August 20, 2014

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| 7/29/2013

› Hospitals hire 'navigators' to help patients wade through complex health system
Experts in guiding patients through the tricky maze of doctor's appointments, tests and treatments, navigators are what one hospital official called "the wave of the future" in health care, holding the patient's hand from diagnosis to recovery — and saving time and money along the way.

› Orlando hotels boost both price and occupancy
Orlando's hotels logged a strong start to this year's summer season. The area's hospitality industry filled a higher percentage of rooms in June than it had a year earlier, even as it increased the average daily price of those rooms.

› Miami-Dade County to consider big changes to taxi industry
The way some Miami-Dade politicians tell it, this fall they will drive the county’s taxicab and car-service industries into the 21st century, allowing passengers to pay for airport and seaport taxi rides using credit cards and to summon sedans from their cellphones. But cabbies, long protected by county regulations and struggling to scrape by, hope to put the brakes on the proposals.

› Despite promise of extra cash, teachers want out of tough schools
For five schools in Pinellas facing restructuring for chronic low performance, hiring and keeping good teachers is a never-ending battle. Despite the lure of extra cash, teachers aren't fighting to get into some of the county's lowest-performing schools. In many cases, they're trying to get out.

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