Energy
8:21 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Plug To Be Pulled On Stricken Florida Nuke

DOOMED PLANT: Crippled by poorly done repairs, Duke Energy's Crystal RIver nuclear plant will become the first in the southeastern U. S. to close.
Credit southernstudies.org

Disabled by bungled repair work more tan three years ago, Duke Energy's Crystal River nuclear power plant will not be reactivated, company officials have concluded.

The plant in Citrus County on Florida's west coast will become he first in the Southeastern U. S. to close.

Four coal-fired generators will remain in place at the Crystal River site and the company is considering whether to build a new natural gas generator to replace the energy that the 900-megawatt CR3 nuke has produced since it opened in 1977.

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Session 2013
7:23 am
Wed February 6, 2013

First Approval For Internet Sales Tax 'Reform'

INTERNET KILLED THE COMPUTER STORE: Senators who voted for the Internet sales tax say it's a fairness issue for traditional retail.

TALLAHASSEE -- An annual effort to collect taxes on Internet sales began again in the Legislature on Tuesday, with a Senate committee agreeing to offset any new money collected with other tax breaks in a bid to appease anti-tax lawmakers.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a measure (SB 316) by committee chairwoman Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would require Internet vendors who sell to Florida residents to pay state sales tax.

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Dance
7:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

'BrazzDance' Director Augusto Soledade Draws Inspiration From Miami Scene

MIXED ROOTS: 'Cordel,' one of Augusto Soledade's repertory works, take cues from hiphop, tango and Brazilian narrative poetry.
Credit Mitchell Zachs

Since his arrival in 2004, Brazilian native Augusto Soledade has been trailblazing and opening paths for dance in Miami at an unprecedented pace and efficacy. 

Like his signature ASIWAJU educational project (asiwaju is the Yoruban term for “he who opens the path”), Soledade is committed to creating new spaces and platforms for dance and ensuring that Miami becomes a global and sustainable player of the genre.

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Andre Barbosa Squatter
6:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Andre "Loki Boy" Barbosa, The Boca Raton Mansion Squatter, Making International Headlines

The waterside view of Loki Boy's Boca digs.
Credit Zillow

A tale of squatting usually calls to mind an abandoned warehouse in the industrial section of a dusty and diminished American city: That's not how the story goes in southern Palm Beach County.

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The Art of Science
3:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: Mr. Williamson’s Submarine Tube

Sp.69, Sp.71, Sp. 72, 1924, watercolor on paper 11 3/4 x 9 inches

  “I call this my magic window.” -Captain Nemo from the 1916 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Arts
2:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

9 South Florida Arts and Culture Blogs You Need to Read Right Now

Miami Alive celebrates everything from underground music to urban design.
Credit by Melanie Gapany

A happy side effect of South Florida's booming arts scene is that the related blogosphere is booming as well. For a while, blogs by major media outlets were the only game in town, but that's quickly changing. Of course, these still provide essential daily reading.

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Energy
1:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

FPL President Says Controversial Nuclear Fee Has Been Good For Jobs And The Economy

Florida Power and Light President Eric Silagy
Credit http://www.nexteraenergy.com/company/bio8.shtml

Phil Latzman's interview with FPL president Eric Silagy.

Florida Power and Light is the state's largest utility serving roughly 4.6 million customers.

Since 2006, FPL customers have been paying what's called a "Nuclear Cost Recovery Fee," which enables the utility to charge in advance for future costs of building and improving nuclear power plants.

Since then, about $320 million has been raised to add 525 megawatts of new power to Turkey Point in South Miami-Dade.  

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Death of Liberalism

Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.
http://melvynlfein.com/

02/05/13  - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Kennesaw State University sociologist Melvyn Fein.  He’s written POST-LIBERALISM & THE DEATH OF A DREAM, and says that liberalism contradicts human nature and history’s lessons. Poverty hasn’t been eliminated . . . education not improved . . . crime hasn’t diminished . . . and universal peace never established.  Fein maintains liberalism is regressive . . .

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Town Hall on Session 2013
10:25 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Ask Us Anything: Archive Of Our Online Chat With Citizens Property Insurance

Despite the absence of any major hurricane for the past several years, property insurance rates have risen in Florida.
Credit cayobo

The price of property insurance in Florida keeps going up --  such that some homeowners are getting second mortgages or dropping coverage all together.  The state created Citizens Property Insurance to be the insurer of last resort for Florida homeowners. But plans to shrink Citizens by loaning money to private insurance companies and allegations of corporate misconduct have sparked outcries by some state officials and the public alike. 

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Two Years Later, State Voting Law Fixes Take Root Where The Problem Was Caused

In Tallahassee, a series of proposals to repair the state election system is finding broad support in the Legislature that many say broke the voting process two years ago.

A Senate bill instituting one of the reforms proposed by Secretary of State  Ken Detzner has already been filed and there are clear signals from a House elections subcommittee that it will prepare a bill to launch the rest of them.

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