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2008-07-31 03:00:28

By Maria Herrera, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--DELRAY BEACH -- For 10 years, Virginia Feldman has roamed the city's streets, trapping and rescuing feral fowl, injured raccoons and stray dogs. But Feldman's job might disappear next year. "Who's going to do her job?" asked resident Carolyn Zimmerman. "This is very upsetting." Since City Manager David Harden put together a list of jobs that could be eliminated in next year's budget, Zimmerman has been distributing fliers, talking...

2008-07-31 03:00:28

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--In the midst of the state's buyout negotiations with U.S. Sugar, a coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday called for a moratorium on development that could create new obstacles to Everglades restoration. The state by November hopes to finalize a $1.75 billion deal to buy U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area and re-create the flow of water that once linked Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. In the...

2008-07-30 18:00:32

By Peter Franceschina, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 30--BOYNTON BEACH -- At least two divers have died during the first day of lobster mini-season, including a Lake Worth man who apparently had a heart attack, authorities said. Robert Canada, 48, was able to signal to a fellow diver that he was having some sort of difficulty, either medically or with his diving gear, while off Boynton Beach this morning, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The other...

2008-07-30 06:00:00

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 30--Florida education officials Tuesday identified the state's 13 most critically low-performing schools according to new federally sanctioned guidelines. Two are in Palm Beach County and one is in Broward. Under fire for years of "persistent failure" are John F. Kennedy Middle in Riviera Beach, Lake Shore Annex alternative school in Belle Glade and Larkdale Elementary in Fort Lauderdale, state Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith said....

2008-07-30 03:00:40

By Julie Patel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 30--State regulators on Tuesday shut down a Florida Power & Light Co. green energy program after an audit revealed most of the money collected from customers was used to pay for administrative and marketing costs. The Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously to end the Sunshine Energy Program, in which approximately 39,000 customers voluntarily agreed to pay an extra $9.75 per month for renewable energy projects. The state...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By David Fleshler, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 30--The Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Florida have dismally failed in their duty to protect the Everglades from harmful phosphorus washing off sugar farms, vegetable fields and suburban streets, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold found the EPA was wrong to approve Florida's highly controversial decision to grant an extension of at least 10 years to farms, cities and other pollution sources...

2008-07-29 12:01:17

By Maria Chercoles, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 29--PLANTATION -- They call themselves the Solar Knights. This South Plantation High team of students earned third place at the Texas Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge earlier this month in Dallas. The annual challenge brings together high schools from throughout the country, all competing to create the most efficient solar car. Solar Knight II, South Plantation High's three-wheeler solar car, finished third among the 13 teams...

2008-07-29 12:01:08

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 29--Facing career-threatening misconduct allegations, a veteran Palm Beach County principal denied the charges and vowed to battle her accusers "to the end," according to statements released Monday. The case against Gwendolyn Johnson comes before the School Board on Wednesday, when it will consider suspending the former leader of Independence Middle School in Jupiter for 20 days without pay. If approved, the 20-day suspension without...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By Linda Trischitta, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 28--POMPANO BEACH -- Neighbors say they will fight a proposed zoning change that would allow 138 townhomes to be built on 11 acres in the southeastern corner of District 4. Residents have requested new housing for years but fear traffic and congestion and say the zoning should not be altered. "We're in dire need of single-family homes in the area," said Robert Holmes, president of the Sanders Park Civic Association. "We have enough...

2008-07-27 06:00:16

By Bob Lamendola, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 27--South Florida has become the nation's capital for doctors without medical malpractice insurance, experts say, leaving patients at risk of getting little financial help for care after a medical error. Nearly one-quarter of doctors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, more than one-third in the Miami area, and one-eighth statewide opt out of malpractice insurance under a state law that lets them go without coverage, a state physician...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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