Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today.
Florida Panhandle assesses flood damage after heavy weekend storms
As heavy rains added to the severe flooding in Pensacola, Fla., Escambia and Santa Rosa counties began assessing damage. Escambia officials expect damages to cost more than $20 million. In Santa Rosa, officials estimated that the Midway area alone saw more than $1.5 million in damage to dozens of homes. On Saturday alone, 13.11 inches fell in Pensacola, Fl. its second-highest single day rainfall total on record. NOAA reported that Thursday, June 7, through 7:00 a.m. today (Monday), West Pensacola received 27.63 inches of rain. Video:
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Florida State spending big money on football recruiting
According to a review of more than 1,000 athletic department documents, obtained through public records requests, the Seminoles are spending nearly twice as much on football recruiting now than they did under former head coach Bobby Bowden. Where Bowden's staff spent just more than $280,000 on recruiting during his final season three years ago, FSU cranked that budget up to $500,000 in 2010-11 and raised it again to $525,000 in 2011-12. That's an overall increase of nearly 86 percent. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.
Out of the Box
UF researchers identify syndrome that keeps patients from full recovery
University of Florida researchers have identified "persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome," or PICS, as a syndrome that keeps many intensive care, heart surgery and burn patients from recovering fully and returning home. PICS defies existing treatments and leaves patients weak and unable to breathe or move properly. "Hospital mortality is progressively decreasing, but more people are being sent to long-term acute care facilities," said Dr. Frederick Moore, chief of acute care surgery in the UF College of Medicine department of surgery. "We’re creating this new population of chronically, critically ill patients." More at UF.
Jerry Osteryoung's small biz advice
A relaxed social-media policy at work may be best for business
I was recently consulting with a company when the CEO made a comment about how many of her employees were using social media networks instead of working. After walking through the office to talk to her staff, she had become concerned about how much time they seemed to be spending on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, despite the fact that many were continuously saying they are overworked. In light of this, she wanted to pull the plug on all social network access... Continued
|You are invited to a live Web chat about internet security in Florida:|
|When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Who: Join South Florida Editor Mike Vogel and AppRiver Senior Security Analyst Fred Touchette.
We hope you can join us. This free event will be a great way to learn more about data security, which in turn should help protect you and your business.
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