YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Rick Scott’s foul failures; Sea World’s Blackfish eye; Florida’s fake nurses; the Times’ great homelessness profile. YOU’VE GOT A HOME HERE!
THE HERALD PUTS THE SMACKDOWN ON GOV. SCOTT’S JOBS PLATFORM! GOV. SCOTT’S OFFICE SPENDS AN ENTIRE WEEKEND CRAFTING EMAIL REBUTTALS: “A call center job — that’s a job that pays,” Scott said. “I’m proud of every job.” Critics fault Scott for his enthusiasm for low-wage, service-sector jobs. But he brags about them. In Jacksonville, he trumpeted the 7-Eleven convenience store chain’s plans to hire up to 800 workers at Florida stores. “Who didn’t grow up wanting a Slurpee?” Scott said. “Thank goodness for 7-Eleven.” (via Miami Herald)
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BARRACUDA?: Heart on Saturday became the third act to bow out of the festival amid online pressure prompted by the documentary “Blackfish,” which is critical of the park’s treatment of killer whales. Country singer Willie Nelson canceled Thursday. Barenaked Ladies announced last week that it had scrubbed its appearance because of the “Blackfish” controversy. “While we’re disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been a great concert by Heart at SeaWorld, we respect the band’s decision,” Nick Gollattscheck, SeaWorld Orlando’s director of public relations said in a statement. (via Orlando Sentinel)
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YOUR FOR-PROFIT NURSING PROGRAM THAT YOU BOUGHT INTO AFTER A DAYTIME TELEVISION COMMERCIAL PROBABLY ISN’T ALL THAT GOOD. SURPRISED?: The legislative retooling beginning in 2009 allowed less-accomplished education programs to open, often exposing students to an educational system that has an increasingly unsavory reputation. “The universities lack the resources to handle that many more students, and the for-profit schools take them,” said Ann-Lynn Denker, a member of the state Board of Nursing. “And they tend to take students that don’t always have good potential, or didn’t have the grades to make these other schools. (via Bradenton Herald)
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THE NEW YORK TIMES PULLS OUT A WEEPY. MAMA, WE’RE ALL HOMELESS NOW: Dasani’s family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers. It is no place for children. Yet Dasani is among 280 children at the shelter. Beyond its walls, she belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America. (via New York Times)
YOU’VE GOT A HOME HERE