Hurricane Watch for Florida’s Big Bend and Nature Coast

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Even though Tropical Depression Nine hasn’t officially become a Tropical Storm yet, a Hurricane Watch was issued for Florida’s Gulf coast from Anclote River to Indian Pass. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb urged those living along the coast to be prepared for the worst.

“We want people to focus on NOT what it is now, but what it could be. The forecast is for a tropical storm, but it could also become a hurricane.”

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Florida’s solar Amendment 4 passed with brilliant colors Tuesday. With only 60 percent needed to pass, the measure’s overwhelming support suggests, perhaps, a new direction for solar in the Sunshine State, a relatively untapped source of energy.

 

The passage of time does not necessarily correlate with natural progress forward.

Such is the case in South Africa.

Twelve years after the end of apartheid, black students at Pretoria High School for Girls in Pretoria, South Africa, were told to chemically straighten their hair.

This past weekend, students with afro hairstyles and braids gathered to protest the longstanding rule.

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The decision of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stop standing for the national anthem has provoked a lot of debate, to say the least. It’s also re-opened a discussion about whether "The Star-Spangled Banner" is actually racist.

Francis Scott Key wrote his famous poem, "The Defence of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the failure of the British assault on the fort, which guarded Baltimore during the War of 1812.

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Waseem Akhtar was sworn in today as the new mayor of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. But he didn't get to settle into his brand-new office after the swearing-in ceremony.

Instead, he was rushed back to jail in an armored police vehicle.

Akhtar, a former member of parliament and member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party in Pakistan, has been charged with arranging medical care for suspected terrorists and stoking violence and riots in 2007.

He hasn’t been found guilty of any crime, but has been under arrest since last month.

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Poll workers in South Florida saw a steady trickle of voters, though in some areas rain may have affected turnout in the afternoon and into the evening hours.

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The French are telling Washington it’s time to call it quits. 

“Negotiations are bogged down,” said President Francois Hollande. “Positions have not been respected, it’s clearly unbalanced.” 

Hollande was talking about a massive trade deal that US and European Union diplomats have been negotiating for more than three years.

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is probably best known by its acronym, TTIP — not to be confused with the TPP, the trans-Pacific trade deal that President Barack Obama is hoping will get through Congress.

The Jewish Journey

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7:30 pm THE JEWISH JOURNEY: America - Historical Documentary

Narrated by Martha Teichner, the film follows the trajectory of Jewish American life from the earliest arrivals in the mid-17th century through the impact of the Nazi regime in World War II, the creation of Israel, and the new challenges of 21st century assimilation. Explore the personal stories many faced as they migrated to America, whether for economic opportunity or to escape persecution. 

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A few years ago, entrepreneur Vik Kachoria was spending a lot of time up in the clouds flying from Boston to Europe to Asia. He had plenty of time to ponder this question: “Why aren’t we flying any faster?”

Computers have gotten faster, trains are faster, everything is faster. “In every industry we look at, except for aviation,” reasoned Kachoria.

Today is Florida's primary election. Voters are headed to the polls and in South Florida, filling out ballots for state senator, state representatives, judges and local municipal and county elections. 

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