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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Florida kids are smoking less tobacco but vaping more, which is also pretty stupid

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:04 PM

The use of tobacco products among Florida’s youth is at an all-time low, but that good news is offset by significant increases in the number of children who vape, a state advisory panel was told Thursday. The results of the 2019 Florida Youth Tobacco survey of 10,844 high-school and...

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Shirtless Florida man removes 9-foot alligator from swimming pool

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 2:42 PM

A large gator was removed from a homeowner’s pool Tuesday by a shirtless Florida man. A video uploaded to social media, shows alligator trapper Paul Bedard wearing a bandana, goggles and a snug swimming-suit while removing an 8-foot, 8-inch gator from a pool in Parkland, Florida. “The gator had...

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Despite ethics violation, Trump will hold upcoming G7 Summit at his own personal Florida golf course

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Update, 3:45 p.m. | Gov. Ron DeSantis, predictably, has tweeted his support for the location. Today, the White House announced that the president will publicly host the next G7 Summit at his own private resort and golf course in Florida, which will certainly result in yet another blatant ethics violation....

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State Sen. Linda Stewart wants Floridians to know she does not oppose sunscreen

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Democratic state Sen. Linda Stewart is defending legislation that would prohibit the use of sunscreen containing chemicals found harmful to coral reefs. "A number of recent media reports have mischaracterized SB 318, relating to the Sale of Sunscreen by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando)," says a release issued Wednesday by...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, facing foreign-money scrutiny, says two arrested donors 'appeared legitimate'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 3:19 PM

A Soviet-born South Florida businessman arrested last week on federal campaign-finance charges seemed just “like any other donor,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday. DeSantis was among Florida Republican candidates who received contributions during the 2018 election cycle from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested on campaign-finance charges...

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The number of Floridians diagnosed with Hepatitis A this year is about to hit 2,800

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM

Florida had 53 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,791 as of Saturday, numbers from the state Department of Health show. According to Florida Health, hepatitis A is caused by a contagious virus that infects the liver and can lead...

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Orange County among seven targeted with federal funds to combat HIV

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 12:01 AM

More than $490,000 is being doled out to seven Florida counties as part of a national effort to try to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the next 10 years. The funding is made possible as part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, which was announced by the Trump...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Harvard psychobiologist warns Florida House members of marijuana dangers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 9:47 PM

With two looming ballot proposals that would legalize recreational marijuana in Florida, state House leaders are going on offense on the issue. The House Health & Human Services Committee on Tuesday heard an hour-long presentation from Harvard Medical School psychobiologist Bertha Madras, who issued dire warnings about the dangers...

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Downtown Orlando landmark LaBelle Furs celebrates 100-year anniversary with renovations

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 2:46 PM

On the way into work this morning, we spotted the iconic La Belle Furs sign in the process of bring cleaned, repaired or – dare we suggest – removed. Shoppers, PETA activists, and fur aficionados have long known the sign, which has been an Orange Avenue landmark since 1957. In...

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As more powerful hurricanes strike all over Florida, legislators consider building improvements

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Rooftop wooden decks may offer the perfect getaway space for homeowners, but they need to be built to better withstand hurricanes, members of a Senate panel were told Monday. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the Florida Building Commission, gave members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee a quick summary...

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