In this digital age, when vacationers to South Florida can grab their smartphones and send jealousy-inducing photos to friends and family within seconds, it’s hard to believe the humble postcard is still hanging in there.
Visit most any local souvenir shop and there they are, usually on one or two racks tucked behind the seashell bracelets and painted coconuts. But Sarasota author Liz Coursen doesn’t think much of the postcards being sent from Florida these days.
On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library announced that it would release five scrapbooks in digital form that document Hemingway’s childhood.
Seen by very few people, the scrapbooks had been in secure storage for decades due to their fragility.
Nearly a year after issuing a scathing investigative report, the U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that Florida has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily placing children with disabilities in nursing homes.
My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.
The calls to boycott Florida grew louder and more widespread on Friday after Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his support for the broad self-defense law that was key to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.
Scott told demonstrators occupying the state capitol on Thursday that he will not submit the Stand Your Ground law to a special legislative session for revisions despite demands by activists, elected leaders and at least one prosecutor earlier in the day.
A high-pitched voice called out, “Arepa, Arepa, Arepa de Maiz!”
The ‘Parade of the Three Kings’ was heading our way and our son was marching with his South Miami High School band. Justin normally played the viola back in those days, but he surprised me as he hefted a huge drum and beat on it with energy and precision while he and his bandmates proceeded in musical celebration past us while tears of pride fell on my chest.
The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday.
In what was one of the first recorded births in captivity, Snooty was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948. In 1949, he was transferred to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he has been living comfortably ever since.
To celebrate the occasion, the museum held a free birthday party.
Over the years, Snooty has proven to be invaluable in teaching scientists about conservation and education of the state's marine life.
At the end of June, mortgage interest rates moved into the fours. Psychologically, the jump has given buyers an itch. Rates have surged since the U.S. Federal Reserve began to slow its purchases of U.S. government bonds on which market rates are based. Those purchases have kept interest rates at record lows. What does this mean if you're buying or selling in the local market?
Thirty years ago parents had to tell their kids to turn off the television and go to sleep. Today, it’s their mobile phone. Teenagers are more socially active than ever before, at least virtually.
A Pew Institute Research study on Teens, Social Media and Privacy found that 95 percent of teenagers use the Internet and eight in ten of them use some kind of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.