Scare, Palm Beach County Official Wants Businesses To Beef Up Security

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A false alarm at a shopping mall has a Palm Beach County commissioner asking if local businesses are doing enough to protect the public.

Two days before Christmas, Commissioner Shelley Vana was shopping at the Boynton Beach Mall with her five-year-old granddaughter when she heard cries of "Get down!"

"I grabbed my granddaughter and pulled her down behind a planter,” says Vana.  “We were outside of the enclosed play area and I could see the people in the play area getting down behind stuff."

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part I
6:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Haiti Three Years After The Earthquake: Still Rebuilding A Life

Fabienne Jean walks outside her home in Haiti.
Credit Nick Kozak

Part I: Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, Fabienne Jean is still rebuilding a life.

The earthquake that struck Haiti three years ago this month sent a concrete wall crashing down onto the 30-year-old dancer Fabienne Jean. Her right leg was crushed and had to be amputated. When Fabienne danced again, she was hailed as a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, the quest to rebuild one woman’s life would take much more than that.

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Broward Identity Crisis
2:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

From Miami-Dade To Broward, The Case For Being Mindful When Renaming Counties

Image of the 'Dade Massacre,' which accelerated the Second Seminole War. There are five different Dade Counties in the US, and a Dade City in Florida.
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Amid chatter that Broward County is considering changing its name to reflect the county’s biggest city-- Fort Lauderdale-- this all got me thinking about the names that we give to our counties in South Florida.

As time goes forward, the histories of the place names that we know become obscured.  After some amount of time they take a life of their own as names become places, and we scarcely think of the individual.

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Infrastructure
12:50 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

'Structural Deficiencies' From Corroded Steel Cause Lane Closures On Bear Cut Bridge

DEFICIENT BRIDGE: Bear Cut Bridge, marked with an A, will allow only limited travel for at least a year
Credit Google

The discovery of corroded steel support girders on the bridge to Virginia Key from Key Biscayne has prompted local officials to close the westbound lanes and route heavy trucks away from the structure until repairs are made.

And that could take up to a year, according to county transportation officials, including the two weeks in March when the Sony Open tennis tournament brings Key Biscayne its heaviest traffic of the year.

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Delray Beach
10:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Delray Beach To Event Organizers: Pay Up Or Be Gone

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If you want to hold a major street fair or festival in Delray Beach, the city wants some cash up front first.

Delray Beach officials say they're tired of the unpaid bills left behind by major event organizers in recent years.  The city is in the hole for about $50,000 after certain festivals failed to cover costs for events not hosted by the city.

Several major fairs – including the Carnevale and the Delray Beach Film Festival -- have been banned for skipping out on the tab.

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