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High school sweethearts reunite after finding girl they'd given up

floridatoday.com — Kevin Carroll had tossed the sympathy card near the toaster. He'd read so many. His dear wife of 24 years had died months before, and he, quite frankly, had grown weary of reading the well wishes. But on his way out the door that day in February 2010, he picked up the envelope.

Cooler temps come to Brevard in time for Thanksgiving

floridatoday.com — Temperatures will plummet tomorrow night as a cold front, which has brought showers and thunderstorms for the last couple of days, passes through the Space Coast. According to Wednesday morning's forecast from the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the front will also bring strong winds as high as 35 mph for a short time.

Gallery: The Benjamin School at Florida Air Academy

floridatoday.com — FAA's Julius Johnson drives to the basket past Mike Lay of The Benjamin School during Wednesday's game.

Indian River Lagoon seagrass showing signs of recovery

floridatoday.com — Despite entering its dormant season, seagrass is showing signs of recovery in the Indian River Lagoon. The bottom plant that provides a key barometer of the lagoon's overall health is stable in the south-central Indian River Lagoon, data released this month shows. St.

Working retail on Thanksgiving: Here’s the scoop

floridatoday.com — On Thanksgiving, do you ever wonder about the retail workers who are scheduled to work that day? FLORIDA TODAY asked local retail workers to share their thoughts and to describe what it is like to work on a day when most are settling in for a big meal with friends and family.

Video: Museum of Dinosaurs under constuction

floridatoday.com — Take a look inside the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures, located in Cocoa Beach. Video by Tim Shortt. Posted 11/26/14.

Geek tats: May the Force be with them

floridatoday.com — Nerdgirl: Some fans geek out so much they get tattoos. Some geeks take their fandomness to the ultimate level - tattoos. I've seen someone's portrait on someone else's shoulder. Cartoon characters on buttcheeks. Quotes from movies that span one shoulder blade to the other. Tattoos often tell a story.

Guild raises $135K for The Haven

floridatoday.com — The Haven for Children might be feeling a little more thankful this week. The Haven Guild, the volunteer organization that supports the therapeutic shelter that is licensed by the Department of Children and Families, presented Executive Director Kim Straehla a check for $135,000 this week and reported a significant growth in volunteers during the past year, according to a news release from the guild.

SeaWorld rescuers free dolphin calf from fishing gear

floridatoday.com — The tangled plot of this dolphin tale has a happy ending. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute biologists last week saw a five-foot dolphin calf with fishing gear wrapped around its dorsal fin. But even the site of humans swarming around her baby could not break the strong marine mammal mother-daughter bond.
Nov 26, 2014

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How Thanksgiving became an official holiday

floridatoday.com — very year families gather around tables across the USA to celebrate Thanksgiving. But how did it become an official holiday? The idea of creating a formal national holiday originated with Abraham Lincoln. In an 1863 proclamation - amid the still-raging Civil War - Lincoln designated Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

floridatoday.com — The space agency hopes to one day use 3-D printing to make parts for broken equipment in space. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week.

Huge Quantum of the Seas arrives at Port Canaveral

floridatoday.com — Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas made its first visit to Port Canaveral today on its way from its New Jersey home port to the Bahamas. The ship has a capacity of 4,905 passengers and a crew of 1,500, making it the largest cruise ship ever to visit Port Canaveral, according to port officials.
Nov 26, 2014

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Prep work for demolition of old Glass Bank begins

floridatoday.com — Heavy equipment is being moved onto the site of the old Glass Bank in preparation for demolition Demolition of the well-recognizable but dilapidated Cocoa Beach landmark Glass Bank building has moved one step closer. A backhoe and a compact front-end loader were moved Monday into the parking lot of the building off of State Road A1A at the entrance to the downtown area.

Football outshines Thanksgiving turkey for some

floridatoday.com — "When you say Thanksgiving, I don't think turkey, I think football." This according to Frank Ochoa-Gonzales of Cocoa Beach. Sure, he loves turkey. But the bird he really wants to see served on a platter Thursday is an eagle, as in a Philadelphia Eagle. That's who his beloved Dallas Cowboys will be playing at 4:30 p.m.
Nov 26, 2014

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MidairUSA makes additional payments to airport

floridatoday.com — MELBOURNE - MidairUSA is catching up on its bills to begin operations inside a new 83,000-square-foot hangar at Melbourne International Airport. The commercial aircraft maintenance-repair company was supposed to make a construction-lease payment to the Melbourne Airport Authority totaling nearly $1.3 million by Nov. 1.

Gallery: Quantum of the Seas arrives at Port Canaveral

floridatoday.com — A couple brave the heavy rains to watch the Quantum of the Seas pass by the jetties at Jetty Park. Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's giant new cruise ship, arrived for the first time at Port Canaveral, entering the channel at 5:40 a.m., docking at Cruise Terminal 6 at 6:30 a.m.

Flood watch still active for Central Florida

floridatoday.com — A flood watch has been activated for a swath of Central Florida through the first half of Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The flood watch includes Brevard, Volusia, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The watch will be in effect through noon Wednesday.

Celebration of Adoption held in Viera

floridatoday.com — A 'Celebration of Adoption' event was held in Viera on Tuesday. Smiles and tears of joy filled Courtroom 3B at the Brevard County Courthouse in Viera on Tuesday as nine children were adopted by loving families as part of the county's annual Celebration of Adoption. "It's a whole emotional roller coaster.