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May 24, 2018

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| 6/19/2017

Tropics heat up as two storms predicted to form this week

Weather services are now predicting that Florida could be sandwiched by two separate storm systems that are both given a 90 percent chance to become tropical cyclones. The National Hurricane Center increased percentages for the development of a tropical storm in not just one, but two cases early Monday morning. More from NOAA, the Destin Log and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Gas prices dip toward lowest point since December

Florida ranked No. 5 among states with the biggest weekly decline. The Florida average should continue diving lower this week and set a new 2017 low in the next day or two. [Source: Naples Daily News]

Hack attacks highlight vulnerability of Florida schools to cyber crooks

Two months before the U.S. presidential election, international hackers slipped into the computer systems of at least four Florida school district networks in the hopes of stealing the personal data of hundreds of thousands of students. According to Doral-based United Data Technologies, hackers infected school systems with malware malicious software that turned off the logs recording who accessed the systems. [Source: Miami Herald]

Greyhound races are a thing of the past. Except in Florida.

For some Americans, it may be surprising that greyhound racing still exists. Forty states have done away with it or outlawed it over concerns about cruelty and dog deaths. Today, just 19 U.S. dog tracks remain active. [Source: Washington Post]

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Florida Legislature's most interesting man is also its most contradictory

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If he were being cast for a television commercial, House Speaker Richard Corcoran would likely win the part this year as "the most interesting man in Tallahassee." He behaves like a street fighter but operates like an Army general, marshaling a small platoon of loyalists to corner the adversary until concessions are inevitable. [Source: Times/Herald]

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› Lawsuits highlight growing rancor in timeshare industry
The timeshare industry, like many others, has roared back from the Great Recession. But big timeshare companies are facing serious court battles.

› One Spark to be reborn in Jacksonville?
One Spark is apparently back on for Jacksonville. After being held downtown for four years, there was no One Spark festival this spring. But on Monday morning, organizers and Mayor Lenny Curry will hold a news conference to announce details for the next festival.

› Florida Polytechnic University receives accreditation
Florida Polytechnic University is now an accredited institution that can award college and graduate school degrees. Florida Polytechnic was established in 2012 as a school focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

› When employees become toxic
Most CEOs acknowledge the true success of a company comes from a careful blend of team members with a variety of skills, work styles and perspectives. However, when one of those team members become difficult, that productive tonic becomes toxic.

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