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Florida braces for continued cold

A hard freeze warning was issued for the northern half of the state, and emergency management officials warned that Monday night was expected to be the coldest night of this winter season, and record low temperatures were expected to be broken in north Florida. More at WFTV, the AP, and the Miami Herald.

See also:
» Orange juice futures rise as cold weather comes in
» Cold weather is bad news for Florida manatees
» Southwest Florida farmers brace for another cold night
» Freezing cold pushing some birds south
» Bone-Chilling Cold a Crippling Blow to Air Travel
» East, South brace as record cold sweeps across US, freezing air travel

Ed Droste of Hooters
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Florida Icon: An interview with Hooters' CEO Ed Droste

The co-founder of the Clearwater Beach-based "breastaurant" chain shares lessons he's picked up through life:

» Study the market. Study what the market's looking for. Identify the niche and then evaluate your product objectively and find out if it meets that niche or if you need to modify your product to meet the niche.

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Florida marijuana ballot petition nears goal

Organizers of a Florida campaign for medical use of marijuana say they expect to submit enough voter signatures this week to get the issue on ballots in time for the November election, adding further momentum to a national campaign to reform laws banning the drug. More from Reuters and the Miami Herald.

Florida hit hard by cut-off in federal unemployment benefits

This month's cutoff of federal unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless is hitting Florida particularly hard, according to an academic report released Monday. Despite a dramatic drop in its unemployment rate, Florida remains an epicenter for long-term unemployed seeking work for more than six months. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

SpaceX starts new year with success

SpaceX got the Cape’s 2014 launch schedule off to a positive start Monday with a Falcon 9 rocket’s delivery of a Thai broadcasting satellite to orbit. That performance likely achieves an important milestone for SpaceX. Under an agreement with the Air Force, three good flights are needed for the new rocket to earn the right to compete for launches of large national security satellites and some of NASA’s more high-profile missions.[Source: Florida Today]


› Sarasota juggernaut joins builder battle for Hillsborough's resurgent new-home market
One of southwest Florida's biggest homebuilders is driving its first stakes into Hillsborough County, setting the stage for a million-dollar battle among builders in Tampa Bay's resurgent new-home market.

› FAU selects finalists for president
Two big political names are among the 10 finalists for the president of Florida Atlantic University. A presidential search committee selected Jeff Atwater, Florida's chief financial officer, and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux for interviews later this week.

› Special designation at Silver Springs
Part of the 1,042 acres that make up Silver Springs State Park has recently received a new designation, one that puts that portion on the level of Mount Rushmore and Gettysburg.

› Food trucks of all flavors thriving in Miami-Dade suburbs
Food trucks aren’t a solely urban phenomenon anymore. Nowadays, you can find tasty, far-flung flavors all through West Miami-Dade.

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› A Florida first? Rick Scott gets sued for not appointing an LG
It's been so long since Gov. Rick Scott had a second-in-command that a Florida political activist has sued, alleging the governor's nine-month failure to replace Jennifer Carroll with a new lieutenant governor violates the law.

› Aspiring Florida lawyer cheers as California grants license to undocumented immigrant
Jose Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his family when he was 9. He was still a child when his visa expired. But he never left. He stayed in the Tampa area, became an Eagle Scout, graduated at the top of his high school class, and earned a law degree at Florida State University. Now he wants a license to practice law.

› Orlando Sanford International Airport reports record year for traffic
Orlando Sanford International Airport reported a record year for passengers in 2013, with more than 2 million people passing through the Seminole County airport. The airport said Monday that its year-end tally for 2013 was 2,033,620 passengers, an increase of 12 percent compared with 2012.

› LECOM offers new administration degree
Marcus and Jaime Babiak already have doctorate degrees and good jobs in the medical field, but that isn't stopping them from seeking another degree they hope will help them advance in their careers.