What you need to know about Florida today
› OfficeMax, Office Depot in talks to merge
OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are in advanced talks to merge, people familiar with the matter said, as the retailers of pens, paper and desks try to fight off tougher competition from rivals like Staples Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
› Life is brighter in Gainesville's Porters neighborhood
The neighborhood -- named for Canadian physician Watson Porter, who sold the land exclusively to black families over a century ago -- has experienced a number of milestones over the past year.
› Google to open its own retail stores this year, report says
It started with Apple stores. Then came Microsoft stores. Are Google stores next? The Silicon Valley company hopes to open retail stores in time for this year's holiday shopping season, according to a report by 9to5Google.
› Everglades plan could siphon water from county wells
For years, Everglades restoration engineers and scientists have been working on ways to control the ripple effects when they finally start returning healthy water flows to the marsh.
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