Monday, August 27, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST August 27, 2007

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ArtsUnited Features Acclaimed Artist Glen Mitchell in September

Photography by Glen Mitchell on Exhibit in SeptemberArtsUnited will feature the photography of localartist Glen Mitchell in a soloexhibition from September 1 through 29, 2007 at theStonewall Library and Archives.

The library is located at 1717 North Andrews Avenue in FortLauderdale. The exhibitopens with a reception to meet the artists on Tuesday,September 4th from 6:30 to8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Admission to theexhibit and reception are freeand open to the public.

Glen is a long time South Florida resident, and hiswork has been featured in manyexhibits locally and around the world. He is highlyacclaimed for his sensual portraitsand provocative male nudes. His traditional black and whitephotographic works have beenpublished in such books as Fit Together, Male Nude Now,Naked, Male Nude Index,Male Nude Next, and The Romantic Male Nude.

With a background in modeling, dance and the arts,Glen uses the camera to createsensual images of the human form. He lives in Miami where hecontinues to explore hispersonal art work, occasional test shoots, and selectassignments. For more information,go online to, or his blog at


SylvesterQ's Photography Featured at Stork's

SylvesterQ's Photography on Exhibit at Stork's ArtsUnited will feature thephotography of SylvesterQ in a solo exhibit at Stork's Bakery Coffee Cafefrom September 1 through 29, 2007. Stork's is located at 2505 NE 15thAvenue in Wilton Manors. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

SylvesterQ, aka Howard Zucker, developed his craft while living in NYCwhere he exhibited throughout Manhattan, including the prestigious LeslieLohman Art Foundation. His broad range of work has been featured in avariety of magazines and catalogs. Since moving to Florida in late 2006,SylvesterQ has exhibited his work in support of many charitable causesincluding The Pet Project, Stonewall Library and Archives, Shadowood, andBound South.

Known for his professionalism, Howard specializes in fashion portfolios,headshots, portraits and sensual imagery. For more information, look onlineat


The Miami Herald

Senate budget chief: Education will not be spared

Saying that she doesn't want to "obliterate" other parts of the statebudget, Sen. Lisa Carlton, the chairman of the Fiscal Policy and CalendarCommittee, plans to suggest to Senate President Ken Pruitt to cut the statebudget approximately four percent across all areas of the budget, includingeducation, during the upcoming special session.

Some leaders such as Gov. Charlie Crist have suggested trying to holdeducation harmless during the session that starts on Sept. 18. But Carltonsays the only fair thing is to cut education along with other areas such ashealth care and public safety, because to do otherwise would force lawmakersto "obliterate" spending in one area in order to hold education harmless.

"The fairest way we have come up with is four percent across the board andeveryone sharing in the cut allocation,'' said Carlton, who warns thatFlorida's revenue shortfall is not a "short term problem" but a long-termsituation that isn't expected to improve anytime soon. "To say 'I'm going tohold education or health and human services harmless' you would have toobliterate other parts of the budget. It's better to be fair across theboard."


Florida Today

No-fault demise changes the rules

In two months, the first words Florida motorists will hear from a policeofficer who pulled them over will no longer include: "Can I see your proofof insurance?"

Lawyers for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles concludedlast week that when the state's no-fault auto law dies Oct. 1, it takes tothe grave many of the tools to enforce Florida's remaining car insurancelaws.

Drivers will still be required to buy insurance to pay for property damageand it will remain a second-degree misdemeanor to drive without it.Government clerks registering a car and law enforcement investigating acrash can still ask for proof of insurance.

But police will no longer be able to ask to see an insurance card duringroutine traffic stops, insurers won't be required to report policycancellations and the state won't be able to suspend licenses of uninsureddrivers.

What does that mean for Florida's uninsured motorist rate?

"It's just a difficult question to answer . . . it's uncharted territory,"DHSMV Executive Director Electra Theodorides-Bustle said. "It's hard to knowwhat the end result would be."


Southwest Florida's New-Press

Ave Maria: No apologies for strict philosophy
Catholic university's Collier campus opens
By Dave Breitenstein
Originally posted on August 27, 2007

Televisions are the source of obscene and indecent programs, thus bannedfrom dorm rooms.

Bikinis aren't permitted on campus; they counter norms of Christian modestyand morality.

Renting a movie? Make sure it's pre-approved by the U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops.

This isn't the 1920s.

This is Ave Maria University.

Ave Maria University opens its new $200 million campus today, but this is noordinary college environment. Collier County's Catholic university, is bythe books - the rulebook, and the Bible. Latin phrases and sprinkles of PopeJohn Paul II's quotes percolate through campus. Everything from whatstudents wear to what they learn is scripted by founder Thomas Monaghan'sinterpretation of the Bible and what a Catholic university should be.

And if that vision is different from what traditionalists say, so be it.

"I define us as a normal Catholic university," said Ave Maria PresidentNicholas Healy. "When I say normal, I don't mean typical. We try to complywith norms established for universities by the Catholic Church."



Naples Daily News

Pulverized glass seen as one solution to Florida beach erosion
Associated Press
Sunday, August 26, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Picture a beautiful beach spanning miles of coastline,gently lapped by aqua-colored water -- and sprinkled with glass?


Think again. It's actually sugary soft with sparkling granules that feellike, well, sand.

And that's the point.

Faced with the constant challenge of keeping sand on Florida's beaches,Broward County officials are exploring an innovative option to usepulverized glass to control erosion.

The recycled glass would be crushed into tiny grains and mixed with regularsand to patch erosion problems on the county's beaches before they washaway.

And it's only natural, officials say, since glass is made from melted sand.

"Basically, what we're doing is taking the material and returning it back toits natural state," said Phil Bresee, Broward's recycling manager.


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