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SEC Network added to Bright House Networks — SEC adds Bright House Networks to its growing list for the first year of SEC Network. GAINESVILLE - Bright House Networks is in. ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced Thursday they have reached an agreement with the SEC Network when it launches on Aug. 14.
Jul 24, 2014

MT @FLATODAYSPORTS: Big news for Bright House Networks subscribers: #SEC Network available. @DaveJonesUFbeat #Brevard

Jul 24, 2014

RT @FLATODAYSPORTS: Big news for Bright House Networks subscribers: The SEC Network will now be available.

Black Tulip in Cocoa Village vandalized — Photos show dozens of smashed bottles of wine and other alcohol, as the staff cleans up the damage.
Jul 24, 2014

Vandals trash Cocoa Village's #BlackTulip restaurant, including smashing bottles of #wine & damaging artwork.

Jul 24, 2014

MT @lafortunec: Police seek silver catering van FL tag J72-3RV re. Black Tulip vandalism #Cocoa #Brevard @RickNeale1

Jul 24, 2014

RT @Florida_Today: Black Tulip in Cocoa Village vandalized: bottles, sinks, toilets smashed

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Carl Hiaasen: Florida taxpayers about to be railroaded — Let's run express passenger trains 16 times round trip every day between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport. Except the trains won't go straight there, but will stop first in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, then head up to Cocoa and hang a hard left 40 miles west across the middle of the state.

Manatees' Manny looks to win top MiLB mascot award — Who is the best mascot in Minor League Baseball? The Brevard County Manatees hope you think it's Manny, their very own sea cow mascot. Fans can vote for Manny the Manatee in the 2014 MiLB Mascot Mania contest and on Twitter by following @MiLB and using the #VoteManny_Manatee and #MascotMania hashtags.
Jul 24, 2014

MT JessicaJSaggio: Via @Florida_Today / @emesola Manny the Manatee needs your help to be top mascot. Avenge sea cow!

Jul 24, 2014

@BCManatees RT @FLATODAYSPORTS Manny the Manatee needs your help. Vote for him as Minor League Baseball's top mascot:

Scientists to search lagoon for deadly bacteria — Fort Pierce scientists plan to find the worst hotspots for a potentially deadly bacteria that lurks naturally throughout the Indian River Lagoon and that sickened 41 people in Florida last year, including two Brevard County men. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths annually in the United States.

Fake 9-1-1 call doesn't prevent man's speeding ticket — A hysterical 9-1-1 caller told West Melbourne police one morning last month there was a man with a gun, somebody was about to get shot. The man pleaded for help then hung up as the 9-1-1 operator tried to get more information. Police say it was a fake.
Jul 24, 2014

Police say @_FloridaMan makes fake 9-1-1 call to avoid speeding ticket, now faces felony charge.…

Back to School: Starting the year off on the right track — Whatever happened to summer vacation? Wasn't it just last week that the kids were leaving school? Alas, the sad, or happy, depending on your viewpoint, truth is we're staring down the barrel of the 2014-2015 school year, and parents best be prepared to prepare their children to succeed in the school routine.

Naked Florida men steal hamburgers, bacon, police say — Days after two naked college-age men and a third underwear-clad accomplice broke into her restaurant to steal burgers, Doc's Beach House waitress Nancy Sansevieri is still laughing, according to the News-Press. Why would three naked "knuckleheads" break into a Bonita Beach eatery and only steal food as two security cameras captured their every move?

Keiser University to expand Melbourne campus — Construction of a new, $7 million building at Keiser University will soon provide additional classroom and lab space for new bachelor's degrees and other programs. The 30,000 square foot building, constructed on property leased from the Melbourne International Airport, will include 22 classrooms, an auditorium and labs for a bachelor's in dietetics and nutrition, among other programs. "It's exciting," said Palm Bay resident Mary Tinucci, 42, who's enrolled in the school's medical assistant program.

Hopes for lighthouse additions stand tall — During World War I and World War II, lighthouse keepers at Cape Canaveral had the responsibility of reporting sightings of enemy submarines off the Central Florida coast as their beacon guided ships to safe shores. The keepers maintained the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and lived in cottages that once existed on the site, which is now part of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Rant: NASCAR on dirt is an awful idea — You just have to love Tony Stewart. For all of the political correctness that happens in NASCAR, there stands Tony Stewart, who will speak his mind. The latest? He thinks NASCAR should have a race at his beloved Eldora Speedway. For those who do not know, it is a small 0.5-mile DIRT track!
Jul 24, 2014

@NASCAR racing on dirt? What do you think?? The Rant: NASCAR on dirt is an awful idea via @Florida_Today

John Torres: Torre has done it with class — It remains my earliest memory of Joe Torre. It was July 21, 1975 and I was a 9-year-old diehard New York Mets fan. Just nine months earlier, the Mets had traded a couple of players to the St. Louis Cardinals for the nine-time All-Star, former batting champion and one-time National League MVP.

Tortoise-torture case prompts state attorney review — Editor's Note: This video contains graphic images that some may find disturbing JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The decision of whether or not to prosecute two teenage girls accused of torturing a state-protected tortoise is now in the hands of the State Attorney. But some outraged locals are taking a plea for maximum punishment to the internet, First Coast News reports.

Melbourne puts alarm program on hold — Melbourne city staff are beginning to look at alternatives to an alarm registration program that charges homeowners a $25 fee and has caused a dust-up of complaints in recent weeks. The Melbourne City Council is expected to hear the options at a meeting Aug. 26.

Boil water notice issued for handful of Wickham Road businesses — The city of Melbourne issued a boil water notice for properties between 1702 and 1716 Wickham Road.
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