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Vaping illness cases continue to climb in Florida

Florida had 13 vaping-related pulmonary illnesses reported last week, bringing the number of cases to 52 as of Saturday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. While the number of cases continued climbing, the number of vaping-related deaths remained at one. More from WFOR.

8 Florida business leaders receive ‘Women of Color Achievement Award’

Eight Florida business leaders will be honored with the “Women of Color Achievement Award” next week. Given by the 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay Inc. and Women Presidents’ Organization, the award recognizes professional achievement and “exemplary” community service. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

University of Miami housing complex moves forward

The University of Miami is steadily pushing ahead with its plans to replace the current student housing, built about 50 years ago, with accommodations that mirror the way young people learn today. “Nothing impacts the quality of life for students who live on campus more than the quality of their on-campus housing,” the school’s housing website says. “As the University of Miami continues to rise as a top-tier research institution, so too do students’ expectations for a comfortable, secure and supportive living and learning environment.” More from Miami Today.

Virus in imported tomatoes worries Florida agriculture officials

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services expressed concern Wednesday about a virus dangerous to tomatoes and peppers that has been found in tomatoes imported from Mexico. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “step up, initiate tracebacks to Mexican producers, and fulfill its responsibility to protect American growers and consumers.” More from WPTV.

Royal Caribbean sails into beer business with South Florida’s Funky Buddha

Passengers aboard Royal Caribbean ships will soon be drinking a specialty beer brewed just for the Miami cruise line. Royal Caribbean is collaborating with Funky Buddha to develop an exclusive brand of beer that will be available next month on the cruise line’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay and at the Oakland Park brewery. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Out of this World
NASA's first female launch director to lead countdowns during Artemis missions to the moon

 More than 30 years ago as a wide-eyed Clemson University senior, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson walked into Firing Room 1 at Kennedy Space Center – a historically male-dominated setting – hoping to land a job testing software for space shuttle payloads. Today, Blackwell-Thompson commands that firing room. As NASA's first female launch director, she'll lead the countdown when the ambitious Artemis missions propel the next American astronauts to the moon – including the first woman.

» More from the Florida Today.

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Mention ImageEVENT: Florida Cybersecurity Forum - November 19-21 - Lake Buena Vista

The security of the business community has become increasingly vulnerable due to the rising threat of cyber-attacks. Every business is a potential target. Taking the steps needed to protect your company’s data is more important than ever. Given the severity of the challenges to Florida’s employers, the Foundation of AIF will convene business leaders, issue experts and senior government officials for an educational dialogue on cybersecurity, its escalating impact on governments, industry, and our communities, and how the public and private sectors can work together to better fortify Florida.

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Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist, UF/IFAS
Sturmer is credited by some as being almost single-handedly responsible for creating the $40-million clam industry in Cedar Key.
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Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.
Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.

Feeding Tampa Bay opened the new drive-through food bank — dubbed a mega-pantry — in Manatee County in response to an all-time high demand for meals and groceries from local food banks.

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