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2008-07-27 03:00:21

By Sally Kestin and John Maines, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 27--It's a remarkable home, even in an upscale Coral Springs neighborhood: 12,000 square feet, manicured grounds, a guest house, five-car garage and a pair of lion statues gracing the entrance. It's also tax-free. Owned by the Church of Bible Understanding in Philadelphia, the home and adjacent lot, valued at more than $3.2 million, are exempt from taxes on religious grounds. Church representatives say they use the...

2008-07-26 15:00:30

By Maria Herrera, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 26--The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts announced Friday its 2008-2009 season, which includes performances by Tony Award winners, lecture series and rock symphonies. "We always follow the philosophy that we are a community center," said Kravis spokesman Brian Bixler. "We want to offer something for everyone." Among the offerings is Kravis On Broadway -- a five-show series of touring Broadway performances that feature Tony...

2008-07-25 03:00:41

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 24--A Palm Beach County middle school principal faces a 20-day suspension without pay for allegedly inflating student enrollment figures and awarding fake grades last fall, according to documents released Thursday. Superintendent Art Johnson is seeking the punishment for Gwendolyn Johnson, who served as principal of Independence Middle in Jupiter until March. The School Board will vote Wednesday on the discipline recommendation, which...

2008-07-25 03:00:41

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 24--Eighty-three Palm Beach County schools will receive various levels of support and corrective measures this year to comply with changing Adequate Yearly Progress requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The school district on Thursday released its restructuring plan, which incorporates a pilot program announced early this month by the state Department of Education. It's a new way of giving schools credit for meeting at...

2008-07-25 03:00:00

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 24--After another lawn-soaking, puddle-producing summer storm rolls through, familiar taunts rain down on the top forecaster for the South Florida Water Management District. "Nice drought!" neighbors tease Geoff Shaunghnessy, lead meteorologist for the agency that is imposing Water restrictions on South Florida. Above-average rainfall in June and July forces the district to dump storm water into the ocean to avoid flooding. Yet the agency...

2008-07-24 06:00:38

Once again, as seen in many a book, movie or TV show before it, an alien has invaded Earth with a purpose that might be closely linked to our ultimate demise. Only this time, the alien looks a lot like Eddie Murphy. And where Eddie Murphy is involved, alien or not, things are bound to get a little crazy. When an object that was meant to save their planet -- and in turn destroy Earth -- gets found by a little human boy, Nil's best alien force is sent to retrieve it. Being only a few...

2008-07-23 12:01:10

By Ray Sanchez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 23--GUIRA DE MELENA, Cuba -- When Ricardo Gourrie Valle is not caring for patients at a rural clinic, he's toiling the land on his family's 35-acre farm. "I like medicine and being a doctor, but I make a better living on the family farm," said Gourrie, 43, a general practitioner who makes about $20 a month as a physician. "It's hard work but gratifying." Cuba last week unveiled a plan to boost food production by granting private farmers...

2008-07-23 09:00:21

By Nick Sortal, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 23--Reflexology has been around for about 5,000 years, but it hasn't filtered into the public's consciousness as much as, say, yoga or meditation. But, like these practices, it's about helping people tap their own curative powers, rather than relying on medicine. The practice centers on accessing the nervous system via the feet. Reflexologists must be certified by an accredited reflexology school, such as the Laura Norman School of...

2008-07-23 03:00:00

By Patty Pensa, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 23--Would you spend $4,000 to store your stem cells? A Boca Raton start-up is banking on the potential of these tiny powerhouses and hoping the public will catch on too. Doctors agree that stem cells are the future of medicine but new therapies are perhaps a decade away, splitting opinions on whether storage makes sense. "We're living longer, but we're not living better," said Connie Araps, a vice president at AssureImmune, which launched...

2008-07-23 03:00:51

By Kathy Bushouse, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 22--FORT LAUDERDALE -- They came by busloads Tuesday, hoping to save Smart School Institute of Technology and Commerce -- a three-time F school -- from what seemed like certain death. More than 100 students, teachers, administrators and community leaders packed the Broward County School Board meeting, pleading with board members to spare the Lauderdale Lakes charter school. Their request: another year to show they can raise student...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'