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| 11/27/2013

› Schools may join push for sales tax increase
Raising the sales tax could be an easier sell to voters if school improvements — along with park and road upgrades — are among the spending plans, according to a new Palm Beach County proposal.

› UF Health receives four star ratings for two locations
UF Health has received four stars from the University Healthsystem Consortium, the national alliance of academic medical centers and affiliated hospitals, ranking near the top in overall quality and accountability.

› Orlando hotels post higher numbers in October
Orlando hotels posted healthy statistics for October, selling more rooms at higher prices. Hotels in the Orlando area filled 67.6 percent of their rooms during the month, compared with 65.5 percent in October 2012. The average daily rate rose 3.3 percent, to $99.63.

› Inside The New $220 Million Art Museum Named After Billionaire Jorge Perez
Billionaire real estate developer Jorge Perez donated $40 million to the Miami Art Museum in 2011. The gift, half in art from his personal collection and half in cash, was bequeathed on the condition that the institution be renamed after Perez in perpetuity.

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