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In 2 years, Florida 'red flag' law removes hundreds of guns
A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after a 2018 high school massacre. Supporters say the measure is needed because the shooter who killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two years ago was able to buy guns despite a history of psychotic behavior. Opponents say it violates the right to bear arms and the right against unlawful seizures of property. More from the AP, NBC Miami, and PBS Newshour.
Trucking firm that lost Amazon Tampa contract to lay off 72
An Arkansas trucking company has told the state of Florida that it plans to lay off 72 employees, all but four of them delivery drivers, as a result of losing its contract for work at the Amazon “flex” distribution center on E Adamo Drive. RCX Logistics, also known as Railcrew Xpress, said it will close its Tampa operation permanently as of April 12 as a result of Amazon cancelling its contract. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
‘Invisible oil’ from Deepwater Horizon spill may have reached the Florida Keys
Florida Keys residents may not have seen massive tar balls and fish kills after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but small concentrations of toxic crude were still reaching the islands and potentially harming marine life, as the extent of the deadly disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than originally thought, according to a University of Miami study. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida has high number of 'super-agers,' UF Health researchers say
Florida has plenty of senior residents, but UF Health researchers were surprised to find out how many of them are maintaining their health in their old age. An ongoing study found the state has an unusually high number of quote "super-agers,” or people over the age of 90 who do not suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia and can live independently. More from WCJB.
Florida Supreme Court decides not to hear Styrofoam case
In a victory for retailers, the Florida Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal in a battle about the city of Coral Gables’ attempt to ban the use of Styrofoam food containers. The decision effectively let stand a ruling last year by the Third District Court of Appeal that upheld the constitutionality of state laws that blocked a 2016 Coral Gables ordinance on polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. More from the Daily Business Review.
Imec working on blood analysis device for future astronauts
Imec, a Belgium-based nanotechnology research firm with a design center in Osceola County’s NeoCity, is working on a disposable blood testing device that may one day help monitor astronauts’ health in space. A prototype, developed by an imec spinoff called miDiagnostics, can perform a complete blood count (CBC) — which measures red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets — from just a few drops of blood.
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Florida farm fare and diners who want to eat local
Vineyards frequently operate restaurants in California and are now evident in Florida's young winelands, too. The biggest vineyard restaurant may be the Redlander at Schnebly Redlands Winery and Brewery in Homestead. It’s known for fruit wines like guava, mango and AvoVino and tropical beers. The vast restaurant has lunch, dinner and brunch, with everything from corn fritters and oysters to ribeye trimmed with coconut, cilantro and fruit.
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