Friday, February 27, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - February 27, 2009

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-Florida ranks third in number of hate groups
Four operate in Broward, three in Palm Beach County, report says
By Alexia Campbell and Dana Williams
A "perfect storm" of factors fueled a spike in hate groups across the country and the state last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The tanking economy, heated immigration debate and the election of the country's first black president likely pushed up the number of groups, the report said. Florida follows California and Texas with the highest number of hate groups - 56 in 2008 compared to 39 in 2000.,0,2219333.story

Mark's List

-Winter Party Schedule at a Glance

Lavender Writes - Ft. Lauderdale
Laugh it Off: an Open Mic Reading
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 1 p.m.
Broward Main Library
100 S. Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor Bienes Center
The economy getting you down? Your ex has a hot new number? You don't even want to think about doing your taxes? You need a laugh but can't afford to go to a comedy club? Lavender Writes will entertain you for free at this Open Mic Reading of some of the funniest writing to hit South Florida this week. Use this as an excuse to write that funny/absurd/silly story that's been rattling around in your head forever or pull an old story off the hard drive, read it to people, make them laugh and bask in the applause. Or sit back and relax as other people entertain you. It won't cost you a dime. Fiction writers and poets are all welcome. Evan J. Peterson will MC just a week after he finishes writing his thesis and figures he deserves some laughs. Writers should sign-up at Audience members can just show up.

AIDS Walk Miami - April 19

a comedy by Michael Yawney
February 26, 27 & 28, 2009 at 8PM
Tickets: $35

Steve Rothaus
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-DJs Oren Nizri, Maximus 3000 at Living Room on Friday night
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-Women's Latin Winter Party event Saturday at The Fifth
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New York Times
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-With Downturn, Calls to Florida Help Line Grow
The syncopated rhythm of recession plays on repeat in a downtown Miami office building, on high-tech headsets in a room with only one window, among the voices of those seeking help.

Palm Beach Post
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-Reject Crist's selfish budget
On Friday, Gov. Crist released what he called his proposed 2009-2010 state budget. In fact, it was the first Charlie Crist for Senate in 2010 commercial. At a time when Tallahassee needs to think years ahead, Gov. Crist is focused on his next office. He would use the federal stimulus money not to position Florida for the future but to position Charlie Crist in Washington, where he would think about running for president while those back home deal with the budget mess he left behind.

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-Warm early weekend; cooling on Sunday
By Doug Phillips
South Florida's weather will cool slightly during the weekend after a partly sunny Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Today's high temperatures will be in the upper 70s with winds out of the east at 10 to 15 mph. Some clouds are forecast to move in this evening as the winds decrease to 5 to 10 mph and low temperatures hover around the upper 60s. It will be partly cloudy and warm on Saturday with a high of about 80 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the morning, increasing to 10 to 15 in the afternoon.,0,6319373.story

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-First Vote Passes New School Boundaries
The Broward County School Board has taken the first step to change the school boundaries in several communities. The board voted 7-2 Wednesday to give the initial approval. The board agreed to change the boundaries at seven schools, including Atlantic West Elementary, Cooper City Elementary, Coral Grove Elementary, Riverglades Elementary, Margate Middle, Lyons Creek Middle and Walter C. Young Middle.


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