Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab launching FIRST LEGO League robotics program
The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is launching a FIRST LEGO League robotics program for local students. The FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, hands-on learning. Participants gain real world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."
› Attorney General sues to stop Miami-based robocall routing service
A Miami-based company accused of routing foreign-based robocalls into the United States is the target of a federal lawsuit by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody seeking to stop the alleged operation. Smartbiz Telecom LLC has continued to “facilitate the transmission of millions of foreign-based robocalls into the U.S.,” Moody’s office said in a news release about the suit that was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Miami. The suit alleges violations of federal laws barring telemarketing fraud, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
› More than 100 animatronic dinosaurs and dragons on display in New Port Richey
Realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs and dragons are stomping the grounds of a New Port Richey education center, and it’s all in the name of science. Dinos & Dragons, a traveling exhibit of creatures, is in place in downtown New Port Richey Dec. 9-Feb. 26 at the Harry Schwettman Education Center in downtown New Port Richey.
› Port Canaveral lines up busy 2023. Here’s what to expect.
More ships and passengers will kick off vacations out of Port Canaveral in 2023, said leaders. The Central Florida sea hub expects to see 5.8 million passengers come through the port next year, up 41.5% from 4.1 million cruise travelers in 2022, said port leaders at a state of the port event on Nov. 30.
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