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Florida's January job cuts down 72 percent

As retailers began to layoff some of the employees they hired for the holiday season, planned layoffs across the U.S. increased in January, said outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas on Thursday. But not in Florida, where there were 812 announced layoffs compared with 2,892 in January 2013 -- a 72 percent decrease from a year ago. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Ryder reports upticks in sales, profits in 2013

Ryder saw year-over-year increases in sales and profits in 2013, the first year with CEO Robert Sanchez leading the Miami-Dade trucking and cargo giant. Profits rose 13 percent to $237.8 million in 2013, from $210 million the previous year. Total revenue last year grew 3 percent to $6.42 billion, from $6.26 billion in 2012. More at the Miami Herald.

Orlando charitable foundation giving $300,000 to help build Cade Museum

Out of the Box

Floating a Historic House to Safety

floating house
Veteran historic preservationists often grasp for creative opportunities to save an endangered building. In Winter Park, Florida, advocates for an 1885 house combined innovative nonprofit collaborations, engineering feats, and grassroots community outreach to mount an extraordinary preservation operation.

» Read more and see a video at the Huffington Post

An Orlando charitable foundation has pledged to give as much as $300,000 in matching donations to the capital campaign to build the Cade Museum in Depot Park. The Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation will match 50 percent of amounts donated to the museum over the next two years. More at the Gainesville Sun.

Florida Blue, Memorial Form ACO

Florida Blue says it is forming its 10th Accountable Care Organization with South Florida’s Memorial Healthcare System. ACOs, created under the Affordable Care act, offer financial incentives to coordinate patient care and improve outcomes. More at Health News-Florida.

UCF hopes football success boosts $500M fundraising campaign

UCF is trying to cash in on the football team's immense success, with the joy fans feel over the Knights already translating into more money. "The pride factor is just everywhere," said Bob Holmes, chief executive officer for the UCF Foundation, the university's fundraising arm. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Update: Fraud
Rothstein describes the inner workings of his swindle

scott rothsteinFor the first time since his billion-dollar-plus Ponzi scheme imploded four years ago, Rothstein, 51, re-emerged Wednesday, testifying in federal court. And he unloaded on just about everyone — from Florida’s former governor to judges, bankers, police officers and gangsters.

» Read more from the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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