August 23, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

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Facebook wants to 'friend' small business

Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals. More at the AP.

Education: The Politics Of Common Core

Two new national polls reach differing conclusions about the public’s support for Common Core math and language arts standards adopted by Florida and 43 other states. But both polls provide evidence for the idea that Common Core is more popular among swing voters in the political middle. More at StateImpact Florida.

Mayor asks Beckham to consider new stadium site

Business Profile

Church thrift store celebrates 50 years of serving, selling to public

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Fifty years is a long time for any retailer to be in business. For one completely dependent on donations and volunteers, it's even more remarkable.

But that's the case for the Attic Shoppe, a small thrift store on St. Pete Beach. 

» Full story from the Tampa Bay Times

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez upended the negotiations with David Beckham and his investors Monday by proposing that the group consider building a Major League Soccer stadium on the downtown waterfront — but not at PortMiami. More at the AP and the Miami Herald.

Florida middle of the pack in best states for working moms rankings

Florida earned a rank of 19th -- not bad, but certainly not tops -- on a new list of "best & worst states for working moms" released this week. The list ranks Oregon as the best place for working mothers, and Louisiana as the very worst. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Office Depot to close 400 stores

Office Depot said Tuesday it plans to close 400 U.S. stores, or more than 20 percent of the 1,900 Office Depot and OfficeMax stores. Of the total, 150 stores are slated to close in late 2014, the company said. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
New stamps celebrate Sarasota circus history

circus stampClowns on stilts and in full makeup and clown costumes dodged thousands of coupled lovebugs outside the Ringling Museum’s Cà d’ Zan on Monday morning to unveil eight new postage stamps featuring old-time circus posters. The “first-day-of-issue” ceremony attracted circus aficionados, stamp collectors and even some animal-rights protesters.

» Full story from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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After meeting with climate scientists, what should Gov. Scott's next move be?

  • Take action: He should adopt recommendations and move quickly to avoid greater disaster and economic problems.
  • Remain neutral but at least make a statement addressing concerns.
  • Take no action. Gov. Scott has more important, more immediate matters to attend to.

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