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Job market shows surprising strength in April

Employment rose more than expected in April and hiring was much stronger than previously thought in the prior two months, easing concerns belt-tightening in Washington was dealing a big blow to the economy. More from Reuters and the AP.

Hispanics in Florida


Florida Trend’s coverage this month explores the range of our state’s Hispanic heritage, from descendants of some of the state’s earliest Spanish settlers who still live here, to a largely ignored part of the state’s history, the mission culture that dominated north Florida in the early 1700s, to large concentrations of Hispanic populations in the state today, to a Spanish-American businesswoman in Fort Lauderdale who founded the largest Latina-owned business in America.

» Hispanics in Florida

South Florida envisioned as 'tech hub' to Latin America

Diane Sanchez has a vision of a unified technology community in South Florida becoming the "technology hub of the Americas." Sanchez, chief executive of the Technology Foundation of the Americas, shared her plans with members of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance at its mid-year meeting on Thursday. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

b2 hopes to B the place to be

The new b2 miami downtown is trying to be — or “B,” in the brand’s lingo — a different kind of hotel. Value-conscious but still catering to guests who might want a massage or room service, the hotel on Biscayne Blvd. is carving out a niche between the Courtyards by Marriott and the Hiltons of the world. [Source: Miami Herald]

» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:

  • Cancer Care in Florida: Breakthroughs, trends and players in the medical field of oncology.
  • Medical Math: In a few years, a mathematician may be part of every medical team that treats a cancer patient.
  • Toni Jennings is a 'Florida Icon': Former lieutenant governor and legislator, chairman of Jack Jennings & Sons, Orlando; age 64
  • On Municipal and State Pensions: Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty talks pensions: a ticking time bomb waiting to explode on all citizens of Florida.

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.

Out of the Box
What's Cooking

smoked python A gunshot to the head is the state’s recommended method for disposing of invasive Burmese pythons, whose swelling population threatens the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers no guidance, however, on how to cook the slithery creatures. Chef Kris Wessel came up with two python preparations for a charity dinner this week at The Palms Hotel in Miami Beach: slow-smoked over hickory wood and braised in curry spices, then stuffed in also-invasive Brazilian peppers.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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Size, scope and offerings of one of Florida's largest hospitals
Size, scope and offerings of one of Florida's largest hospitals

James Burkhart, president & CEO of Tampa General Hospital details the medical center's size and service area, expresses the hospital's commitment to dispersed access care and expounds on the expanding use of electronic medical records.

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