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Legal Elite NOTABLE: Women Leaders in Law

In the U.S. in 1968, women comprised 4% of students in law schools. Last year 56% were women, in the U.S. and in Florida. If past is prologue, the lawyers profiled here represent not just leaders in the law but likely the legal sector’s emerging leadership overall. Check out profiles of 92 women leaders from firms across the state. More from Florida Trend.

The 2023 hurricane season is over but provides warnings for next year

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season began with competing forces: record-hot sea surface temperatures and a recently settled El Niño, a weather phenomenon that typically hampers storm activity. Nothing quite like it had occurred before in recorded weather history. The rare combination made the season unpredictable: While El Niño’s wind shear often stunts hurricane formation and can lead to a quieter season, forecasters knew warmer water could be powerful jet fuel for storms. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Philanthropy: What's ahead in Northeast Florida

Asked to predict the near-term future of philanthropy in Northeast Florida, two local nonprofit executives said they believe 2024 will be a year for change and also a year for stability. Established in 2002, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida provides resources and counsel to more than 400 nonprofits, foundations and community partners. Rena Coughlin, the center’s CEO for the past 18 years, said organizations are changing how they do business to adapt to the current economic conditions. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The promise of speedier bus rides is falling short of expectations in South Miami-Dade 

When Miami-Dade County unveils what’s supposed to be one of the most advanced bus lines in the country, the actual commuting savings won’t seem that revolutionary much of the time. For most of the day, the new $368 million rapid-transit system for the South Dade busway will only shave four minutes off the current 70-minute trip for bus passengers traveling between Florida City and the South Dadeland Metrorail station, according to a county presentation delivered this week. More from the Miami Herald.

Viniks give $1.5M to Florida Aquarium in Tampa for major expansion

As part of a major expansion of the Florida Aquarium, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and wife Penny have donated $1.5 million to the aquarium’s $45 million fundraising campaign. “We are incredibly grateful to Jeff, Penny and the Vinik family for their generous support of our largest animal/exhibit-centric expansion in our 28-year history,” said aquarium president and CEO Roger Germann.  More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Florida Dining
Can you get deep-fried Twinkies year-round? A Florida drive-thru is like a county fair

Do you dream all year of giant turkey legs, funnel cakes, corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos? The type of gut-sticking, heart-clogging fare you get at the Miami-Dade County Fair? A restaurant is now dishing up your favorite carnival food year-round from a former Burger King on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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