October 31, 2014

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| 10/9/2012

› Broward Teachers Union reaches tentative agreement on breaks
Broward public school teachers won't have to wait four hours to take a bathroom break under a tentative agreement reached with the school district. The agreement last week would allow teachers two 10-minute breaks, one of which must be taken during the instructional day.

› Florida's new child abuse reporting law among nation's toughest
Florida's new child-abuse-reporting law, passed in the wake of the Penn State scandal, is being called the nation's toughest, and its penalties could have wide-ranging consequences for both universities and ordinary citizens.

› Tyrone Square Mall to celebrate 40 years in St. Petersburg
Tyrone Square Mall opened in October 1972 as the next big thing. Shoppers marveled at the modern decor with mirrored lights, marble floors and walls decorated in chartreuse and purple. Imagine, a movie theater with six screens! Even the lieutenant governor at the time, Tom Adams, attended the ribbon cutting, proclaiming the mall a model of intelligent design and one of the reasons why "Florida is prospering like never before.''

› Florida the 'Wild West' for third-party PACs
Nancy Watkins’ accounting office on a leafy street in Tampa may be one of the scariest addresses in Florida — for Democrats. Inside, Watkins guides millions of dollars in fundraising and spending that flow through dozens of murky political committees backing Republican candidates and causes.

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