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Brevard's best vie for Teacher of the Year — From conducting high school chorus to teaching first graders the reading and math skills that build their education's foundation, six Brevard teachers are being recognized as among the community's best and brightest instructors.

Video: 10(ish) questions with Backstreet Boys' Howie D. — Before Saturday's surprise wedding crash, FLORIDA TODAY's Rob Landers sat down with the Backstreet Boys' Howie D. for a game of 10(ish) Questions With... Video by Madi Landers, For FLORIDA TODAY. Posted Jan. 27, 2015.
Jan 27, 2015

Florida Today's Rob Landers fires off about 10 questions for the Backstreet Boys' Howie D. Check this out.

Merritt Island death investigation underway — Brevard County Sheriff's Office homicide investigators are hoping an autopsy can provide more information into the death of a man found in a Merritt Island home. The death investigation began shortly after 9 p.m. Monday at a home on Floral Lane. Investigators were also at the site collecting evidence and carrying out interviews.

Students' pink robot could save space industry millions — Each rocket launch unnecessarily scrubbed can cost upward of $1 million. So NASA needs as much real-time weather data as possible. But lightning makes launching weather balloons a bit dicey. For decades, specialists at the Air Force station's weather balloon facility would brave blustery or otherwise bad conditions to release large white weather balloons by hand.

Battling cancer twice and winning the hard way — Cancer threw its first punch at Mike Rogers in 1978. Being an active 12-year-old living in South Florida, the punch was a zinger. Doctors told him the rare, soft-tissue tumor he suffered from - sarcoma -was the result of a defective gene. The only treatment known at the time was radical and painful.

Melbourne, Viera to clash in district girls hoops showdown — When Jamie Risberg became the first athletic director for new Viera High in February of 2006, that was supposed to be the end of her basketball coaching days. She returned to the court for the 2009-10 season, and, this season, she earned her 400th victory.

Sorry, Grandma: No seat for you! — My mom, son and I recently ran out to an appointment. It was a small waiting room, and granted, we were a bit early. There were other kids and parents there when we signed in, and all five seats were spoken for, with the exception of the little kiddie table and chairs smack-dab in the center of the room.

Police search for West Melbourne purse robber — West Melbourne police released a video Monday showing a man using credit cards stolen from a woman whose purse was grabbed from a shopping cart last week. Detectives are hoping someone will recognize the person in the video -- a man with dirty blonde hair in an orange shirt and khaki shorts -- and contact police with more information.
Jan 27, 2015

Snatched: Police in this Brevard town are searching for a man who grabbed a woman's purse as she unloaded her...

Jan 27, 2015

Recognize this man? Police say he may be connected to purse snatching about it via @Florida_Today

Boeing, SpaceX aim for manned launches in 2017 — Boeing and SpaceX said Tuesday they expect to fly astronauts from the Space Coast to the International Space Station in 2017, flights that will end U.S. reliance on Russia to get humans into orbit.

Old Melbourne High may give way to new apartments — A Satellite Beach developer wants to raze the long-vacant old Melbourne High building and construct a $10 million-plus complex featuring 130 apartments and ground-level retail space fronting New Haven Avenue. But first, an arts nonprofit, Melbourne City officials and the Brevard School Board must agree on a price for clear title of the land.
Jan 27, 2015

Melbourne apartment complex proposed but first district must relinquish Old Mel High. Question: for how much?

Jan 26, 2015

Melbourne apartment complex proposed - but first, school board, city and arts nonprofit must reach agreement #brevard

Florida response: State exams are local responsibility — Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart responded to questions about a grassroots movement to "opt out" students from state exams on Monday, and said that administering state standardized tests are the responsibility of local school boards.
Jan 27, 2015

Read Ed Commissioner Stewart's letter // Florida response: State exams are local responsibility #optout #brevard

Bundle up: Wind chill to hover in 30s by sunrise — Cold weather shelters are open tonight as temperatures for Brevard County are expected to drop into the 40s overnight as much of the eastern U.S. gets hit with a major winter storm that could dump several inches of snow.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @Florida_Today: Brrrrr ... Don't forget to bundle up the kids off to school this morning!

Rescuers lead missing school boy from dense brush — Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a 9-year-old student is missing from Saturn Elementary School in Cocoa. School officials reported a missing boy after about 12:15 p.m. from the campus at 880 N. Range Rd. Deputies also put out a reverse 9-1-1 call to residents living in the area, asking them to report the child if he is seen.

Wacky Super Bowl bets include Tiger Woods, Katy Perry wagers — For some bettors, there's just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city. But betting on whether the Patriots run more plays than the number of shots Tiger Woods takes in the final round of the Phoenix Open?

Torres: Should sex predator have to relinquish lottery win — Debt is one of those ugly words we try to keep out of our lives. Too much and we are burdened. Don't pay it back quickly, and we are labeled deadbeats. Paying it back however can raise our standing and not just when it comes to our credit score.
Jan 27, 2015

Rape a child. Go to prison. Win the lottery. Something wrong with this picture. via @Florida_Today

Jan 27, 2015

Torres: Should sex predator's Florida lottery win be forfeited? What do you think? via @Florida_Today

Video: Bob Gabordi, Matt Reed talk FLORIDA TODAY — FLORIDA TODAY Executive Editor Bob Gabordi and Engagement Editor Matt Reed talk about priorities in news. Posted Jan. 23, 2015.

Dumpling Nerds in Cocoa Beach closes its doors — After a year and a half of serving unique dumplings -- Snickers dumpling, anyone? -- the restaurant shuts its doors. A year and a half after bursting on the Brevard culinary scene with its unique twist on dumplings, Dumpling Nerds in Cocoa Beach has closed its doors for good.

Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority seeks $2M loan — The Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority is facing a cash-flow issue of sorts. So it wants to take out a $2 million loan to help it move forward with capital projects at its three airports.

Hey, Brevard, let's get to know each other — Disney might be the happiest place on earth, but Kennedy Space Center must be the coolest. I spent much of my first Friday working at FLORIDA TODAY getting an insider's look into a place that symbolizes America's greatness.