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2008-08-07 03:00:00

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 7--Do your kids practice karate a few nights a week? That activity -- along with soccer or any other workouts -- could get children excused from physical education at elementary and middle schools one year from now. The availability of P.E. waivers, which also will extend to students in a remedial academic course, is one of the twists of a new state law designed to combat childhood obesity. Changes are being phased in over two years....

2008-08-06 18:00:38

By Josh Hafenbrack, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--TALLAHASSEE -- Five million Floridians infected. A death toll of 100,000. Mass panic. In a mock scenario, and the state's emergency managers today envisioned a pandemic flu striking Florida. It was part of their annual disaster-planning session at a newly renovated Emergency Operations Center. "Obviously were preparing for disaster," Crist said. "It's important for us to always do that, to be prepared, be vigilant, be ready." The...

2008-08-06 15:00:46

By Scott Travis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--Florida's budget-strapped universities may deteriorate in quality as other states siphon off the most talented faculty, a top education official says. Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the State University System, is recommending that the Legislature allocate $65.4 million to help stop "brain drain." This would mean a 4 percent raise for all faculty if spread evenly across the board. The Board of Governors, the policy-making board for...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Scott Travis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--Florida's budget-strapped universities may deteriorate in quality as other states siphon off the most talented faculty, a top education official says. Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the State University System, is recommending that the Legislature allocate $65.4 million to help stop "brain drain." This would mean a 4 percent raise for all faculty if spread evenly across the board. The Board of Governors, the policy-making board for...

2008-08-06 03:00:37

By Scott Wyman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--Despite hard times for the airline industry, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is moving forward with major expansion plans that include a new runway and new gates. Broward County commissioners dropped their longtime adviser on construction projects in favor of a fresh face to oversee lengthening of the south runway to handle commercial jets and work on Terminal 4. At the same time, they started a pilot program to begin...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Maria Herrera, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--DELRAY BEACH -- It took more than two decades, but the Haitian community here finally has representation at City Hall. City commissioners appointed Mackenson "Mack" Bernard, a 32-year-old tax attorney of Haitian descent, to fill the seat left vacant when former City Commissioner Brenda Montague resigned last month to join her family in California. "This is a historic moment," said former City Commissioner Charlotte Durante, who...

2008-08-06 03:00:25

By Jaclyn Giovis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 6--Airlines are pitching new technologies to woo the flying public, even as they raise fares and charge fees on everything from checked baggage to soft drinks. Delta Air Lines on Tuesday announced plans to outfit its domestic fleet of more than 330 aircraft with broadband wireless access by next summer. The Atlanta-based carrier is the first airline to attempt Wi-Fi fleetwide. Others airlines including American Airlines and JetBlue...

2008-08-05 06:00:38

By Akilah Johnson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 5--Florida's school voucher program is again under a microscope after a judge decided Monday that two proposed constitutional amendments can appear on the November ballot. One amendment would resurrect an abolished voucher program that allows parents to educate children in private schools with public money. The other would allow the state to give financial aid to churches and other religious institutions. Despite Monday's ruling by...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 5--July rainfall brought an above-normal soaking, but South Florida water managers say that still wasn't enough to ease watering restrictions. The region averaged 8.63 inches of rain in July, about 2 inches above normal, according to rainfall totals released Monday by the South Florida Water Management District. That helped boost drought-strained Lake Okeechobee, the region's backup water supply, by about a foot. However, at 10.74 feet...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Linda Trischitta, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 5--POMPANO BEACH -- The city emerged victorious from a five-year legal battle when a judge found it had no binding contract with the developer of a multimillion-dollar beachfront condo project that included a new location for the International Swimming Hall of Fame. "The city is extremely pleased with the outcome," said Mayor Lamar Fisher. "The city was confident in its position that there was no contract, and that it's behind us now."...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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