March 5, 2015

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Will Short Gorham | 9/14/2012

› Miami-Dade schools chief goes on blitz to promote bond-issue for repairs, technology
From improved academics to greater financial stability, Miami-Dade’s school district is in the midst of a remarkably positive turnaround, Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told a group of business leaders on Thursday. And that success story of local public schools deserves to be rewarded, Carvalho said, in the form of a $1.2 billion bond issue that will be before voters in November.

› State's implementation of required drug tests was 'chaotic'
Kidney patients required to give urine samples through a catheter. Counties without drug testing centers. And drug tests with confidential personal information such as Social Security numbers turning up in unrelated files. That's the scenario that the American Civil Liberties Union laid out in court documents filed this week in its ongoing battle with Gov. Rick Scott's administration over whether it's legal to drug test applicants for welfare assistance.

› Red Lobster seeks customers for TV ads
After making its employees stars of TV ads, now Red Lobster now is looking for a customer to feature. The seafood chain owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants is holding a contest giving customers a chance to be in a Red Lobster commercial.

› Fans chomp into Gator-themed Pop-Tarts
Victory is always sweet for college sports fans, and now Gator fans can be even more satisfied by chomping into a Pop-Tart emblazoned with their team's logo in icing.

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