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Housing rebound facing an obstacle: Too few homes

The shortage of homes is occurring just as ordinary Americans want to buy again. And tight supply isn't the only factor slowing what is otherwise shaping up as the strongest spring buying season since the housing boom ended nearly seven years ago. More at the AP.

Florida House passes "right to speak" bill

A bill being sent to Gov. Rick Scott seeks to make sure that Floridians have the right to be heard - and not just seen - at local government and state agency meetings. The measure (SB 50) won final approval from the Florida House on a 113-2 vote Wednesday. The bill won 40-0 passage in the Senate earlier in the session. More at the AP.

Florida virtual students get unexpected down time

Business Profile

Katherine Way Collections

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Over the course of her career, Katherine Way launched more than 200 products for multiple corporations. Now she’s left the corporate world to launch her own. The result is Katherine Way Collections, a line of dresses for women older than 34 designed to provide comfort for women in the workplace.

» Full story from the Florida Times-Union

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Florida students taking online courses through Florida Virtual School and its affiliates found themselves without access to their classes over the past couple of days. They won't be penalized for getting their work done late. The reason? Someone attacked the system with a Distributed Denial of Service hack. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Orlando might keep alcohol flowing downtown till 3 a.m.

Orlando is working on a far-reaching proposal for its thriving and sometimes out-of-control nightclub scene downtown, including banning those younger than 21 from most clubs and giving bar patrons an extra hour to drink. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Miami Dolphins holding job fair for Sun Life Stadium project

The Miami Dolphins will hold a job fair on Thursday for a project that may not happen. As the team touts a proposed $350 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium as a job creator worthy of tax dollars, the Dolphins will open up Sun Life Stadium on Thursday to aspiring construction workers, laborers and others who would want to work on the project. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Doubling down, with meatballs on the side

condoWhen someone says, "Hit me" at Martorano's restaurant, it can mean another drink, another meatball or another card. The over-the-top eatery is now serving up blackjack along with its signature pasta dishes. Martorano's, just a short stroll from the casino at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, is the first restaurant in the U.S. to feature blackjack, industry sources say. And the bold move seems to be working. Even actor Al Pacino dropped by a few nights ago to play before sitting down to dinner.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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