In the News: Sweetbay closes, Nuclear plant retiring, Twitter hacked, Teen almost dies, Teachers with guns
Sweetbay stores to close a week before deadline – Sweetbay Supermarket will be closing its stores a week before the planned deadline. Because of bargain-hunting customers sweeping the inventory shelves, the 33 stores throughout Florida will be forced to close early. As a result, about 2,000 associates will be displaced. Tampa Bay Times
Progress Energy Florida announced Tuesday morning that it will close its Crystal River nuclear plant – Progress Energy Florida announced it will permanently shut down its Crystal River nuclear plant. The company said it will try to place its 600 full-time Crystal River employees in other positions within the company. The plant has been experiencing difficulty with repairs and delays since 2009. Gainesville Sun
Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected – Twitter revealed that the site has been hacked. The attack may have compromised the privacy of 250,000 user names and email address. This is the latest in a series of attacks against large sites like The New York Times’ and The Wall Street Journal’s websites. CNN
Teen narrowly escapes death after smoking synthetic marijuana – Texas teenager Emily Bauer, 16, wound up in the Intensive Care Unit after smoking synthetic marijuana. Purchased from a gas station and packaged as “potpourri,” the synthetic marijuana is composed of an herbal mixture sprayed with chemicals. As a result of the experience, Bauer’s family is starting a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of the dangers of synthetic marijuana. CNN
In wake of Sandy Hook, Pinellas teachers signing up for concealed-carry training – Schools in Pinellas County are offering teachers a concealed-carry training course, as a precautionary measure after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Marketed specifically toward teachers, the course will be offered at a free or discounted rate. Tampa Bay Times
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Expecting a weekend cold snap, Gainesville homeless shelters like St. Francis House and Grace Marketplace are asking for donations to prepare for a surge of homeless people looking to stay warm.
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Maria Gonzalez of Dunnellon Elementary School and Grisell Santiago of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School received the Excellence in Education Award earlier this month. The annual award was sponsored by Volunteer Florida, the Florida Department of Education and the Executive Office of the Governor as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
University of Florida engineering students hosted a day of science activities on campus for fourth- and fifth-grade students from Idylwild Elementary School on October 30.
Sunlake High School science teachers take advantage of the school’s recent bat infestations and use it as an opportunity to teach their students more about bats.