February 23, 2024

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/9/2024

› Who loves the homey Florida State Fair? Me, says celeb daredevil Bello Nock
Bello Nock is all over the place. A daredevil and circus performer who’s made Time magazine’s list of America’s Best Artists and Entertainers — and an “America’s Got Talent” celebrity — he’s off to Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Australia, creating shows as part of his family entertainment business. But Nock, 55, will tell you he has a soft spot for his yearly gig at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, going on now in his home state.

› FAU trustees chairman steps down after presidential search controversy
The leader of the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees is stepping down, saying his presence has become a distraction due to a controversy over a search for a new president. Brad Levine plans to remain a member of the trustees, but plans to step down as chairman. His announcement, which came at a Thursday trustees meeting, comes two weeks after the State University System’s Board of Governors issued a vote of no confidence against him.

› President of Primark U.S. discusses growth ambitions as Jacksonville distribution center opens
Primark, an international clothing retailer, recently opened its second U.S. distribution center in North Jacksonville. Kevin Tulip, the president of Primark U.S., discussed what else the distribution center's location in Jacksonville means for the company's growth in Florida and the Southeast.

› Award-winning journalist accuses WLRN of discrimination — claiming anti-Hispanic bias
Less than two weeks after the host of WLRN’s “Sundial” show reported allegations of discrimination and anti-Hispanic sentiment to his employers at the South Florida public radio station, WLRN canceled the show and fired host Carlos Frias and his team, Frias’ attorney told the Miami Herald.

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