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2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Mark Blythe, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 17--The Osceola County Sheriff's office will host the International Police & Fire Games in Kissimmee. The games include a bass tournament on Lake Toho Aug. 16 & 17. Tournament directors are looking for teams to participate in the event. Fee is $200 per team. At least one member on each team must be an active or retired law enforcement or firefighter member. Boaters and non-boaters without partners may register to participate in...

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2008-07-15 09:10:00

MIAMI -- It's never a good sign when an animal disappears from the place that gave it its name. That's what is happening to the Everglades snail kite, an endangered hawk whose numbers are in sickening free fall from the compounded impacts of back-to-back droughts and a long-controversial water management scheme intended to protect another equally at-risk bird. Though biologists have not yet wrapped up the latest annual count, they've already seen enough to know the kite has dropped to...

2008-07-11 12:00:00

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 10--Doubling the budget for South Florida water managers and potentially shelving some Everglades restoration projects are among the ways proposed to pay for the state's bid to buyout U.S. Sugar. The South Florida Water Management District on Thursday revealed a plan for a $2.9 billion agency budget -- up from the $1.3 billion expected -- that includes paying for U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres, mill, offices and other holdings. The budget...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 11--Water managers vowed Thursday to close the $1.75 billion deal for the U.S. Sugar Corp without hiking taxes on South Florida homeowners, but the big buyout will come at the cost of delay for other Everglades projects. The South Florida Water Management District's proposed budget would scale down, postpone or shift construction work to the federal government -- diverting the savings to buy a swath of sugar fields long coveted by...

2008-07-10 18:00:23

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 10--More than doubling the budget for South Florida water managers and shelving some Everglades restoration projects are among the ways that were proposed today to pay for the state's bid to buy out U.S. Sugar. The South Florida Water Management District revealed a plan for a $2.9 billion agency budget next year -- up from the $1.3 billion expected -- to pay for buying U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres. The boost comes from adding in costs for...

2008-07-10 06:00:26

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 10--In the midst of pushing for a $1.75 billion land deal to boost Everglades restoration, South Florida water managers on Wednesday suggested lessening the cleanup requirement that guides work to fix the River of Grass. Trying to clean water by building filter marshes on phosphorus-rich farmland hasn't gotten the water quality to levels set after years of legal wrangling, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Now, with...

2008-07-10 06:00:00

Talk to executive chef Toby Joseph at Cero in the St. Regis Resort Fort Lauderdale or executive chef Ryan Artim of the Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach, and they are proud that they serve local seafood and produce. They are like many chefs today who brag of using organic ingredients in season. They go to great lengths to label such foods on their menus and build relationships with growers, fishermen and foragers who can supply them. The Slow Food movement with 80,000 members worldwide has formed to...

2008-07-09 21:00:15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ In the midst of pushing for a $1.75 billion land deal to boost Everglades restoration, South Florida water managers on Wednesday suggested lessening the cleanup requirement that guides work to fix the River of Grass. Trying to clean water by building filter marshes on phosphorus-rich farmland hasn't gotten the water quality to levels set after years of legal wrangling, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Now, with the district angling to buy...

2008-07-06 15:00:14

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 6--It's never a good sign when an animal disappears from the place that gave it its name. That's what is happening to the Everglades snail kite, an endangered hawk whose numbers are in free fall from the compounded impacts of back-to-back droughts and a long-controversial water management scheme intended to protect another equally at-risk bird. Though biologists have not yet wrapped up the latest annual count, they have already seen enough to...

2008-07-05 18:00:11

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 5--It's never a good sign when an animal disappears from the place that gave it its name. That's what is happening to the Everglades snail kite, an endangered hawk whose numbers are in sickening free fall from the compounded impacts of back-to-back droughts and a long-controversial water management scheme intended to protect another equally at-risk bird. Though biologists have not yet wrapped up the latest annual count, they've already seen...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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