October 1, 2014

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Two Florida community colleges named Top 10 in nation

The prestigious Aspen Institute has named two Florida community colleges among the top 10 in the nation. The two are Indian River State College in Fort Pierce and Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Presented every two years, the Aspen award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. Read the full story.


Tourism
Florida's new Legoland Hotel

legoland hotel
Next summer, the Legoland Florida Resort will open a hotel of its own -- and you can start making reservations now.

The Winter Haven attraction is building a colorful five-story, 152-room hotel near the entrance of the theme park. It will include a pool, restaurants, kid-size buffet and interactive play areas. 

Read more from the San Jose Mercury News and the Orlando Sentinel.

U.S. private sector adds 204,000 jobs in August

U.S. companies hired 204,000 workers in August, below what analysts had projected as well as the level set in July, a report by a payrolls processor released on Thursday showed. More at Reuters.


UF rolls out university-wide rebranding campaign: For the Gator Good

University of Florida is changing its message. On Aug. 29, UF rolled out a new branding campaign called “For the Gator Good.” According to a statement from Vice President of University Relations Jane Adams, “For the Gator Good” is designed to replace The Gator Nation campaign — launched about a decade ago. More at the Gainesville Business Report.


The 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets

Buying a home is likely the largest purchase most Americans will ever make. But while in some areas homeowners are more easily able to afford to buy, in others they need to spend much more of their income on their house. More at the 24/7 Wall Street.


Employment becomes Job 1 for Central Florida nonprofits

A growing number of Central Florida charities have discovered that of all the services they provide — emergency assistance, subsidized groceries, a clothing bank, help in applying for government aid — nothing has the transformative power of a job. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Magnets are being used to ease depression

magnets for depression Some doctors are using a new treatment for depression: employing high-powered magnets to stimulate the region of her brain that governs mood. The treatment — transcranial magnetic stimulation — was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 for the treatment of patients with medication-resistant depression. The FDA cleared it for use in migraines in December.

» More from the Fort Myers News-Press

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