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Crist won't back down from health care law support

miamiherald.com — AP Political Writer Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist set himself up Tuesday for another round of attacks over the president's health overhaul from Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign team - repeatedly calling the nation's new insurance system "great" during a lunch speech.
RT @samsteinhp: "I'm going to tell you what's great. 'Obamacare's' great" -- Charlie Crist hrld.us/1mDQqA3
John Cornyn's 2009 endorsement of Crist looking better and better hrld.us/1mDQqA3
RT @samsteinhp: "I'm going to tell you what's great. 'Obamacare's' great" -- Charlie Crist hrld.us/1mDQqA3
RT @samsteinhp: "I'm going to tell you what's great. 'Obamacare's' great" -- Charlie Crist hrld.us/1mDQqA3
"I'm going to tell you what's great. 'Obamacare's' great" -- Charlie Crist hrld.us/1mDQqA3

USS Cole trial planning coming into focus

miamiherald.com — The judge in charge of the USS Cole case predicted Wednesday that the death-penalty trial could last nine months to a year, then hedged his bets by saying he's bad at forecasting these things. Army Col. James L. Pohl, the judge, also said for the first time that although he's also presiding at pretrial hearings in the Sept.
Breaking: #USSCole prosecutor asks #Guantanamo judge to reconsider his sweeping CIA black site discovery order. hrld.us/1f55vIK

Second arrest in illegal Miami-Dade slaughterhouse case

miamiherald.com — Authorities have arrested the suspected butcher at an illegal West Miami-Dade slaughterhouse where pigs destined for Christmas dinner tables were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers and gutted and boiled while alive. Yonisley "Pipe" Garcia, 28, was charged with seven felony counts of animal cruelty. He made his first appearance in Miami-Dade bond court on Wednesday morning.
2nd arrest in slaughterhouse case in which pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten, gutted, and boiled while alive. miamiherald.com/2014/04/23/407…
2d arrest in illegal Miami slaughterhouse case, where pigs were beaten/boiled alive for Xmas dinner. hrld.us/1l2be1G #graphicimages

Man United's brand strength softens blow of slump

miamiherald.com — Manchester United's owners will be relying on the strength of the club's brand to soften the impact of a sudden downturn in its fortunes over the past six months. Few clubs have the money-making abilities of United, which has been setting revenue records even as the team endured lows on the pitch not witnessed for 24 years during the brief but woeful managerial reign of David Moyes.
Value squeezed out of Man United brand by unpopular owners can soften blow of slump - for now. A look at the finances miamiherald.com/2014/04/23/407…

Voucher bill brought back to life, while immigrant tuition dying in Senate

miamiherald.com — A Senate committee used a procedural maneuver Tuesday to put a controversial school voucher bill back in play. But the committee refused to use the same strategy to revive a bill that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates, a bill with major political implications for this year's governor's race.
In-state tuition bill for immigrant students in Florida hits roadblocks hrld.us/1i9GCLk

Everglades restoration postponed by U.S. Army Corps

miamiherald.com — Environment The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed a critical step in the $1.9 billion plan to restore the central Everglades, a decision environmentalists say all but kills the project for years. "This delay means Congress will be unable to act on (the plan) for years," Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg said in a statement.
On again off again project to restore the #Everglades is off again. Bad sign, enviros say. hrld.us/1jBKBg4

Legislators target ‘renegade’ law firm with bill to limit lawsuits

miamiherald.com — Jim Wilkes has a target on his back. The Tampa-based trial lawyer whose success at suing nursing homes for neglect and abuse of residents has drawn millions in damages from the industry.
House sends bill to limits liability for nursing homes, and target Tampa lawyer, to governor ow.ly/w4VVM

Party homes, tennis, golf top Miami Beach agenda

miamiherald.com — Miami Beach Commissioners meet Wednesday to discuss party homes, a controversial tennis contract, the future of city's Bayshore par-3 golf course and other issues. The city will also host a town hall meeting to discuss retired English soccer player David Beckham's proposal to build a soccer stadium at PortMiami.
RT @MiamiHerald: COMING UP TODAY: Party homes, tennis and golf top #MiamiBeach commissioners' agenda ow.ly/w4lki @cveiga

Venezuela says it has detained Florida man on weapons charges

miamiherald.com — Venezuela Venezuelan authorities Tuesday said they detained a 32-year-old Florida man in the troubled border state of Táchira for allegedly possessing weapons without a permit. In a press release, Táchira Gov.
Venezuela says it detained a Florida man on weapons charges, @MiamiHerald's @jimwyss reports hrld.us/1iKXYxN

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

miamiherald.com — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month.

Growler bill pits Florida microbreweries against big-money beer interests

miamiherald.com — Florida's Republican lawmakers frequently talk about creating a business-friendly climate. But this week, the Senate Rules Committee voted 9-4 for a bill that would heavily restrict a burgeoning industry in Florida: craft breweries.
Microbreweries in Florida face troubling legislation backed by state's Big Beer industry: miamiherald.com/2014/04/22/407…

Fla. Gov. Scott backs growler legalization

miamiherald.com — Associated Press Gov. Rick Scott supports the legalization of the refillable half-gallon beer containers that craft beer lovers call growlers, his office said Tuesday. The growler issue has been in the middle of a bitter fight between Florida's craft breweries and Budweiser distributors who only want the half-gallon growlers legalized in a bill that adds more regulation to the rapidly growing craft beer industry.

Lawmakers seek change in MLB Cuban player policy

miamiherald.com — Associated Press Two Florida lawmakers motivated by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba are trying to change the way Major League Baseball treats Cuban players and are willing to tie state money for stadiums to the issue. Reps.
Two Florida lawmakers are trying to change the way ballplayers are escaping from Cuba. miamiherald.com/2014/04/22/407… It’s an interesting concept.

FCAT computer glitches halts testing for thousands of students

miamiherald.com — Florida's all-important FCAT exams were thrown in disarray on Tuesday, as widespread computer glitches prevented thousands of students from logging into their computers and taking the test. Things got so bad that some school districts advised their principals to abandon testing entirely for the day. Gov. Rick Scott called the hiccups "unacceptable."

Miami Marlins infielder Dietrich relishes ‘Prime Time’ nickname

miamiherald.com — A day after smacking a game-tying RBI double off Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, Derek Dietrich on Tuesday afternoon was sporting a Leon Sandcastle T-shirt inside the Miami Marlins clubhouse. It’s a shirt those Double A teammates gave him in honor of the original “Prime Time.”
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