Health News Florida
7:44 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Health Care Pricing Is Complicated. Here's A Beginner's Guide.

If only health care financing was this straightforward.

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:58 am

Figuring out the real price of health care is complicated — even if you've already paid your bills. You can hear just how complicated it is here:

And if health care pricing wasn’t convoluted enough, it’s hard to talk about it without running into some conversation-stopping jargon. Words that mean one thing to the rest of the English-speaking world can mean something completely different in health care — like a “charge” that isn’t the same as the price.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Iran's Nuclear Program, ISIS Focus of USF Event

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, will speak at USF Monday night.
Credit NPR / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The dangers of Iran's nuclear program, as well as the possibility the militant the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, could get their hands on a nuclear device will be the focus of a University of South Florida conference Monday night.

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Health News Florida
4:43 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Power Of Price: A Special Hour On Health Care's Complexity, Secrecy And Cost In South Florida

Patients can know what health care costs them, but can they really know what it costs?

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 1:02 pm

  Almost a year and a half ago, Mt. Sinai Medical Center CEO Steve Sonenreich pledged on WLRN to make public what insurance companies pay his hospital.

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Culture
9:07 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

'Alt For Norge' (Norway) Reality Star Retraces His Roots

Norris Comer on his sailboat in St. Petersburg
Credit Facebook

The largely American phenomenon of “Reality TV," where people undergo outrageous challenges and tests of endurance has now taken hold... in Norway:

“When Henrietta came into the room, it was like, eewwww, because we were in this gross, smelly room, and I was half naked and there was stuff written all over me," says St. Petersburg resident Norris Comer, in part of his appearance as a contestant on Season 5 of a competition called "Alt For Norge" (All For Norway.)

Henrietta's reply? "It smells bad in here.”

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Politics
7:14 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Chris Christie Says More Help is on the Way for Gov. Scott

Gov. Christ Christie and Gov. Rick Scott
Credit WTSP.com

The Republican Governors Association has chipped in $8.5 million this summer toward Gov. Rick Scott's re-election effort.

And as he campaigned with Scott on Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the association, which he chairs, isn't done assisting the Sunshine State's governor.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Greg Norman Says He's Lucky Not To Have Cut His Hand Off

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:05 pm

Posting photos this weekend that show him recovering from a chainsaw accident, Australian golfer Greg Norman says he's a lucky man. Norman says he hurt his left hand while cutting branches off a tree at his home in Florida.

Norman, 59, a former world No. 1 player who went on to a successful business career that includes ventures in sport, apparel and wine, announced his injury via Instagram Saturday by posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

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Making Sense of the Media
1:35 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Making Sense of the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Story

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It's a story that's been dominating media coverage -- top to bottom -- from mainstream media to social media and everything in between.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had already been suspended for two games after a video surfaced of him hauling his unconscious then-fiancé Janay out of an Atlantic City elevator.

Now Rice has been suspended indefinitely after the rest of that video surfaced, showing the punch that knocked out Janay, who is now his wife.

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NPR Story
12:48 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

How South Florida Modeling Agencies Could Help Stamp Out Human Trafficking

A 2008 United Nations conference on human trafficking inspired former Ford Modeling Agency CEO Katie Ford to join in the fight against modern-day slavery.

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:19 pm

Youth sells.

Both in the glamorous world of high-fashion modeling and, sadly, in the dark underworld of human trafficking.

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Politics
11:50 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Scott and Crist Using the Same Ponzi Scammer in Commercials: A PolitiFact-Check

Credit politifact.com

The battle for the Florida governor's office is fully engaged now.  

And, oddly, both Republican Governor Rick Scott and his challenger, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, appear to be using some of the same ammunition.

Both the Republican Party of Florida and the Crist campaign have recently cited convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in ads slamming their opponent.

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Education
2:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Through Our Eyes: Showcasing St. Petersburg Student Journalists

Surreal Mural
Credit Brandon Sweat, 11th grade, Lakewood

For 10 years, student journalists in St. Petersburg have had the opportunity to present their work at a  Studio@620 exhibit, thanks to a partnership with Journeys in Journalism and the Tampa Bay Times.

Students journalists from Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High schools get to showcase their photographs, writing and multimedia.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey 2014 Results

Credit http://sunshinestatesurvey.org/

USF's school of Public Affairs and Neilsen's annual Sunshine State Survey was released Thursday. The annual survey checks up on how Floridians feel about a variety issues.

USF Political Scientist Susan MacManus said Floridians believe unemployment is still the most important issue the state faces.

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Health News Florida
10:42 am
Fri September 12, 2014

‘Trailblazing’ Health Journalist Honored

Health News Florida Editor Carol Gentry
Lottie Watts

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:04 am

The Florida Nurses Association is recognizing Health News Florida founder and Editor Carol Gentry for her significant and ongoing role in reporting on the state’s most important health issues.

The 2014 Communications/Media Award is being awarded to Gentry, who for four decades has been reporting on health policy and business, and has been holding industry and government officials accountable.

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Off The Base
7:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Deployed Troops at Risk for Accidents Back Home

A U.S. military cargo truck bypasses a charred vehicle destroyed by a roadside bomb while moving building materials to Forward Operating Base Leatherneck in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Nov. 24, 2009.
Credit U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg / Department of Defense

Evasive driving maneuvers like speeding and sudden lane changes are a must for troops driving in dangerous environments where there may be roadside bombs, like Afghanistan.

But the driving habits that can save a soldier’s life when deployed can cause an accident and maybe death when the soldier returns home.

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Science
6:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Orion Makes A Move

Orion Crew Capsule and Service Module at the Kennedy Space Center.
Credit Rad Sinyak / NASA

NASA has finished building the crew module of its newest spacecraft- Orion.

The spacecraft was moved out of the Kennedy Space Center facility Thursday where engineers have been getting it ready.

Orion’s cone-shaped crew module, stacked on top of a white service module, emerged from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on a special flat bed transporter.

It was moved to a new facility where it will be fueled up with ammonia and hyper propellants for its test flight slated for December.

The crew capsule can seat four astronauts.

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Environment
12:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Tropical Storm Edouard Forms in Atlantic

The forecast path of Tropical Storm Edouard shows it will apparently not be a threat to land.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Edouard has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and is expected to remain out to sea.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday that the fifth named tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season had sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was centered 1,020 miles (1,645 kms) west of the Cape Verde Islands.

The storm was moving northwest about 13 mph (20 kph).

No coastal warnings or watches are in effect. Edouard is forecast to stay over the open waters of the north central Atlantic.

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