6:26 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Poll: Independents Give Crist Slight Lead Over Scott

Neck and Neck...

Pointing to support from independent voters, a poll released Thursday gives Democrat Charlie Crist a slight edge over Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they head into the frantic final days of this year's campaign.

Crist has the support of 43 percent of likely voters, while Scott has 40 percent and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is at 8 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

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2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Strong Cold Front Approaching

Blustery conditions on the way

A strong cold front will enter the State of Florida late Friday night. The main concern is the blustery winds after the frontal passage. Winds are expected to blow during the day on Saturday from 15 to 20 mph, with periods of 20 to 25 mph gusts. The strong winds will effect both the Gulf, and Atlantic coasts.

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Health News Florida
2:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

VA Seeks End to State Lawsuit About Hospital Inspections

Credit VA.gov / Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has fired back at Gov. Rick Scott's administration in a legal battle about whether state health officials should be able to inspect VA medical centers.

Attorneys for the federal agency filed a document last week arguing that a lawsuit launched by the state Agency for Health Care Administration should be dismissed on constitutional grounds. In part, the document points to the U.S. Constitution's "Supremacy Clause," which it says bars states from regulating federal-government activities without consent.

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Making Sense of the Media
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Making Sense of Where We Get Our News

Credit npr.org

Would you be surprised to learn that liberals and conservatives don't get their news from the same sources?

That's one of the findings in a big Pew Research study called Political Polarization and Media Habits.

Before you say, "Well, duh," Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project says there are some things to be learned from this study.

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Off The Base
7:15 am
Fri October 31, 2014

VA Secretary Praises Sarasota's Patriot Plaza

An evening view of Patriot Plaza Amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Steven Brooke The Patterson Foundation

Problems with veterans’ health care and benefits have dominated recent headlines. But there is one section at the Department of Veterans Affairs that ranks first in customer satisfaction over both private-sector companies and other federal agencies.

That’s a point VA Secretary Bob McDonald was quick to point out when he visited Florida earlier this month. The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is ranked first in the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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11:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A Tour of the Haunted Cuban Club

Old photograph of the Círculo Cubano
USF Special Collections

Back in the early 20th Century, members of Ybor City's Cuban Club paid dues and had access to a medical clinic, a pharmacy, a theater, bowling lanes, a gym and a pool- all in the same building. It was the hangout. 

But today, this same building is said to be the hangout- for spirits. So much so that the Cuban Club has been rated as one of the top ten most haunted buildings in the nation by the Travel Channel.  

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5:59 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse, with wife Sharon, in 1999. Morse transformed a mobile home park in Florida into The Villages, a retirement community of more than 100,000 residents.
Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:41 pm

Gary Morse, a visionary property developer, transformed a Florida mobile home park into the nation's largest retirement community. The billionaire died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Under Morse's direction, The Villages, northwest of Orlando, redefined retirement living. It's a community that is remarkable most of all for its size — home to nearly 100,000 residents living in dozens of communities, spread over an area the size of Manhattan.

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University Beat
11:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USF Downtown Tampa Med School 'Bigger Than Baseball'

The USF medical school is planned for Meridian Avenue at Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa
USF Health

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:13 pm

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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11:26 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Latest Poll Shows Tight Race for Governor

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race between Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is still tight.

Crist was supported by 43 percent of those polled while Scott received support from 40 percent. But the survey released Thursday has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, making the race a statistical tie.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie received 8 percent support in the poll.

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Health News Florida
10:43 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hospitals Take Leap on Prevention

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:12 pm

Nearly half of Florida hospitals have earned an "A" on error prevention in a new report card from a business-backed group concerned about patient safety.

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9:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fact Checking Recycled Claims in the Governor's Race

Credit politifact.com

Think you've seen every attack possible in TV ads in the Florida governor's race?     

Well, you are probably right.

Even new ads popping up in the week before the election November 4th have the same old talking points -- just in different packages.

That's the conclusion of PolitiFact Florida -- which fact-checked the new ads with old attacks.

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Law & Order
9:07 am
Thu October 30, 2014

State Attempt to Reopen Medicaid Case Draws Fire

With a federal judge possibly close to ruling in the case, plaintiffs' attorneys are objecting to a state attempt to offer new evidence in a lawsuit about whether Florida has adequately provided care to children in the Medicaid program.

The lawsuit, which has been spearheaded by the Florida Pediatric Society, was filed in 2005. A trial ended in 2012, and federal judge Adalberto Jordan is expected to issue a ruling soon, according to court documents.

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Health News Florida
7:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Impairment Triggers Wrong-Way Crashes

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 Sept. 22 and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Florida Highway Patrol

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:53 pm

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injury and death in the United States. And while wrong-way crashes account for a small percentage of the accidents, more than a dozen people have died in an outbreak of wrong-way driving on Tampa-area roads.

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1:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Buck O'Neil as Sarasota's Newtown Turns 100

Buck O'Neil walks to the field as he is introduced before a minor league all-star game July 18, 2006 in Kansas City, Kansas. O'Neil, baseball's charismatic Negro Leagues ambassador who barnstormed with Satchel Paige died on Oct. 6, 2006. He was 94
Credit Associated Press archive / Charlie Riede

Buck O'Neil rose from humble beginnings in Sarasota's Newtown neighborhood to become the first black coach in the major leagues. He was able to tell stories spanning almost the whole history of baseball, from Babe Ruth to the Negro Leagues, to Bo Jackson.  As Newtown celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Ian Cummings of The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports he was the most famous public figure to ever come from their neighborhood.

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6:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Joe Maddon Set to Become Cubs Manager, Sources Say

Lead in text: 
The Chicago Cubs deny that a deal is done, but people familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in coming days, and that Joe Maddon would indeed be the next Cubs manager. The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia's Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell CBSSports.com. Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing on a mega deal, according tompeople familair with the situation.