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Crist, Scott trade jabs in final debate

Daddy Duty: Back off, morning maniacs, there's a baby on board

floridatoday.com — Each morning before work, I have the pleasure of driving Isabella to one of her grandparents' houses for day care. My mom and grandmother watch her one week, while my wife's mom and dad watch her the ensuing week. It's a wonderful system.

Video: Nationals, Indialantic arrests and attacking dogs

floridatoday.com — Palm Beach County makes a bid for the Washington Nationals, two arrests and a weekend murder and attacking dogs highlight The News in :90 for Oct. 22, 2014. Posted Oct. 22, 2014.

Brevard County fair delivers on traditional event trappings

floridatoday.com — Considering they fetch as much as $200 a bird, there is nothing foul about the fowl that will be auctioned off by 4-H kids during the Brevard County Fair. These specimens are more than just good-looking chicks, however.

Iraqi, Syrian refugees to get donations from Palm Bay church

floridatoday.com — Just over a month ago, the Rev. Tom Walker stood before his congregation and urged the attentive crowd to remember the suffering of refugees fleeing Islamic militant groups terrorizing ancient Christian communities across Iraq and Syria. But then came an opportunity to do a little more.
Oct 22, 2014

Helping Refugees: See how one Palm Bay church responded to the needs of refugees in Iraq and Syria... fb.me/3wWBcJN2z

District volleyball: Mustangs, Hawks, Raiders among finalists

floridatoday.com — Top-seeded Merritt Island clinched a spot in the Class 5A, District 14 volleyball title game as it downed fourth-seeded Titusville 25-8, 25-15, 25-17 in a semifinal at Rockledge High School. "I thought we took care of business, for sure. Our main word has been urgency and I thought we did that really well.

Two arrested in Indialantic homicide investigation

floridatoday.com — Video: BCSO investigating a killing and a critical injury in unincorporated Indialantic. Video by Chris Bonnano and Tim Shortt. Posted 10/19/14. Two men - including a 17-year-old - were charged in connection with a deadly plot to rob prescription pain pills from a home in Indialantic over the weekend.

Open for Business: Stemz Wine Bar, Bistro, Florist

floridatoday.com — Business: Stemz Wine Bar, Bistro, Florist Location: 7720 N. Wickham Road, Suite 110, Suntree Owners: Kelly Guyion-Mazza and Larry Mazza Opening day: Nov. 1, 2013 Products/services: "We have an extensive wine list for all tastes with prices ranging from $7 to $13 per glass or bottles from $28 to $100.

Judge: NASA can move forward with Boeing, SpaceX

floridatoday.com — A judge today allowed NASA to move forward with new contracts to develop private space taxis despite a legal challenge to the deals worth up to $6.8 billion. The ruling was a setback for Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corp., developer of the Dream Chaser mini-shuttle, which has protested NASA's award of the contracts last month to Boeing and SpaceX.

Cult classic ‘Rocky Horror’ at Titusville Playhouse

floridatoday.com — Halloween means "Rocky Horror" and the stage musical will be performed at Titusville Playhouse Oct. 24-Nov. 9. Years ago, an entertainment director named Steven Heron hired Shea Rafferty to sing on the cruise line on which they worked. "He was so good, and I tried to hire him (as an actor) years ago, but it just never did work out.

Nationals one step closer to leaving Viera

floridatoday.com — The Nationals have been looking for a new spring site that would be closer to other teams. Palm Beach County Commissioners voted today to allocate hotel tax revenue for a new baseball stadium that will be shared by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

Space Coast tourism office chief confirmed

floridatoday.com — County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Eric Garvey as the new director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. Garvey is chief communications officer and deputy director of the Jekyll Island Authority. Garvey - who was one of 66 applicants - will succeed Rob Varley, who will retire at the end of this month after 20 years as director of the Office of Tourism.

Brevard decides against fees for canoes, kayaks

floridatoday.com — County commissioners decided Tuesday that they are not ready to institute fees for ecotourism companies that launch canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards from county parks. Commissioners instead directed the county manager's office and parks officials to first craft a free permit system that would help the county determine how many companies operate such businesses and how extensive their operations are at county facilities.
Oct 21, 2014

#Brevard commissioners decide against instituting fees for canoe, kayak #ecotourism businesses on.flatoday.com/1tJwkJ6 via @Florida_Today

Kennerly: Dead celebrities still among top earners

floridatoday.com — The work these 13 notables created spans decades of contributions to the arts and science. Singers, actors, a pin-up photo queen, an author and a physicist: They hauled in $363.5 million over the past year alone. Pretty impressive numbers, considering all these uber-earners are dead. Then again, this isn't just any bunch of famous folks.
Oct 21, 2014

I don't mind that dead celebs rake in bucks. #JohnLennon & #MichaelJackson made my life richer. I kinda owe them. fb.me/3u7BH7cSJ

FIT gets homecoming parties started

floridatoday.com — Florida Tech's Homecoming Fest kicks off on Tuesday night with a weeklong list of things to do. Some of the big events are Thursday's 5K w/Meg O'Malley's, Friday night's free concert w/SOJA and a Saturday night gala. Maybe you've seen the Florida Tech flags hanging in downtown Melbourne.

Suspected ATM robber turned in by mother, girlfriend

floridatoday.com — West Melbourne police say a man wrapped his arm around a woman's neck and demanded she give him cash during an ATM robbery attemp on Monday night. West Melbourne police arrested a man suspected of being the hammer-wielding robber captured on surveillance photographs choking a 20-year-old woman at an ATM Monday evening.

Police seek suspect in West Melbourne ATM robbery

floridatoday.com — West Melbourne police say a man wrapped his arm around a woman's neck and demanded she give him cash during an ATM robbery attemp on Monday night. Surveillance photos show the alleged robber with his arm around a woman's neck at a West Melbourne ATM.

Brevard supports financing plan for All Aboard Florida

floridatoday.com — The Brevard County Commission this afternoon supported a financing plan to help All Aboard Florida develop its passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando. The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners Trudie Infantini and Chuck Nelson voting no. The rail line would operated 16 runs a day in each direction through Central and South Brevard, but not stop here.

Brevard's home sales jump nearly 50 percent

floridatoday.com — Single-family home sales in September jumped nearly 50 percent from the previous year, while the median price for an existing on the Space Coast rose 10 percent during the same period. The local figures were released today by the FloridaRealtors.