April 18, 2014

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| 6/17/2013

› Theme parks seize on Potter's success to peddle new must-have items
It's the latest attractions arms race. Though Orlando's theme parks have for years tried to top one another with sophisticated rides and shows, the battlefield today extends to food and merchandise, too.

› Amid Heat mania and mounting costs, team shoots for extended arena lease
Before the era of the Three Kings has a chance to end, the Miami Heat has begun talks to rework a deal for public subsidies at AmericanAirlines Arena in exchange for a longer lease and a significant upgrade of the 13-year-old facility.

› Skobel Homes a model for success
Alex Skobel was just two years out of college when he started building homes and, in one of the most challenging times for the industry, he turned Skobel Homes into one of the top-selling home builders in the Gainesville area — all before age 30.

› Rubio's English requirement touches nerve in Florida
If you can't speak English, you shouldn't seek permanent residence in this country, and you certainly can't become a citizen. That's the way U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sees it, and that's a requirement he's trying to inject in the bipartisan immigration bill being debated in the Senate this week.

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