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'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and other stars, but down here on Earth.

Incorporated into terrestrial power plants, this "star in a jar" technology would essentially provide Earth with limitless clean energy, forever. And according to new reports out of Europe this week, we just took another big step toward making it happen.

In a study published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications, researchers confirmed that Germany's Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device is on track and working as planned. The space-age system, known as a stellerator, generated its first batch of hydrogen plasma when it was first fired up earlier this year. The new tests basically give scientists the green light to proceed to the next stage of the process.

It works like this: Unlike a traditional fission reactor, which splits atoms of heavy elements to generate energy, a fusion reactor works by fusing the nuclei of lighter atoms into heavier atoms. The process releases massive amounts of energy and produces no radioactive waste. The "fuel" used in a fusion reactor is simple hydrogen, which can be extracted from water.

Read more: http://www.space.com/34960-star-in-a-jar-fusion-reactor-works.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 04:30 PM (1 replies)

Mayors ex-con son latest to plead guilty in Opa-locka bribery scandal

Opa-locka political insider Corleon Taylor, who pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes, hopes to attend his son’s high school graduation in June.

But that will depend on whether a federal judge grants his request to split a 10-month sentence, with half the time served in prison and the other half at home.

Taylor, 41, the son of Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor, plans to ask U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles for that deal on Jan. 24

“He’s not playing any games with this,” said his defense attorney Michael T. Davis. “He’s just thinking of his family.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article119784388.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:37 AM (0 replies)

Political drama in Miami-Dade could fuel race to head Florida Democratic Party

The most momentous election in recent memory for the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party ended late Tuesday after more than three hours of political wrangling that could determine the future of the Florida Democratic Party.

At stake at the reorganization meeting were not only the reins of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Executive Committee, but also the chances that a deep-pocketed donor might find a way to run for the far more powerful position of chairman of the state party, which has been reeling since its drubbing in the Nov. 8 election.

Juan Cuba, until recently the local party’s executive director, won the Miami-Dade chairman’s post. Dotie Joseph, a former North Miami Beach assistant city attorney, became vice-chairwoman. Business consultant Bret Berlin was reelected state committeeman without opposition. Francesca Menes, policy director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, became the new state committeewoman.

Outgoing chairman and state Sen. Dwight Bullard, who chose not to seek reelection to his party post after losing his state seat last month, wanted the vice-chair position. But party rules require the vice-chair to be a woman if the chair is a man, and vice versa, so Bullard’s bid was made moot by Cuba’s win. Bullard was nominated for the committeeman post, too, but lost to Berlin.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article119335943.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:33 AM (0 replies)

Gov. Rick Scott misleads about inventors of Obamacare

Donald Trump’s White House win gave Florida Gov. Rick Scott a powerful ally in his fight against Obamacare.

In a Nov. 30 op-ed in USA Today, the former hospital executive reiterated his 2010 campaign pledge to fight for repeal of the federal health care law.

“Other than President Obama and a few stragglers, everyone now realizes that Obamacare was a terrible notion,” wrote the Republican governor. “It was sold on a lie. It was invented by liberal academic theorists who have no interaction with real families and businesses and therefore it doesn’t work.”

Scott’s piece leaves out that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is based on ideas from not just Democrats but also Republicans.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article119214303.html

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:28 AM (5 replies)

South Florida leads nation in new HIV diagnoses, CDC says

The rate of new HIV diagnoses in South Florida spiked to more than three times the national average in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual HIV Surveillance Report, which found that diagnoses in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area last year averaged about 38.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Nationally, the rate of new HIV diagnoses in 2015 averaged 12.3 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC data, which is preliminary. The agency also reported a rise in other sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, including syphilis — an indicator that more people are having unprotected sex, particularly among the highest-risk group, men who have sex with men, public health experts said.

“It’s kind of disheartening,” Paula Sparti, a retired family physician in Miami who has treated HIV and AIDS patients since the 1980s, said of the rise in STDs. “We saw them a lot early on, before we even had AIDS, and then it decreased to some degree because people were being more careful as they were watching their friends die.”

People who have STDs are more likely to contract HIV because both are likely the result of the same behaviors and circumstances, such as having multiple sexual partners or not using condoms.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article119274813.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:25 AM (0 replies)

South Miami Hospital settles Medicare fraud charges for $12 million

South Miami Hospital, part of the nonprofit Baptist Health South Florida system, has agreed to pay about $12 million to settle federal charges of healthcare fraud arising from a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a heart specialist performed medically unnecessary and costly cardiac procedures on thousands of patients dating back to 2007, the Justice Department reported this week.

The heart specialist who allegedly performed the procedures, Dr. John R. Dylewski, is the former medical director for South Miami Hospital’s L. Austin Weeks Center for Cardiac Electrophysiology — a job that he was appointed to as a reward from Baptist Health executives after procuring a $10 million donation for the center, according to the lawsuit.

Dylewski could not be reached for comment Thursday, but Baptist Health officials said he no longer works for the hospital system.

“South Miami Hospital cooperated fully with the United States government to reach a settlement in this case,” Yvonne Johnson, a physician and chief medical officer for the hospital said in a written statement. “The claims settled by the lawsuit are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability. It is important for our patients to know that we are committed to providing the highest quality of care. Dr. John Dylewski is not practicing at our hospital.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article119791708.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:24 AM (0 replies)

Pulse nightclub to hold vigil at 2:02 a.m. on 6-month mark of shooting

A number of vigils are planned Monday {December 12} to mark the six-month anniversary of the massacre at Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead and at least 68 others injured, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The nightclub is hosting two "Remembering Our Angels" events starting with a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence at 2:02 a.m. — the time the shooting started — at the club at 1912 N. Orange Ave.

The fence surrounding the club will open at 1:45 a.m. for guests.

Later, the club will host a ceremony with several church leaders and a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus. Gates will reopen at 5:30 p.m., and the second memorial will start at 6:15 p.m.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-pulse-nightclub-vigils-six-months-20161208-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:21 AM (0 replies)

Ponzi scheme investors to get $4.6 million in restitution

Nearly 1,500 people who invested in a Ponzi scheme by a South Florida man purporting to be a Christian pastor will share more than $4.6 million in restitution, according to the court-appointed receiver, Jonathan E. Perlman.

U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley in West Palm Beach approved the distribution plan this week. Checks are expected to be mailed Friday, said Barry Blum, counsel for Perlman.

George Theodule, operating out of the Lake Worth area, gained the trust of investors, including Haitian-Americans in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, according to Perlman.

"A lot of these people were very poor and were afraid of banks," he said. "That's who he preyed on."

Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/consumer/fl-george-theodule-ponzi-scheme-20161208-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:20 AM (0 replies)

Broward school administrator used district resources for affair

A Broward County school administrator could lose his job after an investigation concluded he misused his position to carry on an extramarital affair.

The investigation centered around Israel Canales, 54, a manager of administrative support for the district, where he has overseen the operations of the K.C. Wright administrative headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. He also frequently drove Superintendent Robert Runcie to events throughout the region.

The district's Professional Standards Committee recommended Canales be fired after the investigation accused him of using a district credit card to reserve a hotel room for a romantic relationship with Cristy Cofer, 38, a school district community liaison who works with families in the juvenile justice system. The hotel charge was reimbursed before the investigation began.

He also without authorization allowed Cofer to work inside his office, using a conference table, and gave her a prime parking space that she wasn't entitled to, the report alleges.

Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-broward-school-chauffeur-investigation-20161206-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:16 AM (0 replies)

For four years, female employees of a Tampa firm didn't know a top executive had secretly videotaped

For four years, female employees of a Tampa firm didn't know a top executive had secretly videotaped them in the restroom

TAMPA — Jeremy Lenkowski worked on computers for MaintenX International, and on a November morning in 2010 he wanted a c

Lenkowski asked Gregory Keeler, the company's controller, to meet him in the parking lot of a McDonald's on N Armenia Avenue. Lenkowski pulled out a laptop, set it on the trunk of his car and inserted a memory stick.

Shocked, Keeler watched as the screen lit up with images of female MaintenX employees including his own assistant. They "were going to the bathroom and doing other things,'' he later recalled. "I couldn't watch the whole thing and told him to turn it off.''

Keeler was stunned, too, when Lenkowski told him where he had found the videos — in a bag belonging to the company's chief financial officer, James Patrick Stanton Jr.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/for-four-years-female-employees-of-a-tampa-firm-didnt-know-a-top-executive/2305612
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 9, 2016, 07:15 AM (2 replies)
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