Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida turns to Massachusetts for health insurance advice
Florida lawmakers considering how to implement the federal health care overhaul sought information this week from two economists on the Massachusetts initiative that served as the blueprint for the national plan. Massachusetts pioneered an approach emulated in the federal Affordable Care Act with its 2006 health care initiative and is currently the only state that requires individuals to have health insurance. More at the Insurance Journal.
Orlando Magic charity announces gifts totaling $1 million
The Orlando Magic Youth Fund surprised 17 local charities with more than $1 million in checks at an NBA-draft-style ceremony this morning at the Amway Center. It's big money that will help the nonprofit organizations promote literacy, childhood nutrition and education and help foster kids and teen moms. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
"Marketplace" searches for the new American Dream in Miami
Marketplace Morning Report is spending the first week of President Obama’s second term broadcasting from Miami and demonstrating what some of the president’s inaugural themes mean in real life. More at the Miami Herald and Marketplace.
Squatting in style: 23-year-old occupies empty $2.5 million Boca home
Cheesemaker Hits Wall With the Law
» More from the Lakeland Ledger.
Andre Barbosa is squatting in style. The 23-year-old has moved into an empty $2.5 million mansion in a posh Boca Raton neighborhood, using an obscure Florida real estate law to stake his claim on the foreclosed waterside property. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Famous Dave’s barbecue chain eyes Florida
Barbecue restaurant chain Famous Dave’s is looking to add as many as 50 stores in Florida over the next several years. The company is in talks with franchise candidates all over the state and is scouting locations for corporate stores along the I-4 corridor. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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