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May 29, 2009

Bear alert: Recent bear visits alarms neighbors

Recent visits of a bear in Weston, Florida has neighbors concerned. It seems the young bear is looking for new territory. Officials will use a trap like the one below to safely nab the critter. If they catch the bear, it will be taken to some place like Big Cypress National Preserve or Picayune Strand State Forest.


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POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46)

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May 15, 2009

Wildfires prompt Florida "state of emergency"

So now that Gov. Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency thanks to all the recent fires, rain dances may be necessary if conditions don't improve in South Florida or the rest of the state. I guess it's good the rainy (and hurricane) season are just a couple of weeks away, but who knows how much rainfall we'll get to improve our drought.

This map shows how many fires have occurred in Florida since January 1. The red flame icons indicate how many have burned since Saturday, May 9. Why May 9 you ask? We thought a week's worth of fires would be relevant to show you why there had been interstate closures in recent days.

I also made larger maps of the Naples and Palm Beach County areas, so you can see clearly how many fires we've had lately. Remember the Big Cypress fire? Check out its size and see why I-75 was shut down for so long.

If you're interested in seeing the latest conditions, check out the U.S. Forestry Division's site to see how many more fires are burning in the Sunshine State.



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May 8, 2009

Death penalty across the U.S.

Download this News Illustrated page for more information on the death penalty.


POSTED IN: History (20), LIndsay Dubois (35)

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May 7, 2009

Boy Scouts Continues to Grow

Download this News Illustrated page to learn more about Boy Scouts in South Florida.


POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Fun and games (21)

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May 4, 2009

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POSTED IN: Len De Groot (29)

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May 2, 2009

Swine flu showing signs of stabilizing

The swine flu has spread around the U.S. and the globe, but it may be stabilizing. A cautiously optimistic President Barack Obama voiced hope that this virus may turn out to be no more harmful than the average seasonal flu. Here's a map of where there have been confirmed cases and deaths from the swine flu.


POSTED IN: Health (21), LIndsay Dubois (35)

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May 1, 2009

Swine flu prevention: 1 in 5 people don't wash their hands


Worried about swine flu? Who isn't? The CDC and the federal government says the best course of action to ward off the illness to is to wash our hands, cover our mouths when we cough and sneeze and to stay home if we feel sick.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Not so fast! I discovered a survey back in 2007 that shows people aren't as mindful about washing their hands as you would think. In fact, the findings were just downright gross. So that got me wondering how much the public really knows about how much germs are in their environment.

Check out this old News Illustrated that details my findings and the survey I mentioned. There's some pretty interesting facts in here, as well as a nice graphic teaching you how to wash your hands properly.

So please ... pass the soap, and let's help stop the spread of the nasty germs!


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