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Will Short Gorham | 2/10/2012

Florida offers look at problems with education law

Responding to an outcry from the states and congressional inaction on rewriting the No Child Left Behind law, President Barack Obama on Thursday told 10 states, including Florida, that they will be freed from the strictest elements of the law, including the requirement that all students be up to par in math and reading by 2014. In exchange for flexibility, states had to present individualized plans aimed at ensuring all students leave school ready for college and career. Florida, home to several of the nation's largest school districts, offers a look into what went wrong with the law and why states are now clamoring for relief. Read more from the Associated Press and see also:

» 10 states' No Child waivers draw questions
» No Child Left Behind Law issues highlighted by Latino-majority school in Florida
Florida House boosts education funding, cuts hospitals

In Case You Missed It
Consult A Doctor makes bottom lines healthier
Wolf Shlagman admits that 2008 wasn't a good time to ask companies to spend money on anything, especially an unproven service.

But he knew that the company he had founded the year before, Miami-based telemedicine provider Consult A Doctor, could save employers and insurers money by replacing some employee visits to the doctor, urgent care or emergency room with less costly telephone consultations.

» Consult A Doctor makes bottom lines healthier

Two South Beach hotels to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection

Two Art Deco boutique hotels are joining the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independently owned and operated upscale properties. The Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels are the first in South Florida to join the collection, which launched in 2010. [Source: Miami Herald]

Long-awaited Trader Joe's opens in North Naples

An hour before the 8 a.m. grand opening, the line of shoppers waiting to get through the doors at the new Trader Joe’s in North Naples squiggled around to the back of the 14,000-square-foot store. Had the shoppers been a generation younger, it could have been mistaken for an outdoor rock concert. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to

  • Florida Life: Favorite apps and gadgets ... for Florida professionals
  • Business Profile: Barnie's Coffee & Tea, founded in 1980, has rebranded as Barnie's CoffeeKitchen and gone smaller after a series of setbacks.
  • Five Flags Banks: The conservative Pensacola banks are among Florida's highest-rated.
  • Hive Creations : The Bradenton Beach jewelry store and art gallery is more than a souvenir shop.
  • Resources and perspectives for Florida small businesses: Throughout Florida, companies that avoided government work in the past because of red tape or other concerns are seeking it in the downturn.

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.

Tech Trend
photo Florida looks to get ahead of curve on driverless cars

Florida Rep. Jeff Brandes hopped into a special Toyota Prius recently and rode down Interstate 10 during a break from the Legislative session in Tallahassee. Not a big deal, except no one was actually driving. No human, that is. A Google-fueled concoction of technology guided the car at up to 70 mph around other cars, up and down hills and around corners, said Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. "I pressed the button," he said, "and the car took over. It drove better than I did." Brandes is shepherding a bill (HB 1207) through the House that calls for the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to study what rules are needed to ensure the safe operation of so-called "autonomous vehicles."

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Scam nearly puts South Florida shoe company out of business
Scam nearly puts South Florida shoe company out of business

A South Florida entrepreneur who claimed he was scammed out of about $15,000 worth of merchandise is warning others and asking any potential victims to come forward. 

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