December 27, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

Will Short Gorham | 11/14/2012

Charter schools gaining market share in Florida

Charter schools are an increasingly popular choice in Florida, as more students leave the traditional classroom. More than 200,000 students are currently enrolled in 574 charter schools in Florida. Charters can be found in 44 Florida districts. More at StateImpact Florida.


Sandy could impact Spirit Q4 revenue

Spirit Airlines estimates that the revenue impact of Hurricane Sandy on the fourth quarter will be between $30 million and $35 million. During October, Spirit cancelled 136 flights, or 19.9 million available seat miles – approximately 2.2 percent of the month's scheduled capacity. More at the South Florida Business Journal.


Miami Marlins unload in blockbuster trade

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Wawa

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The Wawa convenience store/gas station/cafe/mini-supermarket chain created a buzz when it opened its first Florida store in Orlando in July. Gov. Rick Scott attended a ceremony welcoming the company, which opened five outlets in five weeks by late summer.

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The Marlins have taken a blowtorch to their roster once again. Only seven months after christening their swanky, new $515 million ballpark with a marquee manager and the most expensive roster of players in the history of the franchise, the Marlins have dumped much of their starting line-up. Read more at the Miami Herald and hear analysis from NPR.

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» How The Miami Marlins Disgraced Baseball
» John Torres: Another Marlins fire sale
» Miami Marlins ownership defiles public's trust with another roster fire sale
» The Marlins are not a baseball team. They’re a kleptocracy


US retail sales drop 0.3 percent in October

Americans cut back on spending at retail businesses in October, an indication that some remain cautious about the economic outlook. Superstorm Sandy also depressed car sales and slowed business in the Northeast at the end of the month. More at the AP.

Related:
» US business stockpiles grow 0.7 pct. in September


How to make the time for giving back

American workers are finding ways to participate in volunteering, even as their work hours increase. Among men and women in professional and managerial positions, a whopping 38 percent of men and 14 percent of women worked 50 hours or more per week in 2011. At the same time, the volunteer rate rose by 0.5percentage point to 26.8 percent for the year. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Stiletto Racing

stiletto race How about a run — in high heels — to celebrate a company's 60 years in business? That's how Mark and LaRonda Denkler, of Vince Canning Shoes in Delray Beach, are marking their company's milestone. Their inaugural 75-meter 1st Annual Vince Canning Shoes Stiletto Race and red carpet strut on Nov. 16 will benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and give back to a community that has supported the business long before the Denklers became the owners.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
» 1st Annual Vince Canning Shoes Stiletto Race


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