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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University spokesperson, Steve Orlando, confirmed one employee was injured at the site of the future indoor football practice facility for the University Athletic Association.
A shooting at Annie Mattox Park in Lake City left three people injured Tuesday night. One person was taken by helicopter to UF Health Shands Hospital and is in critical condition.
A vote on SB 180 has been postponed in the Committee on Education Pre-K-12. This Florida bill would allow designated public school employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons with a permit.
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