Sun Life Stadium
7:41 am
Mon January 14, 2013

We're Not The Marlins, Dolphins Say, But We Do Need Tax Money For Our Stadium

NEEDS WORK: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants a partial roof and reconfigured seating at Sun Life Stadium and he wants taxpayers to fund some of the renovations.
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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has an appointment with reporters today to discuss his plans to go after public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

The cost estimate is $400 million, says the Miami Herald, some of which Ross apparently hopes to raise from state and local government sources.

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StateImpact Florida
7:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New CPALMS Website For Teachers Makes Common Core Lesson Plans A Snap

JUST CLICK: The CPALMS website is a handy resource for teachers developing Common Core lesson plans.
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As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.

So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.

They’re not doing it alone.

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Environment
6:47 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Fearing Underwater 'Silent Spring,' NOAA Seeks Public Comment On Coral Decline

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Corals are not as visible as panthers, manatees or dolphins.  But scientists say they deserve just as much protection -- and respect -- as other animals beloved by Floridians. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed extending federal protection to 66 species of coral, including seven local species that scientists say are nearing extinction.

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Literature
11:30 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

Colm Tóibín discusses The Master, his 2004 novel about Henry James.
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Florida Insurance
11:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Why Florida Session Will Be Dominated By The Affordable Care Act And Other Insurance Issues

It's raining insurance policy in Tallahassee this spring.
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Affordable Care Act issues are expected to dominate discussions of insurance in the Legislature in the weeks ahead but lawmakers will also take swipes at workers compensation, hurricane preparations and Citizens Property Insurance Corp when they return.

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Literature
10:08 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Is The Biography A Work Of Fact Or Fiction? Musings From The Key West Literary Seminar

Author Jay Parini says “All biography is a work of fiction. It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”
Nick Doll

The work of a biographer might seem straightforward enough.  Although the general public might consider the genre a sub-category of nonfiction writing, the best works transcend that title, and stand apart as a class of their own.  Biographies contain facts and historical documentation about the life of particular subject, and in this way meet the criteria for nonfiction.  In a talk at the Key West Literary Seminar on Saturday, however, acclaimed biographer Jay Parini declared, “All biography is a work of fiction.  It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”

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Education Policy
9:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

What Research Says About ‘The Florida Model’ Of Education Policy

Researcher Matthew Di Carlo has gathered the studies and put Florida's education policies under the microscope
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At the Shanker Blog researcher Matthew Di Carlo reviews the effectiveness of the suite of education policies often called the “Florida model.”

These ideas include assigning A through F grades to schools and school districts based in part on standardized test results, retaining low-performing third graders, expanding school choice, teacher evaluations and others.

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Literature
3:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: We Become What We Read

Former poet laureate Billy Collins
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
2:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Translating A Life With Judith Thurman

New Yorker contributor, non-fiction writer, and bigrapher Judith Thurman on Translating a Life
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Those of us who speak more than one language are aware of the power and issues related to translation.  For many of us it is a constant internal dialog, full of traps and the dangers of double entendres.  The anxiety that the process brings about is the very reason why skillful translators are so valued.
In it's essence, the act of translating is a multi thronged process.  There is the literal, and then there is the intangible, the true root that translation attempts to illuminate.  In the end the translation inevitably fails to some degree to reach this ultimate goal.

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