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Workplace fright grips Florida workers

Workplace fright has gripped everyone from top executives to desk clerks. It ranges from fear of being fired to concerns about hitting performance goals or losing business to a competitor. Read what scares them the most about the workplace and what experts say about how to manage those fears. [Source: Miami Herald]

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ADT headquarter's "Main Street"

Inside an otherwise standard suburban office building in Boca Raton runs a “Main Street” with a salon/barber shop, fitness center, doctor’s office, massage therapy, chiropractor, Starbucks and a cafeteria. On a weekday morning in August, it was abuzz with the hundreds of employees who filled the building as they readied the debut of south Florida’s latest public company, residential and small-business security monitoring firm ADT. Full story...

Florida economy forecast to build steam in 2013

Florida's economy will finally build some steam in 2013, according to a new forecast released Tuesday by University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. South Florida's fastest-growing sector will be construction at 5.5 percent annually, followed by business and professional services at 4.3 percent. The education and healthcare sectors will grow at 2.1 percent, according to the forecast. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Institute for Economic Competitiveness.

Insurers say losses from Sandy won't hit Florida

Insurance experts said Tuesday that home and business owners in Florida should not be affected by insured losses suffered when super storm Sandy ripped through much of the Atlantic seaboard and the Northeast. [Source: AP]

» Business travelers wait out storm in New York

U.S. newspaper circulation is flat, online share up

Online news continues to account for a bigger chunk of newspaper circulation, according to the semi-annual readership snapshot released Tuesday. On average, digital circulation now accounts for more than 15 percent of newspapers' total circulation, up from just under 10 percent a year ago. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]


› International Space Station has Halloween treat for Brevard
Heads up, folks. Look skyward while you are trick-or-treating Wednesday and see a six-minute space station spectacular. At 7:21 p.m., the International Space Station will begin a soaring pass over the Space Coast, and if skies are clear, it should be quite a sight.

› Billionaire puts name, money on hospital expansion
With billionaire B. Thomas Golisano’s money, and now name, behind the planned $250 million Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida expansion, project fundraisers say they have a powerful new marketing tool to attract big-spending donors.

› Workplace bullying is all too real, victims say
Bullying has been around since the first schoolyard. But its fledgling cousin, workplace bullying, is a work in progress with legal and academic experts seeking to define it, even as employee complaints of “bullying” grow. Employers have been left flat-footed by the new species of worker grievance.

› Decision on nuclear plant repair likely delayed again
Those hoping for an answer by the end of the year on whether the busted Crystal River nuclear plant will be mothballed or repaired will just have to wait some more.

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› Orlando software company lands new venture capital, plans expansion
Boosted by a big infusion of Silicon Valley venture capital, software developer Pentaho Corp. said Tuesday it is expanding its operations and adding jobs companywide, including at its Orlando headquarters.

› City of Miami’s finance director resigns, continuing revolving door of top administrators
City of Miami finance director Stephen Petty resigned on Tuesday, one week after The Miami Herald reported that he had been hired without meeting the minimum job qualifications of being a CPA or having experience in local government. City Manager Johnny Martinez said he had not spoken with Petty and did not know why he was leaving. “It probably wasn’t a good fit for him,” Martinez said. “He’s been under a lot of pressure.”

› Scientists blast lack of transparency in St. Pete Pier plans
At least one marine scientist is unhappy about the way discussions about the replacement of the city's Pier and its proposed underwater feature are being handled. And he has some support.

› Senzari buys Berlin mobile music service
Global Internet radio provider Senzari in Miami acquired Berlin-based Disco Volante, creator of mobile music service wahwah.fm, the companies announced Tuesday. Senzari, backed by $4 million in venture funding, currently employs 10 in its Miami operations and 16 overall.